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Chavikasavam

Chavikasavam Ingredients, Benefits, Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

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Chavikasavam improves appetite and promotes alleviation and prevention of excessive intestinal gas. It promotes proper digestion of food. It removes stickiness of stool and promotes good bowel movement.

Chavikasavam is used for the treatment of abdominal distension, flatulence, urinary disorders, common cold, allergic rhinitis, phthisis, cough, gout or hyperuricemia, hernia, loss of appetite, poor digestion, heaviness after food, and other abdominal diseases.

Chavikasavam Ingredients (Composition)

IngredientQuantity
Kwath Dravya (Herbs for Decoction):
Chavya (Java Long Pepper) – Piper Chaba200 Parts
Chitrakmool – Plumbago Zeylanica100 Parts
Dikamali – Gardenia Gummifera40 Parts
Pushkarmool (Elecampane) – Inula Racemosa40 Parts
Vacha (Sweet Flag) – Acorus Calamus40 Parts
Hauber (Common Juniper) – Juniperus Communis40 Parts
Kachur (Zedoary) – Curcuma Zedoaria40 Parts
Patolamoola (Pointed gourd) –  Trichosanthes Dioica40 Parts
Haritaki or Harad (Chebulic Myrobalan) – Terminalia Chebula40 Parts
Bibhitaki (Bahera) – Terminalia Bellirica40 Parts
Amalaki (Amla or Indian Gooseberry) – Phyllanthus Emblica (Emblica Officinalis)40 Parts
Ajwain (Carom Seeds) – Trachyspermum Ammi40 Parts
Kurchi (Kutaj) – Holarrhena Antidysenterica (Pubescens)40 Parts
Indravaruni (Indrayana) – Citrullus Colocynthis Roots40 Parts
Dhania (Coriander) – Coriandrum Sativum40 Parts
Rasna – Pluchea Lanceolata40 Parts
Dantimool (Hastidanti) – Baliospermum Montanum40 Parts
Vaividang (False Black Pepper) – Embelia Ribes20 Parts
Nagarmotha or Mustak (Nut Grass) – Cyperus Rotundus20 Parts
Manjistha – Rubia Cordifolia20 Parts
Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar) – Cedrus Deodara20 Parts
Sonth (Ginger Rhizome) – Zingiber Officinale20 Parts
Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper Nigrum20 Parts
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum20 Parts
Water8192 Parts
Prepare a decoction from all above herbal ingredients and 8192 Parts water. Reduce it to 1024 Parts liquid content/decoction. Then leave it for cooling. Filter the decoction. When decoction is slightly warm, add the following ingredients.
Gur – Jaggery1200 Parts
Dhataki Flower- Woodfordia Fruticosa80 Parts
Dalchini (Cinnamon) – Cinnamomum Zeylanicum8 Parts
Elachi (Green Cardamom) – Elettaria Cardamomum8 Parts
Tejpata (Indian Bay Leaf) – Cinnamomum Tamala8 Parts
Nagkesar – Mesua Ferrea8 Parts
Laung (Clove) – Syzygium Aromaticum4 Parts
Sonth (Ginger Rhizome) – Zingiber Officinale4 Parts
Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper Nigrum4 Parts
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum4 Parts
Kankol (Sheetal Mirch) – Piper Cubeba4 Parts
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  1. After mixing these ingredients, seal the asava vessel with a clay-smeared cloth. Leave it for 30 days in Asava place.
  2. After 30 days, filter the liquid (Chavikasavam) and preserve it in food-grade bottles.

Pharmacological Actions

Chavikasavam has following medicinal properties:

  • Antiflatulent
  • Appetizer
  • Aam Pachak (Detoxifier)
  • Antihyperlipidemic
  • Digestive
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile)
  • Decongestant

Dosha Karma

Chavikasavam has hot potency. It mainly reduces Kapha Dosha and pacifies Vata Dosha. It can increase Pitta Dosha, so it should not be used in cases and symptoms of increased or aggravated Pitta.

Therapeutic Indications

Chavikasavam is helpful in following health conditions.

  • Poor digestion
  • Feeling heaviness in abdomen after food
  • Flatulence or excessive intestinal gas
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal distension and bloating
  • Sweet taste of the mouth
  • Difficulty in bowel movement and incomplete evacuation
  • Hernia
  • Urinary disorders
  • Common cold (used to stop watery discharge)
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Persistent sneezing
  • Cough with thin white mucus
  • General body aches
  • Gout or hyperuricemia
  • Phthisis

Chavikasavam Dosage

The general dosage of Chavikasavam is as follows.
Children (above the age of 5 years)2.5 to 10 ml
Adults10 to 30 ml
Maximum Possible Dosage60 ml Per Day (in divided doses)
Doses: Twice a day with equal amount of water
Best Time to Take: After Food

Safety Profile

Chavikasavam is considerably safe for most individuals when taken as per its indications in appropriate dosage under professional supervision.

Side Effects of Chavikasavam

Chavikasavam is most suitable for an individual with increased or aggravated Kapha Dosha and Vata Dosha. There are no side effects if it is used wisely as per Dosha analysis. Sometimes, or due to unwise use in people with Pitta Prakriti or increased Pitta Dosha, it can cause following symptoms:

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  • Heartburn
  • Hyperacidity
  • Gastritis
  • Vertigo
  • Burning sensation in the abdomen

If these symptoms appear, Chavikasavam should be immediately stopped and seek medical advice for an alternative remedy.

Contraindications

Chavikasavam should not be taken in following cases:

  1. Pregnancy
  2. Heartburn
  3. Gastritis
  4. Hyperacidity
  5. Vertigo
  6. Acid Reflux and GERD
  7. Inflammatory bowel diseases – ulcerative colitis
  8. Peptic ulcer
  9. Mouth ulcer

Pregnancy & Lactation

Chavikasavam contains Chitrak and Pushkarmool and similar herbs, which can increase uterine contractions and may promote uterine bleeding. Therefore, pregnant women should not take Chavikasava.

The safety profile of Chavikasavam is not well established for lactating mothers. Consult an ayurvedic physician before using Chavikasavam during lactation.

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