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Ayush, Sustainability, and Picrorhiza

Sunday, September 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Schales
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Submitted by Jared Paulson

The now endangered herb Picrorhiza kurroa has been long known to ancient medicines. The first mention of it was over 2,000 years ago in the two most important Ayurvedic medicinal compendiums: the Carakasamhita and the Surustasamhita. Historic uses of picrorhiza include liver and lung support, fever reduction, dyspepsia, chronic diarrhea, and even scorpion stings. It has recently become popular in the West due to its powerful liver supporting properties. A small, creeping perennial in the Scrophulariaceae family, picrorhiza is native to the mountains of India, Nepal, Tibet, and Pakistan. It is a wild-crafted herb taken from rocks and crevices. While known for its self-regenerating capabilities, over-harvesting has been a problem for many years, pushing picrorhiza towards extinction. Ayush Herbs is working to counteract this trend.

Ayush Herbs has partnered with the Himachal Pradesh Forestry management to sustainably harvest herbs in accordance with CITES identified acceptable-harvest regions and with direct oversight from the government. Our teams of harvesters are working to reseed the wild plants as part of a sustainable forestry farming project. We are also working to grow Picrorhiza kurroa in our network of family farms in Himachal Pradesh, India – our family home! We are proud to work with the local governing agencies, our farmers, and harvesters to continue the mission of keeping India green and maintaining medicinal herbs for generations to come.

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