Vilwadi Gulika (also called Vilwadi Agada, Bilwadi Vati, Bilwadi Gutika) is a polyherbal ayurvedic medicine used for the treatment of snake bite, scorpion sting, spider bite, rodent bite, gastroenteritis, cholera, indigestion, and fever. Generally, it is a drug of choice for toxic effects developed in human body due to any underlying cause or toxic substance of animal origin.
|Bilva (Indian Bael) Root Bark – Aegle Marmelos||1 Part|
|Tulsi (Holy Basil) leaves – Ocimum Sanctum||1 Part|
|Karanja (Karanj) fruit – Pongamia Pinnata||1 Part|
|Tagara – Valeriana Wallichii||1 Part|
|Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar) – Cedrus Deodara||1 Part|
|Haritaki or Harad (Chebulic Myrobalan) – Terminalia Chebula||1 Part|
|Bibhitaki (Bahera) – Terminalia Bellirica||1 Part|
|Amla (India Gooseberry) – Phyllanthus Emblica||1 Part|
|Sonth (Ginger Rhizome) – Zingiber Officinale||1 Part|
|Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper Nigrum||1 Part|
|Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum||1 Part|
|Haldi (Turmeric) – Curcuma Longa||1 Part|
|Daruhaldi (Daruharidra) – Berberis Aristata||1 Part|
|REFERENCE: ASHTANGA HRIDAYA, UTTARA STHANA, CHAPTER 36, SARP VISH PRATISHEDH ADHYAYA, VERSE: 84 – 85|
- Take all pre-washed, dried and clean ingredients.
- Grind each ingredient separately to make a fine herb powder.
- Separate fine powder of each herb through a mesh sieve.
- Measure each ingredient by weight and mix all ingredients in an equal proportion.
- Now, take herbal mixture in a stone mortal and add Basthamuthra in it. Pestle the mixture for a few hours. Then make its tablets (each of 500 mg).
- Now, leave tablets for drying and when they become moisture free, store them in glass containers or food-grade plastic containers.
Vilwadi Gulika has following medicinal properties.
- Anti-snake venom
- AMAPACHAK – Detoxifying
- Digestive stimulant
Vilwadi Gulika is helpful in following health conditions.
- Scorpion Sting
- Spider Bite
- Rodent bite
Vilwadi Gulika Benefits & Medicinal Uses
Vilwadi Gulika is mainly used for its antivenin and antitoxin activities. It is effective against all types of poisons of animal origin including snake envenomation.
Internal Use: Make powder of Vilwadi Gulika and mix it with honey. Give it to the patient having a snake bite in a dosage of 1000 mg (equivalent to 2 tablets). Repeat it for every 15 minutes in severe cases, and then every 30 minutes until the patient recovers from poisonous symptoms. Thereafter, give it in a dosage of 2 tablets thrice daily for a week.
External Use: After making an incision in the place of snake bite, squeeze the cut hard, so that impure blood flows out. After that clean the wound with hot water. After cleaning, make a powder of Vilwadi Gulika in a mortar and mix it in hot water. Apply this Vilwadi paste on the wound and leave it for few minutes. Repeat the same procedure until the patient gets relief from symptoms.
Scorpion sting and others
Vilwadi Gulika is also used in a similar way (as described under snake bite) to treat scorpion sting and bites by other insects or animals.
Overall, Vilwadi Gutika reduces the toxic effects of venin and have protective effects on heart, brain, and nerves.
Dosage & Administration
The general dosage of Vilwadi Gulika is as follows:
|Children||250 to 500 mg or ½ to 1 tablet|
|Adults||1000 mg or 2 Tablets|
How to Take Vilwadi Gulika
|Doses (how many times should I take?)||Not applicable; In case of envenomation, dosage can be repeated until the patient becomes stable or gets relief from major symptoms. In other cases, dosage can be 2 to 3 times a day.|
|Right Time (When should I take?)||Whenever required in case of envenomation; otherwise, after meal|
|Adjuvant||Honey, Warm water|
Vilwadi Gulika is considered safe for most individuals when taken as per its indications in appropriate dosage under professional supervision.
Side Effects of Vilwadi Gulika
Generally, there are no side effects when Vilwadi Gutika is used wisely. If the patient has Pitta Prakriti or any condition related to the increase of the Pitta Dosha, then it can cause following side effects when used in the high dosage or repeated several times unwisely:
- Acid reflux
- Burning sensation in abdomen
Pregnancy & Lactation
The safety profile of Vilwadi Gulika is not well-established for pregnant women and lactating mothers. Consult an ayurvedic physician before using Vilwadi Gutika during pregnancy and lactation.