Asava & Arishta

Punarnavasavam (Punarnavasava)

Punarnavasavam (Punarnavasava) is an ayurvedic liquid formulation prepared through the process of fermentation of some herbs affecting the stomach, liver, spleen, heart, and kidney. According to Bhaishajya Ratnavali, it can be helpful to treat and manage the diseases that are considered difficult to cure. It can be used for acid peptic disorders, abdominal lump, abdominal diseases, inflammatory diseases, spleen disorders, liver disorders, heart diseases and kidney diseases. Its overall action appears on the edema and inflammation.

Ingredients (Composition)

Punarnavasavam contains following ingredients:
Ingredients Quantity Used for Preparation
Sonth (dried ginger root) – Zingiber Officinale 48 grams
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum 48 grams
Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper Nigrum 48 grams
Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula 48 grams
Bibhitaki – Terminalia Bellirica 48 grams
Amla (Indian Gooseberry) – Emblica Officinalis 48 grams
Daruhaldi – Berberis Aristata 48 grams
Gokshura – Tribulus Terrestris 48 grams
Brihati (Indian Nightshade) root – Solanum Indicum 48 grams
Kantakari – Solanum Xanthocarpum 48 grams
Vasaka roots – Adhatoda Vasica 48 grams
Eranda (Castor Oil Plant) – Ricinus Communis 48 grams
Kutki – Picrorhiza Kurroa 48 grams
Gajpippali (Gajapippal) – Scindapsus Officinalis 48 grams
Punarnava – Boerhavia Diffusa 48 grams
Neem – Azadirachta Indica 48 grams
Guduchi (Giloy) – Tinospora Cordifolia 48 grams
Muli (Radish) – Raphanus Sativus 48 grams
Dhamasa (Duralabha) – Fagonia Cretica 48 grams
Patol (Pointed gourd leaves) – Trichosanthes Dioica 48 grams
Dhataki – Woodfordia Fruticosa 768 grams
Draksha – Vitis Vinifera 960 grams
Misri (Crystallized Sugar) – Saccharum Officinarum 4.8 Kg
Shahad (Honey) 2.4 Kg
All ingredients of Punarnavasava are mixed in Asava Vessel and left for 30 days. Then the liquid is filtered to obtain Punarnavasavam and stored in bottles.

Pharmacological Actions

Punarnavasavam ingredients have inflammatory properties, so it helps to reduce inflammation. It also has diuretic action, which helps to reduce edema and swelling due to heart, liver or kidney diseases.

Medicinal Properties

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Cardioprotective
  • Mild Diuretic
  • Antihyperlipidemic
  • Mild Anti-hypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiulcerogenic
  • Carminative
  • Cholagogue
  • Depurative

Ayurvedic Properties

Punarnavasavam is a balanced formulation, so it works on all dosha especially, Vata, Kapha and Sama-Pitta.

Therapeutic Indications

Punarnavasavam is indicated in following health conditions.

  • Acid peptic disorders
  • Abdominal lump
  • Splenomegaly – Spleen enlargement
  • Hepatomegaly – Liver enlargement
  • Fever
  • Congestive heart failure (as diuretic)
  • Kidney Disease & Chronic Kidney Failure
  • Cardiac Weakness

Punarnavasavam Benefits & Uses

Here are some important uses of Punarnavasavam:

Chronic Kidney Disease

Punarnavasavam improves the kidney functions and preserves it from further deterioration. Along with Chandraprabha Vati, Sarvatobhadra Vati, Brihatyadi Kashayam, Pathya Punarnavadi Kashayam etc., it is beneficial for reducing the serum urea and creatinine levels.

Hepatomegaly (Liver Enlargement)

Several ingredients in Punarnavasavam act as hepatoprotective and improve the liver functions. It normalizes the size of the enlarged liver by reducing inflammation and pressure on the hepatocytes. Generally, it is recommended along with Arogyavardhini Vati or Tapyadi Lauh.

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Punarnavasavam is as follows.
Children 5 to 10 ml *
Adults 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: After Food

Safety Profile

Punarnavasavam is considerably safe formulation and well tolerated in most individuals. Punarnavasava should be taken in recommended dosage under professional supervision.

Side Effects

There are no side effects observed with Punarnavasavam.

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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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