NIRGUNDI GHRUTHAM -Benefits, Ingredients, Indications, Dosage, Usage, Preparation, Side effects, Equivalent Medicines, Research Papers

Nirgundi ghrutham is an Ayurvedic medicine for cough, asthma and other breathing disorders.

Benefits of Nirgundi ghrutham

Nirgundi ghrutham combination is used either as acchasnehapana as a preparatory procedure to Ayurvedic Panchakarma (cleansing therapy) or as samanasneha in small doses after having Kashaya or other rookshana medicines for a while. It helps to regain health after the Rookshana (drying up therapies.

It is used in acute and chronic respiratory infection. It is beneficial in chronic night coughs and sleep apnoea.

It is very effective in asthma. It works as a good expectorant, removes the phlegm and clears airways.

It is found useful in treating Kapha-Vata dominant fevers when added with other formulations.

As the kaphadosha is cleared, Agni starts functioning proper. By improving digestion, this formulation improves taste and appetite; bio availability of nutrients in the food also enhanced. Hence general health improved.

Indications of Nirgundi ghrutham

Swasa kaasa               – All types of Cough

Ingredients of Nirgundi ghrutham

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It has anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, expectorant, tranquilizer, anti-spasmodic, rejuvenating, anti-arthritic, anti-fungal, anti-hyperglycaemic and anti-pyretic properties.

Details of the manufacturing

As already discussed, Nirgundi ghrutham has only one ingredient.

It should be washed well and dried up in shade.

For preparation of ghrithakalpana,

We use

  1. Snehadravya (Cow’s ghee)          – 4 part
  • Dravadravya (For Kashaya here) – 16part

Nirgundi (Whole plant)

  • Kalkadravya (For making paste, 1 part)


Take the prescribed ghruta in an earthen pot.  Make it boil and then cook in the open vessel with low fire. After boiling, add Nirgundi decoction. Mix well and boil continuously. Lastly add Kalkadravya and mix well. Reduce the quantity into the quantity of ghrutha. 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. Continue cooking and stir in between. Check the Paaka as per Snehapakavidhi. Once the desired Paaka is attained, filter the ghruta into a pot and keep it in air tight glass bottles after cooling. Ghrutha can be used for a longer period of time without any preservatives.

Dosha Dooshya Predominance with roga margas.

Nirgundi ghrutham is Kapha-pittahara and srothosodhana

It acts on aabhyantara rogamarga

Dosage and Usage of Nirgundi ghrutham


Generally, it is prescribed in OP practise as 5-15ml once a day.

It is said in text as one Pala or 48 gm in a person with profound digestive fire.

 It differs for Acchasnehapanasodhana) and vicharanasneha(samana)     


Ghrutham is advised to take in empty stomach, once the ingested food is digested well and aahaararasa is formed well.

Exercises and Yoga.

As nirgundi ghrutham  targets mainly respiratory system and immunity, only mild exercises are advised. Also, specific yogacharya including naadeesuddhi pranayama, bhujangaasana, is recommended.

In persons with fever and respiratory infections, physical exercises are not 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.

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)

Milk and milk products – Increase Kapha and cause obstruction in channels, indigestion and 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


Protect yourself from extreme cold 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.

Avoid sedentary lifestyle. Be active.

Side effects and contraindications

No known side effects reported.

Classical references


Equivalent medicines.

Kantakari ghrutham

Brands Available

AVS Kottakal

Research papers


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.

Ayurveda Expert, India
Dr. Rajesh Nair, Consultant, Ayurvedaforall

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