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7 Things you should know before taking Ayurvedic medicine

If your Ayurvedic doctor has prescribed you any Ayurvedic medicine, it is better if you  know following facts, prehand.

These are based on Ayurvedic textual reference blended with my own experience in Ayurvedic clinical practice.

1. If not specified by the doctor, the usual time to take kashayam is before food.

2. If not specified by the doctor, the usual time to take Asavas and Arishtas is after food.

3. If not specified by the doctor, the usual time to take Guggulu tablets, is after food.

4. Time to take Chyawanprash is in the morning, before / after food, with half a glass of milk.

5. Jar containing Churnam, opened once, should be completed  (or discarded) within 6 months.

6. Jar containing Ayurvedic gulikas (or tablets) should be completed  (or discarded) within 1 year.
7. If you have purchased any kashaya, it is always better to shake it well, before it is consumed. Most of the Kashayas come in concentrated form. Usually, you need to dilute the Kashaya with equal quantity of water, just before taking it.


Dr JV Hebbar B.A.M.S, MD (Ayu), is an Ayurveda Doctor. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  1. this information is valuable. what is ur opinion on the off the counter ashwagandha and other ayurvedic churnas available by leading brands like india organic and other companies??

    • Off the counter churna / ashwagandha etc.. can be taken only if you are aware of the quality of the company that is manufacturing the product, you know the exact list of ingredients in the particular product, and the product is not misleading like “cures diabetes”, ‘Cures aids” “cures cancer” etc. Please note that Ayurveda is a systematically developed science. It is far better to have a consultation with a qualified Ayurvedic specialist than to self medicate with any herbal product.

  2. Chennai says:

    Thanks and it is Informative..Is there any remedy for Lipoma?

  3. aren’t guggulu tablets a kashayam, and hence shouldn’t it be taken before food?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Guggulu tablets are manufactured in two different ways.
      One method is where Guggulu (gum of a plant called Guggulu) – is heated, and the other powdered herbal ingredients are added and made into tablet. A few guggulu tablets are advised to be prepared with this method.
      Another method is where A herbal decoction is prepared and guggulu is added and heated together till a semisolid mass is prepared, then rolled into pills.
      Guggulu is known to cause a little stomach irritation. That is why, by default (if not specified by doctor), it is better to take Guggulu tablets after food. Before food, it may cause gastric irritation.

  4. thank you for the advice. i was taking guggulutiktam kwatham and varanadi kwatham tablets for multiple lipomass. but i found it difficult to swallow them(funny :D). i now switched over to guggulutikta kashayam and varanaadi kashaayam.

  5. DEEPA Malik says:

    Dr. Pl. Advice if can take Chayawanprash with buttermilk? As milk produces lot of Gas in our stomach.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Sure. You can. Buttermilk is lighter to digest and is fine to take along with Chyawanprash. Preferably, buttermilk should be made fat free, by filtering out.

  6. DEEPA MALIK says:

    Thanks dr.Hebbar.I appreciate your advice

  7. hi dr.

    i am taking guggulutiktaka ghritam of kottakal ..how should i take it.is it okey to take it as i heared its good for skin.i am taking it to detoxify blood and skin..other wise i dont have any problems with skin.what is the amount i should take it and how long ?and how can i consume it?

  8. Is it bad take kashaya after food

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      No. It is not bad. It depends the medicine, condition of the patient and decision of the doctor.
      If the Kashayam is hot in nature, and patient has sensitive stomach, then it is better to take kashayam after food.
      But by default, as a general rule, Kashayam is advised before food.

  9. I am suffering from stable agina and now taking Parthadyarishtam and sarppagandandhi tablet..i feel little relief.. Is it ok to continue these medicines Doctor? or any other medicines could you pls suggest for me? my BP level is (sys-150 to 200 dys-100)

  10. hi Dr.
    is it adviced to avoid to drink milk/butter milk/curd for fungal infection caused by antibiotics on skin? can Khadirashisht and gandak rasayan be taken togather ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1. If your doctor has advised to avoid them, then there should be reason for it. But it can not be generalized to all.
      2. Yes, they can be taken together.

  11. happyguy77 says:

    Hello Doctor,

    I recently purchased Mritasanjeevini arishta/asava (as per prescription) and it is mentioned on the bottle that it was manufactured in June 2011. I would like to know if it is safe to use it now? There is no expiry/best before date given on the bottle.

  12. Hello, I am a 40 year old woman suffering from adult acne. I heard both manjishthadi kwatham and khadirarishtam can heal it. Should I take them together and if yes, what should be the time gap between two medicines? I really appreciate your response.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly. Self medication is not a good thing.

  13. what is the difference between ashwagandha churna and ashwagandha capsule(himalaya)?both have same effect?Ashwagandha churna is churna of ashwagandha root,does it contain microorganisms?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I am not sure, if Himalaya Ashwagandha capsule contains extract of it, or simple herb powder. If it contains pure herb powder, then there is no difference. If they are making extract, there would be some difference.
      The Ashwagandha churna, if it is hygienically manufactured and packaged, if it is within its shelf life (6 months)it will not have any micro organisms.

  14. i am under going skin treatment hru ayurvedic medicines what kind of diet should i follow is there any restricions

  15. I have severe joint pain . My Ayurveda doctor prescribed to take Guggulutiktam kashayam with Nimbamritadi erandatailam. What are things I should avoid in my diet?

  16. Are organic India products safe and pure,can it be given to children

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I cannot say that organic products are pure. But they are safer for children.

      • Thank you doctore, my children 3 and 5 years where prescibed organic india products, on the very day of taking the capusule the problem was controlled, so after two days i stopped and the problem was back, so i hesitated to give, as ayurvedic medicines are very effective and complete cure unlike allo, but it cannot be within one day, is there any lab test where these medicines can be tested, as its children health as if safe we would like to continue or else no, also can agystay rasanayam be given to children under 4 years, how much should be given and how long, any side effects, how long does it take to ayurvedic medicine to work, and show results

  17. Sahi pakde ho

  18. guggulutiktam kwatham given by doctor to me for cholesterol is it ok

  19. Hi doc ,

    I was suffering form allergy,cold and sneezing for past 4 months. I have been advised Kasa Suda kalapam, Vyaghradi kashayam with agnikumarasam gulika after food. It is given for 20 days.

    I am scared as to having two kashayam of different genere is safe.

    Thank you for your time.

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Sir, If you have been advised by a Ayurvedic physician he/ she might have taken into consideration your age, sex, constitution and as we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated.

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