Bitter Stick, Bitterstick, Chirayta, Chiretta, Chirette, Chirette des Indes, East Indian Balmony, Genciana de la India, Gentiana chirata, Gentiana chirayita, Indian Bolonong, Indian Gentian, Kairata, Kirata, Swertia chirata, Swertia chirayita, Yin Du Zhang Ya Cai.
Chirata is an herb. People use the parts that grow above the ground to make medicine.
Chirata is used for fever, constipation, upset stomach, loss of appetite, intestinal worms, skin diseases, and cancer. Some people use it as “a bitter tonic.”
In India, it has been used for malaria, when combined with the seeds of divi-divi (Guilandina bonducella).
In manufacturing, chirata is used in alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Chirata contains a chemical that may help reduce swelling (inflammation) and might also fight malaria.
Insufficient Evidence for:
Loss of appetite.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chirata for these uses.
Chirata is safe when taken in the amounts found in beverages. However, there isn’t enough information available to know if chirata is safe in larger medicinal amounts.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of chirata during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Intestinal (duodenal) ulcers: Chirata can make ulcers in the intestine worse.
We currently have no information for CHIRATA Interactions.