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

Rasnadi ghrutham is an Ayurvedic medicine for many diseases due to Vaatakopa. It is effective in diseases of nervous and locomotory systems.

Benefits of Rasnadi ghrutham

Rasnadi 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.

When used in acchasnehapana, it liquifies the waste products accumulated in channels. It helps lower bad cholesterol and hyperlipidaemia.

It is used in almost all the diseases of nervous system and locomotory system. It is beneficial in chronic inflammatory arthritis.

It absorbs the excess moisture in body and reduce swelling and inflammation. It is used in pain and stiffness in joints in diseases like chikun gunia

It is used in pain & stiffness of hip and lower limb, difficulty in walking etc. It is beneficial in multi-joint pain.

As it acts on the nervous & skeletal system, it is beneficial in many painful conditions like IVDP, low backache, pain in the flanks, sciatica etc.

It helps to reduce atherosclerotic changes.

Indications of Rasnadi ghrutham

Vayum sashoolam – Painful conditions of Vaatakopa

Jamgha                      – Pain in the calf muscles

Ooru                          – Pain on thighs

Trika                           – Pain on lower back and hip

Prishtha                    – Pain on back and spine

Parswa                      – Pain on flanks

Hanu                          – Pain on jaw bone or chin

Vaatasrajam sopham    – Rheumatoid arthritis with swelling

Ingredients of Rasnadi ghrutham

Siamese gingerRasnaAlpinia galanga (L.) WILLD

 It is known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions. It is one of the main ingredients of various formulations alleviating pain.

Castor bean plantErandaRicinus communis

It has evident antimicrobial activity and is a strong laxative. Its leaf, root and seed oil are used as anti-inflammatory & antioxidant. Also, its antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities are evident.

Flannel weed/ Country mallowBalaSida cordifolia Linn.

It is anti-pyretic, anti-inflammatory, contraceptive and anti-fungal activity. It is a tonic for strengthening nerves and muscles in various neuro motor diseases.

StrobilanthesSahacharaNilgirianthus ciliatus(Nees) Bremek /Strobilanthes ciliatus Nees.

It is used in neurological disorders, sciatica, glandular swellings and oedema.

Wild asparagusSatavariAsparagus racemosus

It has anti-oxidants and immuno-stimulants.  It has anti-inflammatory, anti-hepatotoxic, anti-bacterial, anti-oxytocic, and reproductive agents.

Stinging nettleDusparsaka/YavashakaTragia involucrata Linn.

This plant is used in many conditions like wounds, eczema, scabies and other skin infections. It has anti-inflammatory property. It is used to treat piles, migraine, warts and rheumatism.

Adathoda, Malabar nutVaasa/VrishaJusticia adathoda L.

It is an expectorant and is mostly used in respiratory conditions. It helps in treatment of skin diseases. It is also used in jaundice, fevers, headache and urinary infections.

 Heart leaved moonseedGuduchi /AmruthaTinospora 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.

Himalayan cedar devahwaCedrus 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.

Atis rootAtivishaAconitum heterophyllum WALL. EX ROYLE

It has anti-diarrhoeal, diuretic, expectorant, hepato-protective, anti-pyretic, analgesic, anti-oxidant, anti-flatulent and carminative properties.

Coco grass, Nut grass, Purple nutsedgeGhana/AbdaCyperus 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.

SugarcaneIkshuraSaccarum officinarum

It is sweet in taste and cold in potency. It cures burning sensation associated with urinary tract infection. It is a diuretic and increases the quantity of urine. It gives energy and strength. It increases the blood glucose levels fast.

Aromatic ginger/ sand ginger/kenkur/cutcherry/resurrection lilySatthiKaempferia galanga Linn.

It is an anti-tussive, expectorant, anti-pyretic, diuretic, anabolic, antiseptic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing and carminative. It is a blood purifier. It is used in the treatment of gastro-intestinal disorders, asthma, rheumatism, epilepsy, wounds, skin diseases, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, flatulence, and cancer.

GingerSunthi/ ViswaZingiber 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

As already discussed, Rasnadi ghrutham has 14 ingredients in total

All these ingredients should be washed well and dried up in shade.

For preparation of ghrithakalpana,

We use

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















  • Kalkadravya (For making paste, 125g each)















Take the prescribed Kashaya, ghruta and kalkadravya in an earthen pot.  Make it boil and then cook in the open vessel with low fire. 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 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.

Rasnadi ghrutham is Kapha-Pittahara and sothahara

It acts on madhyama and bahya rogamargas

Dosage and Usage of Rasnadi 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 Rasnadi ghrutham targets Vaatakopa, mainly removing obstructions in channels, regular stretching and mild cardio exercises are advised. Also, specific yogacharya including naadisuddhi pranayama, bhujangaasana, pavanamuktasana 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)

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 very hot & 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 with image of the text.

Equivalent medicines.

Varanadi ghrutham

Brands Available

AVS Kottakal

Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala

Research papers




anti-inflammatory and analgesic



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.


Acute and chronic inflammation








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.

Dr. Rajesh Nair Consultant, Ayurveda Medicine, India

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