Ativisha or Atis is an important ayurvedic herb which is a greenish-blue wild flower. This herb is found in alpine and sub-alpine regions of Himalayas. Sushrutha and Charaka have mentioned the medicinal values of the root of this herb in their books. The roots of this plant are bitter and astringent which acts on kapha and pitta. Ativisha is an excellent medicine to treat the common diseases in children like fever, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhoea.
Properties of Ativisha as mentioned in ‘Charaka Samhita’: Antidote for many poisons, Nontoxic and brittle, Gets absorbed and spreads rapidly inside the body, Anti- inflammatory, Aphrodisiac, Astringent.
Ativish is the first choice in treating common paediatric problems. It improves appetite, digestion and assimilation and corrects the body metabolism. Ativisha has the best digestive, carminative and absorbent properties compared to all other herbs and hence used in treating numerous diseases.
The main chemical constituents of Ativisha are as follows:
|Caraka Samhita||Suruta Samhita||Astanga Sangraha||Astanga Hrdaya|
Present in alpine and sub-alpine region of himalayan region at altitudes between 1,800 - 4,500 m.
Ativisha is helpful in following health conditions.
Roots, seeds are used.
Pacifies Kapha and Pitta.