Swertia chirata. N.O. Gentianaceae.
Synonym ► Brown Chirata, Chirayta, Griseb. Habitat ► Northern India.
Features ► Stem purplish-brown, cylindrical below, becoming quadrangular higher up, pithy, nearly quarter-inch thick. Leaves opposite, three to seven longitudinal ribs, entire. Fruit (capsule) one-celled, two valved. Extremely bitter taste.
Part used ► Whole plant. Action ► Bitter tonic.
In all cases where a tonic is indicated. With suitable hepatics and laxatives, sometimes forms part of prescriptions for liver complaints, dyspepsia and constipation.
Dose, two to four tablespoonfuls of 1/2 ounce to 1 pint infusion.