Dasamoolam kashayam- benefits, ingredients, indications, dose, side effects, research papers

Dasamoolam kashayam is an Ayurvedic medicine for treating respiratory disorders. It also helps to treat indigestion associated with pain and distension of abdomen.

Benefits of Dasamoolam kashayam

Dasamoolam kashayam is used in acute pain and distension of abdomen, especially in elderly people.

It is very effective in the flare up of asthma. It works as a good expectorant, removes the phlegm and clears airways.

It is useful in many kinds of heart diseases.

It is found useful in treating Kapha-Vata dominant fevers when added with other formulations.

It is Vaatanulomana. It relieves constipation and improves digestive fire.

By improving digestion, this kashayam improves taste and appetite; bio availability of nutrients in the food also enhanced. Hence general health improved.

It is also effective in sinusitis and headache.

Indications of Dasamoolam kashayam

Swasa                 – breathing disorders including asthma

Kaasa                  -Cough

Gulma                 -Indigestion with distension of abdomen

Soola                   – Abdominal pain

Ingredients of Dasamoolam kashayam

DASAMOOLAM

It is a group of roots of ten herbs used as a combination in many formulations in Ayurveda.

Dasamoola is the Sanskrit name for a group of medicinal plants, classified as proving beneficial in cases of Asthma and difficult respiration. It was originally composed by Acharya Sushrutha. The name is derived from the words dasa (ten) and moola, translating to “root”. It includes the plants from the Laghupanchamoola and Bṛhatpanchamoola groups of medicinal plants.As discussed, t is a group of roots of ten herbs used as a combination in many formulations in Ayurveda.

Used together as a combination in Ayurvedic formulations, Dasamoola has Anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It works as a strong anti-rheumatic agent. It is useful in reducing edema. Being mainly Vaatahara it gives strength to the body. It is useful in all diseases related to nerves and muscles.

The ten plants included in Dasamoola are,

Indian bael   BilwaAegle marmelos

It has anti-inflammatory properties and it is effective in peptic ulcer. It is anti-diarrhoeal, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial. Being a part of Dasamoola (group of roots of Ten plants) it helps to enhance its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Headache tree   AgnimanthaPremna integrifolia Linn.

It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antinociceptive, anti-arthritic, anti-bacterial, anti-cancerous, anti-microbial, anthelmintic, immuno-modulatory, hypoglycaemic, neuro-protective and anti-ulcer properties. It is CNS depressant, Cardiac stimulant, and cardio-protective.

Indian trumpet flower SyonakaOroxylum indicum

It has anti-microbial, anti-diabetic, hepato-protective, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, immune-modulatory, nephro-protective, and cardio-protective properties.

Yellow snake tree PaatalaStereospermum                                                               suaveolens

It is useful in the treatment of diabetes, pain, fever, inflammations and asthma.

BeechwoodGambhariGmelina arborea

It has anti-pyretic, analgesic, anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anthelmintic, anti-microbial, cardio-protective, anti-ulcer, gastro-protective, anti-cancerous, anti-hyperlipidemic and immunomodulatory activity. It is the one of the main ingrediants in Dasamoola for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic property.

DabraPrisniparniUraria picta

It has anti-inflammatory, expectorant and diuretic properties. It is used as a tonic to nerves and heart. It is useful in bone fracture healing.

Sal leaved desmodium SaliparniDesmodium gangeticum

It is famous for its cardioprotective properties. It helps to strengthen the heart muscles.It has analgesic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, febrifuge, anti-inflammatory and haemorrhagic properties. It is used to treat fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, cough and asthma.

Indian nightshade BrihatiSolanum indicum

It has anti-oxidants. It also has anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, immune-modulatory, neuroprotective, diaphoretic, expectorant and stimulant properties.

Yellow-berried nightshadeKantakariSolanum xanthocarpum

It has anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activities. It possesses anti-asthmatic, hypoglycaemic, hepatoprotective, anti-bacterial and insect repellent properties.

Puncture vine  GokshuraTribulus terrestris

It is useful in diseases such as hormonal imbalance, sexual problems, heart problems, kidney problems and various skin diseases. It helps in reducing blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

AS ANUPANA/PRAKSHEPADRAVYA-TO BE TAKEN MIXED WITH THE KASHAYA

Saindhava/Kshara

Details of the manufacturing

As already discussed, Dasamoolam kashayam is prepared using 10 ingredients in equal quantity.

All these ingredients should be washed well and dried up in shade.

Take the prescribed herbs in dried & crushed form in an earthen pot. Now add 16 times clean water into it. Make it boil and then cook in the open vessel with low fire. Reduce the quantity into one by eighth of the initial quantity. Make sure to mix it in between with a ladle. Also, the fire should be kept low to make sure that all the active ingredients in the herbs needed are absorbed well into the water. Once the quantity is reduced to one by eighth of the initial amount of water, remove the vessel from the fire. Squeeze and drain through a clean white cloth. Collect the decoction in a clean vessel and discard the solid waste. Drink the mild warm decoction.

Dosha Dooshya Predominance with roga margas.

Dasamoolam kashayam is Vaata-kaphahara.

It acts on aabhyantara rogamarga

Dosage and Usage of Dasamoolam kashayam

Dosage: two Pala.

Usage:

Kashayam is advised to take in empty stomach, once the ingested food is digested well and aahaararasa is formed well.

Usage of kashayam with prescribed prakshepadravyas according to the condition of disease and the patient gives the best results mostly.

It is indicated in the shloka that Dasamoolakaduthrayam kashayam should be taken with saindhava/kshara mixed in it.

Exercises and Yoga.

As Dasamoolam kashayam targets mainly respiratory system and immunity, only mild exercises are advised. Also, specific yogacharya including naadeesuddhi pranayama, bhujangaasana, is recommended.

In persons with fever and respiratory infections, physical exercises are not recommended.

Regular exercise after regaining normal health helps improve bioavailability of the food ingested and leads to positive health.

 Yoga can maintain harmony within the body and with the surrounding system.

Nadisudhi pranayama

Bhujangasana

Simple exercises for lungs and heart health

All the exercises and physical exertions must be decided and done under the supervision of a medical expert only.

Recommended diet and behaviour

Diet:

  • To be avoided

Drinking ice-cold water – loss of appetite and increased kapha leads to respiratory problems.

Heavy meals and difficult to digest foods – cause indigestion.

 junk foods- cause disturbance in digestion and reduces the bioavailability of the medicine

 carbonated drinks – makes the stomach more acidic and disturbed digestion

refrigerated and frozen foods – causes weak and sluggish digestion by weakening Agni (digestive fire)

Milk and milk products – increase kapha and cause respiratory problems

 curd – causes vidaaha and thereby many other diseases

  • To be added

Light meals and easily digestible foods

Green gram, soups, honey.

 freshly cooked and warm food processed with cumin seeds, ginger, black pepper, ajwain etc

Behaviour:

Protect yourself from cold climate.

Better to avoid exposure to excessive sunlight, wind, rain or dust.

Maintain a regular food and sleep schedule.

Avoid holding or forcing the urges like urine, faeces, cough, sneeze etc.

Side effects and contraindications

No known side effects reported.

Classical references with image of the text.

SAHASRAYOGA HRIDROGA SHLOKA 5

Equivalent medicines.

Indukantham kashayam

Brands Available

AVS KottakaL

Vaidyaratnam oushadhasala

AVP Coimbatore

Kerala ayurveda

Research papers

Bilva

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4027346/

Agnimantha

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/300000191_Pharmacological_potentials_of_Premna_integrifolia_L

Salaparni

Myocardial ischemia

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831010/

Ischemic reperfusion injury

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3178976/

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