Swadishta Virechan Churna

Swadishta Virechan Churna is one of the ayurvedic medicine used for constipation and detoxification. It is beneficial in mild to moderate constipation, skin diseases characterized by excess itching, excess AMA (toxin) formation, headache due to constipation or abdominal gas and scabies. However, effectiveness in scabies is along with other remedies, but it works well in other indicated diseases.

Ingredients (Composition)

Ingredient NameQuantity
Shuddha Gandhak (Purified Sulfur)10%
Mulethi (Yashtimadhu) – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza Glabra10%
Saunf (Fennel Seeds) – Foeniculum Vulgare10%
Sanay or Swarna Patri (Indian Senna) – Cassia Angustifolia leaves30%
Misri (Sugar)40%


The pharmacological action of Swadishta Virechan Churna depends on the Sanay (Senna Leaves), which contain SENNOSIDES alkaloids. SENNOSIDES irritate the bowel linings, stimulate the bowel muscles, and induce laxation. All other ingredients in Swadishta Virechan Churna are to reduce the side effects of Senna Leaves. Licorice soothes the linings of the alimentary canal and reduces after effects of the Senna. Fennel seeds reduce cramps induced by Senna leaves. Purified Sulfur also has laxative action and assists to manage constipation. In skin diseases, Shuddha Gandhak also plays a role in reducing itching and burning sensation. Along with other ingredients of Swadishta Virechan Churna, it helps in detoxification of the body and detoxification increases the efficacy of the other internal medicines used for the skin diseases or other diseases.

Medicinal Properties

Swadishta Virechan Churna has following medicinal properties:

  • Laxative
  • Blood purifier (correctly detoxifier)
  • Antibacterial and Antimicrobial
  • Antipruritic

Ayurvedic Properties

Overall, Swadishta Virechan Churna is a balanced formulation and can be used in general regardless the Dosha. According to its in-depth ingredient analysis, it acts on Pitta Dosha. It first detoxifies Pitta and then releases it out. The release of Pitta also results in Pitta pacification.

Swadishta Virechan Churna Indications

The most common indication of Swadishta Virechan Churna is constipation. It is also used for the body detoxification, which likely to help in all types of skin diseases.

  1. Mild to moderate constipation
  2. Headache
  3. Hemorrhoids (Piles)
  4. Scabies
  5. Pruritus (severe itching of the skin)
  6. Itching with burning sensation
  7. Heel pain

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Swadishta Virechan Churna is as follows.
Children50 to 100 mg per Kg Weight *
Adults3 to 6 grams *
Geriatric3 grams *
PregnancyStarts with 2 grams, then dosage can be increased if constipation is not relieved. *
Lactation3 grams *
Maximum Possible Dosage6 grams Per Day
* With lukewarm water
Best Time to Take: At night just before sleep

Safety Profile

As per ayurvedic perspective, Swadishta Virechan Churna is likely safe for children, adults, pregnant women and geriatric patients. There are no harmful effects are observable and it is most tolerable medicine. The combination is prepared in such a way that all possible side effects of Senna Leaf Powder in it neutralize with other ingredients.

Side Effects of Swadishta Virechan Churna

However, when Swadishta Virechan Churna used wisely, it does not cause any side effects. It is safe in patients with constipation. In some cases, it is also used for detoxification purposes, and it may cause loose stools (if the patient does not have constipation) after its use for the first time.

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  1. Sir,

    There is a concern that senna when used with yastimadhu (licorice) can bring down the body’s potassium levels.

    Kindly comment.

    1. When herbs are used in the natural form and within their recommended dosage, these effects are minimal. All studies indicating these effects are related to the higher dosage of Licorice i.e. 12 grams and licorice extracts (unnatural form).

  2. Thank you for your enlightening and apt reply.

    Many proprietary laxatives (or purgatives) like kayam churna use senna leaves as the main ingredient. This causes habit formation and drug dependence, thereby weakening the system. Is there a method whereby you can use this ingredient and still do not cause a widespread damage. Like for example can we say that classical formulations like this one (although they contain senna) are still more safer than proprietary medicines.

    Your comment can help all those millions who suffer from chronic constipation and feel themselves trapped in OTC medicaments that promise a quick relief.


  3. There is a concern that senna, widely used in purgatives and laxatives, leads to loss of tone of intestine by inducing peristalsis if used for long periods. Can some of the classical formulations not be tweaked to exclude senna from the ingredients? Senna is not good for atonic bowel. What is your view?

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