Botanical Name: Swertia Chiretta
Common Name: Chiraaito
English Name: Chiretta, Brown chiretta, White chiretta
Parts Used: Whole Plant
Habit and Habitat: Himalaya (Kashmir to Bhutan), NE India
Description: Erect herb. Leaves opposite, broadly lanceolate, acute, lower often much larger, sometimes petioled. Flowers green, yellow and tinged with purple.
Uses: Plant is bitter, tonic, stomachic, febrifuge, antipyretic, sudorific, antiperiodic and anthelmitic. It is useful in skin disease, dipsia and gastropathy.
References: “A compendium of Medicinal Plants in Nepal” by Sushim Ranjan Baral and Puran Prasad Kurmi (October’ 2006)