Kanakasava is a popular Ayurvedic medicine commonly used in the treatment of respiratory conditions. It is particularly used for treating Asthma, and infective diseases like bronchitis, and common cold. It can also be used to treat the gastrointestinal disturbances. This medication contains several natural herbs that are known to possess strong medicinal properties, which help in improving the functions of the lungs, and protect the pulmonary tissues against damage. These herbs have been used for centuries and can provide effective relief from the acute as well as chronic conditions affecting the respiratory system.


Kanakasava is a liquid medicine containing about 5 to 10% of self-generated alcohol. This naturally produced alcohol, along with the water present in it, act as a media for delivering the active principles in the herbs. The unique method of preparation of this medication increases its shelf life. This medication, once prepared, can remain unaltered without any change in its constituents and medicinal properties for up to 10 years. The herbal constituents of this medicine are mentioned below:

  • Kanaka (Datura Metel)
  • Vrushamoola (Adhatoda Vasica)
  • Yashtimadhu (Licorice)
  • Pippali (Long Pepper)
  • Vyahgri (Solanum Xanthocarpum)
  • Keshara (Mesua Ferrea)
  • Vishvabheshaja (Shunti or Ginger)
  • Bharngi (Clerodendrum Serratum)
  • Talisapatra (Abies Webbiana)
  • Dhataki (Woodfordia Fruticosa)
  • Draksha (Raisins or dry fruits)
  • Water
  • Sharkara (Sugar)
  • Kshaudra (Honey)

Indications, Benefits & Uses

The different conditions that can be treated using Kanakasava are described below:


Kanakasava is widely used in the treatment of bronchial asthma. Patients with this condition experience repeated attacks of breathlessness when they are exposed to substances to which their body is hypersensitive such as dust, the smell of perfumes, air pollution, and even some food additives. The exposure to these substances results in an exaggerated response of the immune system, which leads to spasms of the muscles in the bronchi and the bronchioles together with an excessive production of mucus due to which the patients develop difficulty in breathing. Kanakasava can help in controlling these attacks by improving the response of the immune system. It prevents allergies and eases breathing. It induces dilation of the air passages and reduces tightness in the chest. Regular use of this medicine can reduce the frequency of the asthma attacks to a great extent.

Respiratory infections

Kanakasava can be used to treat the upper and lower respiratory tract infections like common cold, sinusitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and bronchitis. It reduces the production of mucus in the respiratory passages and eases the discomfort. The natural mucolytic action of Kanakasava causes liquefaction of the thick mucus and makes it easier for the patients to get rid of it. It also controls fever caused by these infections. It eliminates the bacteria and viruses causing the infections by producing antibacterial and antiviral actions. It also reduces the risk of superadded infection in the patients with chest injuries.

Weight gain

Kanakasava is a very good general tonic that can be used by the people suffering from emaciation and malnourishment to gain weight. It reduces tiredness and increases the energy levels of these patients. It improves their overall stamina and allows them to feel fresh. It has been found to improve the overall productivity of a person. It boosts their ability to do physical work for longer hours. The people suffering from chronic debilitating diseases, which cause them to lose considerable weight, can also use it. It helps them recover faster and ensures appropriate weight gain.

How to use Kanakasava

The recommended dose of Kanakasava is 12 ml to be taken once or twice a day. The dose can be raised to 24 ml, twice a day, if the results with the lower dose are not satisfactory. The doses should preferably be taken after food to minimize gastric irritation. The medicine may be added with an equal quantity of water if the taste is not tolerable. Patients, who are using other medications, should keep a gap of half an hour between the intake of Kanakasava and the other medicines. Since this medication contains Datura, which can cause a poisonous effect on the body when used in higher amounts, patients are advised to use Kanakasava exactly as recommended.

In addition, they should avoid the intake of spicy and fried foods during treatment with Kanakasava to prevent gastric upsets.

Side effects of Kanakasava

There are no known side effects of Kanakasava. This medicine is prepared from natural herbs and contains no chemicals. Hence, it is considered safe. When used in higher doses, it may cause a mild burning sensation in the stomach. Patients who develop such side effects should take the doses after meals.

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