All you need to know about Kuchla
16 April, 2022
Kuchla is an evergreen plant which is famous for its medicinal properties since ancient times. The seeds of this plant are most commonly used for therapeutic purposes. It has a powerful smell and a bitter taste.
Scientifically known as Strychnos nux-vomica, Kuchla is known by various other names. Some of them are as Visatindu, Kakatinduka, Ajraki, Habbul gurab, Kucila, Kuchila Poison-nut tree, Nux vomica, Kuchala, Konchala, Jher Kochla, Zer Kochalu, Kuchila, Bish tendu, Kanjii Mushti, Manjira, Hemmushti, Ittogi, Kasarkayi, Kajjl, Kanniram, Kajra, Yettimaram, Kakotee, Mushti, Ettikottai, Ettikai, Mushini, Azaraqi, Kupilu.
Importance of Kuchla in Ayurveda
According to Ayurveda, Kuchla has been purified before being used throughout history. Purification or Shodhana is considered very important. Cow urine (Gomutra), cow's milk (Go Dugdha) or cow's ghee (Go Ghrita) are considered suitable for purification of Kuchla.
Kuchla can help in increasing appetite as well as digestive function and also prevents constipation. Kuchla also helps with insomnia by controlling brain function and reducing stress. It is also useful in treating urinary problems such as burning or irritation during urination due to its diuretic effect.
It is known to treat sexual problems like erectile dysfunction due to its Vajikarna or aphrodisiac properties.
In what forms is Kuchla used?
Kuchla can be used in various forms but it is generally advised to consult a doctor before using it. It is used in forms mentioned below-
- It can be used in raw herb form to treat various medical conditions.
- Kuchla is used in the form of oil as well.
- Kuchla is also available in the form of tablets and powder.
Benefits of Kuchla
Due to the Vajikarna or aphrodisiac properties of Kuchla, it helps in overcoming erectile dysfunction and ensures satisfactory sexual performance effectively.
Kuchla is an effective appetite stimulant. It is known to increase gastrointestinal activity, prevent constipation and keep the digestive system clean and efficient. Therefore, Kuchla turns out to be very useful for increasing appetite.
Kuchla is known to treat and reduce symptoms of depression as it helps restore Vata balance.
Asthma is caused by an imbalance of Vata and Kapha doshas. These two imbalances together make it difficult for air to enter the lungs and cause breathing difficulties. Kuchla contains certain compounds that have kapha balancing properties and thus facilitates breathing. Therefore, it helps in the treatment of Asthma.
Kuchla helps manage and control anxiety due to its Vata balancing properties. It reduces anxiety symptoms to a great extent.
Due to the anti-inflammatory properties found in Kuchla, it is used in rheumatism to reduce swelling in patients with rheumatism. It also provides relief in stiffness and joint pain.
Kuchla has diuretic properties that increase the production of urine thereby assisting in toxin removal from the body through urination.
Precautions and Side effects while using Kuchla
- Avoid Kuchla if you are facing liver problems.
- It is recommended to avoidKuchla while breastfeeding or during pregnancy.
- Avoid taking antipsychotic drugs with Kuchla.
- It is recommended to avoid the consumption of Kuchla for patients suffering from diabetes or use it under the supervision of a doctor.
- Patients suffering from heart disease should not consume Kuchla or take the advice of a doctor before consumption.
It causes following side effects:
- Neck and back stiffness
- Breathing problems
- Heart failure
- Muscle contractions
Where is it found?
It is found in tropical parts of the country up to 360 m above sea level in moist deciduous forests, as well as in Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and northern Australia.