ARAGWADHADI KASHAYAM- Benefits, Ingredients, Indications, Dosage, Usage, Preparation, Side effects, Equivalent Medicines, Research Papers

Aragwadhadi kashayam is an effective Ayurvedic medicine for all types of skin diseases. It has such a potent wound-healing action that it can be used internally and externally in diabetic ulcers and even leprosy.

Benefits of Aragwadhadi kashayam

It is used in all types of skin diseases like psoriasis, eczema, scabies, acne, pustules, blisters, vitiligo etc. Being a blood purifier, this medicine helps in healing skin problems. It is also found efficient in removing scars and improving complexion.

It improves functions of circulatory system. Due to its wound-healing properties, it can be used for washing the wounds and ulcers. By washing, the pus and debris get removed and the wound gets healed.

 It is also used in the treatment of food poison, vomiting, piles, worms, ulcerations and wounds etc.

 It is good in obesity and corrects Malabsorption. It is found beneficial in many life style diseases where imbalanced Rakta-Kapha-Pitta are involved.

It is useful in skin disease with itching and burning sensations. Kapha dosha is the major cause of itching and burning sensation is due to pitta dosha. Aragwadhadi kashaya being Kapha-pitta hara is best choice for this condition.

It can be used in kapha vitiated conditions like whitish and coated tongue, numbness over extremities, itchy skin rashes and oozing skin.

It is useful in the treatment of urinary disorders like reduced frequency and quantity of urination, high turbidity and urinary tract infections.

Most of the herbs in Aragwadhadi kashayam have anti- diabetic and anti-inflammatory actions. So, it can be used in diabetic foot and other diabetic complications.

It is found useful in treating varicose veins with skin irritations like itching and numbness. This combination helps in healing wounds and ulcers associated with varicose veins. Once the wounds are healed, Aragwadhadi kashayam restores the normal skin over the scar tissue.

Indications of Aragwadhadi kashayam

  • Chardi                 – Vomiting
  • Kushta                – All types of skin diseases
  • visham                – All types of poisons and toxins, allergic reactions.
  • Jwaram                – Fever
  • Kapham               – Conditions of imbalanced Kapha dosha
  • Kandu                   – Itching
  • Prameham           – Diabetes and urinary tract disorders
  • Dhushtavrana visodhanam – cleanses the pus and debris from chronic deep ulcerations and                                                 wounds

Ingredients of Aragwadhadi kashayam

Golden shower treeAragwadhaCassia fistula

It has anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour, hepato-protective, and hypoglycaemic activities. Also, it has many anti-oxidants. Flowers are used for fever. Root acts as a diuretic and is used in adenopathy, leprosy, skin diseases, syphilis and tubercular glands. The bark and leaves are used for curing skin diseases.

ConessiIndrayavaHolarrhena antidysentric). Wall.

It has been used in bleeding piles, diarrhoea, eczema, fever and colic.  It is beneficial in amoebic dysentery and many other gastro-intestinal disorders.

Yellow snake tree PaataliStereospermum                                                               suaveolens

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

Black nightshadeKaakatiktaSolanum nigrum

It has anti-oxidant, diuretic, anti-pyretic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat mouth ulcer, skin diseases, allergic rhinitis, urinary disorders etc. It is well-known for its anti-cancerous properties.

Margosa, NeemNimbaAzadirachta indica A. JUSS.

The important health benefits of this drug include its ability to treat dandruff, soothe irritation, protect the skin, boost the immune system, and reduce inflammation. It also speeds up wound healing, treats gastric conditions, slows the aging process, improves hair and scalp health, maintains sexual organ health, has anti-cancer potential, and helps treat diabetes.

Heart leaved moonseedAmrutaTinospora cordifolia (WILLD.) HOOK.F. & THOMS

It is effective anti-ulcer drug in action. It is a well-known anti-oxidant and has significant anti-inflammatory property.

DrumstickSakhotaka/ MadhurasaMoringa oleifera

Its highly nutritional, a rich source of natural vitamins and minerals. It improves blood circulation to the joints. As it contains a lot of Vitamin A, it is beneficial in treatment of many eye diseases especially night blindness. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. It is useful in bone health and muscular health.

Flame of the forestPalasa/ SruvavrikshaButea monosperma

It stimulates digestive fire. It is used as an aphrodisiac and a laxative. It is used for worm infestation, bone fractures, abdominal ulcers & tumours, piles and other ano-rectal diseases. It has wound healing properties.

false pareira root/ velvet leafPaathaCissampelos pareira L.

It has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic actions. This plant is used to treat gynaecological conditions. Patha is used in the treatment of chronic non-healing ulcers and sinuses. It is also used in the treatment of chronic skin diseases and in the treatment of poisonous bites.

Indian gentianBhoonimba  Swertia chirata (ROXB. EX. FLEM.) KAR.

It is an important herb used in Ayurveda for the treatment of fever, inflammation, skin diseases, intestinal parasites and diabetes. It has hepato-protective action also. It is used in treatment of piles, ulcers and fevers.

StrobilanthesSairyakaStrobilanthes kunthiana

It is used against neurological disorders, sciatica, glandular swellings and oedema.

Pointed gourdPatolaTrichosanthes dioica Roxb.

It has anti-diabetic, hepato-protective, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and wound-healing properties. It has anti-oxidants. It is useful in lowering cholesterol and skin diseases. It acts as a laxative.

Indian beech treeKaranjaPongamia glabra

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and wound-healing properties.

Indian elmChiruvilwa/PootikaranjaHoloptelea integrifolia

It has anti-diabetic, anthelmintic and wound healing properties. It is beneficial in healing haemorrhoids.

Indian devil tree/Scholar’s tree/White cheesewoodSaptacchadaAlstonia scholaris.R.Br.

It is a herb with a rare combination of laghu (light) and Snigdha (oily) properties. It has immune-stimulatory, wound-healing, analgesic, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-diarrhoeal, anti-oxidant, hepato-protective, anti-stress and immune-modulatory properties. It is used in the treatment of colic, indigestion, intestinal parasites, chronic & foul ulcers, asthma, and skin diseases including leprosy.

Ceylon leadwortAgniPlumbago zeylanica L.

It aids digestion and increases appetite. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties. It can also be used in liver diseases.

Bitter gourdSushaveephala/ karavellaMomordia charantia

It is a drug as well as well as a dietary supplement. It has anti-diabetic, abortifient, anthelmintic, anthelmintic, contraceptive, emmenagogue, and laxative properties. It helps to treat many diseases like Type 2 Diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, obesity, cancer, dysmenorrhoea, malaria, gout, jaundice, abdominal pain, kidney stone, leprosy, leucorrhoea, piles, pneumonia, psoriasis, scabies, rheumatism and fever.

Wild indigo/Purple tephrosiaSarapunkha/ BaanaTephrosia purpurea

It is used to treat hepatic disorders, splenomegaly, Pain and distension of abdomen, ulcerations and wounds, poisons & toxins. Being Tikta rasa and laghu, it is beneficial in cough & cold, fever and asthma.

Emetic nutGhonta/MadanaphalaRandia dumetorum

It has wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, immune-stimulant and hepato-protective properties. It is a well-known drug used for therapeutic induced vomiting when given in high doses. It reduces the vitiated Kapha dosha in body. It reduces fat and clears the channels. It stimulates the immune system and helps the cells to fight better against infections. It is used in the treatment of respiratory disorders like common cold, chronic cough, asthma and bronchitis. It is also found beneficial in indigestion, pain & distension of abdomen, chronic & non-healing wounds etc.

Details of the manufacturing

As already discussed, Aragwadhadi kashayam has 19 ingredients in equal quantity.

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

Take equal quantity of all ingredients 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 wooden 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.

Aragwadhadi kashayam is Kaphapithahara and anulomana.

It acts on bahya, antar and madhyama rogamargas

Dosage and Usage of Aragwadhadi 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.

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Prakshepadravya depends on the condition. It enhances the penetration action and increases the potency of kashayam to remove obstruction in the channels.

As Aragwadhadi combination is mentioned as a Gana, it can be used as any Kalpana (preparation) line kashaya, choorna, ghrita or taila. Most famous and widely used formulation is Aragwadhadi kashayam.

Exercises and Yoga.

As Aragwadhadi kashayam targets mainly blood,skin, urinary system, and wound healing following exercises and specific yoga asanas like Ardhamathsyentra asanam, Halasanam, Vakrasanam, Dhanurasanam etc recommended.

Regular exercise helps improve bioavailability of the medicine and food ingested and leads to positive health.

 Yoga can maintain harmony within and with surroundings.

Ardha mathsyentra asanam

Halasanam

Vakrasanam

Dhanurasanam

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

Red meat, fried non-veg items, and sea foods

Heavy meals and difficult to digest foods – cause indigestion.

 junk foods and spicy food- 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)

 curd – causes vidaaha and thereby many other diseases

  • To be added

Light meals and easily digestible foods

Green gram, soups, buttermilk boiled with turmeric, ginger and curry leaves

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

Behaviour:

Avoid sedentary lifestyle. Be active.

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

Maintain a regular food and sleep schedule.

Avoid forcing or holding of natural urges like urine, faeces, vomiting, hiccups etc.

Avoid Stress and emotional imbalance as much as possible.

Side effects and contraindications

No known side effects reported.

People with IBS or a sensitive stomach may develop diarrhoea when not supervised by a qualified Ayurveda physician.

Classical reference

ASHTANGAHRUDAYAM SUTRASTHANAM 15/17,18

Equivalent medicines.

Mahathikthakam kashayam

Brands Available

AVS Kottakal

AVN Madurai

Vaidyaratnam oushadhasala

SNA oushadhasala

AVP Coimbatore

Nagarjuna Ayurveda

Kerala Ayurveda

Research papers

Aragwadhadi gana – a review

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322721684_VRANA_SHODHANA_AND_VRANA_ROPANA_PROPERTIES_OF_ARAGWADHADI_GANA-A_BRIEF_REVIEW

Kakatikta – anti-cancerous property

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6274361/

Sushaveephala/Karavella

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15182917/

Madanaphala -Anti-inflammatory and hepato-protective

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27471465/

Nimba – In dentistry

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4441161/

Nimba – anti-microbial effect on skin

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6558881/

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