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Khadirarishta: Detoxifies Blood, Skin & Intestine

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.

Basic Information
Medicine Category Arishta
Dosha Effect KAPHA, VATA & AMA
Potential Action Antipruritics
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
Triphala 800 grams
Water 81.92 kg
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
Honey 10 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.

Medicinal Properties

Khadirarishta has following medicinal properties.

Primary Action

  1. Aam Pachak (Detoxifier)
  2. Antipruritics
  3. Anthelmintic
  4. Anti-allergic
  5. Digestive Stimulant
  6. Blood purifier
  7. Antimicrobial

Secondary Action

  • Anti-gout
  • Antihistaminic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Hepatoprotective

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Third main action is its antipruritic property, which might be due to antihistamine action of some ingredients present in it.

Therapeutic Indications

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:

  1. Acne/Pimples
  2. Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  3. Intestinal worms
  4. Leprosy
  5. Psoriasis
  6. Skin Allergies
  7. Swollen Lymph Nodes
  8. Urticaria

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:

  1. Itching
  2. Leakage of fluid from the skin
  3. Crust formation
  4. Patches color – brownish-gray
  5. 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.

Safety Profile

Khadirarishta is LIKELY SAFE in most people in the dosage of Khadirarishta described above.

Side Effects

The common side effect of Khadirarishta is burning sensation or heartburn.  It generally occurs when Khadirarishta is taken without mixing water.

Pregnancy & Lactation

  1. Pregnant women should consult ayurveda specialist before using Khadirarishta.
  2. 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.

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