Karkatasrungi - herb that addresses inflammation, respiratory and gut problems!

Karkata srngi, commonly known as ‘Crabs claw’ is a glabrous tree found majorly in Himalayan slopes, hills of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in India. Karkatshringi is a multibranched, single stemmed, deciduous tree of Pistacia integerrima which belongs to the family of Anacardiaceae. 

It is a tree with Srngi (gall) like structures on it that are produced by an insect called Aphis (Dasia asdifactor). These horn-like outgrowths are called as Karkatshringi. These are large, hollow and cylindrical in shape and are packed with medicinal properties. It usually has a pungent odor and is bitter in taste.

Herb - Karakatasrungi

Ayurvedic Action

Rasa (Taste)Kasaya, Thiktha
Virya (Energy)Heating
Vipak (Post-digestive effect)Katu
Guna (Quality)Heavy
Doshic EffectBalance V-K

Health Benefits

Respiratory Health

 Karkatshrungi gall has a good expectorant and bronchodilator activities.  It helps in loosening the mucus in the air passages making it easy to be expelled out and also helps in dilating the respiratory air passages. This helps clear congestion and increases the flow of air to the lungs and helps ease breathing.

 Effective in asthma condition. It acts on the upper and lower respiratory tract and improves local as well as general immunity. Prevents from recurrent infections like cold, cough, allergies, fatigue, loss of energy, recurrent sinus infections, rhinitis and boosts immunity.


Anti diarrheal and antimicrobial properties of Karkatashrungi helps to manage the diarrhoea and stops the infection causing bacteria in the large intestine.  

Anti Inflammatory 

Karkatshringi gall and leaves have anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in reducing pain and inflammation associated with various skin diseases. 

Dosage and side effects (only after consultation with an ayurvedic doctor).

Part Used: Gall

Dosage - 1/4-1/2 teaspoon

Consult your doctor before taking Karkatshringi during pregnancy, Lactation.

Karkatshringi sometimes have a mild irritant effect on the skin.


  1. https://academicjournals.org/journal/JMPR/article-full-text-pdf/0A1477A53721
  2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/287194233_An_overview_of_Pistacia_integerrima_a_medicinal_plant_species_Ethnobotany_biological_activities_and_phytochemistry

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