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

Kanasathahwadi kashayam is an Ayurvedic medicine for abdominal pain, loss of appetite and menstrual disorders.

Benefits of Kanasathahwadi kashayam.

 It is beneficial in conditions like colic pain, flatulence and abdominal pain.

It is especially used in amenorrhea associated with abdominal pain.

It can be useful in endometriosis, Ovarian cyst, dysmenorrhoea.

It can be used to eliminate Ama and treat indigestion.

It is very effective in some Vaata kapha dominant diseases. Useful in gynecological conditions where proper bleeding is not there. It induces bleeding and uetrine contractions. It can be useful in many benign and malignant tumors of abdomen.

Indications of Kanasathahwadi kashayam

Asra gulma                       – Secondery Amenorrhoea

Ingredients of Kanasathahwadi kashayam

Long pepperKanaPiper longum

It has carminative action and maybe used as appetizer. The fruit and root of Pippali are used in the form of powder to treat fever, diarrhoea, piles, cough, hiccough, asthma, hoarseness of voice, flatulence, colic, vomiting, acid gastritis, oedema, diseases of mouth, eye diseases, diseases of semen, diseases of women, jaundice, and earache.

 Pippali mixed with honey alleviates cough, dyspnoea, fever splenomegaly, and hiccough.

Indian dillSathaahwa  Anethum sowa Roxb.exFlem

It is advised in the treatment of abdominal colic, diarrhoea, fever, wounds and eye diseases.

It is used as an ingredient in gripe water, given to relieve colic pain in babies and flatulence in young children. The seed is aromatic, carminative, mildly diuretic, galactagogue, stimulant and stomachic.  The essential oil in the seed relieves intestinal spasms and griping, helping to settle colic. The carminative volatile oil improves appetite, relieves gas and aids digestion. Chewing the seeds improves bad breath. Anethum stimulates milk flow in lactating mothers, and is often given to cattle for this reason. It also cures urinary complaints, piles and mental disorders.

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.

Himalayan cedar MahadaruCedrus deodara

It is useful as an expectorant in cough. It relieves asthma and other respiratory diseases by clearing the airways and enhancing the movements of respiratory tract.

It has anti-diabetic effect as it helps reduce high blood sugar levels in blood.

It helps to calm the mind and improves sleep quality.

Blue-flowered Glory Tree  BharngiClerodendrum serratum (L.) MOON

The plant is considered as having antitoxic and antiseptic properties. Juice of leaves is used with ghee as an application in skin conditions like herpetic eruptions and pemphigus. It is given in fever and is useful in sinusitis. The drug is also useful as an expectorant in respiratory diseases like asthma and cough.

horse gramKulatha  Macrotyloma uniflorum Or Dolochos biflorus

Raw horse gram seeds not only possess antihyperglycemic properties, but also have qualities which reduce insulin resistance. Having rooksha guna, it reduces sotha (swelling) and with its vaatanulomana property, it helps in regularising peristalsis and relieves constipation.

Sesame/TilTilaSesamum indicum

Sesame is a drug as well as a dietary supplement. When taken in moderate quantities, sesame helps prevent greying of hair, wrinkled skin, memory shortage, and other signs of ageing. Abundant in minerals and vitamins, it is helpful in bone health as it can prevent osteoporosis, and promote bone growth. It can regularise blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels in blood. It can be used in gastric problems like food poisoning and intestinal worms, when taken in small quantity but a large quantity may cause diarrhoea. It helps in improving quality and quantity of breast milk. It is hepato-protective and anti-cancerous.

GarlicRasonaAllium sativum L.

It is used for several conditions linked to the circulatory system and heart, including atherosclerosis, hypercholesterolemia, coronary heart disease and hypertension. It has anti-tumor, anti-microbial and anti-diabetic actions.


Hingukalka(paste of asafoetida)

Details of the manufacturing

Kanasathahwadi kashayam has nine ingredients. 

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 wooden spatula. 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.

Kanasathahwadi kashayam is Kapha-Vaatahara.

It acts on abyanthara and madhyama rogamarga

Dosage and Usage Kanasathahwadi kashayam kashayam

Dosage: two Pala.


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.

Here, it is advised to be taken with hingu as prakshepadravya.

In some kapha-vatha conditions with ama, Kanasthahwadi kashayam is also found beneficial.

Exercises and Yoga.

Kanasathahwadi kashayam targets mainly female reproductive system. Exercises are not allowed in painful inflammatory conditions. In such conditions, only stretching, moderate walking, and mild cardio exercises are advised.

 There is a specific yogacharya including Utharasana, Malasana, Baddhakonasana for better reproductive health in females is recommended. Range of movement and flexibility must be considered while doing 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.



baddha konasana

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

Recommended diet and behaviour


  • 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)

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.

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


Avoid sedentary lifestyle. Be active.

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.

In case of vatha pitha predominant conditions, Kanasathahwadi kashayam may cause some discomforts if not recommended by a physician.

Classical references


Equivalent medicines.

Tila kwatha

Saptasaram kashayam

Brands Available

AVS Kottakal

AVN madurai

AVP Coimbatore

Nagarjuna Ayurveda

Kerala Ayurveda

Research papers




anti-inflammatory and analgesic


The study was undertaken to evaluate the antihyperglycemic and antihyperlipidemic effects of Piper longum root aqueous extract (PlrAqe) in streptozotocin (STZ) induced diabetic rats.

During the short term study the aqueous extract at a dosage of 200 mg/kg.b.w was found to possess significant antidiabetic activity after 6 h of the treatment. The administration of aqueous extract at the same dose for 30 days in STZ induced diabetic rats resulted in a significant decrease in FBG levels with the corrections of diabetic dyslipidemia compared to untreated diabetic rats. There was a significant decrease in the activities of liver and renal functional markers in diabetic treated rats compared to untreated diabetic rats indicating the protective role of the aqueous extract against liver and kidney damage and its non-toxic property.

 it was concluded that the plant extract is capable of managing hyperglycemia and complications of diabetes in STZ induced diabetic rats.

doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-13-37

To compare stress resistance increasing and analgesic activities of piperlongumine and a methanolic Piper longum fruit extract (PLE).

significant effects of piperlongumine and PLE in both the tests were observed after their 5 or more daily doses. Both of them also dose dependently suppressed daily handling and repetitive testing triggered alterations in body weights and core temperatures. Their doxycycline like antidepressant activity in tail suspension test and aspirin like analgesic effects in acetic acid writhing test were observed after their 11 daily 5 mg/kg oral dose.

Piperlongumine is another bioactive secondary metabolite of P. longum and other plants of piper species with stress response suppressing, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory activities.

doi: 10.1016/j.jtcme.2015.11.001

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, United States. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your GP before the intake.

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