Chitraka Asavam is a liquid Ayurvedic medicine used often in the healing process of many different diseases, especially piles, inflammation and digestive problems1. It is considered one of the most powerful digestive and carminative remedies used in Ayurveda2. It is also used to help treat leucoderma, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, dermatitis and anemia, and is used to aid in healthy weight loss. This is because of its powerful effect on the body. It balances all three Doshas, but it is especially calming for Pitta Dosha because of its ability to detoxify the blood. That’s why its particularly effective in skin diseases.
There are only a few ingredients in traditional Chitraka Asavam. Gomutra, cow urine, Chitraka, Plumbago zeylanica, Vyosha, also known as ginger, pepper and long pepper and Kshaudra, honey. Chitraka is the main ingredient in this asavam. It has the qualities of pungency, light, dry, strong and hot. The bark of the white variety is harvested and used in the remedies. It is classified under Deepaneeya, herbs that improve appetite and digestion, Shoola Prashamana, herbs that relieve abominal pain, Arshoghna, herbs used to heal piles2.
A typical dosage is 2 – 4 tsp. once or twice a day, though it should be taken before eating instead of after.
There are no known side effects associated with this Ayurvedic medicine and it can be taken for a long time on a daily basis. However, if the dose is too high it may cause gastric problems and a burning sensation. If your client already has a sensitive stomach, gastritis and/or peptic ulcers, it is best to avoid this product completely. If any contraindications appear while using it such as very heavy periods, neuropathy, hyperacidity, peptic ulcers, diarrhea or pregnancy, recommend that your client stop taking it immediately. If your client has diabetes they should be sure to closely monitor their blood sugar for the initial four weeks taking this Ayurvedic medicine to make sure it is not increasing BS levels over a healthy amount.
There are several commonly used product combinations that can help to speed up and deepen the healing process:
Other names: Chitrakasavam, Chitrakasava or Chitrakasav
Sizes Available: 15.216 fl.oz / 450 m
Contributing Editor: Dr. JV Hebbar
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Ahh, Kapha. A Dosha that we all have, made up of earth and water. It gives us many of our best human qualities, such as our grounding, stability and warm emotions. When in excess however, it can have negative consequences on our overall health.
To reduce or pacify kapha, Ayurveda has given us dietary, lifestyle and herbal treatment strategies. To reduce Kapha, emphasize stimulation, exercise, lightening, warming and drying in your diet and lifestyle.