AYURVEDIC KWATHAM V/S KASHAYAM
Kashayam is the most widely used Ayurvedic herbal remedy and commonly prescribed by many Ayurvedic doctors. These are herbal decoctions; the herbs water-soluble active ingredients are extracted into simmering water. Water-soluble herbs are more easily absorbed by the intestines, this allows for quick action bringing about the desired effect.
Wikipedia defines Kashayam as:
“A widely used form of dosage in Ayurveda and does not denote any one particular Ayurvedic medicine, but a generic term for various types of medicinal tea in Ayurveda. Kashayam refers to a water decoction or water extract of a single herb or group of herbs and can be used for various ailments. It is an ancient form of medicine that has been used for a long time.”
All of our products at Kottakkal USA are manufactured by Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS), Kottakkal, India. AVS has manufactured traditional Ayurvedic products since 1902 and takes great care to adhere to traditional processing methods. However, they carry out extensive research too. One of the analysis reports of Kashayam is:
PHYSICOCHEMICAL PARAMETERS of MAHATIKTAM KASHAYAM
The table reveals that (1) It is acidic in nature with ph value ranging from 4 to 5 (2) Also to increase shelf life, sodium benzoate and parabens are added.
Therefore, the AVS went ahead with extensive research. Ultimately, they could convert liquid kashyam into a solid form which is shaped like a tablet. The physicochemical parameters of the tablet were found as:
The tablet has the same efficacy as that of liquid Kashayam. Then, they introduced the product in the market as KWATHAM in tablet form devoid of acidic nature and additives to increase shelf life.
The tablet has the same efficacy as that of liquid Kashayam. Then, they introduced the product in the market as KWATHAM in tablet form devoid of acidic nature and additives to increase shelf life. We, therefore, recommend to our valued customers to consume KWATHAM tablets instead of liquid kashayam. A kwatham is a kashayam in tablet form and offers advantages over the liquid form. Kwatham tablets are easily carried and are easy to take anywhere, and allows greater freedom over kashayams. The convenience of taking a tablet as well as avoiding the bitter taste makes it easier to take kwathams regularly as prescribed.
Another important advantage of kwathams is how they are processed. Great care is taken to slowly heat kwathams for a longer time than kashayams, this results not only in a higher concentration but solidifies the decoction into tablets. These are great advantages for people to take kwathams over kashayams.
WHAT IS THE CORRECT DOSAGE FOR KWATHAMS?
One kwatham tablet is equal to 5 ml (1 tsp) of kashayam. Generally, the average dose is two tablets two times per day on an empty stomach. Kwatham tablets should be taken with lukewarm water to help swallow and dissolve them. The efficacy and dosage of kwathams are the same as kashayams, and it’s very easy to adjust from kashayams to kwathams.
Each box of Kwathams contains 100 tablets, please visit our website to see the many choices available. We offer 28 different Kwathams compared to 21 Kashayams.
Let us know if you have any questions about our Kwathams or any of our products. Please contact our team directly at CONTACT@KOTTAKKAL.SHOP.
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Arishtas and Asavas are medicinal herbs processed by fermentation. In general, Arishtas are dried herbs decocted in boiling water and Asavas are fresh herbs decocted in lukewarm or cold water, both are fermented with either jaggery, sugar or honey. The fermentation generates 5 – 10% alcohol which acts as a medium extracting the deeper quality of the herbs. They are very therapeutic and have been safely utilized by Ayurveda for as many as 5000 years.
As per Wikipedia
Bhasma (residue after incineration – calcined preparation) and pishti (powdered gem or metal) are used with herbs for the treatment of critical ailments as a medicinal preparation in Ayurveda and to some extent Unani (both Indian branches of medical science using natural curative methods). The procedures for preparing these medicines are time-consuming and complicated.