Kasini (Cichorium intybus)
Chicory, Kasini (Cichorium intybus) - Uses & Benefits
Kasini (Cichorium intybus) commonly known as Chicory is a perennial herb, with large and spreading leaves. It is quite bitter in taste, but the nutritional benefits that Kasini offers are innumerable. It is considered to be a potential blood purifying, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and laxative drug which can be used in the management of a wide range of ailments like dysmenorrhoea, rheumatoid arthritis, hypersensitive disorders, diabetes, etc. in combination with other medications from authentic medical prescription. Kasini has been used as a medicine as well as a food ingredient from ancestral periods. IAFA is producing and promoting good quality natural supplements to our followers to assure the availability of the best products.
Therapeutic Uses of Kasini
- Use of Kasini will help relieve idiopathic constipation, regulate blood pressure and blood glucose levels.
- It helps to reduce aggregated uric acid levels of the body, thus reduces joint pain and swelling. In addition, Kasini being a good anti-inflammatory agent helps to alleviate joint pathologies.
- Kasini also shows hepato-protective and lithotriptic action and so can be used in resolving minor gallstones, liver detoxification, etc.
- Kasini is one of the 38 plants used in Bach flower remedies.
- It is also used as a hormonal tonic that helps to balance hormone levels, helps to alleviate premenstrual symptoms.
- Kasini being a potent antifungal drug is widely used in Candida infection.
Home Recipes of Kasini
- Tender Kasini leaves can be added to salads while the matured leaves are used for preparing soups or porridge to render a whole lot of nutritional addition to your dishes.
- Roots of the Kasini plant are dried, roasted, and powdered to make Chicory coffee powder. Coffee made out of Kasini root is a nutritious beverage and you get to drink one of the world’s most flavored coffee.
- Inulin which is extracted from Kasini root is used as a sweetener as well as the source of dietary fiber which can be incorporated into daily diet plan in allowed quantities.
Kasini leaves are richly supplied with vitamin B6, vitamin E, Vitamin C, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, beta-carotene manganese, niacin, riboflavin, inulin, etc.
30 grams of Kasini contain:-
- Calories – 7 kcal
- Carbohydrates – 1g (1%)
- Dietary fibre – 3%
- Calcium – 30 mg
- Iron – 1mg (5%)
- Potassium – 167mg(5%)
- Protein – 1g
- Sodium – 24mg (1%)
- 2-3 Teaspoons of Kasini juice every day help to acquire its maximum benefit and imbibe its complete utility for optimal body functioning.
- Kasini has been explained elaborately in Ayurvedic texts.
- It is tikta rasa (bitter taste), laghu (light to digest), ruksha (dry), ushna virya (hot potency) and katu vipaka.
- Doshic action – Kapha pitta hara.
- Kasini cures diseases pertaining to yakrt (liver), mutrakrichra (dysuria), hridroga (heart diseases).
Kasini is a very potent drug explained in Ayurveda classics more than 3000 years ago. But unfortunately, the world got a little behind time to realize the miraculous effect of this drug. Now it is widely used for health maintenance, disease prevention as well as for disease healing which throws light on the very core concept of Ayurveda.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist