The Karaknath is an Indian breed of chicken local to the Madhya Pradesh area, where it is known as “Kali masi” (“fowl having black flesh”). The Kadaknath is popular mainly for its adaptability and the good-tasting black meat, which is believed to infuse vigor. Its color stems from the deposition of melanin pigment.
Karinkozhi or Kadaknath meat is unique as it is black in color and has several medicinal properties to cure various ailments. In recent times the popularity of Kadakanth is growing mainly because of the taste combined with medicinal values. The meat is black in color due to the large melanin content, a genetic condition called “Fibromelanosis”. Kadakanath blood is often used in the treatment of chronic disease in human beings and the meat is considered as an aphrodisiac.
Kadaknath has special medicinal value in homeopathy and a particular nervous disorder. Research has shown that the Kadaknath species have lower cholesterol than normally available white chicken and also contain high levels of essential amino acids as well as hormones that are required by the human body.
Kadaknath chicken has many kinds of amino acids (18 kinds of amino acids including the 8 essential amino acids for the human body), Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, niacin, protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, iron, nicotinic acid, etc. Laboratory tests clearly show that the Kadaknth chicken contains certain hormones, blue pigment and amino acids required by the human body and are considered to be very useful to increase blood cells and hemoglobin.
Presently there are abundant clinical experiences has indicating Kadaknth Chicken Meat to effectively treat women’s ailments like sterility, menoxenic (abnormal menstruation), habitual abortion, blood leucorrhoea, metrorrhagia, and sickness after giving birth to offspring.
This black meat is also known to be useful in the cure of pulmonary problems – tuberculosis (TB), heart diseases, neurasthenia ( a condition of nervous debility supposed to be dependent upon impairment in the functions of the spinal cord), and children osteomalacia ( a condition marked by softening of the bones).