Punarnavadi Guggulu

Punarnavadi Guggulu is a diuretic medicine used for ascites and edema treatment. It improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation and exerts protective effects on heart, kidneys, and liver. It helps to reduce the fluid accumulation in cells, tissues, or serous cavities. Therefore, it can be used in all types of diseases, which result in abnormal accumulation fluid accumulation in the body.

Punarnavadi Guggulu vs. Punarnava Guggulu

Both formulations are different and indications are also different. Punarnavadi Guggulu is used for abnormal fluid accumulation in the body whereas Punarnava Guggulu is used for its anti-arthritic properties, which is indicated in rheumatoid arthritis, frozen shoulder, sciatica etc. There is also a difference in the ingredients. Read Here about Punarnava Guggulu.

Punarnavadi Guggulu Ingredients (Composition)

Ingredients Quantity
Punarnava – Boerhavia Diffusa 1 Part
Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar) – Cedrus Deodara 1 Part
Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula 1 Part
Giloy (Guduchi) – Tinospora Cordifolia 1 Part
Shuddha Guggulu 4 Parts
Erand Oil – Castor Oil Q.S.
Formulation available in the market contains these ingredients.

Original Formulation of BHAISHAJYA RATNAVALI

Ingredients Quantity
Punarnava – Boerhavia Diffusa 6 grams
Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar) – Cedrus Deodara 6 grams
Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula 6 grams
Giloy (Guduchi) – Tinospora Cordifolia 6 grams
Water 384 grams
The decoction (Kwath) is prepared using above ingredients and reduced to ¼ i.e. 96 grams liquid. Then following ingredients are added.
Shuddha Guggulu 1 to 2 grams
Cow’s Urine 24 grams
This mixture is advised to the patient to drink twice daily.
It is potentially more effective as compared to the formulation written above.

Pharmacological Actions

Punarnavadi Guggulu stimulates diuresis and reduces fluid accumulation in cells, tissues and serous cavities.

Medicinal Properties

Punarnavadi Guggulu has following medicinal properties.

  • Diuretic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Cardioprotective
  • Antihyperlipidemic
  • Depurative

Ayurvedic Properties

VIRYA (Potency) USHNA (Hot)
PRABHAVA (Action) Diuretic
DOSHA KARMA (Effect on Humors) Pacifies mainly KAPHA DOSHA & it also affects VATA DOSHA
Dhatu (Tissue) Effect RASA, RAKTA, MEDAS
Organs Effect Heart, Kidneys, Liver
Main Indication Ascites & Edema

Therapeutic Indications

Punarnavadi Guggulu is useful in following health conditions:

  • Ascites
  • Abdominal diseases
  • Anemia
  • Obesity
  • Excessive Salivation

Dosage & Administration

One can take Punarnavadi Guggulu as recommended in BHAISHAJYA RATNAVALI (Read Here) or take the readymade tablets in the following dosage.

The general dosage of Punarnavadi Guggulu is as follows.
Children 500 to 2000 mg
Adults 1000 mg to 4000 mg
Maximum Possible Dosage 8 grams Per Day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with Punarnavadi Kashayam or Punarnavadi Kwath
Best Time to Take: An Hour After Food
Note: The classical dosage seems to be very high, but low doses are not effective for reducing ascites or treating obesity.

Safety Profile

Punarnavadi Guggulu is considerably safe in the dosage discussed above when it is taken under professional supervision.

Side Effects of Punarnavadi Guggulu

There are no serious side effects reported with the use of Punarnavadi Guggulu. However, its high dosage may cause belching with the taste of this medicine.

Pregnancy & Lactation

There is no reliable information available for Punarnavadi Guggulu use in pregnancy. Therefore, pregnant women should avoid P. Guggulu.


There are no absolute contraindications for Punarnavadi Guggulu.

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh (B.A.M.S., M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants) is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with Ayurveda (including Herbal Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Diet). Ayur Times is an initiative of his efforts to bring quality information on Indian Medicine with the highest level of relevancy and scientific evidence.

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