Pippalyasavam is a popular Ayurvedic medicine used in the treatment of diseases like anemia, and piles. It can also be used for the management of liver complaints, and digestive disorders. This medicine is beneficial for the extremely thin people who would like to put on weight.
It is a liquid medication that is sometimes called Pippalyasava, or Pippalyadyasava. The main active ingredient of this medicine is Long Pepper. It is a liquid preparation that is obtained after fermentation. The unique method of preparation that involves fermentation of the herbal ingredients ensures a higher shelf life of the medicinal extract. The expiry date of this medicine is 10 years from the date of manufacture. It should be stored in a cool and dry place in a tightly closed bottle, and protected from direct light and moisture.
The herbal ingredients present in Pippalyasavam are as follows:
- Long Pepper
- Chavya (Piper Cubeba)
- Black Pepper
- Chitraka (Plumbago Zeylanica)
- Vidanga (Embelia Ribes)
- Musta (Cyperus Rotundus)
- Lodhra (Symplocos Racemose)
- Puga (Betel Nut)
- Patha (Cyclea Peltata)
- Kushta (Saussurea Lappa)
- Tagara (Valeriana Wallichii)
- Bigger variety of clove
- Nagakeshara (Mesua Ferrea)
- Priyangu (Callicarpa Macrophylla)
Indications, Benefits & Uses
The traditional medicinal uses of Pippalyasavam are as follows:
Lack of appetite
Pippalyasavam can be used to improve the appetite of patients suffering from malnutrition and acute and chronic diseases. Treating these patients with Pippalyasavam can improve their appetite and help in the prevention of complications arising due to the lack of nutrition. The increased appetite also helps to prevent the risk of deficiencies and assists in the faster recovery of the patients from the illness. This medicine can be given to children to increase their appetite.
Pippalyasavam can be used to improve the digestive strength. It acts as a tonic for the digestive tract and helps in relieving gastrointestinal disturbances. It promotes the breakdown of food. It is commonly prescribed to the patients suffering from gastroenteritis, in which patients experience continuous vomiting with diarrhea. Pippalyasavam can be used to get rid of loose motions, indigestion, flatulence, and abdominal pain.
Pippalyasavam can be used to correct nutritional deficiencies. It is beneficial in the management of iron deficiency anemia. It ensures that the nutrients in the food are absorbed into the blood and thus, prevents the deficiency of vitamins and minerals.
Pippalyasavam is commonly used to relieve the symptoms of piles. The most common cause of piles is constipation. Repeated straining for stools can result in increased pressure on the walls of the rectum and anal canal. This leads to the engorgement of the veins in this part of the gut resulting in their protrusion. These veins become lax and may even rupture causing bleeding while passing stools. Pippalyasavam can help in treating this by preventing constipation. It eases the passage of stools by softening them and improves the movements of the colon and rectum. This helps in the prevention of piles. It also reduces the symptoms of piles like pain while passing stools, bleeding from the anus, and protrusion of a mass from the anus.
Side effects of Pippalyasavam
Pippalyasavam is prepared from pure natural herbs. It does not contain any harmful chemicals. Hence, it does not cause any side effects. However, using this medicine in very high doses may result in gastric irritation and loose motions. These side effects are mild in nature and can be easily prevented by avoiding the higher doses. People with a sensitive stomach and pre-existing gastritis may not tolerate this medicine. Hence, they should avoid using it.
The effect of this medicine on the fetus, when used by a pregnant woman, is not fully known. Hence, women should consult a doctor before using Pippalyasavam during pregnancy. Breastfeeding women can use this medication when indicated.
How to use Pippalyasavam
The recommended dose of Pippalyasavam varies depending on the age of the patient and the condition to be treated. Patients should take it in a dose of 12 ml, once or twice a day. The dose may be increased to 24 ml if the results with the lower dose are not satisfactory or when the symptoms are severe. It is safe to administer this medicine to children above 2 years of age in lower doses. The recommended dosage for children is 1 to 2 ml once or twice a day. Patients can use it for a period of 2 weeks to 4 months. Since this medicine is very bitter in taste, it should be taken with a glass of water before consuming.