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Drakshadi Churna

Reference: Vaidya-yoga-ratnavali

Introduction

Draksha means raisins and Drakshadi Churna is a powdered herbal formulation which consists of 23 other herbs along with raisins. This formulation is useful in treating generalized weakness and digestive ailments. It also treats respiratory ailments.

Ingredients

  • Raisins (Dried grapes)
  • Laja (Puffed rice)
  • Sitopala (Nelumo nucifera)
  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera)
  • Indian sarsaparilla (Hemidesmus indicus)
  • Indian thorny bamboo (Bambusa bambos)
  • Fragrant swamp mallow (Pavonia odorata)
  • Indian gooseberry (Emblica officinalis)
  • Musta/Nut grass (Cyperus rotundus)
  • Sandalwood (Santalum album)
  • Long pepper (Piper longum)
  • Khas khas grass (Vetiveria zizaniodis)
  • Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)
  • Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
  • Patra (Cinnamomum tamala)
  • Nagkesar (Mesua ferrea)
  • Vidanga/False black pepper (Embelia ribes)
  • Puncture vine (Tribulus terrestris)
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Dried ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
  • Perfume ginger (Hedychium spicatum)
  • Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Talis (Abies webbiana)
  • Sugar

Method of Preparation

Clean and grind all the ingredients separately and combine them to form a homogenous powder and store it in an airtight container away from heat and light.

Dosage

3 to 6 grams with lukewarm water twice a day after meals. It can also be taken with honey.

Indications

  • Indigestion
  • Dry cough
  • Leucorrhea
  • Burning urination
  • Gastritis
  • Menorrhagia
  • Hyperhidrosis (Excessive sweating)
  • Other ailments due to aggravated pitta

Contraindications

  • Over dosage might cause loose stools but they can be managed by consuming a glass or two of buttermilk with meals.
  • Patients suffering from diabetes and hypertension should use it with caution.
  • It should be taken under strict medical supervision.
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