Drakshadi Kashayam (Kwatham)

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Drakshadi Kashayam is an ayurvedic medicine mainly used for Vata and Pitta disorders. It is helpful in the treatment of chronic fevers, excessive thirst, vertigo (giddiness), nausea, vomiting, jaundice, debility, alcoholism, epistaxis, and bleeding disorders. It is also helpful for treating hangover due to excess alcohol consumption.

Drakshadi Kashayam Ingredients

IngredientsQuantity
Vitis Vinifera – Draksha (Raisins)1 Part
Madhuca Indica – Mahua/Madhuka flowers1 Part
Glycyrrhiza Glabra – Yashtimadhu (Licorice)1 Part
Symplocos Racemosa – Lodhra1 Part
Gmelina Arborea – Gambhari (Beech wood/Kasmari)1 Part
Hemidesmus Indicus – Sariva1 Part
Mustak (Nut Grass) – Cyperus Rotundus1 Part
Emblica Officinalis – Amla1 Part
Coleus Zeylanicum – Hribera1 Part
Nelumbium Speciosum – Kamal Kesar (Lotus)1 Part
Nelumbium Speciosum – Kamal Nal1 Part
Prunus Cerasoides –

Padmaka

1 Part
Santalum Album – Safed Chandan (White Sandalwood)1 Part
Vetiveria Zizanioides – Ushira or Khas (Vetiver)1 Part
Jasminum Sambac – Jatipushpa1 Part
Phoenix Famifera – Parushaka1 Part
Reference: ASHTANGA HRIDAYAM, CHIKITSA STHANA, CHAPTER 1, JWARA CHIKITSA, VERSE 55 – 58 & SAHASRAYOGAM, KASHAYA PRAKARANA, VATA PITTA JWARAHAR KASHAYA

Pharmacological Actions

Ingredients in Drakshadi Kashayam pacify Vata and Pitta Aggravation. It balances acid secretion in the stomach and reduces burning sensation. It supports digestive health and improves strength. It mainly acts on stomach, intestine, liver, and parts above the shoulders like head, neck, nose, etc.

Medicinal Properties

  • Antacid
  • Antipyretic
  • Anti-inflammatory (appears in inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Carminative
  • Antioxidant
  • Adaptogenic
  • Alterative – tending to restore health
  • Antiulcerogenic
  • Carminative
  • Cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile)
  • Depurative (purifies blood)
  • Digestive Stimulant
  • Haematinic (increases hemoglobin levels)
  • Mild laxative
  • Tonic

Ayurvedic Properties

DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors)Pacifies VATA DOSHA and PITTA DOSHA
Dhatu (Tissue) EffectRASA, RAKTA
Organs EffectStomach, Intestine, Liver, and Parts above the Shoulders like Head, Neck, Nose, Etc.
Main IndicationFever

Therapeutic Indications

Drakshadi Kashayam is indicated in following health conditions:

  • Fever (Vata-Pitta Type)
  • Alcoholism and Hangover after alcohol consumption
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Burning sensation
  • Fatigue
  • Vertigo
  • Epistaxis (Nosebleed)
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Jaundice
  • Headache

Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Drakshadi Kashayam reduces following symptoms:

  • Generalized weakness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Feeling of losing consciousness
  • Sour taste of the mouth
  • Sour Vomitus
  • Burning sensation
  • Delirium
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Feeling of exhaustion
  • Feeling of increased heat
  • Pain with feeling of burning
  • Fever

It can be used in the indicated health conditions when the patient has these symptoms.

Debility after Fever

Drakshadi Kashayam is an excellent remedy for debility occurring after fever. It reduces fatigue, weakness and loss of interest and provides strength to the body. It should be taken for 2 to 4 weeks after chronic fevers or infections. If patient has extreme debility, then it can also be used along with Ashwagandha Preparations.

Hangover after Alcohol Consumption

Many people experience hangover after heavy drinking, which is characterized by headache, nausea, and feeling of sick, dizziness and thirsty. All these symptoms are occurring due to excess Pitta and Vata in the body, which are treatable with Drakshadi Kashayam.

Headache

Drakshadi Kashayam also gives relief from the headache. It is generally effective when patient has heartburn, gastritis, burning sensation in the head, irritability, and increased sensitivity to bright lights, dizziness and nausea. It can be used along with Sutshekhar Ras or Kamdudha Ras for the best results in such cases of headache.

Dosage & Administration

Drakshadi Kwatham is available in three preparations:

  1. Drakshadi Kashayam Churna
  2. Drakshadi Kashayam Liquid
  3. Drakshadi Kashayam Tablets

Drakshadi Kashayam Churna

If you are using Drakshadi Kashayam Churna, then take 60 grams churna in 960 ml water. Boil to reduce it 120 ml Drakshadi Kwatham. The dosage is 30 to 60 ml.

The general dosage of Decoction (Kwath) prepared with Drakshadi Kashayam Churna is as follows.
Children15 to 30 ml *
Adults30 to 60 ml *
Maximum Possible Dosage120 ml Per Day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day
Best Time to Take: Before Food

Drakshadi Kashayam Liquid

Drakshadi Kashayam Liquid is readymade concentrated decoction and can be used in the following dosage.

The general dosage of Drakshadi Kwatham readymade Liquid is as follows.
Children2.5 to 10 ml *
Adults5 to 15 ml *
Maximum Possible Dosage30 ml Per Day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with 4 times boiled and cooled water
Best Time to Take: Before Food

Drakshadi Kashayam Tablets

Drakshadi Kashayam Tablets are the extract tablets of the Drakshadi decoction.

The general dosage of Drakshadi Kashayam Tablets is as follows.
Children1 tablet *
Adults2 tablets *
Maximum Possible Dosage4 tablets Per Day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with warm water
Best Time to Take: 30 minutes Before Food
Note: The dosage is according to 1000 mg tablet of Drakshadi Kashayam.

Safety Profile

All available forms of Drakshadi Kwatham are considerably safe and well-tolerated in most individuals when Drakshadi formulations are taken in the recommended dosage under the supervision of an ayurvedic physician. Drakshadi Kwatham is well suitable for people having Vata dominance in symptoms.

Side Effects

There are no side effects observed with Drakshadi Kashayam.

Pregnancy & Lactation

The safety profile of Drakshadi Kashayam is not well established for pregnant women. However, ingredients used in Drakshadi Kashaya in provided ratio are not likely to cause any side effects during pregnancy. You should consult an ayurvedic physician before using Drakshadi formulations during pregnancy.

Drakshadi Kashayam is likely to be safe to consume by lactating mothers. There are no adverse effects reported with the use of Drakshadi Kwatham in lactating mothers and breastfeeding babies.

Manufactures

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