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Schwabe News Volume 2 | Issue 6 | December 2011

Holarrhena antidysenterica

It is an old Indian medicine, known by the common name “Kurchi”. It is commonly grown throughout in India. It is a small deciduous tree with brown bark, thin glabrous leaves. The wood and the bark have a distinctive odour. The bark contains many alkaloids mainly “Kurchicine” and “Conesimine”. The total alkaloid is about 4.5%, which is available in matured old barks. A homoeopathic tincture is made from the dried bark.1 It is covered by Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of India. It was first proved by Dr. Mahendra Lal Sircar. Hahnemannian proving was conducted by CCRH and published in 2005.

It has come to be known as a very powerful curative agent in cases of acute or chronic dysentery and fever.2,3,4 Much work has been done on this herb. It is considered mainly useful as antiamoebicide. The extract of this plant exerts its antihyperglycemic effect by retarding the carbohydrate absorption from intestine through the inhibition in α-glucosidase activity and therefore resists postprandial hyperglycemia.5

Recommended Dose: 10-20 drops 2-3 times a day. Externally – mother tincture alone or in oils.


  1. Varma PN et al., Encyclopaedia of Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia
  2. K. M. Nadkarni, Indian Materia Medica, Popular Prakashan, Bombay
  3. S. Banerjea, Fifty Homoeopathic Indian Drugs
  4. P. Banerjee, Materia Medica of Indian Drugs
  5. Andrew Chevallier, The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants, 1st ed. 1996

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