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

Vidaryadi kashayam is an Ayurvedic medicine for gaining weight, improving health and immunity. In the present scenario, it is used widely as an immunity modulator especially after chemotherapy. It also helps to treat chronic and intermittent fevers.

Benefits of Vidaryadi kashayam

The formulation of Vidaryadi is explained as a Gana in Sodhanadiganasamgrahaneeya in Ashtangahrudaya.  As other ganayogas, it can be used in any medicinal form but it is used as a kashayam or grutham mostly. 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 very effective in allergic respiratory diseases like bronchitis especially when the patient is physically weak. By boosting the immunity, the severity and frequency of respiratory infections reduce.

In the traditional Ayurveda, this combination is used to regain health after a fever or any infectious disease.

Children and adults who are underweight or malnourished can be managed by vidaryadi kashayam after proper de-worming and Amapaachana. By improving digestion, this combination improves taste and appetite; the bioavailability of nutrients in the food also enhanced. Hence the person starts eating well and his general health improved. Any kind of deficiency would also be corrected.

It is beneficial in chronic diseases with metabolic derangement like tuberculosis, aids, cancer etc.

It is used to regain health and strength of muscles after an episode of stroke.

Indications of Vidaryadi kashayam

Hridya                 – Good for cardiac health

Brmhana            – Nourishing

Vatapittaha       – Pacifying Vaata and Pitta

Sosha                  – Cures emaciation and malnourishment

Gulma                 – Indigestion with pain & distension of abdomen

Angamarda        – Body pain

Udarda               – Urticaria and allergic reactions on skin/respiratory system.

Peenasa             – Allergic rhinitis

Swaasa               – Breathing disorders including asthma

Ingredients of Vidaryadi kashayam

Indian kudzuVidariPueraria tuberosa (Willd.) DC

It is a rejuvenator and restorative tonic for brain and body. It is anti-ageing, spermatogenic, immune-modulator, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, galactagogue, and cardiac tonic.

It can be used in emaciation, tuberculosis and other conditions of malnourishment. It is beneficial in some cardiovascular diseases, hepato-splenomegaly, fertility disorders, menopausal syndrome, sexual debility, and disorders of sperm quality & quantity.

Castor bean plantPanchangulaa/ErandaRicinus 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.

Stinging nettleVrischikali/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.

Spreading hogweedVrischeeva/PunarnavaBoerhavia diffusa

The name Punarnava means it has the capability to repair and regenerate itself. It does the same function in our body also. It is an important anti-inflammatory medicinal herb well known for its diuretic and antioedematous properties. Here it works as a diuretic, by balancing the water retention at the same time helping to reduce oedema in the visceral organs being beneficial in ascites, splenomegaly etc. It can eliminate the unwanted fluid collected in tissues and reduce swelling and thereby reverse inflammation.


Flannel weed/ Country mallowBalaaSida 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.

Country mallowAtibalaAbutilon indicum Linn.

It has anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, hepato-protective, immuno-modulatory and larvicidal. In traditional medicine, A. indicum is used as an aphrodisiac, demulcent, diuretic, laxative, pulmonary and sedative (leaves). The bark is astringent and diuretic; laxative, expectorant and demulcent (seeds); laxative and tonic, anti-inflammatory and anthelmintic (plant); analgesic (fixed oil); diuretic and for leprosy (roots).

Soopyaparnya: 2 herbs namely,

RanmoongMudgaparniPhaseolus trilobus Aiton.

It is hepato-protective, anti-oxidant, diuretic, aphrodisiac, astringent, anthelmintic, and it is good for eyes. It can be used in the treatment of jaundice, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, dyspepsia etc.

Blue wissMashaparniTeramnus labialis Linn.

It has immune-modulatory, anti-hyperglycaemic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used in the treatment of rheumatism, tuberculosis, diseases of nervous system, paralysis and cataract.

Velvet beanKandookari /AthmagupthaMucuna prurience

It is famous for its aphrodisiac property. It lowers stress, reduces anxiety, improves focus, boosts libido and elevates mood. It has effects on central & peripheral nervous system. It is itchy to touch due to serotonin on its surface. It is effective in the treatment of many neuro-muscular diseases especially in Parkinsonism.

Jeevanapanchamoola – 5 herbs in jeevanapanchamoola namely,

Wild asparagusAbheeruAsparagus racemosus

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

Purple roscoea lilyVeera/KakoliRoscoea purpurea Sm./ Roscoea procera Wall

It is a general tonic. Sweet in taste and cold in potency, it improves strength of the body. It can be used in the treatment of diabetes, hypertension, diarrhoea, fever, male infertility, leucorrhoea and many types of inflammation.

LeptadeniaJeevanthi  Leptadenia reticulata (Retz.)

It is a revitalising, rejuvenating and lactogenic herb. It has anti-abortifient, anti-depressant, anti-epileptic, anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour, anti-pyretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, diuretic, hepato-protective, and immune-modulatory properties. It is used in the treatment of haematopoiesis, emaciation, cough, dyspnoea, fever, burning sensation, dysentery, oligospermia, night blindness and other eye diseases.

JivakJeevakaMalaxis acuminata D.DON

It sweet in taste and cold in potency. It works as an aphrodisiac and a tonic. It is used in the treatment of fever, burning sensation, tuberculosis, haematemesis, seminal diseases, emaciation and general debility.

Fly bearing malaxysRishabhakaMalaxis muscifera/ Microstylis muscifera Ridley.

It sweet in taste and cold in potency. It works as an aphrodisiac and a tonic. It is used in the treatment of fever, burning sensation, tuberculosis, haematemesis, seminal diseases, emaciation and general debility.

Hraswapanchamoola – 5 herbs in Laghupanchamoola namely

DabraPrisniparniUraria picta

It has anti-inflammatory, expectorant and diuretic properties. It is used as a tonic to nerves and heart. It is useful in bone fracture healing.

Sal leaved desmodium SaliparniDesmodium gangeticum

It is famous for its cardioprotective properties. It helps to strengthen the heart muscles.It has analgesic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, febrifuge, anti-inflammatory and haemorrhagic properties. It is used to treat fever, vomiting and diarrhoea, cough and asthma.

Indian nightshade BrihatiSolanum indicum

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

Yellow-berried nightshadeKantakariSolanum xanthocarpum

It has anti-oxidant and anti-cancer activities. It possesses anti-asthmatic, hypoglycaemic, hepatoprotective, anti-bacterial and insect repellent properties.

Puncture vine   GokshuraTribulus terrestris

It is useful in diseases such as hormonal imbalance, sexual problems, heart problems, kidney problems and various skin diseases. It helps in reducing blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Indian sarsaparillaGopasuta/SaribaHemidesmus 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.

Creeping tick trefoil/ three flower beggarweedTripadiDesmodium triflorum (L.) DC.

It has anti-oxidant, anti-spasmodic, anti-spasmodic, hepato-protective, CNS stimulant, anti-proliferative, anthelmintic and diuretic properties. It can be used in wounds, ulcers & skin problems, diarrhoea & dysentery, cough & upper respiratory tract disorders, intestinal parasites, etc. It improves breast milk in lactating women.

Details of the manufacturing

As already discussed, Vidaryadi kashayam is prepared using 21 ingredients

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 mild warm decoction.

Dosha Dooshya Predominance with roga marga.

Vidaryadi kashayam is Vaata kapha hara.

It acts on aabhyantara rogamarga

Dosage and Usage of Vidaryadi kashayam


 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.

As Vidaryadi kashayam targets mainly the respiratory system and immunity, only mild exercises are advised. Also, specific Yogacharya including naadisuddhi pranayama, bhujangaasana, is recommended.

Regular exercise helps improve the bioavailability of 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 behavior


  • To be avoided

Heavy meals and difficult to digest foods – cause indigestion.

 junk foods- cause a 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 respiratory problems

 curd – causes vidaaha and thereby many other diseases

  • To be added

Light meals and easily digestible foods.

Green gram, soups, fruits and vegetables, dry fruits and nuts in moderate quantity.

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


Protect yourself from a cold climate.

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

Maintain a regular food and sleep schedule.

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

Side effects and contraindications

No known side effects reported.

Classical reference


Equivalent medicines.

Indukantham kashayam

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Research papers





Vidaryadi gana


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