Pashanbhed Bergenia ligulata Remedies: Low Back Pain, Urinary Calculi

This article is written by Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD.
Even though several advanced techniques are adopted to treat the urinary calculi, hundreds together years back people were fully depending upon the ayurvedic herbal medicines. 

Pashana refers to stone.
Bheda means breaking down.
Botanical name – Bergenia ligulata
Amaranthaceae family
Used part – whole plant.
This herb acts as lithotriptic (ashmarihara/bhedana), diuretic and anti spasmodic in nature.

The leaves are rich with tannic acid, gallic acid, calcium oxalate etc.
The plant is Tridoshashamaka in nature. The drug is of cold potency and undergoes pungent kind of bio transformation.

Bhavaprakasha appreciated this as cleanser of urinary bladder, lithotriptic and anti-flatulent. He recommends it in gaseous tumors, dysuria, vaginal/uterine disorders, urinary disorders, splenic disorders and ulcers.
Pashanabheda kashaya and Ashmarihara kashaya are the well known formulations of this drug.
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Pashanbhed remedies:
Hot infusion of Pashanabheda in dysuria, back ache and diarrhoea:
Whole plant of the drug is taken and crushed well. 1 tablespoon of this is added with a cup of hot water and kept for a while. Macerated well, filtered. This is very effective in diarrhea, dysuria, backache etc.

Decoction of Pashanabheda for urinary calculi and in UTI:
Pashanabheda coarse powder is taken and decoction is made. This is administered in the dose of 40-50 ml twice or thrice daily for 5-7 days. This reduces the size of the urinary calculi and relieves even the recurrent urinary tract infection.
General method of preparation of decoction (kashaya) – 1 tablespoon of powder is added with 2 cups of water, boiled and reduced to 1 cup, filtered.
Read related: Urinari calculi – Home Remedies, Ayurved Treatment

Application of the fine powder with honey in teething problems:
Fine powder of Pashanabheda is mixed with honey and rubbed to the gum while during eruption of the teeth. This pacifies pain and swelling caused during this period.

Fresh juice/paste prepared by adding coconut water in phosphaturia and spermatorrhoea:
Pashanabheda fresh drug is taken and by adding coconut water fine paste or juice is obtained. 10-15 ml of this is administered twice daily. This is found to be effective in phosphaturia and spermatorrhoea.

Decoction of Pashanabheda and Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) in leucorrhoea and haematuria:
The herbal drugs- Pashanabheda and Gokshura are taken in equal amount and decoction is made as per the classical method of preparation of Kashaya. This pacifies the complaints like leucorrhoea, haematuria, burning during urination etc.

When the patient cannot afford costly treatments for urinary calculi or when the stones are smaller in size, Ayurvedic remedies are very useful.
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