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Chitrakagranthikadi Kashayam – Uses, Ingredients, and Dosage

Introduction to Chitrakagranthikadi Kashayam

Chitrakagranthikadi Kashayam is a classical Kashaya preparation explained in Ayurveda Textbook ‘ Sahasrayogam.’It is detailed in the context of‘Gulma in Sahasrayogam‘.

Ama is the accumulation of metabolic waste in the body. It accumulates in the body and becomes toxic over time. It can appear as elevated blood parameters indicating inflammation, hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia, and so on.

Chitrakagranthyadi Kashayam is a potent combination of drugs with far-reaching effects on the body. It removes ‘Durmedah’, or abnormal fat tissue, from the body. The formula cleanses circulatory and metabolic channels. A versatile combination used in multiple disease pathologies, Chitrakagranthyadi Kashayam, is the drug of choice for the treatment of ‘Ama’.

Herbal decoctions, or ‘Kashaya,’ harness the healing properties and roots of herbs in a mild and easily absorbable water base.

चित्रकग्रन्थिकैरण्ड शुण्ठी क्वाथः परम् हितः ।
शूलानाह विबन्धेषु स हिङगुविड सैन्धवैः ॥


Ingredients of Chitrakagranthyadi Kashayam

  • Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica): Laghu, Ruksha – Kaphavathahara, Shothahara, Shoolahara, Arshohara.
  • Granthika (Piper Officinarum): Laghu, Ruksha,Tikshna – Kaphavathahara, Bhedana, Rechana,Deepana, Vahnikara.
  • Eranda (Ricinus communis): Snigda, Sukshma, Tikshna – Vathahara, Medohara, Vibhedhana, Deepana.
  • Shunti (Zingiber Officinale): Laghu, Snigda – Kaphavathahara, Vahnikara, Deepana, Pachana.

Ingredients have digestive (amapachana), and carminative and appetiser (deepana) properties and relieve constipation. Hence effective in abdominal colic, bloating and constipation. These properties help to tackle the symptoms of painful menstruation or dysmenorrhea.

Indications Of Chitrakagranthyadi Kashayam

  • Shoola (Abdominal Colic
  • Anaha (Bloating)
  • Vibandha ( Constipation)

Adjuvant: Saindhava Lavana,Hingu, Vida Lavana

Therapeutic benefits of Chitrakagranthyadi Kashayam

  • It enhances appetite and digestion. Removes ‘Ama’, or metabolic waste buildup in the body.
  • It has great ‘digestive’ properties. Enhances ‘Dhatwagni’ (metabolic activity). Promotes healthy metabolism and nutrition.
  • Katuki, in particular, has significant hepatoprotective activity. Improves liver function.
  • Chithrakagranthikadi Kashayam is an extremely effective treatment for slow metabolism, obesity, hypothyroidism, and hyperlipidemia.
  • It is a preferred treatment for lifestyle disorders such as hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and PCOS.

Dosage & Directions for Use of Chitrakagranthyadi Kashaya

Adult: 15-20 ml of Chithrakagranthikadi Kashayam mixed with 45-60 ml of boiled and cooled water, twice daily on an empty stomach.

Child: 10-15 ml of Chithrakagranthikadi Kashayam mixed with 30-45 ml of boiled and cooled water, twice daily on an empty stomach.

Suitable for adults of all ages.

Clinical experience regarding Chitrakagranthikadi Kashayam

” I find the classical combination of Chitrakagranthikadi kashaya of particular benefit in treating patients presenting in the PCOS spectrum. The patients are often present with amenorrhoea and monthly bleeding
induced through hormone treatment alone. In these cases, after the initial phase of vatanulomana and deepana pachana (1-2 months on average), the next phase of amapachana, srotosodhana and gulma/
granthihara chikitsa begins with Chiktrakagranthikadi kashaya in combination with a number of prakshepa oushadas, based on the patient’s specific set of symptoms. I prescribe the kashaya twice or thrice daily in the usual format with Vilangatnduladi choorna, Kanchanara guggulu, Panchakola choorna, Kalyanaka kshara etc. This helps in restoring monthly periods without hormone treatment. Gradually resorption of the ovarian cyst happens, the patient loses weight and reproductive health is restored. We have achieved resolution of different stages of Ovarian cysts (as evidenced by before & after USGs) from polycystic appearance to compound cysts through treatment periods ranging from 3 – 6 months on an average.”

Other Reference:

  1. Ashtanga Hridaya Chikitsa Stana – 14/48

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