alexa KUTKI (Picrorhiza kurrooa Royle ex. Benth.= P. kurroa Hook. f. )

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KUTKI (Picrorhiza kurrooa Royle ex. Benth.= P. kurroa Hook. f. )

It is a small perennial herb belonging to family Scrophulariaceae. The leaves are spathulate with deeply serrated margin and are arranged at the base of the plant. Flowers are bluish or purplish arranged in terminal cylindrical spikes; fruits are capsule. Rhizomes of the plant are creeping, elongated and woody. Flowering occurs during June to August. The species is distributed in the hilly parts of the North-Western Himalayan region of India and Nepal at an altitude of 2700-4500 m. Dried rhizomes and roots are mainly used as drug in Ayurvedic System of Medicines since ancient times. The drug has anti-inflamatory and immunomodulatory activities and also valued for its hepatoprotective effect.

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