Scientific Name: Holarrhena antidysenterica


Family Name: Apocynaceae


The Kutaj plant is a deciduous shrub or small tree.
It has simple, elliptical leaves and produces white or pale yellow flowers.
The plant typically grows to a height of 1-3 meters.
It bears fruits that are cylindrical, slender, and pointed, containing numerous seeds.

Chemical Constituents:
The Kutaj plant contains several bioactive compounds, including alkaloids like conessine and holarrhenine.
These alkaloids are responsible for its medicinal properties

Ayurvedic Properties:
In Ayurvedic medicine, Kutaj is considered a valuable herb with various medicinal properties.
It is known for its astringent, anti-diarrheal, and anti-dysenteric properties.
Kutaj is often used to treat gastrointestinal disorders, particularly diarrhea and dysentery.
It is also considered a digestive stimulant and can help in cases of indigestion.
• post-digestive taste. Rasa (Taste): The taste of Kutaj is sharp and bitter.
• Guna (Quality): Kutaj possesses qualities that are sharp and light.
• Virya (Potency): It has a cooling potency.
• Vipak (Post-digestive taste): Kutaj has a pungent


  1. Kutaj is primarily used to treat various digestive issues, including diarrhea, dysentery, and irritable bowel syndrome.It is believed to have antimicrobial properties and can help combat intestinal infections.
  2. The bark of the Kutaj tree is commonly used in traditional Ayurvedic remedies.
    Treatment of Diarrhea and Dysentery: Kutaj is perhaps best known for its anti-diarrheal and anti-dysenteric properties. The bark of the plant contains alkaloids like conessine, which have been used to treat various gastrointestinal disorders, including acute and chronic diarrhea and dysentery.
    3.Antimicrobial Properties: Kutaj has demonstrated antimicrobial activity, making it useful in the treatment of bacterial and parasitic infections that affect the digestive system.

4.Anti-inflammatory Effects: The plant has been used to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal

tract, which can help alleviate symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis.

  1. Fever: Kutaj is sometimes used to reduce fever due to its antipyretic properties.

6 Digestive: In addition to its anti-diarrheal effects, Kutaj may help improve digestion and alleviate symptoms of indigestion.

7.Anti-helminthic (Anti-worm) Properties: Kutaj has been traditionally used to treat parasitic worm infestations in the digestive system.

8.Skin Disorders: In some traditional medicine systems, Kutaj is applied topically to treat certain skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis.