Sitopaladi Churna – Side Effects, Ingredients, benefits, Dose – Ayurvedic medicine for cough

Sitopaladi Churna is one of the very easy-to-make Ayurvedic herbal powder mix. It is one of the best and widely used Ayurvedic medicines for cough, even for kids. Sitopaladi Churna is also known as Sitopaladi Choorna, Sitopaladi Choornam, Sitopaladi Chooran etc.

Sitopaladi Churna ingredients –  Sitopala – Sugar candy powder – 16 parts Vamshalochana (Inner white light part of bamboo tree) – 8 parts Pippali (long pepper) – 4 parts Ela (Cardamom) – 2 parts Twak (Cinnamon) – 1 part.

Sitopaladi Choorna – method of preparation Fine herbal powders of the above herbs are taken in the said proportions mixed thoroughly. Kept in air tight container.

Sitopaladi Churna benefits –  Sitopaladi Churna is an Ayurveda product, used in the treatment of respiratory diseases, cough, burning sensation in palms and feet, low digestion power, loss of sensation in tongue, pain in abdomen, flanks, anorexia, fever, bleeding from nose.

Sitopaladi Choorna dose – usually given in varied dose of 1 – 3 grams two or three times a day, before or after food.
Half a teaspoon of Sitopaladi Churna is given along with half a teaspoon of ghee and a teaspoon of honey. It is even given with anyone of honey and ghee.

Sitopaladi Churna for kids – Sitopaladi Churna is quite safe for kids. But care should be taken. It should be always given after consultation with doctor.

Sitopaladi Churna side effetcs – It is generally devoid of any side effects. But it may worsen gastritis in a few patients, especially if given before food. This herbal powder mix is not ideal for people with diabetes.

Shelf life – If the jar containing powder is not opened, shelf life is 2 years. Once after the seal of the jar is broken and the Churna needs to be finished before two months.

Can Sitopaladi Churna be used continuously for one year?
I do not recommend using it for one year. At least, you will have to give one month gap after every 2-3 months of usage, based on your doctor’s advice. Because of its hot potency, try to avoid it during summer or during those seasons where you have good digestion and respiratory health.

Companies that manufacture  –
Almost all the Ayurvedic companies manufacturing traditional herbal medicines prepare this. Example – AVP, AVN, Kottakkal, Baidyanath, Dabur Sitopaladi Churna.

Reference: Many text books have mentioned this Ayurvedic medicine for cough – Sharangdhara Samhita, Gada Nigraha, Yoga ratnakara, Bhaishajya Ratnavali etc. Original reference is from Charaka Chikitsa Sthana, Rajayakshma chapter.
सितोपलां तुगाक्षीरीं पिप्पलीं बहुलां त्वचम्|
अन्त्यादूर्ध्वं द्विगुणितं लेहयेन्मधुसर्पिषा||१०३||
चूर्णितं प्राशयेद्वा तच्छ्वासकासकफातुरम् |
सुप्तजिह्वारोचकिनमल्पाग्निं पार्श्वशूलिनम्||१०४||
sitopalāṃ tugākṣīrīṃ pippalīṃ bahulāṃ tvacam|
antyādūrdhvaṃ dviguṇitaṃ lehayenmadhusarpiṣā||103||
cūrṇitaṃ prāśayedvā tacchvāsakāsakaphāturam |
suptajihvārocakinamalpāgniṃ pārśvaśūlinam||104||

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  1. Kunwar Singh says:

    Dear Dr Hebbar,

    Thank you very much for providing such an informative piece of information about Shitopaladi Churna and I would sincerely appreciate if you could keep posting this kinds of information about other herbal products on a regular basis so that a large number of population can update their knowledge and benefit from switching over to safe and effective herbal medicines than opting for chemical based modern medicines causing side effects.

    I look forward to read more about other herbal preparations in powder, tablet, syrup and oil form or else anything you deem informative for us.

    Take care and remain blessed with good health!

    Best regards,
    Kunwar Singh

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes sir. Surely. 🙂

      • Hello Doc,

        My kid is 4 yrs old & we stay in Bangalore. As Bangalore is famous for allergic conditions so my kid has continuous cough & cold either because of normal cold or allergic conditions. So what should be the dosage of Sitapaladi & how long it should be continued? Should it also acts as an immunity & should be given continuously for longer duration?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          It can be given in quarter a teaspoon with milk or water – 2 times a day after food.
          It also improves immunity. It can be used for upto 2 months time.

  2. sir, i have few queries regarding this. Does sitopaladi churna helps removing particularly the ‘phlegm’ from the chest? does it shows any side effects if consumed with honey in summers(coz i know it keeps the body warm) and by a person aged 22yr having a medical history of rheumatoid arthritis? Actually I just wanna be sure about these things before recommending it to a friend.
    thanking you in anticipation 🙂

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It helps to remove phlegm from chest.
      It does not have any significant side effect if taken with honey during summer, by non-diabetic people. It is not very hot in nature.
      It is best to refer your friend to a good Ayurvedic doctor near your place, rather than suggesting him Ayurvedic medicine.

  3. Naser Sayed says:

    If a two months pregnant woman given sitopladi what will be the harm to baby?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Assuming that the product is genuine, it won’t harm the foetus. It is a very simple combination of herbs. so no issues.

  4. Shakti Bibra says:

    How do you ensure purity of ingredients in such large supplies and particularly TABASHIR

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There are standard set of sampling techniques for each ingredients, which are performed before approval of batch of in-coming herbs.

      • Dr Hebbar,

        Is there any side effects of Sitopladi wid Honey in early pregnancy. I m suffering from a lot of cold and cough and i am taking its nominal doses twice a day.

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          The ingredients of Sitopaladi Churna is quite simple and only five. Hence, it can be assumed as generally safe during pregnancy.
          However, it will be best to consult your doctor for any small or big health issues during pregnancy.
          If you’re using Sitopaladi, use it in the minimal dose for very short period of time only (Say, for not more than 5 days).

  5. Hi Dr Hebbar,

    May i know is Sitopaladi Churna is useful in Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR),and extraesophageal reflux disease (EERD)problem.


    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, it is used, if the patient does not produce gastritis symptoms with the use of this medicine.

  6. gastritis symptoms means if you can explain simple and may I know what about zandu vasavaleha. Or please suggest me something else as I have sever dry cough because of Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR),and extraesophageal reflux disease (EERD)problem. Your help will be really appriciated

  7. sitopaladi jo churna hai kya ye cough ko sukata hai ya bahar nikaalta hai or ye sitopaladi churna kab tak lena chahiya? thanks…

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Ye cough ko sukata hai. Isko yadi aapke doctor ne prescribe kiya hai to, 1 – 2 hafte le sakte hai, khaane ke baad, honey ke saath.

  8. sitopaladi churna dry the cough or remove the cough?????? how many months we have to take this???????

  9. can Shitopaladi Churna given to two month old baby suffering from cold?

  10. Is it safe to give sitopaladi churna for a 4 month old baby.

  11. Is sitopoladi safe to be given to 14 months old baby? And how much should be given?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear Zeenat,
      One pinch along with 1 teaspoon of honey, two times a day, after food is safe.
      It should not be given before food.
      It should be given for more than 3 – 5 days for kids.

  12. dr magan says:

    if this article is given more importance to doshas then it will be more fruitful…..

  13. Hello can it b given to my 4 year old son…….he had recently suffered from pneumonia and still having cough and cold sumtimes……..

  14. Hi..

    Can i give it to my 5 months baby…she has been suffering from cough and hoarse voice..

  15. Is it ok to give this churan to a baby alongwith honey? I am wary of honey is there another substitue for honey or can i mix it in some food item like a fruit puree?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, for any medicine to be given to your baby, always consult a doctor in person. Never go with the internet information.
      If not honey, it is also given along with milk / water. It can also be given along with fruit puree.

  16. Sir,
    I’m trying to get this medicine in chennai but in most of the shops it is not available, could you pls help me with the medical shop from where i can get sithopaladai churnam

  17. I am 2 months pregnant and taking this churna from last 10days. would it be harmful for my baby. I am taking it in night only and less than half atble spoon.Please suggest as i am very tensed.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It would not have caused any harm to you. Nothing to worry. But please consult your gynecologist for any health advice during pregnancy. Do not self medicate.

  18. It is beneficial incase of abdomen pains?? Does it improve menses cycle as well??

  19. Sir, My baby girl is 8 months old. And she is suffering with cough and respiratory disease. Pls advice me whether i can give Sitopaladi Churna tomy kid or not, if i can then what should be the dose?

  20. I am dibetic ,33 years old,I am taking sitopaladi churn from last two days for cough,is it harmful to me”can I take for 5 to 6 days

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Please note that it contains sugar candy as ingredient. Hence, it is best to consult your doctor for other medicine options.

      • Kunwar Singh says:

        As the sugar is considered white poison and the reason for many chronic health issues, why is it bring added in herbal preparations? Why the care is not taken to manufacture the products by keeping the diabetics in mind without adding sugar? Sugar was not manufactured when the ancient sages wrote the Ayurvedic texts. Why jaggery is not given more preference to be a better choice than sugar? Please explain.

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          There is a variant of sugar called as unrefined sugar, called as Kadi Sakar, which was and is used in Ayurvedic industry.
          All the Ayurvedic medicines need not be targeted to be sugar free to help diabetic patients. There are so many options for diabetic patients. For example, in place of Sitopaladi churna, doctor can opt for Narasimha churna or Shrungyadi churna.

  21. Hi Sir, I suffer from extreme dust allergy and I can’t avoid the dust as I have to commute via the dusty traffic of Bangalore daily, I heard the above choorna will help in reducing the allergy, is that true?

  22. What about Fluvin Capsule, i found it new as they write – It’s the “one stop cure” for the common cold. It is antiviral, anti inflammatory and increases the body’s immunity.

  23. khushboo jain says:

    Can sitopaladi churna be given to a 2month old baby.
    She has cold an difficulty in breathing during night and specially early morning.
    Will this be safe for her to consume this at this age.?
    And if I can give her then for how many days should I give her.

  24. Anshu Prithani says:

    Very useful and helpful….thank you

  25. Hello sir…I am a 1 month pregnant lady…my age is 28 yes… dis churn a is safe for me.?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Better to avoid it. Better to consult your gynaecologist for any medicines that you take.

      • Sir, can Sitopaladi Churna been taken by pregnant women?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Hi, better not. In stead, pregnant lady can have simple ginger tea or ginger kashayam ( half a teaspoon of ginger, mixed with two cups of water, boiled and reduced to one cup, taken when warm), not to be re-heated.

  26. Dear Doctor,

    Thank you for all information provided. This really helps.

    I have been taking this churna for past 30 days without consulting any doctor. This has helped me in curing constipation.

    Do ou think I can continue taking this everyday for next one year?


    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I do not recommend using it for one year. At least, you will have to give one month gap after every 3 months of usage.
      Try to avoid it during summer.

  27. Sir,

    My son is 2 1/2 yrs old, he is suffering from pneomonia, can i give him sitopaladi churna, if yes, please tell how much b te dose and for how many days shall i give it.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      For a kid of such tender age with pneumonia, it makes better sense to consult a doctor in person than seeking advice online.

  28. Do I require to avoid any food while taking sitopaladi?

  29. manish singh says:

    Sir mujhe so kar jagne par chhik ati hai aur fever hai aur cough bhi ata hai.sabji chhokane par bahot chhik ati hai aur nose se pani ata hai.mai sitopladi chuurna le skta hu.plz suggest mr.plz

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Aap Sitopaladi Churna – half a teaspoon two times, after food, with honey, ek hafte tak le sakte hai.

  30. Namaskara Dr. Hebbar avaray,

    Can Sitopaladi Churna be used to remedy cough during pregnancy?


    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Better to stick to simpler remedies such as ginger and black pepper decoction for cough during pregnancy.

  31. Is Sitopaladi Churna effective for Sinus attack due to Food allergies or due to other reasons ??

  32. Dr. which is better for children’s cough during this season…..Sitopaladi OR Thalisadi ??

  33. Hem Padia says:

    does citopaladi churan helps in cases of Asthma and breathlessness or short breath. For how long do we need to take this medicine to see results, I am 45 yrs old and suffering from Asthma so please advise

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, it helps to ease breathing in case of Asthma. It needs to be taken for about 4 – 6 weeks. But if asthma is severe, then you will need to take other medicines along with it, for which you need to take direct doctor consultation.

  34. Thanks for sharing very useful information! We live in Mumbai. My kid is 3 year old and keeps having recurrent cold and cough. Doctor says its viral. Can I give Shitopaladi in 500mg dosage with honey twice a day for about a month? Would it help building his immunity? Also please suggest any other practice that can help build his immunity. He is mostly quite active and playful during all these cold attacks also.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you can give it in the said dose for the said period, 10 minutes after food. It helps to build immunity.

  35. Hi there, my daughter is 2 years old.. N as a preschooler gets infected very soon by cold cough n fever.. Let me know d dose to b given of sitopaladi and also suggest for her weight gain and immunity please.

  36. dharmendrasingh says:

    hello sir,

    i am having double eiosinophils count and due to that many a times, i am having frequent coughing and sneezing. how long and what dose wil give me freedom from my trouble

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Sir, Because 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. And the dosage is taken into consideration seeing several factors which include the age, sex and health of the individual. So would advise to take expert opinion on this.

  37. Hi, We live in Bangalore and my son aged 13 years suffers from allergic cold. What is the dosage of the churna and how to give it (with milk?)

  38. Hi

    I am suffering from both kapha(Mucus problem) and pitta(acidity,bowel problems,burning in legs) problem.

    Can this churna help with both the problems.

    When I take some cooling things than pitta problem decreases but kapha problem increasing.
    When I take hot things than kapha problem decreases but pitta problem increases.

  39. my father has Cough from long time and he is also heart pasiont we input stant before one week. this sitopaladi churna will be usefull for cough. please give me true advice sir.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Better to consult a doctor directly. If he is not diabetic and if he does not have gastritis problem, then this product might be useful.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, do not take chances with online advice if your father has heart complaints. Go and consult a doctor directly.

  40. mera beta 3 saal ka he.use thode thode dino me shardi khashi ho jati he . pehle din dry khashi ati he baad me cough ho jata he or (ashthama ki tarah) sans lene me problem hoti he ,sone me bhi problem hota he.khashi pure din or rat ati hi rehti he.use sitopaladi ka kitna dose de sakte he or kitne time.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      2 grams Sitopaladi churna – shahad ke saath, khaane ke baad de sakte hai. – Lekin ek Ayurvedic doctor se direct consultation keejiye.

  41. hii…pls advice that, can we give this sitopaladi churna to a pregnant lady of 4 mnths…??


    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hi, better not. In stead, pregnant lady can have simple ginger tea or ginger kashayam ( half a teaspoon of ginger, mixed with two cups of water, boiled and reduced to one cup, taken when warm), not to be re-heated.

  42. Can we take ashvganda churn, shatavar churn, sitopladi churn togeather with honey?

  43. sir from past 2 and half year i m allergic to AC and dust and get lot of thick white mucus and sometimes i cough continuously without gap for long time. please suggest me will this powder help me ?

  44. tarun kumar says:

    Hi…. Sr i m suffering frm cough as mere ko kuch khane k bad dhere dhere cough k dakhe lgte ar ye mere ko 5-6 month se chl rha h ar mene aelopatic bhi li bt no respons so i want to know about this powdr how many tm tk free from it…plz suggt me.. .

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, if you do not have hyperacidity, then this medicine can be useful in your case.

  45. HILDA LEITAO says:

    is Sitopaladi churna good for Asthama

  46. Hi sir, sithopaladi churna be used for urticaria?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, because urticaria is a Kapha dosha imbalance disorder and so is cough, cold etc.

      • Thank you so much for the quick response sir. In addition to cough and cold I get hives and itching on skin as well. Also I feel itching on head, eyes throat as well. Will sithopaladi helps me in recovering from these problems as well?

  47. सर मेरे 3 साल 5 महीने के वेटे को खांसी ओर हलकी सर्दी हो गई है। सितोपलादि कितनी मात्रा में दे सकते हैं

  48. abhishakes2001 says:

    Sir, If sitopaladi is not for Diabetic, then what Churna a diabetic person can take for cough & cold?

  49. Bhalchandra Kulkarni says:

    Bhalchandra Kulkarni:

    Dear Sir, i would like to use sitopaldi as well as chyavanprash in this season. so pl suggest suitable times for the same.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Chyawanprash – with milk in the morning, before food.
      Sitopaladi – 1 teaspoon 2 times a day after food – only if you have cold, cough or allergy.
      For further advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  50. Does sitopaladi Churna cause any side effects like ulcers,gastritis or hyperacidity?I just took two doses in a single day as directed by doctor.

  51. My baby is 8 months old. He has cough & cold. Can we give this choorna and what should be the dose?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes. Just 1 gram (or 1 pinch), mixed with a teaspoon of ghee, 2 times a day after food for 1 – 2 weeks time.
      For further advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  52. Sir, can i take sitopaladi churna with milk? Bcoz my husband is thin n he has cough.

  53. sunil Kumar Singh says:

    Sir my son of 5 years which have past history of broncalitis asthma from last two and half years. I go with allopathic medicine including inhaler use and then use the homeopathy treatment but not getting the relief. Now from last three months start for kid in ayurveda which gave the medicine Zucamo, kasamrita, chandramrit Ras, Chitra haritaki, vasavaleha. But from last few days he again shows symptoms of cold and vomiting. And in night he is more prolonged to dry cough and sweat more .
    Kindly suggest

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      The medicines seem apt. When the symptoms come back, give allopathic medicines along with Ayurvedic. Please be in regular touch with your Ayurveda doctor and continue medicines for at least 3 – 4 months. Gradually the dose of Ayurvedic medicines will be reduced.

      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
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  54. Thanks a lot for your advices sir…my some is 7 and half years old and has history of allergic bronchitis, dry cough occurs very frequently, atleast twice a month, I have just started giving sitopladi churan with honey 3-4 times a day along with home made concoctions with ginger garlic tulsi pepper etc, but he still continues to cough…I want to avoid allopathic and homeo medicines…..pls advise

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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  55. Manpreet kaur says:

    My baby is 11months old he has cough cold fever n loose motions. Can give this churna?

  56. My baby is 4 month old and having cough abd cold,can i give him?

  57. Gaurav Sahni says:

    Sir, i am 31 yrs old and suffering with Bronchitis from last 6 years. I stay in Delhi. Presently i am taking homeopathic but situation is still not 100% under control. I sneeze a lot, chest & nose are always congested and often feel light-headiness. My heart beat generally keeps low @55-60 bpm.
    Would you advise sitopladi churna to me to better treat my allergies. Also, keeping summers in view what does should i take and how? Thanking you in anticipation.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes. half a teaspoon with a teapsoon of ghee, two times a day after food for 1 month time.
      For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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  58. Chetan patel says:

    Sir my baby is five years old and he suffer from cough.cough is the reason for him to suffer fever.cough cause fever him. and i tired to visit every months with doctor. Can i give him this sitophaladi churn??and hownuch dose???

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Just 1 pinch (1 gram) mixed with a teaspoon of honey, 2 times a day after food can be given for 2 weeks time.

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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