Varanadi Kashayam Benefits, Uses, Dosage & Side Effects


Varanadi Kashayam is herbal formulation used in ayurveda for the treatment of urinary disorders, skin diseases and obesity.

Varanadi Kashayam has capacity to correct the digestion and metabolism. It helps in fatty liver, belly fat and central obesity. In skin diseases, it is beneficial to reduce itching. Therefore, it can be helpful in eczema and dermatitis.


Varanadi Kashayam contains following ingredients.

  1. Crataeva nurvala (Varuna)
  2. Asparagus racemosus (Shatavari)
  3. Plumbago zeylanica (Chitrak)
  4. Strobilanthes ciliatus (Sairyaka)
  5. Chonemorpha fragrans (Moorva)
  6. Aegle marmelos (Bael or Bilva or golden apple)
  7. Aristolochia bracteolate (Vishanika, Kiramar)
  8. Solanum melongena (Brihati)
  9. Aerua lanata (Bhadra)
  10. Pongamia glabra (Karanja)
  11. Holoptelia integrifolia (Pootikaranja)
  12. Premna corymbosa (Jaya)
  13. Terminalia chebula (Hareetki)
  14. Moringa oleifera (Sahijan, Bahalapallava)
  15. Desmostachya bipinnata (Kush, Darbha)
  16. Semecarpus anacardium (Agnimukh, Rujakara, Marking Nut)

Medicinal properties

Varanadi Kashayam has following healing properties.

  1. Diuretic
  2. Uricostatic (inhibits uric acid production)
  3. Anti-lithogenic (inhibits stone formation in kidneys)
  4. Anti-obesity
  5. Antipruritic
  6. Antibacterial
  7. Antimicrobial

Therapeutic Indications

Varanadi Kashayam is beneficial in following diseases.

Heart & Blood

  • High cholesterol levels
  • Atherosclerosis

Lungs & Airways

  • Breathing troubles in obese people or Obesity hypoventilation syndrome
  • Asthma (chest congestion)

Digestive Health

  • Hepatitis
  • Loss of appetite
  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Abdominal distension
  • Fatty liver

Muscle, Bones & Joints

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Skin Diseases

  • Wounds
  • Itching
  • Eczema

Women Health

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

Men Health

  • Prostate enlargement


  • Obesity (central obesity or excess belly fat)
  • External abscess and internal abscess
  • Oedema
  • Lassitude or sleeping sickness

Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Varanadi Kashayam works on KAPHA DOSHA and VATA DOSHA, according to ayurveda. It also increases the PITTA DOSHA, which means it produces heat in the body. Its main action is on PITTA, which means it increases digestive fire, improves metabolic activities in the body and corrects cellular energy.

Obesity (Weight Loss)

Varanadi Kashayam is drug of choice for losing weight in ayurveda. It increases metabolic rate and helps burning fat fast. Unlike Guggul, it may not have affect on natural death of fat cells, but it influence burning of fats and treats malabsorption syndrome. Theoretically, Varanadi Kashayam should increase the appetite, but practically it does not occur in all cases. Some patients reported initially increase in their appetite and suppression of appetite after a week of its use. Initial increase in appetite may be due to its effect on metabolism and digestion in the body.


Lower dosage of Varanadi Kashayam can help almost all types of headache. We found it more effective in headache with dull pain and heaviness in the head. In other cases, Pathyadi Kwath and Itrifal Ustukhuddus are more beneficial.

High cholesterol levels & Atherosclerosis

Varanadi Kashayam works on KAPHA humour. According to ayurveda, Atherosclerosis and High cholesterol levels develop due to excess intake of KAPHA foods. Varanadi Kashayam reduces cholesterol and triglycerides. It also stops atherosclerotic process by arresting the plaque accumulation and reducing inflammation of the blood vessels. In fact, low-grade inflammation of the blood vessels is main cause of developing atherosclerosis. Thus, it also helps preventing coronary artery disease and arteriosclerotic vascular disease (ASVD or Atherosclerosis).

Asthma with congestion and excess mucus production

You should note that Varanadi Kashayam would not work in breathing troubles in which excess sputum production is not involved. In asthma or breathing troubles where excess sputum is main concern, Varanadi Kashayam is very effective in such cases.

Breathlessness due to obesity

Varanadi Kashayam reduces fats and KAPHA element in the body, which provides ease in breathing. Along with Varanadi Kashayam, one should also do exercises to strengthen the respiratory muscles and reducing fats quickly. Heavy exercises are not suitable in such conditions, so you can start with light exercises, which you can do easily and then slowly increases exercise intensity.

Fatty liver

Fatty liver syndrome is related to the obesity in most cases. With the similar reasons explained above, Varanadi Kashayam reduces the fats from the liver and improves liver functions. It is also helpful in hepatitis, jaundice, alcoholic hepatitis and loss of appetite due to liver disorders.


  • Varanadi Kashayam Syrup (readymade): 10 to 20 ml added in warm water 30 minutes before meal
  • Varanadi Kashayam Tablets: 1 to 2 tablets with warm water an hour before meal
  • Varanadi Kwath: 20 ml to 40 ml before meal

Caution & Side Effects

Varanadi Kashayam is POSSIBLY SAFE & WELL-TOLERATED in most people. The unwise and unsupervised use can result in following side effects.

A few side effects are here.

  1. Mouth ulcer (very common)
  2. Dry mouth (common)
  3. Heartburn (common and occurs with heavy dosage)
  4. Loss of appetite (however, Varanadi Kashayam increases appetite, but appetite loss occurs in people with gastritis and ulcer or heat disorders)
  5. Excessive thirst


People with PITTA PRAKIRTI or people with history of heartburn, gastritis, ulcer or heat disorders should not use Varanadi Kashayam.

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Questions & Answers (18)

  1. MANOJ GUPTA says

    Can we take Varadi Kashayam regular basis? Does it have any side effect if taken regularly?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Varadi Kashayam is likely safe for long-term use. It contains Chitrak, which stimulates gastric secretions and may lead to burning sensation in some people. Otherwise, it does not have any side effects.

  2. swasthya ayurveda malaysia says

    varanadi kashayam, is found to be good in treatments

  3. Anu says

    Can varanadi kashayam be taken to treat hypothyroid (Hashimotos) especially in cases where obesity is not a concern, but to increase thyroid functioning?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Yes, it can be used to stimulate thyroid along with Kanchnar Kwath (Decoction). Ayurveda works according to Dosha, so varanadi kashayam is more beneficial when patient is having KAPHA or VATA dominant symptoms and lesser PITTA symptoms.

  4. Tina says

    Does VARUNADI KASHAY induce detox symptoms like nausea, fever, etc.? If yes, can the medicine be diluted with water to minimize discomfort?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Varanadi Kashayam does not cause these symptoms. Fever may indicate something else wrong and it cannot occur due to Varanadi Kashayam.

      However, nausea can occur due to Varanadi Kashayam in PITTA type people or in health conditions with PITTA dominance.

      You need to rule out your Body Type (PRAKRITI), health condition and dominance of Dosha. Varanadi Kashayam may not be suitable remedy for PITTA type people or in diseases where PITTA is predominant Dosha.

  5. Tina says

    Is there an alternative to Varunadi Kashay in people with Pitta dominance having problems related to gynaec, gallstones and migraine? Or can this medicine itself be taken after meals?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      There are many medicines available. Best alternative depends on the individual’s health condition and clinical history.

  6. Taghreef says

    How long does this medicine make difference in losing weight?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Results can vary person to person. Generally, it gives results within a month in weight loss.

  7. sushil says

    Can I take Shatavari Gulam to increase muscle mass?

  8. Jain says

    How does Varanadi Kashayam help to treat hydrosalpinx of fallopian tube?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      The blockage occurring in the fallopian tube with serous or clear fluids is due to the excess Kapha Dosha, according to the ayurveda. Varanadi Kashayam likely to reduce the Kapha i.e. the serous fluids in the fallopian tube and thus it helps to treat the hydrosalpinx.

  9. Anu says

    Can Varanandi tablets be taken for weight loss, where cholesterol is not a problem, but gaining weight due to hormonal change and metabolism? If yes, how long it will take to see the changes?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Varanadi Kashayam is helpful for losing weight even if you have no other problems. The results vary person-to-person and it will difficult to tell how much time it will take to show results. In general, it takes a month to show results with 1 to 3 kg loss in body weight with its optimum dosage (i.e. 2 tablets twice daily with lukewarm water).

  10. Shola haricharan says

    Does the remedy dissolve kidney stones?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Varanadi Kashayam can also be used for kidney stones. Varun (Crataeva Nurvala) dissolves the kidney stones. It is more effective for preventing recurrence of the kidney stones.

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