GANDHAKA RASAYAN -Benefits, Ingredients, Indications, Dosage, Usage, Preparation, Side effects, Equivalent Medicines, Research Papers

Gandhaka rasayan is an Ayurvedic medicine used in the treatment of broad spectrum of diseases including skin diseases, respiratory disorders, digestive disorders and urinary tract disorders. This tablet or powder contains mineral ingredient along with herbs. This medicine should only take as per the direction by physician.


  • This medicine used in the management of chronic diseases like diabetes, chronic skin diseases, general debility, chronic wounds.
  • It is also effective in digestive problems like diarrhoea and sprue
  • As per Ayurvedic classics this medicine balances vata, pitta and kapha dosha.
  • It is used in chronic fever also.
  • This medicine is also used as a natural rejuvenator and prevents greying of hair.


  • Kushta – skin diseases
  • Prameha – diabetes
  • Atisara – chronic diarrhoea
  • Sira sula – head ache
  • Sarvasula – body ache
  • Kasa – cough
  • Vrana – chronic wound
  • Grahani – sprue
  • Jeerna jwara – chronic fever


1GANDHAKAPurified sulphur   Beneficiary effect on skin diseases, respiratory diseases.
2GODUGDHAmilk rejuvenator
3TWAKcinnamonCinnamomum zeylanicumBalances vata and pitta
4ELAcardamomElattaria cardamomumBalances kapha and vata
5PATRA Cinnamomum tamalaBalances kapha and vata
6NAGAKESARA Mesua ferreaAction on digestive system
7GUDUCHIGiloyTinospora cordifoliaBeneficiary effect in diabetes
8HARITAKIChebulic myrobalanTerminalia chebularejuvenator
9VIBHITAKIBelliric myrobalanTerminalia bellericarejuvenator
10AMALAKI  Indian gooseberryEmblica officinalisrejuvenator
12BHRINGARAJA Eclipta albaAction on hair
13ARDRAKAGingerZingiber officinaleCarminative


  • Detoxification of Gandhaka – fried in ghee and dipped in cow’s milk repeated for 7 times.

Purified gandhaka ground with cow’s milk at first then ground with each of the decoction triphala , chaturjata( Twak, ela ,patra, nagakesara) and juice of guduchi, bringaraja and ardraka for 8 times.


  • Dosha – This medicine is recommended for the treatment of  vata, pitta, and kapha dosha imbalance.
  • Dushya-  useful in diseases affecting rasa, raktha dhatu –respiratory diseases, skin diseases
  • Roga marga – This medicine can be administered in diseases affecting all roga marga
  • Bahya roga marga – skin diseases, wounds
  • Abhyanthara roga marga – respiratory diseases, diarrhoea
  • Madhyama roga marga –joint pain , muscle pain, head ache


Take1gm after food twice daily along with sugar or as directed by an Ayurvedic doctor.


Yoga and Pranayama are a set of breathing and stretching exercises respectively, widely practiced in the treatment of many diseases.

Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – for getting calmness to the mind provide overall health

Patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. Patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.


  • Avoid food items which produce dosha imbalance like cold, more salty, sour and dry food, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol


  • This medicine should only take as per the direction by the physician.
  • Improper administration and over dosage leads to side effects
  •    Taken by children, lactating women and during pregnancy only after consulting an ayurveda doctor 
  • Can this medicine be used while taking Allopathic medicines?

                    Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this medicine along with Allopathic medicines.

  • How long the medicine can be used?

            Duration of medicinal administration is based on your stage of disease. Before taking medicine consult a physician.

  • Is this medicine habit forming?

    This medicine is not habit forming. After using for a prescribed period gradually decrease the dose and eventually stop it.

                  CLASSICAL REFERENCE

  • Bhaishajya ratnavali –  Rasayana adhyaya


  • Lakshmi vilas ras
  • Amalaki rasayana


  • Dhootapapeshwar
  • Dabur
  • Baidyanath


  1. Pharmaceutico-analytical study of gandhaka rasayana

2.     Screening of antibacterial and antifungal activity of Gandhaka rasayana an ayurvedic formulation

3.     clinical study of management of vicharchika by gandhaka rasayan

4.     Critical review of Gandhak Rasayan with special reference to Tvachavikar ( skin diseases)

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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