Chavikasavam is an effective Ayurvedic medicine used in the management of urinary tract disorders. It also helps in the treatment of disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract. It is prepared from natural herbs that have been used traditionally in the treatment of these diseases. The powerful medicinal powers of these herbs can allow a person to stay healthy and fit by preventing the occurrence of diseases and relieving the existing condition.
Chavikasavam is a liquid medicine containing about 5 to 10% of self-generated alcohol. This natural alcohol and the water used in the preparation of this medication together acts as a media for delivering alcohol and water-soluble active components in the herbs to the body. The herbs used in the preparation of this medication are as follows:
- Chavya (Piper Cubeba)
- Chitraka (Leadwort or Pumbago Zeylanica)
- Vashpika (Kala Jeera or Black Cumin seed or Nigella Sativa)
- Pushkaramoola (Inula Racemose)
- Shadgrantha (Acorus Calamus)
- Hapusha (Juniperus Communis)
- Shati (Hedychium Spicatum)
- Patolamoola (Pointed Gourd or Trichosanthes Cucumerina)
- Triphala, which includes Amla, Haritaki, and Vibhitaki
- Yavani (Trachyspermum Ammi)
- Kutajatvak (Connessi Bark or Holarrhena Antidysenterica)
- Vishala (Citrullus Colocynthis)
- Dhanyaka (Coriander)
- Rasna (Pluchea Lanceolate)
- Danti (Baliospermum Montanum)
- Krumighna (Embelia Ribes)
- Musta (Cyperus Rotundus)
- Manjishta (Rubia Cordifolia)
- Devadaru (Cedrus Deodara)
- Trikatu, which includes Pepper, Long Pepper and Ginger
- Dhataki (Woodfordia Fruiticosa)
- Cinnamon bark and leaves
- Mesua Ferrea
- Lavanga or Clove
Chavikasavam Benefits & Uses
The different health conditions that can be treated using Chavikasavam are as follows:
Urinary tract disorders
Chavikasavam can be used to protect the urinary system against a range of disorders including infections and renal stones. It promotes the functions of the kidneys and works as an antibacterial agent thus preventing infections in the urinary tract.
Chavikasavam is an anti-cancer agent. It can be used in the treatment and prevention of cancers affecting the digestive organs. It is effective in treating the cancers of the stomach, colon, rectum, liver, and the pancreas.
It can also be used to treat ascites, and abdominal distension. It has been found to delay the worsening of abdominal hernia. It reduces dyspepsia and boosts the functions of the digestive tract. It increases the absorption of nutrients from the stomach and intestines and thus, reduces the risk of deficiencies.
Chavikasavam can help to relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections like common cold and sinusitis. It can also help to treat acute and chronic bronchitis and infections in the lungs like pneumonia ad tuberculosis. It relieves cough, chest pain, and breathlessness caused by these conditions.
It is a strong anti-allergic medication, which can help to reduce the intensity of the attacks of allergic diseases like asthma, and rhinitis. It also prevents the frequent exacerbation of these diseases that are triggered when a person is exposed to the allergens like dust, or pollution.
Side effects of Chavikasavam
Chavikasavam is prepared from natural herbal ingredients. Hence, it does not cause any side effects. It does not contain any harmful chemicals. Hence, it is considered safe to use. However, using this medicine in very high doses may result in gastric irritation, burning sensation in the stomach, and loose motions. However, these side effects are mild and can be easily prevented by using the medicine in the recommended doses. The use of Chavikasavam in children should be avoided unless advised by a physician. The effect of this medicine on the fetus, when used by a pregnant woman, is not fully known. In addition, there is no evidence to prove the safety of this medication when it is used by the breastfeeding women. Hence, women should consult a doctor before using Chavikasavam during these phases.
How to use Chavikasavam
The recommended dose of Chavikasavam varies depending on the age of the patient and the condition to be treated. Adult patients should take it in a dose of 10 ml, once or twice a day. The dose may be increased to 30 ml if the results with the lower dose are not satisfactory or when the symptoms are severe. The doses should be taken with a glass of water. Patients should never take this medicine on an empty stomach. The recommended dose for the children below the age of 5 years is 2 to 5 ml, once or twice a day. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 years should be given a dose of 5 to 10 ml, once or twice a day. Patients who are using any other medications should leave a gap of half an hour between the intake of Chavikasavam and other medicines.