Karpoorasava (Karpurasavam)

Karpoorasava is an Ayurvedic formula commonly used in the treatment of digestive complaints. It is particularly useful for relieving vomiting, and loose motions.  It is a wine preparation that can improve the digestion and boost the functions of the gastrointestinal system. It is also called Karpurasavam. The main ingredient of this medication is camphor. The water present in this product together with the natural alcohol acts as a media for delivering alcohol and water-soluble herbal components.


The list of herbs present in Karpoorasava is given below:

  1. Udupati (Karpoora or Camphor)
  2. Prasanna, which is a type of wine
  3. Ela (Cardamom)
  4. Ghana (Musta or Cyperus Rotundus)
  5. Vellaka (Maricha or Black Pepper)
  6. Udupati (Karpoora or Camphor)
  7. Yamanika (Tachyspermum Ammi)

To prepare this medication, the above-mentioned ingredients are taken in a pot and mixed well. Then, the mixture is stored in an airtight container and kept sealed for about one month so that fermentation can occur. Then, the contents are filtered and the liquid medication, thus obtained, is preserved for future use in an airtight container. The medicine should be stored preferably in an amber colored bottle. It should be kept at room temperature and protected from direct sunlight and moisture. The unique method of preparation of Karpoorasava ensures a higher shelf life. This method prevents the spoilage of the medication and protects its effectiveness and safety for a period of 10 years from the date of manufacture.

Indications, Benefit & Uses

The different health conditions that can be treated using Karpoorasava are given below:

Gastric disorders

Karpoorasava is highly effective in providing relief from the symptoms of gastric disorders. It can reduce nausea, vomiting, and pain in the abdomen. It can regulate the secretion of acid in the stomach and thus, provide relief from gastritis, and peptic ulcers. It can also protect the mucosa of the stomach from the acidic secretions and prevent the formation of ulcers. It also prevents regurgitation of food from the stomach into the esophagus. This action of Karpoorasava helps to prevent damage to the esophageal mucosa. Hence, it is commonly used in the management of gastroesophageal reflux disorders.


Karpoorasava is a powerful antibacterial and antioxidant formulation. It can be used in the treatment of Gastroenteritis, a condition characterized by inflammation and infection in the stomach and the intestine. This condition can cause severe pain in the abdomen along with recurrent vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. Karpoorasava can help in treating these symptoms by destroying the bacteria and preventing damage to the stomach and intestine due to the inflammation. It is also a powerful antispasmodic agent. It provides instant relief from spasms and cramps.

Respiratory diseases

Karpoorasava is a powerful decongestant. It can be used to get rid of nose block and headache caused by common cold, and sinusitis. Camphor, one of the main ingredients of this medication, produces a soothing and cooling effect, and thus, provides relief from the symptoms of these diseases. It also reduces blockages in the larynx, pharynx, bronchi, and the lungs.

Nervous Pacifier

Karpoorasava works as an excellent anesthetic agent. It is used in the treatment of neuropathies, which cause severe tingling sensation in the arms and legs. It causes numbness of the sensory nerves and provides relief from several painful conditions. It may be used to reduce the intensity and frequency of nervous system disorders like epilepsy. The calming action of this medication is also useful in the management of chronic anxiety and nervousness.

How to use Karpoorasava

The recommended dose of Karpoorasava is 5 drops to be taken every 2 hours. The doses can be taken before or after food. However, patients who suffer from severe digestive troubles are advised to take the doses after meals only. Patients can raise the dose to 10 drops if the symptoms are severe. They can mix the medication in water if the taste is unpleasant.

Patients, who are using other medications, should keep a gap of half an hour between the intake of Karpoorasava and the other medicines.

Side effects of Karpoorasava

There are no known side effects of Karpoorasava. This medicine is prepared from natural herbs and contains no chemicals. Hence, it is considered safe to use. When used in higher doses, it may cause a mild burning sensation in the stomach. It can be given to the children above 5 years of age in a lower dose. It is best to avoid this medication during pregnancy, as its effect on the fetus is not fully studied. Lactating mothers may use this medication in lower doses.

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