Kumaryasava is an Ayurvedic medicine commonly used in the treatment of urinary, respiratory, and digestive diseases. Kumaryasavam is available in a liquid form and contains self-generated alcohol that serves as a media for the active compounds in the herbs.
The main ingredient of this medication is Aloe Vera. To prepare this medication, the Aloe Vera juice is extracted from its leaves and then, the rest of the ingredients are added to it. The herbs are used in a coarse powder form. The mixture is kept closed in an air-tight container for the fermentation to occur. After fermentation, the contents are filtered and preserved for future use. The shelf life of this medicine is 10 years. However, after opening the bottle, it should be used within 2 months. It should be stored in a cool and dry place in a tightly closed bottle protected from direct sunlight and moisture.
The herbal ingredients used in the preparation of this medication are as follows:
- Kumari Rasa (Aloe vera juice extract)
- Makshika (Honey)
- Guda (Jaggery)
- Pakva Loha (Loha Bhasma)
- Shunti (Ginger Rhizome)
- Pippali (Long Pepper)
- Maricha (Pepper)
- Lavanga (Clove)
- Twak (Cinnamon)
- Patra (Cinnamomum Tamala)
- Ela (Cardamom)
- Nagakeshara (Mesua Ferrea)
- Pippali Moola (Long Pepper Root)
- Chitraka(Leadwort or Plumbago Zeylanica)
- Vidanga (False Black Pepper)
- Gajapippali (Java Long Pepper or Piper Chaba)
- Hapusha (Juniperus Communis)
- Dhanyaka (Coriander)
- Chavya (Piper Chaba)
- Kramuka (Betel Nut)
- Katurohini (Picrorhiza Kurroa)
- Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)
- Musta (CyperusRotundus)
- Vibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica)
- Rasna (Pluchea Lanceolate)
- Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis)
- Devadaru (Cedrus Deodara)
- Haridra (Turmeric Rhizome)
Indications, Benefits & Uses
The disorders that can be treated using Kumari Asav are as follows:
Kumari Asav (Kumaryasava) can be used in the treatment of bronchitis. It reduces the production of mucus and liquefies the abnormal discharge thus relieving cough. It can reduce the intensity and frequency of the attacks of chronic bronchitis. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and prevents damage to the mucosa lining the bronchi and bronchioles caused by the inflammatory changes. It possesses strong anti-bacterial properties, which help in eliminating the organisms responsible for the infection. It also prevents phthisis and blood in sputum occurring due to the repeated attacks of bronchitis and strengthens the lung tissues.
Kumaryasava is an effective medication commonly used for managing asthma. The anti-allergic action of the herbs used in this medication prevents the abnormal response of the respiratory passages to the allergens like dust, the fur of animals, and air pollution. This helps to prevent the attacks of asthma. It also reduces chest pain and breathlessness.
Kumaryasava can be used in the treatment of a range of digestive disorders such as abdominal distention, bloating, peptic ulcers, gastritis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. It can provide relief from the symptoms of these conditions by improving the digestive functions and reducing the production of acid in the stomach. It reduces heartburn and sour eructation. It also helps to improve the appetite and thus, prevents anemia and emaciation. It can improve the absorption of nutrients and provides nourishment to the body. Hence, it is useful in weight gain treatment. It also eases constipation, indigestion, and bloating. It also helps in the management of ascites and intestinal worm infestations.
Men’s Health Problems
Kumaryasavam acts as an aphrodisiac and increases the libido. It improves the quality of semen and sperm. Hence, it is recommended for the treatment of male impotency.
Kumaryasava can be used to treat urinary tract disorders such as urinary tract infections, renal stone, increased frequency of urination, and difficulty in urination.
Recommended dosage of Kumari Asav (Kumaryasava)
Patients can take Kumaryasava 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. This medicine should be used for a period of 2 to 4 months. If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water. The doses should be taken after meals to prevent gastric irritation.
Side effects of Kumaryasava (Kumari Asav)
Kumaryasava 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 Kumaryasavam during these phases. The use of Kumari Asav in children should be done only after consulting a doctor.