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

JIVANTYADI KASHAYAM is an Ayurvedic medicine for a wide array of skin diseases. It cures many kinds of fever & inflammations in the body.

Benefits of JIVANTYADI KASHAYAM

This medicine is mainly used to treat fever associated with skin rashes. It is beneficial in lowering the temperature, fighting the infection and reducing the irritations of skin.

It is used to reduce the complications in small pox, chicken pox, measles etc. This combination makes the healing process faster in such diseases. By using this medicine, almost all types of skin inflammation are reduced.

Skin diseases like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, heat rash, acne, nail bed infections etc where redness, swelling and burning sensation are present gets cured with this medicine.

It is used to treat herpes zoster. It works as a hepato-protective formulation.

 It is beneficial in conditions like inflammation of joints with redness, swelling and fever. It cures fever associated with Pitta-kapha dominance.

 It is used to heal the inflammation and improve the function of the affected joints in some cases of rheumatoid arthritis. It acts as a blood purifier. It is very effective in some pitta-rakta dominant skin diseases. Can be related with poorvarupa (prodromal signs) of vaatasonita.

It is beneficial in suppurative diabetic ulcers.

Indications of JIVANTYADI KASHAYAM

Jwara with pidaka          – All types of fever with inflammatory skin manifestations.

Ingredients of Jeevanthyadi kashayam

LeptadeniaJivanti  Leptadenia reticulata (Retz.)

It is a revitalising, rejuvenating and lactogenic herb. It has anti-abortifient, anti-depressant, anti-epileptic, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour, anti-pyretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, diuretic, hepato-protective, and immune-modulatory properties. It is used in the treatment of haematopoiesis, emaciation, cough, dyspnoea, fever, burning sensation, dysentery, oligospermia, night blindness and other eye diseases.

Fragrant swamp mallowHreeberika  Pavonia odorata

It is used as a coolant, diaphoretic, diuretic, and demulcent.

Triphala -a group of fruits of 3 drugs namely,

Chebulic myrobalanPathyaTerminalia chebula RETZ. & WILLD.

It is one of the main drugs in Ayurveda, one of the Rasayana and a member of an important group, Triphala. It is used in a wide variety of diseases as it possesses anti-bacterial anti-fungal anti-viral anti-diabetic anti-mutagenic anti-oxidant anti-ulcer and wound-healing properties.

Beleric myrobalan, BaheraAkshaTerminalia bellirica (GAERTN.) ROXB.

A very good healer of gastric diseases, common cold, leukoderma and also cures digestive disorders. It has laxative and anti-inflammatory actions. It is one of the important ingredients in triphala, an Ayurvedic formulation. Other properties for which it is used are as health tonic and as rejuvenator. It is used in treatment of piles also.

Amla, Indian gooseberryDhatriEmblica officinalis GAERTN.

Amla exhibits strong antioxidant activity. It is one of the most important plants in the traditional Ayurvedic medical system as well as in other traditional health systems for immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer and hepatoprotective actions. It is widely used for anti-diabetic effect. It is a part of the famous group of drugs called Triphala.

Adathoda, Malabar nutVaasaJusticia adathoda L.

It is an expectorant and is mostly used in respiratory conditions. It helps in treatment of skin diseases. It is also used in jaundice, fevers, headache and urinary infections.

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.

Indian sarsaparillaSaribaHemidesmus indicus (L.) SCHULT

It is a coolant and a potent detoxifier. It is demulcent, alterative, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, tonic, anti-pyretic, and blood purifier. It is used in leprosy, other skin diseases, fever, asthma, bronchitis, syphilis, pruritus, diseases of the urinary tractand leucorrhoea.

Sunthi

Dried gingerSunthiZingiber officinalis

 It is unctuous and hot in potency with pungent taste but becomes sweet after digestion. It is an aphrodisiac and balances Vata and Kapha.

It improves ability to taste and promotes digestion. Relieves cough cold and other respiratory problems. It is not a laxative, rather causes constipation.

LiquoriceYashtiGlycyrrhiza glabra L.

It has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-malarial, anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-hyperglycaemic and hepato-protective properties.

Coco grass, nut grass, purple nutsredgePayoda/MustaCyperus rotundus L.

It has marked anti-inflammatory action. It also has anthelmintic, antioxidant and antifungal properties. The drug improves lactation, relieves fever, burning sensation, and excessive thirst. It is also used in treating diarrhoea, dyspepsia and skin diseases.

Red sandalwoodRaktachandanaPterocarpus santalinus L.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, anti-hyperglycaemic and diaphoretic properties. It is used in the treatment of fever, haemorrhage and dysentery.

Pointed gourdPatolaTrichosanthes dioica Roxb.

It has ant-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.

Vetiver grassUseeraVetiveria zizanioides (L.) NASH

Vetiver is a coolant, yet aids in digestion. It is widely used in treating fever, dysuria, burning sensation, fatigue syndrome, skin disorders etc. Potable water prepared with this also has many health benefits like preventing ulcers.

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.

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

Madhu(honey)/Guda(jaggery)

Details of the manufacturing

JIVANTYADI KASHAYAM has 15 ingredients. All of them are taken 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. For your special attention, Sunthi should be crushed and tied up separately in a white clean cotton cloth as a Potali. This is to prevent the excess dissolution of the contents and to maintain the exact consistency of the kashayam. 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 without breaking the potli. 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.

JIVANTYADI KASHAYAM is Pitta-Kaphahara.

It acts on aabhyanthara and bahir-rogamarga.

Dosage and Usage of Jeevanthyadi 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.

Exercises and Yoga.

JIVANTYADI KASHAYAM is used mainly in skin diseases. Sweating is the best way to cleanse the skin. While it is used in skin diseases with joint inflammation, vigorous exercises are not allowed in painful conditions.

 Only stretching, moderate walking, and mild cardio exercises are advised. Also, specific yogacharya including bhujangaasana, salabhasana, vajrasana is recommended. Pain, Range of movement and flexibility must be considered while doing every exercise. 

Sookshma sandhi vyayama (warming up small joints) is advised.

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

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

Salabhasana

vajrasana

Bhujangasana

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

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)

curd – causes vidaaha and thereby many other diseases

Red chili and other pungent, hot and spicy food items.

Excess intake of salt.

  • To be added

Light meals and easily digestible foods

Green gram, soups, fruits and vegetables.

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

Behaviour:

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

Avoid sedentary lifestyle as it is one of the main causes of rheumatoid arthritis.

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.

In persons with a sensitive stomach, it may cause abdominal discomforts and diarrhoea.

Classical references

SAHASRAYOGA MASURIKACHIKITHSA SHLOKA 2

Equivalent medicines.

Amruthavrishapatoladi kashayam

Guduchyadi kashayam

Brands Available

AVS Kottakal

Research papers

Jeevanthi

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6152761/

Patola -an overview

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3358970/

Nimba

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3695574/

GUDUCHI

ANTI OXIDANT AND ANTI INFLAMMATORY

The objective of the present work is to study the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect of alcoholic and water extracts of T. cordifolia (Willd.) Miers leaves in activated human monocytic THP-1 cells.

T. cordifolia (Willd.) Miers extracts exhibited significant amounts of total phenolic and flavonoid content, and LC-MS/MS analyses detected tinosponone, a TC-specific clerodane-derived diterpene. Both types of extracts attenuated AA-induced ROS generation via enhancing catalase enzyme activity in THP-1 cells. Real time PCR and ELISA experiments revealed that the elevated levels of LPS-induced TNF-α was remarkably attenuated in THP-1 cells pretreated with T. cordifolia (Willd.) Miers extracts. Western blot and confocal microscopy showed that the alcoholic extract’s anti-inflammatory activity by attenuating NF-κB translocation into the nucleus in LPS-activated THP-1 cells via the inhibition of IκB degradation in the cytosol.

The findings suggest that T. cordifolia (Willd.) Miers dry leaf extracts possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties via upregulation of antioxidant enzymes and attenuation of NF- κB nuclear translocation in activated human monocytic (THP-1) cells.

doi: 10.1016/j.phymed.2019.152831.

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