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

Varavisaladi kashayam is an Ayurvedic medicine for many diseases from insanity to infertility.

Benefits of Varavisaladi kashayam

The formulation of Varavisaladi kashayam is explained as a ghrita yoga in Ashtangahrudaya in the name Kallyanakam, but it is used as a kashayam more often. In today’s world people are affected by many types of derangement in fat metabolism; may it be Hyperlipidemia or obesity or hypercholesteremia or atherosclerosis or hypertension. Most of these, associated with weak digestion, too. In such people, the ghee preparation may worsen the condition rather than curing it. But the same herbs in a water-soluble form in the decoction can act as the cure for many such derangements, even for hypercholesterolemia.

It is useful in many psychiatric disorders like anxiety disorder, mania, depression, bipolar disorder etc. It is beneficial even in complete psychotic patients with aggression.

It is used to treat asthma, epilepsy, anaemia, skin diseases, poisoning, emaciation and malabsorption, diseases of urinary system, diabetes, fever etc.

It is beneficial to nullify the effect of slow poisoning and food poisoning. It is used in the treatment of azoospermia, oligospermia etc. It is beneficial in menstrual disorders too.

It is especially beneficial in delusions. In mental retardation, developmental disorders, learning disability, ADHD, and speech disorders, it is found effective. Those who want to boost their memory, can take this medicine.  It gives strength, good lifespan, beauty, good fortune and nourishment to the person.

It improves the digestive fire. It is useful in indigestion, low appetite, fatigue and laziness. This combination is called as “KALLYANAKAM” as it gives all good fortune to the person who takes it. This is believed to be the best medicine to be given during first trimester of pregnancy for begetting a healthy child. In earlier times it was used to bring about the desired sex in the foetus inside the womb.

Indications of Varavisaladi kashayam

Bhootagraha                    – infestations

Unmada                            – many types of psychiatric disorders

Swaasa                              – Asthma

Apasmara                         -Epilepsy

Paapma                            -Clears all sins

Paandu                             – Anaemia

Kushtha                            – Many types of skin diseases.

Visha                                 – Poisoning

Sosha                                – Emaciation

Meha                                 -Diseases of urinary system, Diabetes with polyurea

Moha                                -Fainting and blackouts

Jwara                                 – Fever

Gara                                  – Slow poison, food poison

Aretas                               – Azoospermia

Alparajas                          -Amenorrhoea

Daivopahatachetasi       – Personality disorders

Amedhasi                         – In mental retardation, developmental disorders, learning disabilities etc

Skhaladvachi                    – Speech disorders

Smritikaama                    – Those who want good memory

Alpapaavaka                    – Low digestive fire

Ballyam                             – Gives strength

Mangallyam                     – causes good events in life or auspicious

Ayushyam                        – Good life span

Kanthisoubhagya            Gives beauty, good fortune and nourishment

Pushtidam

Ingredients of Varavisaladi kashayam

Vara (Triphala) -a group of fruits of 3 drugs namely,

Chebulic myrobalanPathyaTerminalia 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.

Beleric myrobalan, BaheraAkshaTerminalia 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 formulation. Other properties for which it is used are as health tonic and as rejuvenator. It is used in treatment of piles also.

Amla, Indian gooseberryDhatriEmblica 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 Triphala.

Colocynth/Bitter appleVisaalaCitrullus colocynthis.

It is used to treat jaundice, scrotal enlargement, warts, alopecia, greying of hair, arthritis, amenorrhoea, for inducing vaginal secretion and abortion. It is beneficial in cleaning and healing the wounds. It is used in the treatment of insanity.

In older days, it was used to learn the method for extraction of foreign bodies.

Black cardamomBhadrela/Sthula elaAmomum subulatum Roxb.

It is pungent and stomachic. It is used in dental and gum problems, sore throat, indigestion, bad breath, etc. It improves and regulates digestion. It is a stimulant and helps in blood circulation.

Himalayan cedar MahadaruCedrus 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.

Sour cherryElavalukaPrunus cerasus Linn.

It is useful in the treatment of urinary tract infection, nephrolithiasis, cystolithiasis, and dysuria. It is also found to be effective in diabetes, cardiac diseases, and skin diseases.

Indian sarsaparillaSaribaHemidesmus indicus (L.) SCHULT

It is a coolant and a potent detoxifier. It is demulcent, alterative, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, tonic, anti-pyretic, and blood purifier. It is used in leprosy, other skin diseases, fever, asthma, bronchitis, syphilis, pruritus, diseases of the urinary tractand leucorrhoea.

Wax leaved climberKrishnasarivaCryptolepis dubia (Burm.f.) M.R. Almeida

It is used in many inflammatory conditions including arthritis with muscle pain and joint pain. It has very potent anti-inflammatory property.

TurmericHaridraCurcuma longa L.

Turmeric is used to help with heartburn or bowel problems like diarrhoea, intestinal gas, and bloating. It is famous for its anti-cancerous and detoxification effects. It is widely used in skin diseases. Some may use it to help with memory problems or problems with the liver or gallbladder. It may also help to lessen swelling and help with signs of arthritis. It has marked anti-inflammatory and antiseptic action.

Indian barberry/chutro/tree turmericDaruharidraBerberis aristata

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

Sal leaved desmodiumSthiraDesmodium gangeticum

It has anthelmintic, anti-catarrhal, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, nervine tonic, anti-diarrheal, and stomachic properties. It is good for the health of heart.

Sticky desmodiumAmsumatiPseudarthria viscida(L.) W&A

It is famous for its neuro-protective and anti-diarrhoeal properties. It is useful in many neuro-degenerative diseases.

Large leaf beautyPhaliniCallicarpa macrophylla Vahl.

It is used in the treatment of tumours, polydipsia, diarrhoea, dysentery, diabetes, fever etc. It is found beneficial in the management of inflammations, rheumatism, haematuria, fracture, haematemesis, menoxenia, gastro-intestinal bleeding, scrofula etc.

Indian valerianNatamValeriana wallichii

It is useful in neurological, psychological and digestive disorders. It calms mind, strengthens nerves and prevents convulsions. It is used in the treatment of insomnia, epilepsy and paralysis. It has anti-inflammatory properties by which it is beneficial in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It is a carminative and anti-spasmodic. So, it is used in abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, loss of appetite and indigestion. It improves the circulatory system and reduces High blood pressure. It is an ingredient in many ayurvedic anti-hypertensive formulations.

Indian nightshade BrihatiSolanum indicum

It has anti-oxidants. It also has anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, immune-modulatory, neuroprotective, diaphoretic, expectorant and stimulant properties.

Indian costus rootKushthamSaussurea lappa

It is a carminative, aphrodisiac, anthelmintic, and tonic. It stimulates the brain. It is used in the diseases of liver and kidney. It is also useful in the treatment of deafness, headache, paralysis, asthma, cough, chronic fever, inflammation, and ophthalmic conditions.

Indian madderManjishthaRubia cordifolia L.

It is a blood purifier. Used in the treatments of almost all skin diseases. It improves complexion. It enhances the liver functions.  Beneficial in diarrhoea and eye diseases.

Indian rose chest nust/Ceylon ironwood/cobra’s saffronNagakesaraMesua ferrea L.

It clears kapha, it is beneficial in urinary tract infection, poisoning, rheumatoid arthritis, pruritus, and oedema. It is beneficial in the treatment of fever, excessive thirst, sweating, vomiting & nausea, bad body odour, skin diseases, herpes etc. It is useful in some types of headache.

Anar/Pome granateDadimaPunca granatum L.

It has a wide variety of uses. Medicinal properties of fruits and fruit shell are decided by its taste when ripe. Sweet ones balance all 3 doshas. They can cure excess thirst, burning sensation, fever, dosha in chest, throat and mouth. It is nourishing and aphrodisiac. It has antidiarrheal property.It gives moisture in the body, boosts intellectual power and physical strength.

Sweet and sour fruits are easy to digest, carminative, and improve digestion & taste. Sour fruits increase Pitta slightly, help in the cure of amavata and kaphadosha.

False black pepperVellaEmbelia ribes Burm.f.

It is an appetiser and mild laxative. It has carminative, stimulant, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-cancerous and anthelmintic properties.

Indian silver firTaleesapatraAbies webbiana LINDL.

It has anti-bacterial, mast cell stabilising, anxiolytic, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory, anti-tussive, and CNS depressant properties.

CardamomElaElettaria cardamomum(L.) Maton

It can help in controlling asthma. It is beneficial in teeth and gum infections, cataracts, nausea, diarrhoea, as well as cardiac, digestive and kidney disorders.

Arabian jasmine.MalateemukulaJasminum sambac (L.) Aiton

It is a CNS depressant, hypotensive, beneficial in indolent ulcer, and breast tumour. It is an emmenagogue.

Water lilyUtpalaNymphaea nouchali Burm.f.

It is rich in anti-oxidants and a very good diet for diabetes mellitus. It has anti-oxidant, aphrodisiac, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-hepatotoxic properties.

Red physic nutDantiBaliospermum solanifolium (Burm.) Suresh

It is a strong purgative. It has anthelmintic, diuretic and hepato-protective properties. It is used to treat pain, enlarged spleen, inflammations, jaundice, leukoderma, abdominal tumours, and cancer.

Wild Himalayan cherryPadmakaPrunus cerasoides

It has anti-oxidants and is used to treat skin diseases and herpes. It is also used in vomiting, nausea and gastritis.

Red sandalwoodRaktachandanaPterocarpus santalinus L.

It has anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, anti-hyperglycaemic and diaphoretic properties. It is used in the treatment of fever, haemorrhage and dysentery.

Details of the manufacturing

As already discussed, Varavisaladi kashayam has 28 ingredients in equal parts.

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

Take all the ingredients in 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 mild warm decoction.

Dosha Dooshya Predominance with roga margas.

Varavisaladi kashayam is Kapha-Pittahara and srotosodhana

It acts on aabhyantara, madhyama and bahya rogamargas

Dosage and Usage of Varavisaladi 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.

As Varavisaladi kashayam targets mainly removing obstructions in channels, regular stretching and mild cardio exercises are advised. Also, specific yogacharya including suryanamaskara, meditation, 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.

Suryanamaskara

Pavanamuktasana

Nadisudhi pranayama

Bhujangasana

Exercises for diabetes and obesity

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

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, etc

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

Behaviour:

Protect yourself from 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.

Side effects and contraindications

No known side effects reported.

People with ulcer or sensitive stomach may develop abdominal pain and other discomforts when

 taken not under the guidance of a qualified Ayurveda physician.

Classical reference

ASHTANGAHRUDAYA UTTARASTHANA 6/26-31

Equivalent medicines.

 Kallyanakam ghrutam

Mahakallyanakam ghrutam

Brands Available

AVS Kottakal

AVP Coimbatore

AVN Madurai

Research papers

KALLYANAKAM GHRITAM IN UNMADA

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/333385560_International_Journal_of_Ayurveda_and_Pharma_Research_Review_Article_PROBABLE_MODE_OF_ACTION_OF_KALYANAKA_GHRITA_IN_UNMADA_INSANITY_BASED_ON_ANALYSIS_OF_RASA_PANCHAKA_OF_INGREDIENTS-A_REVIEW

ELAVALUKA

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316255341_A_review_on_sour_cherry_Prunus_cerasus_A_high_value_Unani_medicinal_fruit

Dwisariba

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22887725/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16831527/

Dwisthira

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21793312/

https://www.cabdirect.org/cabdirect/abstract/20113030257

Phalini

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S037887411300007X

Vella

In diabetic dyslipidaemia

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12458656/

Taleesapatra

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3141312/#:~:text=webbiana%20leaf%20had%20antibacterial%2C%20mast,system%20(CNS)%20depressant%20actions.

Ela

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31541721/#:~:text=Ethnopharmacological%20relevance%3A%20Small%20cardamom%20%5BElettaria,cardiac%2C%20digestive%20and%20kidney%20disorders.

Malatimukula

Utpala

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3793162/

Danthi

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4293748/

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