Kiriyath is a medicinal plant which is an annual or biennial bush. It normally grows in sunlight or partial shade, could grow up to a height of 18-inches to over four-feet. It is an erect shrub with thinly dispersed or scattered leaves up to 5-inches long. The leaves are scentless and the white coloured flowers have pale violet streaks. The whole of this plant has a bitter flavour and is also known by the name ‘King of bitters’.
Kiriyath is normally used for the preparation of an Ayurvedic decoction, which is known to be good against continuous fever.
Chiretta stimulates the digestion and helps to normalize blood sugar, which makes it useful for diabetics.