Dosage in Ayurveda

The amount that needs to take for getting therapeutic benefits is called dosage. It represents the quantity of medicine that the patient should take. It can be in numbers, grams or ml. For example,

  • For Vati and Gutika (tablets), the dosage is recommended in numbers. For example, Take 1 tablet or 2 tablets.
  • For Avaleha or Lehyam, the dosage is recommended in grams or teaspoons. For example, take 5 grams or 1 teaspoon.
  • For liquids, the dosage is advised in ml. For example, take 15 ml to 30 ml for Asava an Arista or take 5 ml of any syrup.

In ayurvedic classical texts, the dosage is also recommended as “Low Normal Dosage to High Normal Dosage”. It is the possible range of dosage, which your doctor can prescribe. This range is usually given for adult patients.

For example, Jatamansi powder dosage ranges from 1000 to 3000 mg. 1000 mg is its low normal dosage and 3000 mg is its high normal dosage. Your doctor will decide the most appropriate dosage for you according to your health condition, tolerability, and Dosha analysis.

General Dosage of Ayurvedic Medicines

Although, the dosage can vary for each formulation or medicine. Everything has exceptions. Here is a general dosage recommended in ayurveda.

Liquid Medicine Dosage

Medicine Category Normal Dosage
Decoction (Kashayam) – Readymade 5 – 15 ml + 20 – 60 ml water
Decoction (Kashayam) – Homemade 96 ml
Fermented Formulations – Asava & Arishta 15 – 30 ml + 30 – 60 ml water
Herbal Distillate – Ark 24 – 60 ml
Herbal Water 60 – 120 ml
Medicated Ghee – Ghrita 6 – 12 ml (1 to 2 teaspoons)
Medicated Oils – Thailam 3 – 6 ml (1/2 to 1 teaspoon)
Squash – Sharbat 24 to 48 ml

Herbal Powder (Churna) Dosage

Very Hot Herbs 125 – 500 mg
Moderately Hot Herbs 500 – 1000 mg
Mildly Hot and Cooling Herbs 1 – 3 grams
Strengthening Herbs 3 – 6 grams

Herbomineral Formulation Dosage

Bhasma 65 – 250 mg
Pishti 125 – 500 mg
Ras Rasayana – Herbal Mineral Medicine 65 – 250 mg (½ tablet – 2 tablets)
Kupipakwa Rasayana 65 – 125 mg
Lauh & Mandoor 125 to 250 mg

Polyherbal Tablets’ Dosage

Guggulu 500 mg – 1000 mg (2 – 4 tablets)
Vati & Gutika – Made of Herbs 250 – 500 mg (1 to 2 tablets)

Herbal Jam and Marmalade Dosage

Lehyam (Avaleha) – Hot Potency 2 – 6 grams
Lehyam (Avaleha) 12 – 24 grams
Murabba (Marmalade) 1 to 2 pieces

Other Formulations

Kshar (क्षार) 125 – 1000 mg

Note:

  • Generally, ayurvedic frequency of taking medicine is twice daily.
  • Above dosage is the most appropriate dosage for adult patients.
  • Your doctor can further decide the dosage for children based on age, body weight, strength, and other health conditions. Also Read:

Also Read: Dosage Calculations for Ayurvedic Medicines and Herbal Medicines

Warning: The dosage described above is not an accurate dosage for each formulation. This dosage may be applicable to most of the medicines, but it has several exceptions. Please read the individual article for each medicine to know the accurate dosage.


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