One Herb which Cures Many Fevers – Swertia Chirayita (Nila Vembu)

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One Herb which Cures Many Fevers – Swertia Chirayita (Nila Vembu)

Rainy season is one of the most loved seasons for most people because of its chill climate, but it’s after effects are dreadful. Many water borne and mosquito borne diseases such as malaria, typhoid, dengue and viral fever affects people. Don’t you hate it when you’re down with fever? Those tasteless days, the injections can make your day even worse.

Let’s have a look at the common fevers and its symptoms.


According to World Health Organization, dengue is the most rapidly spreading mosquito – borne viral disease in the world. Some of its symptoms are headache, muscle pain, sore throat, nausea, sudden high fever and skin rash.


Malaria is a dreaded disease that can cause massive death toll. The symptoms are fever, headache, chills, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.


Typhoid is a life threatening disease which kills almost 21.5 million people each year. It is indicated by poor appetite, abdominal pain, headaches, diarrhea and headaches.

According to Ayurveda, disease is caused only when there is lack of immunity in the body. Early diagnosis and Ayurvedic treatment can cure fevers without any side effects.

Medicinal plants have always played an important role in the health development of mankind. In developing countries, 80% of populations are totally dependent on plants for their primary health care. Over 25% of prescribed medicines in industrialized countries derive directly or indirectly from   medicinal plants.

If you’re wondering which one herb can help you get rid of many fevers, it is ‘Swertia Chirayita.’

Abstract on Swertia Chirayita

Swertia Chirata is called as ‘Chirayata’ in India. It is also known as `Indian Gentian`. This annual herb is found all across India and grows up to the height of 1.5 meters. It is majorly found in the Himalayas majorly between the heights of 1200 to 1500 meters. It is known to have leaves in opposite pairs which are about 10 cms in length with no stalks. In Hindi the herb is called Chiretta and in Sanskrit it is called Bhunimba or Kirata tikta.

This ancient herb is a blue flowering plant and is also sometimes known as the Nepali Neem because it is a common tree in the forests of Nepal. This plant was introduced to Europe in 1839 and has been used widely since. All the parts of the plant can be used for making either a dried herb or powder.

Ayurvedic Properties

The Ayurvedic properties of Swertia Chirata are as below:

  • Veerya – Hot
  • Rasa – Bitter
  • Vipaka – Pungent
  • Dosha – Balances dosha
  • Guna – Light


  • Xanthones
  • Stearic Acid
  • Swertenol
  • Oleanolic acid
  • Chiratanin

Benefits of Swertia Chirata

Apart from healing many fevers, Swertia Chirata is a magical herb which can cure many diseases. It is ‘one herb with many benefits.’ This write-up explains the medicinal benefits of Swertia Chirata in brief.

  1. Liver

It is beneficial in treating liver problems and increases metabolism as it contains digestive, hepatic and tonic properties.

  1. Cancer

It is an anti-oxidant herb and its anti-oxidant action guards the cells from turning cancerous and fights against cancer.

  1. Anti – Inflammatory

It is rich in its anti-inflammatory properties which make it a great remedy for joint disease, swelling, pain, redness and specially Rheumatoid Arthritis.

  1. Diabetes

It has the ability to lower blood sugar levels and stimulates insulin production. It can be a cure for diabetes.

  1. Skin Disease

It cures many skin diseases. It is great for rashes, inflamed skin and other skin problems.

  1. Lungs

It helps cure bronchitis, asthma and inflammatory conditions of the lungs by opening the bronchi.

  1. Stomach Disorders

It is effective in strengthening the stomach and promotes its action. It reinforces the stomach and boosts its functions. It can relieve diarrhea.

  1. Intestinal Worms

The herb contains anthelmintic which destroys and kills intestinal worms. This makes it effective for relieving worm issues that affect the intestine.

  1. Hiccups

The astringent flavor of Chiretta sets of an impulsive response that promotes the production of saliva and gastric enzymes. It relieves hiccups, bloating and indigestion.

  1. Bleeding

It helps with heavy monthly periods, internal bleeding and nose bleeding.


Being an Ayurvedic therapeutic plant, Swertia Chirata has a wide scope for in modern times due to the increased health problems. It is a savior for many people suffering from different diseases. But it is advisable to be consumed only after consulting with a certified herbalist.

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    I have been practicing alternative medicine for the past 7 years in and out of India.Coming from a traditional family from Kerala, Gods own country.My fore fathers where into traditional Ayurveda practice over 7 more

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