Balchaturbhadra Churna is an ayurvedic formulation of four herbs. It is used for treating fever, diarrhea, cough, and vomiting that occur in babies. It is also indicated in indigestion, abdominal distension, and abdominal pain. It also gives relief from common cold and mild breathing trouble. It is an effective solution for the most common children’s problems. Therefore, it is considered as an important medicine in ayurvedic science for infants.
Balchaturbhadra Churna contains four ingredients:
|Nagarmotha or Mustak (Nut Grass) – Cyperus Rotundus||25%|
|Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum||25%|
|Ativisha – Aconitum Heterophyllum||25%|
|Karkatakashringi (Crab’s Claw) – Pistacia Integerrima||25%|
Balchaturbhadra Syrup also contains these ingredients. The additional ingredient in syrup is sugar and syrup base.
|VIRYA (Potency)||USHNA (Hot)|
|DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors)||Reduces Kapha Dosha & Pacifies Vata Dosha|
|Dhatu (Tissue) Effect||RASA, RAKTA|
Balchaturbhadra Churna has following healing properties.
- GRAHI (astringent)
Balachaturbhadra Churna is helpful in following health conditions.
- Abdominal distension or bloating
- Infantile colic and abdominal pain
- Common cold
- Problems occurring during teething
Balchaturbhadra Churna Benefits & Uses
Balchaturbhadra Churna is useful in childhood diseases, especially related with digestive system and respiratory system. In addition to its therapeutic benefits, it also improves appetite, digestion, and hepatic functions.
Fever, Common Cold & Respiratory Infections
The most common cause of fever in babies is upper respiratory tract infections. In the most instances, baby has common cold and then he develops fever and sometimes secondary bacterial infection.
Balchaturbhadra Churna is an effective antiviral, antibacterial and anti-cold medicine. Therefore, it helps to treat common cold, fever, and upper respiratory tract infections. For treating these health condition, mother’s milk is an excellent adjuvant.
Balchaturbhadra Churna has antitussive and mucolytic properties. In the most cases, cough starts with dry cough and then it can also develop into wet cough. Dry cough is generally associated with cold and allergy. Wet cough indicates bacterial infections. Balchaturbhadra Churna is effective in both cases. Initially, it treats cold and helps to pacify cough. In wet cough, it acts as mucolytic and reduces wheezing, congestion and then pacifies cough. Its antibacterial action helps to treat underlying bacterial infection.
Poor Digestion & Loss of Appetite
Balchaturbhadra Churna also improves appetite and digestion due to its appetizer and digestive stimulant actions. It increases gastric secretion and stimulates bile secretion from the liver, which helps to increase appetite and stimulates digestion.
Balchaturbhadra Churna has antispasmodic action. It gives relief from abdominal cramps by relaxing the abdominal muscles and thus, it provides relief in infantile colic. For the best results, it should be used with fennel water.
The antibacterial and antidiarrheal actions of Balchaturbhadra Churna benefit to reduce infection and frequency of loose stools in babies. Its ingredients, especially Ativisha reduces liquid content of the stools and helps to restore the natural consistency of the stool. In addition, it also kills microbes responsible for diarrhea.
Balchaturbhadra Churna Dosage
The dosage of Balchaturbhadra Churna may vary according to the age, health condition and body weight of the patient. The general dosage of Balchaturbhadra Churna is given below:
|Infants & Children||16 mg per Kg body weight|
|Maximum Possible Dosage||2 grams Per Day (in divided doses)|
The safest dosage in infant and children is 16 mg per Kg weight. In severe cases, its dosage can be increased to 24 mg per Kg body weight. In adults, 1 grams twice daily is an optimum dosage. However, it can be increased up to 2 grams twice daily in severe cases. Excess dosage can cause burning sensation, gastritis, and acidity.
How to Take
|How many times should I take?||2 times a day|
|When should I take?||In cases of loss of appetite or vomiting, it should be given before breastfeeding or before food. In cases of poor digestion, abdominal heaviness, and intestinal gas, it should be given after breastfeeding or after food.|
|Adjuvant||Breastmilk or honey|
Safety Profile & Side Effects of Balchaturbhadra Churna
|Suitability acc. to Body Type (Prakriti)||Mostly suitable for people with Vata Body Type and Kapha Body Type|
|Suitable for Vikriti Dosha (Use)||Increased or aggravated Vata Dosha and Kapha Dosha; Diminished Pitta; Conditions with excess AMA accumulation|
|Unsuitable for Vikriti Dosha (Don’t Use)||Increased or aggravated Pitta Dosha|
|Shelf Life||2 Years from The Date of Manufacture|
|Expiration Date (after opening)||Best to consume within 3 months|
Balchaturbhadra Churna is Likely Safe & Well Tolerated.
Generally, there are no side effects when Balchaturbhadra Churna is used wisely in patients with the dominance of Kapha Dosha or Vata Dosha. If the patient has Pitta Prakriti or any condition related to the increase of the Pitta, then it can cause following side effects:
- Burning sensation in abdomen
However, these side effects are rare and only occur when its dosage exceeds from 24 mg per Kg body weight, especially seen in patients with Pitta Body Type.
Balchaturbhadra Churna should not be used in the following health conditions:
- Constipation or hard stool
- Hyperacidity, heartburn