Kashayam (Decoction)

Mahasudarshan Kadha

Mahasudarshan Kadha is an ayurvedic anti-pyretic medicine. It is used in all types of diseases in which fever occurs. According to ayurveda, it is used in the fever occurring due to one Dosha, two Dosha, and Tridosha, Malaria, etc. It also improves appetite and preserves the strength of the body in fever. In addition, it is also helpful for treating loss of appetite, indigestion, abdominal heaviness, headache, cough, anemia, jaundice, backache and heart diseases. It digests the AMA (toxin particles developed from undigested food) and helps to unblock the microchannels in the body, which induces sweating and lowers the fever.

Ingredients in Mahasudarshan Kadha have antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties, which, along with other medicines, help to fight off infections.

Ingredients (Composition)

Mahasudarshan Kadha contains almost all ingredients present in Mahasudarshan Churna. In addition to those ingredients, it also contains water, Gur (jaggery), and Dhataki flowers (Woodfordia Fruticosa). The complete list of ingredients is as follows:

Haritaki or Harad (Chebulic Myrobalan) – Terminalia Chebula104.5 grams
Bibhitaki (Bahera) – Terminalia Bellirica104.5 grams
AmlaEmblica Officinalis104.5 grams
Haldi (Turmeric) – Curcuma Longa104.5 grams
Daruhaldi (Daruharidra) – Berberis Aristata104.5 grams
Badi Kateri – Brihati (Indian Nightshade) – Solanum Indicum104.5 grams
Kantakari or Chhoti Kateri (Thorny Nightshade) – Solanum Surattense104.5 grams
Kachur (Zedoary) – Curcuma Zedoaria104.5 grams
Sonth (Ginger Rhizome) – Zingiber Officinale104.5 grams
Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper Nigrum104.5 grams
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum104.5 grams
Piplamool (Long Pepper Roots) – Piper Longum104.5 grams
Murcha (Mor Bel)104.5 grams
Giloy (Guduchi) – Tinospora Cordifolia104.5 grams
Dhamasa (Duralabha) – Fagonia Cretica104.5 grams
Kutki – Picrorhiza Kurroa104.5 grams
Pitpapra (Shahtra) – Fumaria Indica104.5 grams
Kurchi (Kutaj) – Holarrhena Antidysenterica (Pubescens)104.5 grams
Yashtimadhu (Licorice) – Glycyrrhiza Glabra104.5 grams
Nagarmotha or Mustak (Nut Grass) – Cyperus Rotundus104.5 grams
Trayamana (Himalayan Gentian) – Gentiana Kurroo104.5 grams
Netrabala (Sugandha Bala) – Pavonia Odorata104.5 grams
Pushkarmool (Elecampane) – Inula Racemosa104.5 grams
Neem – Azadirachta Indica Inner Bark104.5 grams
Ajwain (Carom Seeds) – Trachyspermum Ammi104.5 grams
Indrayava – Holarrhena Antidysenterica Seeds104.5 grams
Bharangi – Clerodendrum Serratum104.5 grams
Sahjan Seeds – Moringa Oleifera104.5 grams
Fitkari Ka Fula104.5 grams
Vacha104.5 grams
Dalchini (Cinnamon) – Cinnamomum Zeylanicum104.5 grams
Padmaka – Prunus Cerasoides104.5 grams
Safed Chandan (White Sandalwood) – Santalum Album104.5 grams
AtivishaAconitum Heterophyllum104.5 grams
Bala (Country Mallow) – Sida Cordifolia104.5 grams
Shalaparni – Desmodium Gangeticum104.5 grams
Prishnaparni (Indian Uraria) – Uraria Picta104.5 grams
Vaividang (False Black Pepper) – Embelia Ribes104.5 grams
TagaraValeriana Wallichii104.5 grams
Chitrakmool – Plumbago Zeylanica104.5 grams
Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar) – Cedrus Deodara104.5 grams
Chavya (Java Long Pepper) – Piper Chaba104.5 grams
Patol (Pointed Gourd Leaves) – Trichosanthes Dioica104.5 grams
Safed Kamal (White Lotus) – Nymphaea Lotus104.5 grams
Kakoli (White Himalayan Lily) – Lilium Polyphyllum104.5 grams
Jivaka (Jeevaka) – Malaxis Acuminata104.5 grams
Rishbhak – Malaxis Muscifera104.5 grams
Ushira or Khas (Vetiver) – Vetiveria Zizanioides104.5 grams
Laung (Clove) – Syzygium Aromaticum104.5 grams
Vanshlochan (Tabasheer) – Bamboo Manna104.5 grams
Tejpata (Indian Bay Leaf) – Cinnamomum Tamala104.5 grams
Javitri (Mace) – Myristica fragrans104.5 grams
Talispatra – Abies Webbiana104.5 grams
Chirayata (Kiratatikta) – Swertia Chirata2.56 Kg
Water61.44 Kg
Gur (jaggery)5.76 Kg
Dhataki flowers (Woodfordia Fruticosa)600 grams

Mahasudarshan Kadha (Pravahi) Preparation Method

  1. The coarse powder of herbs (except Dhataki flowers) is added in water and a decoction is prepared to reduce the water content to ¼ of its amount.
  2. The liquid content is filtered and then Gur (jaggery) and Dhataki flowers are added to
  3. This mixture is kept in Asava Vessel for a month.
  4. After a month, liquid content is filtered and named as Mahasudarshan Kadha (Pravahi) and stored in glass bottles.

How to Prepare Mahasudarshan Kadha at Home

For making Mahasudarshan Kadha at home, you require Mahasudarshan Churna.

  1. Take 10 grams Mahasudarshan Churna in 160 ml water.
  2. Boil water with Mahasudarshan Churna and then simmer the mixture to reduce water content to1/4the. 40 ml. Now, Mahasudarshan Kadha is ready to use.

Note: Every time, prepare a fresh Kwath (decoction) for better efficacy and safety. Kwath prepared with this method should not be kept more than 24 hours. It starts deteriorating after 24 hours.

Pharmacological Actions

Mahasudarshan Kadha acts as antipyretic and induces detoxification by digesting AMA and clearing the blockage of microchannels in the body. It induces sweating and reduces fever.

Dosha Karma

Mahasudarshan Kadha can be used in all types of diseases that cause fever. It has Tridosha Shamak action, so it balances Vata Dosha, Pitta Dosha, and Kapha Dosha.

Medicinal Properties

Mahasudarshan Kadha has following healing properties.

  1. Antipyretic
  2. Ama Pachak (Detoxifying)
  3. Neuroprotective (generally in fever)
  4. Antimalarial
  5. Anti-typhoid
  6. Anti-viral
  7. Cardioprotective
  8. Hepatoprotective
  9. Spleno-protective
  10. Appetizer
  11. Antioxidant
  12. Antipruritic
  13. Diaphoretic (induces perspiration)

Therapeutic Indications

Mahasudarshan Kwath is helpful in following health conditions.

  1. Acute fevers
  2. Chronic fevers
  3. Fever of unknown etiology
  4. Loss of appetite (linked with fever)
  5. Headache (linked with fever)
  6. Body aches (linked with fever)
  7. Malaria
  8. Typhoid fever
  9. Jaundice
  10. Anemia
  11. Common cold (initial stages when discharge is watery)
  12. Cough (linked with fever)

Mahasudarshan Kadha Benefits & Uses

It has similar benefits as of Mahasudarshan Churna. For more details Read Article:  Mahasudarshan Churna Benefits & Uses

Mahasudarshan Kadha Dosage

There are two types of Mahasudarshan Kadha. One is readymade that you purchase from the market. It is called Mahasudarshan Pravahi Kadha. Second is that you prepare at home.

Mahasudarshan Pravahi Kadha

The general dosage of Mahasudarshan Kadha (Pravahi) is as follows.
Children2.5 to 10 ml
Adults10 to 20 ml
Maximum Possible Dosage60 ml Per Day (in divided doses)

Mahasudarshan Kadha Prepared at Home

The general dosage of Mahasudarshan Kadha (Prepared at Home) is as follows.
Children5 to 20 ml
Adults20 to 40 ml
Maximum Possible Dosage120 ml Per Day (in divided doses)

Note: Homemade Mahasudarshan Kwath is more effective than readymade Pravahi Kwath.

How to Take Maha Sudarshan Kadha

Doses (how many times should I take Mahasudarshan Kadha)2 to 3 times a day
Right Time (When should I take)Regardless the time, you can take it anytime whenever you have a fever. It should be repeated at the interval of 6 hours for getting best results.
AdjuvantIn case of readymade Mahasudarshan Kadha (Pravahi), it should be mixed in an equal amount of water. In case of homemade Mahasudarshan Kadha, it can be taken without mixing water.

Safety Profile

Mahasudarshan Kadha is likely safe. It can be taken by children, pregnant women and adults suffering from fever. However, other medicines may also require treating underlying infection or disease that causes fever. For a proper treatment, consult an ayurvedic physician.

Mahasudarshan Kadha Side Effects

Mahasudarshan Kadha has a bitter taste. However, it does not cause any side effects, but due to its bitter taste, some sensitive people feel nausea or vomit it out. This side effect is very temporary. A bitter taste lasts for a few minutes in the mouth.

Pregnancy & Lactation

Homemade Mahasudarshan Kwath is likely safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.


There are no absolute contraindications for Mahasudarshan Kadha.

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