Properties and Uses:According to Ayurvedic traditions, Chitrak increases the digestive powers, promoting appetite, and used to treat a variety of disorders of the alimentary tract, such as dyspepsia, diarrhea, and piles. It is an antiseptic, and is also useful in the management of skin disorders, rheumatism, and mental disorders. The paste is applied externally to the skin, where it acts as an irritant and opens abscesses. It decreases blood pressure slightly, and is used only with great caution internally, because it can cause abortion, and large doses can cause respiratory failure. It is an ingredient in Yograj Guggulu.