Narkachur Root – White Turmeric – Kachur Haldi
Latin – Curcuma zedoria
Vernacular names / Synonyms
Other Names : Karchura, Aranyaharidra, Sholi, Sholika, Vanahaladi, Vanaharidra, Vanarishta, Dravida, Palashi, Kachura Gandh-mulaka, Shati, Gandhapalasha, Kacchura, Ban haldi, Ban haridra, Jangli haldi, Kasturi-manjal, Kattu-mannal, Kichili, Kizhangu, Kitchiliki Zhangu, Padam Kizhangu, Kachoramu, Kichili Gadda, Kua, Zedoary, Cochin Turmeric, Wild Turmeric, Yellow Zedoary, Katuri, Ekangi, Kachura, Sati, Shori, Kachuro, Shatakachuro, Kachora, Kaeheholam, Kachchurikizhanna, Pulakizhanna, Kachari, Kachora, Narakachora, Kachoramu, Gandha Sunthi, Karchura, Kachur, Dadakaha, Walkaha, Kichili Kizhangu, Zaranbad (Neem Kofta), Zarambad, Narkachoor, Kachur, Zarambad, Zurunbad, Uruk-el-kafur, Zurambad, Prateal vong preah atit, Ronde zedoar, Zedoaire, Zedoaire bulheux1 Zedoire, Zedoarwurzel, Zittwer, Zedoaria, Kazhui, Urukelkafur,
Nar Kachur – Medicinal properties : Antipyretic/antifebrile/febrifuge, Aphrodisiac, Anti-aggregant, Anti-inflammatory, Carminative, Demulcent, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Stomachic, Stimulant, Tonic,
Ayurvedic Properties, and Action
It has the property of digestion, vomiting, and purging, and gives a feeling of lightness. It is considered bad for sperms, and fetus.
- Rasa (taste on the tongue): Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter),
- Guna (Pharmacological Action): Laghu (Light), Tikshna (Sharp)
- Virya (Action): Ushna (Heating)
- Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Katu (Pungent)
- Deepana: Promote appetite but do not aid in digesting undigested food
- Kaphahar: Reduces phlegm
- Mukhasodhana: Purification of mouth
- Ruchikarak: Improve taste
Zedoaria Oil: The essential oil obtained from the roots is known as Zedoaria Oil. The oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and carminative action. On application, it produces relaxation of smooth muscles. It depresses the heart, and causes contraction of blood vessels. It increases amplitude, and frequency of respiration. The essential oil contains alphapinene, d-camphor, d-camphene, cineole, sesquiterpenes, and sesquiterpene alcohols.