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

Khudaharam kashayam is an Ayurvedic medicine for Pain relief in rheumatoid arthritis and associated ailments.

Benefits of Khudaharam kashayam

It is used in the treatment of all kinds of inflammatory joint diseases. It is beneficial in conditions like pain and stiffness in the small joints with redness and swelling.

 In rheumatoid arthritis it is used to heal the inflammation and improve the function of the affected joints. It is beneficial even in some cases of varicose veins.

It is very effective in some pitta-rakta dominant skin diseases. Can be related with poorvarupa (prodromal signs) of vaatasonita.

It is also found beneficial in cases of osteoarthritis. As it contains aswagandha, it is nourishing and helps in repairing degenerated joints. It reassures the proper functioning of bones, cartilages and synovial fluid in the joints.

Indications of Khudaharam kashayam

 It is prescribed for Vaatarakta

Ingredients of Khudaharam kashayam

Amla, Indian gooseberryAmalaki /DhatriEmblica 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 Thriphala.

 Heart leaved moonseedAmruta/Guduchi  Tinospora 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 ginsengAswagandhaWithania somnifera

The plant has been used as an aphrodisiac, liver tonic, anti-inflammatory agent, and more recently to treat asthma, ulcers, insomnia, and senile dementia. Clinical trials and animal research support the use of ashwagandha for anxiety, cognitive and neurological disorders, inflammation, and Parkinson’s disease.

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.

GingerSunthiZingiber officinale ROSC.

Ginger has anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, hypoglycaemic, and atherosclerotic activity.

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

Details of the manufacturing

Khudaharam kashayam has five 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. 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 wooden spatula 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.

Khudaharam kashayam is Pitta-Vaata hara and rasayana

It acts on madhyama and bahir-rogamarga

Dosage and Usage of Khudaharam 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.

Khudaharam kashayam targets mainly joints. 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. 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)

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

Behaviour:

Avoid sedentary lifestyle.

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.

Avoid climbing of stairs.

Side effects and contraindications

No known side effects reported

Classical reference

Patented product from Aryavaidyasala, Kottakkal

Equivalent medicines.

Amrthotharam kashayam

Balaguduchyadi kashayam

Brands Available

AVS Kottakal

Research papers

Amalaki

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4158298/

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.

Aswagandha

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24188460/

Gokshura

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5647062/

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