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

Neelikaranjadi kashayam is an Ayurvedic medicine for poisonous rat bite and chronic skin diseases. It is one of the best practically used medicine against recurrent inflammatory arthritis in Kerala visha chikithsa.

Benefits of Neelikaranjadi kashayam.

It is very effective in every signs & symptoms developed after a rat bite.

It can be used in various types of chronic skin diseases.  It is beneficial in conditions like inflammation of joints with skin rashes especially redness, swelling, burning sensation, bluish or black discoloration and fever. It is useful in recurrent inflammatory joint diseases.

This medicine is used in allergic reactions on skin especially food allergy.

It is beneficial in wounds and skin rashes associated with varicose veins and diabetes.

It is beneficial in lipomas and other nodules formed locally or in the whole body.

Indications of Neelikaranjadi kashayam

Mooshika visha – medicine for Rat bite

Ingredients of Neelikaranjadi kashayam

Indian indigoNeeliIndigofera tinctoria

It is mild laxative. It can be used in the treatment of splenomegaly, ascites, fever, poisons, rheumatoid arthritis, pain & distention of abdomen, rheumatic fever, intestinal parasites and worms. It may cause mild giddiness & fainting when taken not supervised. It is good for hair growth.

Indian beech treeKaranjaPongamia glabra

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

Margosa, NeemNimba/ Pichumanda  Azadirachta 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.

Siris tree/Woman’s tongue treeSireeshaAlbizia lebbeck. (L.) Benth.

It is known as the best herbal antidote in Ayurvedic toxicology. It has anti-asthmatic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fertility, anti-diarrhoeal, antiseptic, anti-dysenteric and antitubercular properties. It is also used in the treatment of ringworms and wounds (by washing the affected areas), gonorrhoea, leucorrhoea, asthma, bronchitis, leprosy, paralysis, swelling, helminth infection and other genital diseases. It is detoxifying and improves complexion.

DrumstickSigruMoringa 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.

Coco grass, Nut grass, Purple nutsedgeMustaCyperus 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.

Calamus root/sweet flagVacha/UgraaAcorus calamus L.

The root is aromatic. It has stimulant, emetic, expectorant, emmenagogue, aphrodisiac, laxative, diuretic, antispasmodic, carminative, and anthelmintic properties. It is slightly tonic, and excitant, and forms a useful adjunct to other tonics and stimulants. It may be used in cases of flatulent colic, atonic dyspepsia etc.

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.

Himalayan cedar Mahadaru/ SurabhooruhaCedrus 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.

Indian sandalwoodChandanaSantalum album

It is famous for its anti-tumour and anti-cancerous properties. It has a very expensive essential oil made from it, makes it famous in the cosmetic industry. It is an anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-proliferative agent. It is beneficial for treatment of acne, psoriasis, eczema, common warts and molluscum contagiosum.

Details of the manufacturing

As already discussed, Neelikaranjadi kashayam has 10 herbs as 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 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.

Neelikaranjadi kashayam is Pitta-Kaphahara, Raktha prasadana and srothosodhana.

It acts on both aabhyantara and bahya rogamargas

Dosage and Usage of Neelikaranjadi 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.

Exercises and Yoga.

Neelikaranjadi kashayam is used in chronic skin diseases and complications after poisonous bite. Stress and skin diseases are closely related. So, patient should practice mind relaxing exercises. So specific yogacharya including nadisuddhi pranayama, savasana Ardha- Pathmasana, Balasana, Veerasana, nadeesudhi, bhujangasana etc is recommended.

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.





Nadisudhi pranayama


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


  • 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)

Hot, pungent and spicy items, pickles.

 curd – causes vidaaha and thereby many other diseases

  • To be added

 Light meals and easily digestible foods

Green gram, soups, fresh fruits and vegetables.

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


Protect yourself from very hot & cold climates.

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

Avoid lifting heavy weights and other vigorous physical activities.

Maintain a regular food and sleep schedule.

Avoid holding or forcing the urges like urine, faeces, cough, sneeze etc.

Avoid day sleep and sitting awake late night.

Side effects and contraindications

No known side effects reported.

Classical references with image of the text.



Equivalent medicines.

Neelithulasyadi kashayam

Lodhrasevyadhi kashayam

Brands Available


Research papers

Neelikaranjadi kashayam




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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