Punarnavadi Kashayam (Kwatham)
Punarnavadi Kashayam (Kwatham or Kwath) is a classical ayurvedic medicine prepared by decoction method. In the market, it is available in the form of PRAVAHI Kwath, which is concentrated decoction and in the form of tablets, which is dried water extract of herbs used in the Punarnavadi Kashaya.
Punarnavadi Kashayam is beneficial in liver disorders and hepatitis. It has potent anti-inflammatory characteristics, which appear in hepatitis, joint inflammation due to gout, and bronchitis. It is also useful in cases of edema due to liver disorders or heart diseases, fever, cough, and asthma.
Punarnavadi Kashayam is also called PANDUHAR KASHAYAM. It contains herbal ingredients as follows:
- Boerhavia Diffusa – Punarnava
- Azadirachta Indica – Neem
- Trichosanthes Dioica – PATOLA
- Zingiber Officinale – SONTH (dried ginger)
- Andrographis Paniculata – Kalmegh (Nilavembu)
- Tinospora Cordifolia – Giloy (Guduchi)
- Cedrus Deodara – Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar)
- Curcuma Longa – Haldi (Turmeric)
- Terminalia Chebula – Haritaki (Chebulic Myrobalan)
It is also called Punarnavashtaka kwath and Punarnavashtak kashaya.
Punarnavadi Kashayam has following healing properties.
- Digestive Stimulant
- Haematinic (increases hemoglobin levels)
- Hematogenic (helps in formation of red blood cells)
Punarnavadi Kashayam mainly has anti-edema and anti-inflammatory properties. It reduces swelling and water retention, which helps to treat edema due to liver disorders and heart diseases. Its main action appears on the liver. It improves the liver functions and reduces elevated liver enzymes. It acts as a hepatoprotective agent and improves the health of the liver parenchyma.
According to the ingredients in Punarnavadi Kashayam, it mainly pacifies and reduces Kapha Dosha, increases appetite and balances Vata Dosha. However, its main action appears on the liver, so it can also be used in liver disorders regardless the humor, but considering other medicines as well according to the dominance of a specific Dosha in the body.
Punarnavadi Kashayam is helpful in following health conditions.
- Hepatitis, Jaundice & Liver disorders
- Fatty Liver Disease (Hepatic Steatosis)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Liver cirrhosis
- Polycystic liver disease
- Appetite loss
- Cough & Bronchitis
- Breathing troubles
- Gouty Arthritis or elevated uric acid levels
Dosage & Administration
The general dosage of Punarnavadi Kashayam is as follows:
|Infants (Age: Up To 12 Months)||1 to 2.5 ml *|
|Children||2.5 to 10 ml *|
|Adults||10 to 20 ml *|
|Geriatric (above 60 yrs)||10 to 20 ml *|
|Maximum Possible Dosage||60 ml Per Day (in divided doses)|
|* Twice a day with equal amount of water|
|Best Time to Take: Before Food or on empty stomach|
|Adults||2 tablets *|
|Geriatric (above 60 yrs)||2 tablets *|
|Maximum Possible Dosage||6 tablets Per Day (in divided doses)|
|* Twice a day with warm water|
|When to Take: Before Food|
Punarnavadi Kashayam is considerably safe for most individuals in recommended dosage when taken under professional supervision.
There are no side effects observed with Punarnavadi Kashayam liquid as well as its tablets.
However, it has a diuretic action, which tends to increase your urinary frequency.