Khadirarishta is an ayurvedic formulation prepared using ancient ayurvedic fermentation technique. The main effect of Khadirarishta is observed on blood, skin and intestine. It is beneficial in skin diseases, blood disorders, intestinal worms, splenomegaly, urticaria, gout, herpes, wounds, tumors, etc.
|Dosha Effect||KAPHA, VATA & AMA|
|Main Indication||Skin Disorders|
|Main Symptoms||Itching, Leakage of fluid from the skin, crust formation on the skin|
|Special Organ Effect||Skin, Blood & Intestines|
|Safety Profile||Likely Safe|
|Dosage||10 to 20 ml|
|Best Adjuvant||Warm Water|
|Shelf Life||Old is good – No Shelf Life Defined (5 to 10 Years may be best)|
|Consumption Period After Opening||Consume Khadirarishta within 2 to 3 months|
Ingredients & Composition
|Formulation According to Bhaishajya Ratnavali|
|Decoction Ingredients||Quantity Used for Making Decoction|
|Acacia Catechu – Cutch Tree – Khadira (inner wood)||2 kg|
|Cedrus Deodara – Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar) – Devdaru||2 kg|
|Psoralea Corylifolia – Babchi||480 grams|
|Berberis Aristata – Daruhaldi||800 grams|
|The decoction is prepared using above ingredients and water is reduced to 10.24 kg (8th part).|
|Ingredients Added after making and cooling the Decoction||Quantity|
|Misri (crystallized sugar lumps)||5 kg|
|Woodfordia Fruticosa – Dhataki Flowers||800 grams|
|Piper Longum – Long Pepper – Pippali||160 grams|
|Syzygium Aromaticum – Clove – Laung||40 grams|
|Piper Cubeba – Kankol (Sheetal Mirch)||40 grams|
|Mesua Ferrea – Nagkesar||40 grams|
|Elettaria Cardamomum – Green Cardamom – Elaichi||40 grams|
|Cinnamomum Zeylanicum – Cinnamon – Dalchini||40 grams|
|Cinnamomum Tamala – Indian bay leaf – Tejpatta||40 grams|
|These ingredients are mixed in the above decoction and kept for about a month for natural fermentation. After 30 to 40 days, the liquid is filtered and stored in glass jars or food grade plastic bottles.|
Khadirarishta has following medicinal properties.
- Aam Pachak (Detoxifier)
- Digestive Stimulant
- Blood purifier
Mechanism of Action
Khadirarishta ingredients have all above medicinal properties. According to ayurveda, it generally works in diseases occur due to dominance of VATA, KAPHA or AMA conditions. The mechanism of action includes:
- It reduces AMA by digesting it and eliminating it. It also stops production of the toxins and their accumulation in the intestines. Hence, it reduces toxins absorption into the blood. Through this mechanism, it prevents diseases, which occur due to toxins absorption into the blood.
- The second mechanism is that it directly works on the blood, detoxifies it, digests AMA present in the blood, and helps kidneys to excrete toxins.
- Third main action is its antipruritic property, which might be due to antihistamine action of some ingredients present in it.
Khadirarishta is mainly used for skin diseases and blood disorders. It works on main symptoms like itching, rashes and sensitive skin. Some of its important indications are listed below:
- Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
- Intestinal worms
- Skin Allergies
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
Khadirarishta is also used for spleen enlargement, liver disorders, anemia (generally due to worm infestation), tumors, and cysts under the skin, heart diseases and cough & breathing troubles (especially when breathing difficulty occurs along with skin diseases).
Benefits & Medicinal Uses
AMA formation blocks the micro-channels in the body, which results in plaque formation in the blood vessels and poor nutrition to the skin tissues. Hence, it results in various disorders including skin diseases. The main indication of Khadirarishta is AMA presence in any kind of skin disease. It reduces itching in almost all types of skin diseases.
Khadirarishta is mainly effective in acne with white or pus-filled lumps, cystic lesions, closed and open plugged pores (whiteheads and blackheads). It is less likely to be helpful in acne with tender and red bumps. In such cases, Gandhak Rasayan and Saribadyasavam are better options.
Khadirarishta is likely to stops bacteria growth in acne and enhances healing. The regular use purifies blood, reduces toxins production and inhibits bacterial growth, which ultimately prevents acne. It may also have effect on oil production. Excess oil production indicates excess KAPHA according to ayurveda. Khadirarishta reduces KAPHA and ultimately reduces oil production. Active constituents of Babchi (Psoralea Corylifolia) and Devdaru (Cedrus Deodara) present in Khadirarishta release out through the skin, which may prevent clogging of the pores.
Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
In Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema), Khadirarishta is useful when a patient mainly has following symptoms:
- Leakage of fluid from the skin
- Crust formation
- Patches color – brownish-gray
- Scaly Skin
However, internal intake of Khadirarishta is helpful, but local application of oil prepared with following herbs is also essential.
Dosage & Administration
|The general dosage of Khadirarishta is as follows.|
|Children||5 to 10 ml (1 to 2 tsp.)|
|Adults||10 to 20 ml (2 to 4 tsp.)|
|Geriatric (Old age)||10 to 20 ml (2 to 4 tsp.)|
|Maximum Possible Dosage (per day or in 24 hours)||60 ml (In Divided Doses)|
|* Twice a day with water|
How to Take
Khadirarishta should be taken in recommended dosage mixing in equal warm water immediately after meal.
Khadirarishta is LIKELY SAFE in most people in the dosage of Khadirarishta described above.
The common side effect of Khadirarishta is burning sensation or heartburn. It generally occurs when Khadirarishta is taken without mixing water.
Pregnancy & Lactation
- Pregnant women should consult ayurveda specialist before using Khadirarishta.
- Lactating mothers can use Khadirarishta, but it should be under supervision of ayurvedic physician.
Khadirarishta can be used for skin problems in kids, but it should be under supervision of ayurvedic physician.