Vati & Gutika

Dhanwantharam Gulika

Dhanwantharam Gulika is an ayurvedic medicine mainly used for diseases of the respiratory system, digestive ailment, and heart diseases. It is helpful in cases of bronchitis, cough, asthma, breathlessness (dyspnea), heart diseases, hiccup, phthisis, anorexia, nausea & vomiting and excessive salivation. It is also useful for the preventive of health problems occurring in women during puerperium (period following the childbirth). It induces excretion of toxins from the uterus and helps in quick recovery of the uterus to pre-pregnancy size.

Dhanwantharam Gulika Ingredients

Elettaria Cardamomum – Elaichi (Cardamom)1 Part
Zingiber Officinale – Sonth (dried ginger)1 Part
Terminalia chebula – Haritaki1 Part
Myristica Fragrans – Jaiphal (Nutmeg)1 Part
Solanum Indicum – Brihati (Indian Nightshade)1 Part
Swertia Chirata – Chirayata (Kiratatikta)1 Part
Cuminum Cyminum – Jeera (Cumin Seeds)1 Part
Syzygium Aromaticum – Laung (Clove)1 Part
Piper Cubeba – Kababchini (Kankola)1 Part
Andrographis Paniculata – Kalmegh (Bhunimba or Indian Echinacea or Nilavembu)1 Part
Elaeocarpus Ganitrus – Rudraksha1 Part
Cedrus Deodara – Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar)1 Part
Cinnamomum Camphora – Kapur or Kapoor (Plant Camphor)1 Part
Karigutha1 Part
Gandhamarjaravirya1 Part
Cuminum Cyminum – Jeera (Cumin Seeds) DecoctionQ.S.
Chandan KwathQ.S.

Dhanwantharam Gulika contains above ingredients, which are mixed in equal proportion by weight and Jeera and Chandan Decoction is used for processing. Then tablets are made.

Pharmacological Actions

Ingredients in Dhanwantharam Gulika pacify Vata Aggravation and works as respiration, digestion, and circulation. It eases in breathing, improves digestion and appetite, and boosts blood circulation in the body.

Medicinal Properties

  • Aam Pachak (Detoxifier)
  • Adaptogenic
  • Alterative – tending to restore health
  • Antibacterial
  • Antihyperlipidemic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Antipyretic
  • Anti-stress
  • Antitussive
  • Cardiac Stimulant
  • Cardioprotective
  • Carminative
  • Depurative (purifies blood)
  • Digestive Stimulant
  • Febrifuge
  • Mucolytic
  • Antisialagogue (reduces saliva production)

Ayurvedic Properties

DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors)Pacifies mainly VATA DOSHA & KAPHA DOSHA
PRABHAVA (Action)Carminative
Dhatu (Tissue) EffectRASA, RAKTA, MAMSA, MEDAS
Organs EffectLungs, Stomach, Liver, Uterus
Main IndicationBreathlessness, Cough, Hiccup & Vomiting

Therapeutic Indications

Dhanwantharam Gulika is indicated in following health conditions:

  • Bronchitis
  • Cough
  • Dyspnea (Breathlessness)
  • Asthma
  • Hiccup
  • Phthisis
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Excessive Salivation
  • Headache (due to abdominal ailments or constipation)
  • Giddiness
  • Anorexia
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Flatulence
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Pre-Menstrual Syndromes
  • Colicky Pain

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Dhanwantharam Gulika is as follows.
Children½ to 1 tablet (50 to 100 mg) *
Adults1 to 2 tablets (100 to 200 mg) *
Maximum Possible Dosage120 ml Per Day (in divided doses)
* Twice or Thrice Daily with Jeera Water (Cumin Water)
Best Time to Take: After Food
Note: Classical dosage is around 1000 mg, which may be now toxic and unsuitable for most individuals.

Safety Profile

Dhanwantharam Gulika is considerably safe and well-tolerated in most individuals when Dhanwantharam Gulika is taken in the recommended dosage under the supervision of an ayurvedic physician.

Side Effects

There are no side effects observed with Dhanwantharam Gulika when used in recommended dosage.

Pregnancy & Lactation

The safety profile of Dhanwantharam Gulika is not well established for pregnant women. However, it is recommended by many ayurvedic doctors during pregnancy, but it should not be used more than a week for precautionary purposes because it may contain Camphor and Nutmeg, which are unsuitable herbs during pregnancy. However, the formulation of the Dhanwantharam Gulika can also vary according to the understanding of ingredients provided in classical texts by manufacturing companies. Therefore, you should also check ingredients on the label before its administration. We recommend you to avoid it during pregnancy.

Dhanwantharam Gulika is likely to be well-tolerable to consume by lactating mothers. There are no adverse effects reported with the use of Dhanwantharam Gulika in lactating mothers and breastfeeding babies.

Dhanwantharam Gulika is recommended during pregnancy. Why do you have not provided the detail about its indication for pregnant women?

However, ingredients in Dhanwantharam Gulika may vary according to the understanding of its formulation and names of ingredients described in Sahasrayogam. As per our readings, Dhanwantharam Gulika contains Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) and Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg), which should not be used during pregnancy because these ingredients may stimulate or increase the chances of abnormal bleeding and may also have several side effects on fetal development. Therefore, we are not in favor of its use during pregnancy though it is recommended by other doctors. In Sahasrayogam, its use during pregnancy is also not clearly stated.


According to ingredients’ analysis, Dhanwantharam Gulika should not be taken by people suffering from any of following health condition:

  • Bleeding Disorders
  • 2 Weeks prior to schedule surgery and up to 2 weeks after surgery
  • Dry mouth


  • Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal
  • AVN Ayurveda Formulations
  • AVP Coimbatore
  • Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group

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