Japanese Bloodgrass, Cogon Grass, Kunai Grass, Thatch Grass

Japanese Bloodgrass, Cogon Grass, Kunai Grass, Thatch GrassSanskrit name: Kutuka, Darbha
Botanical name: Imperata cylindrica
Habitat: It is native to Southeast Asia.







  • Rasa (taste): Astringent, Sweet
  • Virya (action): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effects): Sweet
  • Dosha (Constitution): Balances kapha, pitta and vata

General information

Cogon Grass which is also known as Darbha in India, has an ancient history and religious importance. It is said that Buddha used a seat made of Cogon Grass for his meditation and attained an enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Vedas has given this grass a sacred importance. Ayurveda also mentions this herb and its therapeutic benefits. The flowers and roots are used for medicinal preparation. It has antibacterial and is used in skin ailments and wounds. Astringent properties of this herb are found beneficial in treating gastrointestinal and urinary tract diseases.


No such information on side effects is available on this Herb. However, we recommend to consume this herb under proper medical guidance.

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