Khadirarishta is an Ayurvedic medicine that helps in treating cardiac and digestive disorders. It can also be used in the management of some acute and chronic skin diseases. This medication is also called khadirarishtam, or Khadirarisht. It is a natural medication prepared from pure herbs known to possess strong medicinal properties that provide relief from the symptoms of a range of diseases affecting the digestive tract as well as the skin and circulatory system. Khadirarishta is available in a liquid form and contains 5 to 10% of self-generated alcohol that serves as a media for the active compounds in the herbs. Khadirarishta is prepared in a unique way that increases its shelf life. It can be prepared and stored in an airtight container for future use for almost 10 years. However, it is advisable to use the medication within 2 months of opening the bottle as the exposure to the air may spoil the contents of Khadirarishta.
The herbal ingredients used in the preparation of this medication are as follows:
- Khadira (Acacia Catechu or Heart Wood)
- Bakuchi (Psoralea Corylifolia)
- Devadaru (Cedrus Deodara)
- Darvi (Berberis Aristata)
- Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)
- Amalaki (Amla or Emblica Officinalis)
- Vibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica)
- Water for decoction
- Makshika or Honey
- Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticose)
- Sharkara (Sugar candy)
- Nagakeshara (Mesua Ferrea)
- Kankola (Piper Cubeba)
- Jatiphala (Myristica Fragrans)
- Ela (Cardamom)
- Lavanga (Clove)
- Twak (Cinnamon)
- Krishna (Pippali or Long Pepper)
- Patra (Cinnamomum Tamala)
Indications, Benefit & Uses
The different health benefits of Khadirarishta are as follows:
Khadirarishta is a potent digestive booster. It can regulate the functions of the digestive system and help in the treatment and prevention of several diseases. It can improve the absorption of nutrients from the intestines. This action of Khadirarishta helps in preventing the deficiency of essential vitamins and minerals like iron. Hence, Khadirarishta is commonly used in the treatment of anemia. The herbs used in the preparation of Khadirarishta also provide a rich source of several nutrients. Hence, Khadirarishta also works as a direct source of nourishment for the body.
Khadirarishta produces a favorable action on the liver and spleen. It is particularly useful for the patients suffering from the early stages of liver disorders. It can help in reducing the symptoms of hepatitis and fatty liver disease. It protects the liver from the toxic effect of alcohol and free radicals, thus preventing the development of cirrhosis and liver carcinoma.
Khadirarishta can be used in the management of splenomegaly. It improves the functions of this organ and protects it from free radicals by producing a strong antioxidant action.
Khadirarishta has been found to help the patients diagnosed with abdominal tumors. It can help in preventing the spread of tumor and reduce the risk of tumor growth. It works by inhibiting the multiplication of the abnormal cells in the tumor mass. It also prevents the caner-supporting processes like angiogenesis because of which the formation of new blood vessels in the tumor mass is prevented. Due to this, the cancer mass does not receive a supply of blood and other nutrients and so, becomes unable to survive. This leads to the regression of the tumor. Regular use of Khadirarishta can help to improve the chances of recovery of patients with abdominal tumors and prevent their development in the normal individuals.
Khadirarishta can also be used in the treatment of intestinal worms. The anti-parasitic action of the herbs used in this medication can help in eliminating the worms and cure the condition.
Khadirarishta is a good heart tonic. It can regulate the heart functions and hence, it is used as an adjuvant treatment for heart attacks, and arrhythmias.
Khadirarishta can help to treat chronic skin diseases like leprosy. It can also be used to reduce the symptoms of acute attacks of allergic dermatitis.
Side effects of Khadirarishta
Khadirarishta is not known to cause serious side effects. It may cause mild irritation and burning sensation in the abdomen. This side effect can be avoided by taking the doses after meals. It may cause gastric discomfort when used in a very high dose. The effect of this medicine on the fetus and newborn baby, when used by a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, is not fully known. Hence, women should avoid using Khadirarishta during these phases. Khadirarishta can be given in lower doses to the children above the age of 5 years after consulting a doctor.
Recommended dosage of Khadirarishta
Patients can take Khadirarishta in a dose of 12 ml once or twice a day. The dose may be increased to 24 ml, twice a day, if the symptoms are severe or the response to the lower dose is not satisfactory. The medicine may be mixed with water if the taste is unbearable.