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Opium Poppy (Ahiphen) Benefits, Properties, Dose, Side Effects

Introduction to Ahiphen

The opium poppy, Ahiphen, has two beneficial components: poppy seeds, which are frequently used in the preparation of numerous foods, and opium, the fruit’s latex exudate, which is used as a narcotic.

Meaning of Opium is Afim in Hindi.

This herb is also used to make morphine. An opioid called morphine is used to treat moderate to severe pain, but when taken improperly, it can lead to addiction and overdose, which can result in abrupt death. Poppy seeds are one of the most effective herbs used as a sedative and analgesic.

Names of Aganimanth in Various languages:

Ahiphen botanical name?

Botanical name – Papaver somniferum
Family – Papaveraceae

The species name somnifera suggests it induces sleep, while the genus name Papaver denotes that it is a member of the Papaveraceae family.

Sanskrit Nameतिलभेदखसतिल और खाखस
Hindi NameKashkhas
English NameOpium, Poppy seeds
Malayalam NameKaruppu
Kannada NameAphimu
Marathi NameKhaskhas
Gujarati NameAphina, Khaskhas

Synonyms in Sanskrit

The general synonyms for fruit latex exudate are Phaniphena, Nagaphena, Ahiphenak, Apooka, Aphenaka, and Aphooka (opium)

Tila bheda, Khasa Tila, Khasa Tila, Khasa Tila Tila is another name for opium poppies (khas khas)

  • Khasaphalashkira – an exudate obtained from the fruit containing khaskhas seeds.
  • Ahiphena – it is said to be similar to the foam that comes from the mouth of a snake. It is the fruit’s exudation.
  • Tilabheda – the seeds resemble a type of tila.
  • Khasatila – the seeds resemble tila.
  • Khakhasa is the name given to the seed.

Classical categorisation of Opium

Bhava Prakasha, Dhanvantari Nighantu, and Rasa Tarangini classify ahiphen as belonging to the Upa Visha dravya (subtoxic category).

Ayurvedic Properties of Ahiphen3

Rasa : Tikta, Kashaya
Guna : Laghu, Ruksha, Suksma, Vyavayi, Vikashi
Virya : Ushna
Vipaka : Katu
Prabhav : Madak
Karma: Nidrajanan (Sedative), Grahi (Absorbent), Balya (Strenghtening), Vrishya (Aphrodiasiac), Swashar (Good for respiratory disorders)

Sanskrit Sloka on Ahiphen

अफूकं तद्रवीभूतमहिफेनमफेनकम् | 
अफूकं शोधनं ग्राहि श्लेष्मघ्नं वातपित्तलम् || ११४ || ध . नि
आफूकं शोषण ग्राहि श्लेष्मघ्न वातपित्तलम् । 
तथा खसफलोद्भूतवल्कलप्रायमित्यपि || २०८ ||
खसबीजानि बल्यानि वृष्याणि सुगुरूणिच |
जनयन्ति कफ तानि शमयन्ति समीरणम् || २० ९ || भा.प्र
अहिफेनं सुतिक्तं तु निद्राजनकमुत्तमम् । 
ग्राही चैवविशेषेण वेदनाविनिवारणम् ।
सन्निपातप्रशमनं तथा वमिनिषूदनम् ।
पुरातनं नवं वापि विनिहन्त्यतिसारकम् ॥ ( र.त. २४ / २४३-२४४ )
आरम्भ्य गुञ्जा पादांशाद् गुजैकप्रमितं शुभम् । 
अहिफेनं प्रयुञ्जित बलकालाद्यपेक्षया ॥ ( र.त. २४ / २६२ )
न बालेषु न वृद्धेषु मधुमेह प्रपीडिते । 
शीतपादकरायाञ्च विसूच्यां खलु नैव च ॥
न श्लैष्मिके तथा कासे प्रचुरश्लैष्म निर्गमे ।
अहिफेनं वृक्क शोथे प्रयुञ्जीत न कन्हिचित् ॥ ( र.त. २४ / २५६-२५७ )

Morphology of Opium

Papaver Somniferum is an annual herb that can reach a height of 100 cm.
Herbal plant is greyish green in colour, with sparsely covered stems and leaves covered in small and soft hair.
The leaves are lobed and clasp at the stem’s base.
This herb’s flowers typically have four white, mauve, and red petals and are more than 120 mm in diameter.
Fruits are round capsules, and when the plant is wounded, it emits white latex.

Distribution of Ahiphen

Although it is grown in Asia, Europe, and China, this annual herb is native to the eastern Mediterranean. This plant is being grown in the United Kingdom for medical purposes.

Chemical constituents opium poppy

Chemical constituents of Papaver somniferum:

About 25 alkalouds are present in crude opium. Morphine (10%), Codein (0.05%), Papaverene, Narcotine, Meconic acid, and Apomorphine are some of them.

Morphime, codeine, and baine are phenanthres.

Isoquinolines – Papararines (1%) and narcotine (6 percent )

Therapeutic Indication Ahiphen

  • Anti-cancerous seeds and leaves are used to treat cancer.
  • Ulcers are treated with seed paste.
  • Root decoction is an excellent remedy for preventing tumours and hard knots in joints.
  • Because of its vyavayi and vikashi properties, this herb is also used to treat alcohol withdrawal and blood poisoning.

Afim ke fayde

Niche Afim ke fayde bataye gaye hai.

  • Ahiphena is an excellent herb for the urinary system because it lowers urine sugar levels.
  • It is also anti-pyretic and beneficial in cases of fever.
  • Morphine’s unique property is that it relieves pain, and it is best used in digestive system disorders.
  • It raises intraocular pressure and is also used to treat eye disorders.
  • A seed paste applied to dandruff produces excellent results.
  • This herb’s suppositories are used to treat fissures, haemorrhoids, and a variety of rectal disorders.
  • It is also beneficial in pleuritis and other types of body inflammation.
  • It helps to balance the kapha dosha in the body.

Upar jo Afim ke Fayde batye gaye woh fayde keval Sahi matra me afim lene che hote hai.

Afim ke fayde jitne hai utne hi Nukshan hai agar ushkko sahi matra me na liya jaye.

Docters dwar jab Afim diya jaye tab hi Afim ke fayde hai warna woh aapke liye Vish ban Sakta hai.

Ahiphen yurvedic Indiacation

  • In the treatment of dandruff (Daruna), a paste made from Ahiphena seeds and milk is applied to the scalp.
  • Diarrhoea (Atisara) – Ahiphena is taken in combination with Strychnosnuxvomica bark and honey.
  • Ahiphena seeds and milk are ground into a paste and applied to the skin to treat skin diseases (Kushta).
  • Insomnia (Anidra) – Ahiphena latex is used to treat insomnia in low doses.
  • In Pain (Sula) – Ahiphena latex or fruit is used to relieve pain.
  • Cough (Kasa) – Ahiphena latex is used to treat cough.
  • In debilitating diseases (Dourbalya), Ahiphena seeds are taken with milk.

Poppy medicinal qualities

Guna (qualities) – Laghu (lightness), Rooksha (dryness), Sookshma (minuteness), Vyavayi (spreads to all parts of the body swiftly).
Rasa(Taste) – Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (Astringent).
Vipaka – Katu – Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
Veerya – Ushna – Hot potency

Benefits of opium latex

Benefits of opium Poppy (latex and exudate)
Shodhana – purification
IBS, diarrhoea, and grahi – absorbent, bowel-binding
Balances: Shleshmaghna Kapha
Increase Pitta and Vata Dosha
Diarrheal-friendly atisara
Sannipata: a remedy for persistent fever

Morphine, a medication derived from poppies, is used to relieve excruciating pain from cancer.
Cough is treated with codeine, another opium derivative. It is used in linctus form. But because to its addictiveness, linctus codeine cough syrup addiction is a widespread problem in India.
Muscle relaxants like papaverine are utilised.

Poppy seed Use for sleeping

Poppy seeds can help you sleep better.
1 gramme of poppy seed is boiled for 1 minute in half a cup of milk. It is usually consumed at night. This treatment can be continued for one month.

Recipe of poppy seeds

A tablespoon of the recipe is ground by combining a small amount of water and a teaspoon of grated dry coconut. This mixture paste is heated to just below boiling with a tablespoon of jaggery (unrefined sugar).
This is taken at night in a teaspoon dose or with milk to induce sleep and to have an aphrodisiac effect.

Method of Ahiphen purification

Ahiphena Shodhana: opium Poppy purification – It is dissolved in water, filtered, and gently heated until all of the water evaporates. This paste is ground with ginger juice 21 times before being dried and preserved in the shade. (24 Rasa Tarangini / 237-239)

Remedy for toxicity

Gotu kola is used in Thailand to treat opium toxicity. For a few months, greater doses of gotu kola paste or water decoction are given for this reason.

Dosage of Ahiphen

  • 0.2 gm of morphine for acute angina and pain.
  • 30 to 50 mg of exudate
  • 1 to 3 grammes of khas khas
  • 0.5 g of codein
  • 1 to 4 drops of poppy seed oil
  • A fatal dose of more than 2 gm of morphine results in sleepiness, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and ultimately death.

Part use of Opium

Unripe capsule
seed exudate from fruit
seed oil

Ayurvedic Formulations of Ahiphen

  • Ahiphenasav
  • Astakshari Gutika
  • Bhrihadgangadhara Churna
  • Dugdha Vati
  • Kamesvara Modaka
  • Karpura Ras
  • Mahavataraj Rasa
  • Nidrodaya Rasa
  • Nidrodaya Vati
  • Swalpa Grahani Kapat Rasa
  • Vedanantaka Vati
  • Yavanyadi Kvatha

Drug and supplement interactions to Opium

Can I use this and homoeopathic medicine at the same time?

Yes. Homeopathic medicine and this product do not interact.

Can you continue using this medication and supplements like Omega 3 fatty acids and multivitamin tablets?

Yes. The majority of dietary supplements and this product work well together in general. Please seek advice from your doctor if you are taking more than one product each day.

Allopath medications

If you are taking this product together with other western (allopathic / contemporary) medications, ask your doctor for advice. A few herbs used in Ayurveda can affect how modern medications work.
It is advisable to take the allopathic medication first, wait 30 minutes, and then take the ayurvedic medication if both allopathic and ayurvedic medications are prescribed simultaneously.

Side effect of Opium

Opium (fruit extract) should be used only under medical supervision and in extremely low doses. It is a highly addictive narcotic that should be avoided during pregnancy, lactation, in the elderly, and in children.
It should be avoided if you have chronic urinary tract problems, gastroenteritis, or nephritis.
Poppy seeds are commonly used in food and are completely safe to consume.

Research on Opium

The analgesic activity of this compound was studied in the mouse by GOMEZ-SERRANILLOS M. P. Madrid 1998
Studies on protein in seeds
Alkaloid profile
Toxicity of Ayurveda medicines and safety concerns: The need to revive the branch of toxicology in Ayurveda