Khadiradi Vati (Gutika)
Khadiradi Vati (Gutika) is an ayurvedic and herbal remedy used for mouth ulcer, pharyngitis (sore throat) and other diseases of teeth, gums, tongue and throat.
Khadiradi Vati acts as oral antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent and expectorant. Therefore, it is beneficial especially in sore throat and tonsillitis or infections of tonsils.
|Ingredients||Quantity (Percentage)||250 mg Tablet Contains|
|Khadira Saar (Kattha) – Catechu (Acacia Catechu Extract)||50%||125 mg|
|Javitri (Mace)||12.5%||31.25 mg|
|Kankol (Sheetal Chini or Kabab Chini) – Cubeb (Tailed Pepper) – Piper Cubeba||12.5%||31.25 mg|
|Bhimseni Kapoor – Natural Camphor – Cinnamomum Camphora||12.5%||31.25 mg|
|Supari – Areca nut||12.5%||31.25 mg|
The formulation Khadiradi Vati (Gutika) may be different according to the brand or manufacturing companies, but all contains Khadira Saar (Kattha) – Catechu as main ingredients. Different classical ayurvedic texts have given different formulation, so we have provided a standard formulation here.
PHYTOCHEMISTRY (CHEMICAL COMPOSITION)
The main ingredient of Khadiradi Vati is Catechu (acacia catechu extract), which contains Flavonoid principles. The following components are found in Catechu.
- CATECHUIC ACID
- PROTOCATECHUIC ACID
These active principles of Catechu exert a significant antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect in oral cavity and on other parts of the body.
Khadiradi Gutika has following healing properties.
- Antiseptic (appears in oral cavity)
- Emollient (Soothing Effect On Throat)
Khadiradi Vati is helpful in following health conditions.
- Laryngitis (Hoarseness or Loss of Voice)
- Mouth Ulcers
- Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)
- Tonsils Infections
- Toothache (rarely used)
- Cough (especially due to throat irritation)
Benefits & Medicinal Uses
Khadiradi Vati is mainly useful for reducing hoarseness and throat irritation. Some of its important benefits and medicinal uses are as follows:
Laryngitis (Hoarseness or Loss of Voice)
The anti-inflammatory and soothing action of Khadiradi Vati reduces inflammation of larynx (voice box). It provides a clear voice and reduces hoarseness by reducing irritation and swelling of vocal cord. If hoarseness is caused by overuse, then Ashwagandha extract should also be used with milk in addition to Khadiradi Vati.
Mouth Ulcers & Stomatitis
Khadiradi Vati reduces pain and burning sensation associated with mouth ulcer. It reduces inflammation of mucus membranes, which gives relief in Stomatitis. For best results, licorice (Mulethi or Yashtimadhu or Glycyrrhiza Glabra) should also be used in such condition.
Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)
In combination with Sitopaladi Churna, Yashad (Jasad) Bhasma and Gandhak Rasayan, taking Khadiradi Vati provides quick relief in sore throat by its emollient (soothing) action. In addition to this, Khadiradi Vati also inhibits the growth of bacteria, which may be a cause of sore throat.
Tonsillitis & Tonsils Infections
Khadiradi Vati may not alone work in tonsil infections, so it is used along with Sitopaladi Churna, Yashad (Jasad) Bhasma and Gandhak Rasayan. However, it helps reduce irritation, pain and inflammation of the tonsils.
Dosage & Administration
Khadiradi Vati is actually used as lozenges. The general dosage of Khadiradi Vati is as follows.
|Children||1 Tablet (twice or thrice daily)|
|Adults||1 Tablet (4 to 6 times a day)|
The safety profile of Khadiradi Vati is not well established. According to the analysis its ingredients, it is POSSIBLY SAFE for a short duration when taken under medical supervision.
Khadiradi Vati contains Natural Camphor derived from the Camphor tree. The high doses of Camphor may lead to severe side effects. However, Khadiradi Vati is available in the market with different ingredients. One should check the camphor ingredient and its quantity used in the formulation.
One tablet of Khadiradi Vati may contain camphor up to 31.25 mg. The severe side effects appear when the total dosage of camphor is increased from 750 mg per day. However, some research studies have shown camphor may also cause seizures and side effects even in smaller doses. The common side effects with high doses of camphor are:
- Abdominal pain
If any of these symptoms appears, one should immediately stop taking Khadiradi Vati and seek immediate medical attention. The chronic side effects may include:
Khadiradi Vati with high amount of camphor content should not be used for a longer period or more than 7 days continuously.