Khadiradi Vati (Gutika)

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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 (Composition)

IngredientsQuantity (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 Cubeba12.5%31.25 mg
Bhimseni Kapoor – Natural Camphor – Cinnamomum Camphora12.5%31.25 mg
Supari – Areca nut12.5%31.25 mg
WaterQ.S.Q.S.

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.

  • CATECHIN
  • CATECHUIC ACID
  • PHLOROGLUCIN
  • PROTOCATECHUIC ACID
  • PYROCATECHIN
  • QUERCETIN

These active principles of Catechu exert a significant antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect in oral cavity and on other parts of the body.

Medicinal Properties

Khadiradi Gutika has following healing properties.

  1. Anti-Inflammatory
  2. Anti-Microbial
  3. Antioxidant
  4. Antiseptic (appears in oral cavity)
  5. Astringent
  6. Emollient (Soothing Effect On Throat)
  7. Expectorant

Therapeutic Indications

Khadiradi Vati is helpful in following health conditions.

  • Laryngitis (Hoarseness or Loss of Voice)
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)
  • Stomatitis
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tonsils Infections
  • Gingivitis
  • 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.

Sitopaladi Churna, Yashad (Jasad) Bhasma and Gandhak Rasayan with honey should also be used with Khadiradi Vati for quick relief.

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.

Children1 Tablet (twice or thrice daily)
Adults1 Tablet (4 to 6 times a day)

Safety Profile

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.

Side Effects

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:

  1. Abdominal pain
  2. Nausea
  3. Vomiting
  4. Vertigo
  5. Restlessness
  6. Dysuria
  7. Seizures

If any of these symptoms appears, one should immediately stop taking Khadiradi Vati and seek immediate medical attention. The chronic side effects may include:

  1. Debility
  2. Anemia
  3. Sleepiness

Precaution

Khadiradi Vati with high amount of camphor content should not be used for a longer period or more than 7 days continuously.

 

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Questions & Answers (8)

  1. Lopamudra says

    I have severe chronic tonsillitis with swollen glands on neck and it is now very difficult swallowing and even talking and breathing. I was considering taking this medicine, but the camphor side effects mention has scared me. Should I take it or avoid it?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Side effects only appear with the high doses of Camphor (i.e. 750 mg per day). Khadiradi Vati does not contain such fatal amount of camphor, so it can be used for a short period.

      1. Lopamudra says

        Is taking for three months safe?

        1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

          You do not need Khadiradi Vati for 3 months. It gives results within 1 to 2 weeks (maximum 4 weeks). It would be better to take it in combination with Sitopaladi Churna, which can be taken for a long time (even for a year).

  2. Lopamudra says

    Thank you for guiding me.

  3. Preet says

    Is Khadiradi Vati advisable during pregnancy? Is its consumption safe for pregnant women and developing baby?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Khadiradi Vati contains Camphor, so it is not safe during pregnancy. Pregnant women should not take it.

      1. Preet says

        Thanks a lot for replying sir. I’ve made a note.

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