Sanskrit name: vanya jiraka, agnibija, aranyajiraka, aranyajirakah, atavijiraka, avalguja, braka,
Botanical name: Centratherum Anthelminticum
Habitat: Throughout India up to 5500 feet. In the Himalayas and often cultivated in villages.
- Rasa (taste): bitter, astringent, pungent
- Virya (action): heating
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect): pungent
- Doshas (constitutions): Balancing for vata and kapha, may aggravate pitta in excess
Centratherum Anthelminticum has antiviral properties. It is also beneficial in the treatment of Urinary tract disorders and gastrointestinal diseases.