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Punarnavasava (Punarnavasavam) - Benefits, Usage, Indications and Dosage

Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Shotha rogadhikara (Swelling in body)

This medicine is specially indicated in the deficiency of iron, ascites, dropsy and spleen disorders. It has the diuretic and liver protecting properties. Herbs like Pippali, Shunti, Maricha, Darvi, Vibhitaki, Amla, Haritaki, Vasaka etc are used in the formulation of Punarnavasava. It is a fermented product which contains 5-10% of self-generated alcohol. This self-generated alcohol and the water present in the product acts as a source to provide the water and alcohol soluble active herbal components to our body.


S. No.NameLatin Name Part UsedQuantity
1.Pippali (Long pepper)Piper longumFruit16 g
2.Shunti (Ginger)Zingiber officinalisRhizome16 g
3.Maricha (Pepper)Piper nigrumFruit16 g
4.DarviBerberis aristata16 g
5.VibhitakiTerminalia belliricaFruit rind16 g
6.AmlaEmblica officinalisFruit16 g
7.HaritakiTerminalia chebulaFruit rind16 g
8.VasakaAdhatoda vasicaRoot16 g
9.Erandamoola (Castor root)Ricinus communis16 g
10.KatukiPicrorhiza kurroaRoot16 g
11.PunarnavaBoerhavia diffusaRoot16 g
12.GokshuraTribulus terrestrisRoot/whole plant16 g
13.KantakariSolanum xanthocarpumRoot/whole plant16 g
14.BrihatiSolanum indicumRoot/whole plant16 g
15.GajapippaliScindapsus officinalisFruit16 g
16.Shushka Mulaka (Dry Radish)Raphanus sativusRoot16 g
17.DuralabhaFagonia creticaRoot16 g
18.NeemAzadirachta indicaStem bark16 g
19.Guduchi (Giloya)Tinospora cordifoliaStem16 g
20.PatolaTrichosanthes dioicaleaf16 g
21.DhatakiWoodfordia fruticosaFlower256 g
22.Madhu (Honey)800 g
23.Draksha (Dry grapes)Vitis viniferaFruit320 g
24.Sugar1.6 kg
25.Water8.19 liters

Method of preparation

  • Coarse powder of all the herbs is made.
  • Sugar is dissolved in water and then filtered.
  • To this sugar solution, the rest of the ingredients are added in a clean container.
  • Container is sealed and kept for fermentation to a month.
  • Filtered and medicine is ready.



Take 15 - 25 ml. once or twice daily, after food. If required, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water.


Use of this medicine is safe in lower dose for the children above age of 5 years.

During Pregnancy and lactation

  • During pregnancy this medicine should be taken only under medical supervision. Avoid the self-medication during pregnancy.
  • During lactation period can be taken under doctor's advice, for a short period of time.


  • Edema
  • Swelling
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Ascites
  • Splenomegaly
  • Gastritis
  • Hyperacidity
  • Liver disorders
  • Abdominal tumor
  • Distension
  • Fever


High dosage may result in the gastric irritation.

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