Lakshadi guggul

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Lakshadi guggul is an ayurvedic herbal formulation, which is very useful in management of low bone mineral density, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and other diseases related to bones, teeth, joints and muscles. The main actions of this formulation are restoring bone mass, strengthening bones, joints and muscles, reducing joint inflammation and alleviating pain and swelling associated with joint diseases.

Synonyms

  1. Laksha guggulu
  2. Lakshadi guggulu or lakshadi guggul

INGREDIENTS

Lakshadi guggul contains following ingredients.

COMMON NAMESCIENTIFIC NAMES
Laksha (Lac)Laccifer lacca
HadjodCissus quadrangularis
ArjunaTerminalia arjuna
AshwagandhaWithania somnifera
NagabalaGrewia populifolia
Shuddha GugguluPurified Commiphora mukul

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

Lakshadi guggul has following healing properties.

  1. Anti-inflammatory
  2. Anti-arthritic
  3. Anti-oxidant
  4. Anti-spasmodic
  5. Natural calcium supplement
  6. Natural supplement for bones and joints

THERAPEUTIC INDICATIONS

Lakshadi guggul is helpful in following health conditions.

Main Indications

  1. Low bone mineral density or Osteopenia
  2. Osteoporosis
  3. Pain in bones
  4. Weakness of bones
  5. Bone fractures
  6. Osteoporosis

Other indications

  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia and muscle cramps or spasms
  • Stiffness in joints and strained muscles
  • Inflammatory diseases of bones, muscles and joints
  • Repetitive motion injury
  • Sprains
  • Tendonitis

How does Lakshadi guggul work?

There are many things, which make Lakshadi guggulu a perfect medication for bones and teeth. Some of points are discussed below.

  1. Cissus quadrangularis, also called hadjod, is a main ingredient of Laksha guggul. Cissus quadrangularis contains hydroxyapatite, which is a natural major component of normal teeth and bones. It makes up the matrix of teeth and bone mineral mass. It also provides the rigidity to bones and teeth.
  2. Hadjod, ashwagandha, Laksha, arjuna and nagabala contains natural calcium and vitamin D, which help to restore bone mineral density and provide strength to bones and joints.
  3. Suddha guggul helps to improve metabolism and absorption of minerals in the bones.
  4. All ingredients have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which help reducing pain and inflammation of joints.

MEDICINAL USES & HEALTH BENEFITS

Lakshadi guggul works mainly on bones, muscles and joints. It strengthens the bones, restores lost minerals, improves bone density, reduces joint inflammation and improves fracture-healing process.

Bones, Joints & muscles

Low bone mineral density or Osteopenia

Lakshadi guggul improves bone mineral density (BMD) and it is widely used in ayurveda for this purpose. Its effects are due to the herb Cissus quadrangularis, arjuna and ashwagandha. These three herbs are highly beneficial for improving bone mineral density according to various research studies.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is an abnormal loss of bony mass, which result in porous and fragile bones. It can occur due to hormonal changes in women during menopause.

Lakshadi guggul is a drug of choice for this condition in ayurveda. It helps restoring bony tissue and preventing further bone loss. If patient also has pain and weakness, the following Laksha guggulu herbal combination can help.

HerbsQuantity (Single Dosage)
Lakshadi guggulu250 mg to 2 grams *
Boswellia serrata500 mg
Holy basil leaves (dried)1 grams
  • * Dosage can vary according to severity of disease and tolerance of lakshadi guggul.
  • If patient also experience weakness and feeling of tiredness in bones and joints, then Trayodashang Guggulu  (500 mg to 1000 mg) and  Mukta Pishti can be added in above combination.

Bone Fractures

Lakshadi guggul contains hadjod, arjuna and other herbs, which boost healing process in bone fractures. The following combination with lakshadi guggul works well in bone fractures.

Osteoarthritis

Lakshadi guggul can help restoring joint movability. It can also help improving synovial fluid in synovial joints. All ingredients of lakshadi guggul have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and bone restoration action. Therefore, lakshadi guggul reduces pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis.

Fibromyalgia, muscle pain and spasms

Nagabala present in laxshadi guggul is a potent muscle relaxant and other herbs are known for their anti-spasmodic action. They reduce tenderness and pain in fibromyalgia and relax the muscles.

DOSAGE

Lakshadi guggul dosage depends on the health condition of patient. Generally, dosage can vary from 250 mg to 2 grams. The maximum dosage should not exceed from 6 grams a day.

CAUTION & SIDE EFFECTS

Lakshadi guggul is POSSIBLY SAFE in therapeutic dosage when taken under the supervision of ayurvedic doctor.

Lakshadi guggul can cause following side effects if ingested in heavy dosages (more than 6 grams per day).

  1. Stomach upset
  2. Headache

Allergic reaction to any of its ingredient can result in itching, hives and skin rashes.

Pregnancy & breastfeeding

Pregnancy

Lakshadi guggul can encourage menstrual flow and bleeding due to its major ingredient guggul. It might endanger the pregnancy in heavy dosages. Therefore, it is LIKE UNSAFE during pregnancy. Stay at safer side and AVOID USING IT DURING PREGNANCY.

Breastfeeding

There is not data available for its safety during breast-feeding.

Caution

Lakshadi guggul should be taken with caution if you have following symptoms.

  1. Burning in abdomen
  2. Heartburn
  3. Vertigo
  4. Gastritis
  5. Sour mouth
  6. GERD

Drug interactions

Lakshadi guggul contains guggul, which can interact with following medicines.

  1. Estrogens
  2. Contraceptive drugs (Birth control pills containing estrogen)
  3. Diltiazem (laxadi guggulu can reduce its effectiveness)
  4. Cytochrome and other liver medications
  5. Anti-platelet drugs
  6. Propranolol
  7. Tamoxifen
  8. Thyroid hormone

REFERENCES

  1. Bhaishajya Ratnavali
  2. Ayurvedic saar sangreh
  3. Ras Tantra Saar
  4. Management of osteopenia and osteoporosis using laksha guggulu and mukta shukti pishti
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2 Comments
  1. anand subramanian says

    dear doctor!
    would like to know whether bilwadi taila can be used as ear drops
    kindly inform me the method like the number of drops and so on
    anand

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Yes, Bilwadi Taila is ayurvedic herbal oil used for ear disorders including hearing loss, earache and tinnitus. The contraindication of using any kind of oils in ear is eardrum rupture. In karna poorna, it is used in huge amount, but if you are looking for general benefits and home based treatment of some ear diseases, then you can instill two three drops twice a day.

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