Punarnavadi Guggulu

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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)

IngredientsQuantity
Punarnava – Boerhavia Diffusa1 Part
Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar) – Cedrus Deodara1 Part
Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula1 Part
Giloy (Guduchi) – Tinospora Cordifolia1 Part
Shuddha Guggulu4 Parts
Erand Oil – Castor OilQ.S.
Formulation available in the market contains these ingredients.
Reference: BHARAT BHAISHAJYA RATNAKAR 4013 (Slightly Altered from BHAISHAJYA RATNAVALI, CHAPTER 42, SOTHAROGA CHIKITSA)

Original Formulation of BHAISHAJYA RATNAVALI

IngredientsQuantity
Punarnava – Boerhavia Diffusa6 grams
Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar) – Cedrus Deodara6 grams
Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula6 grams
Giloy (Guduchi) – Tinospora Cordifolia6 grams
Water384 grams
The decoction (Kwath) is prepared using above ingredients and reduced to ¼ i.e. 96 grams liquid. Then following ingredients are added.
Shuddha Guggulu1 to 2 grams
Cow’s Urine24 grams
This mixture is advised to the patient to drink twice daily.
It is potentially more effective as compared to the formulation written above.
Reference: BHAISHAJYA RATNAVALI, CHAPTER 42, SOTHAROGA CHIKITSA

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) EffectRASA, RAKTA, MEDAS
Organs EffectHeart, Kidneys, Liver
Main IndicationAscites & 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.
Children500 to 2000 mg
Adults1000 mg to 4000 mg
Maximum Possible Dosage8 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.

Contraindications

There are no absolute contraindications for Punarnavadi Guggulu.

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