MEHARI DRAVAKAM- Benefits, Ingredients, Indications, Dosage, Usage, Preparation, Side effects, Equivalent Medicines, Research Papers

Mehari dravakam is an Ayurvedic medicine for treating diabetes mellitus and urinary tract disorders.

Benefits of Mehari dravakam

Mehari dravakam is indicated for type 2 Diabetes. It purifies the urine output from the body. It is used mainly in Diabetes mellitus where polyuria is the main symptom.

 Itis used in some types of oedema as it clears the urine formation and excretion. By this, the water retention and electrolytes are in balance and the swelling gets cured. It is useful, especially in elderly people.

As it has an effect in proper management of water retention and electrolyte balancing in the body, it is used in many cases of hepatic and renal disorders.

It is also used effectively in diabetic complications like neuropathy, nephropathy etc.

Indications of Mehari dravakam

Kaphaja Prameha            – Diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus and urinary tract disorders.

Ingredients of Mehari dravakam

Ceylon leadwortChitrakaPlumbago zeylanica L.

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

Chebulic myrobalanAbhaya/HareetakiTerminalia 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.

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.

Beleric myrobalan, BaheraVibheetaki/AkshaTerminalia 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 preparation. Other properties for which it is used are as health tonic and as rejuvenator. It is used in treatment of piles also.

Indian barberry/chutro/tree turmericDarvi/DaruharidraBerberis aristata

It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal anti-diarrhoeal and anti-cancerous properties. It is used in the treatment of ophthalmic infections.

ConessiVathsaka/KutajaHolarrhena 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.

AS ANUPANA/PRAKSHEPADRAVYA TO BE USED WITH KASHAYA

Madhu

Details of the manufacturing

As already discussed, Mehari dravakam is prepared using 6 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 cooled decoction adding honey to it.

Dosha Dooshya Predominance with roga margas.

Mehari dravakam is Kapha-Pittahara.

It acts on aabhyantara rogamarga.

Dosage and Usage of Mehari dravakam

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.

As Mehari dravakam targets mainly circulatory system and electrolyte balance, only mild exercises are advised.

But in diabetic persons, regular exercises and physical activities are advised.

Also, specific yogacharya including nadisuddhi pranayama, pavanamuktasana, vajrasana, bhujangaasana etc is 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.

Pavanamuktasana

Vajrasana

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

Sweet food items and sweeteners.

Hot spicy and pungent food items like pickles

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 other than buttermilk – increase kapha and cause indigestion. It may cause obstruction in the channels also.

 curd – causes vidaaha and thereby many other diseases.

  • To be added

Light meals and easily digestible foods

Green gram, soups, arrowroot, bitter gourd.

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

Behaviour:

Avoid sedentary life. Be active.

Avoid stress.

Protect yourself from very hot 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.

Equivalent medicines.

Nisakathakadi kashayam

Brands Available

Vaidyaratnam oushadhasala

Research papers

Hareetaki

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18058598/

Darvi

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19429334/

Kutaja

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25386454/

Amalaki

https://dx.doi.org/10.1002%2Fjsfa.10020

 Chitraka

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22960630/

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