Chitrak Haritaki – Uses, Dose, Side Effects And Ingredients

Chitrak haritaki is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine used in treating chronic respiratory conditions. It is in herbal jam form. It is also known as Chitrak haritaki Avaleha, Chitraka Haritaki etc.
Avaleha suggests that it is a herbal jam. Chitraka and haritaki are two herbs, which are the main ingredients of this product.

Uses

It is used in the treatment of Chronic respiratory conditions, Ashtma, Bronchitis, Rhinitis and Tuberculosis.
It is also used to improve digestion power and to treat bloating and intestinal worms.

Doctors also prescribe this for the treatment of
obesity and high cholesterol.
Trikatu (ginger, pepper and long pepper), Guduchi – Indian Tinospora, Chitraka, Dashamoola – group of 10 roots are very effective in lowering cholesterol and burning fat.

Dose

5 – 10 grams once or two times a day after food with milk.
This medicine is quite hot in nature. Hence it is advised to be taken along with milk, which is a coolant and has a calming effect over stomach.
Dosage for children below 5 years of age – 1 – 2 grams, once or twice a day, along with a teaspoon of honey or warm water / milk.
Dosage for children between 5 – 12 years of age – 5 grams once or twice a day along with a teaspoon of honey or warm water / milk.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic/modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then, after a gap of 15 – 30 minutes, take Ayurvedic medicine or as directed by the physician.

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

With supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

Side Effects

It is better to avoid this medicine during pregnancy and lactation.
It may worsen gastritis in people with sensitive stomach.
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are diabetic. In diabetic patients, only if the blood sugar is under good control, then this medicine can be given.

Ingredients

Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica – Root – 4.8 liters
Amla – Emblica officinalis – Fruit – 4.8 liters
Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia – Stem – 4.8 liters
And
Dashamoola – 10 medicinal roots – 4.8 liters
Bilva – Aegle marmelos – Root/stem bark
Agnimantha – Premna mucronata – Root/stem bark
Syonaka – Oroxylum indicum – Root/stem bark
Kashmari – Gmelina arborea – Root/stem bark
Patala – Stereospermum suaveolens – Root/stem bark
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishnaparni – Uraria picta
Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris
Brhati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum surattense

Jaggery – 4.8 kg
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – Fruit rind – 3.072 kg
Trikatu
Pepper – Piper nigrum – Fruit – 96 g
Long pepper – Piper longum – Fruit – 96 g
and
Ginger – Zingiber officinale – Rhizome – 96 g
Cinnamon – Elettaria cardamomum – Seed – 96 g
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala – Leaves – 96 g
Yavakshara – Hordeum vulgare – 24 g
Honey – 384 grams

Method of Preparation

Decoction of coarse powder of ingredients from Chitraka to Dashamoola is prepared separately and then mixed together. Jaggery is added to the mixed decoction, boiled till it dissolves and filtered. It is added with Haritaki powder and boiled again with continuous stirring till it forms semisolid consistency. Fine powder of rest of the ingredients are added, mixed well to prepare homogeneous mass. Mixture is allowed to cool down and then honey is added and mixed well. It is packed in a tightly closed container.

Reference

Bhaishajya Ratnavali Nasa roga – 31-33

Shelf life

3 years from the date of manufacturing. Once the bottle is opened, it is best to finish it within 4 – 5 months of time.

36 thoughts on “Chitrak Haritaki – Uses, Dose, Side Effects And Ingredients”

  1. I am using Dabur Chitrak Haritaki Avaleh but it is not sweet at all. As you mentioned that jaggery is also added to the composition but Dabur is not sweet. Does it effect the quality of the product?

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    • you are welcome kriti, the dose is okay, but the method you are administering is totally wrong. you have to give this only after food and with a glass of milk since it is of very hot in nature and we have to take along with coolant so that the stomach will be calm.

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  2. The slip inside the container says that you need to avoid oil and oil fried food.
    Kindly suggest is oil completely banned? or only the oil fried item should be avoided?
    Any other precautions?

    Can we take it with cold (refrigerated) milk?

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    • if you avoid oil in addition to oil fried items it will be very good and you can expect more good results.
      no, refrigerated milk is not good. keep it out till it comes to room temperature and consume it.

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      • I have severe allergies. My nose is blocked completely due to allergies for last 3 months. I have been told to mix turmeric powder to chitrak haritaki avleh . Will that help in allergies , how long will it take to show some effect ?

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  3. before starting medicines by your own, it is always better to consult an Ayurveda doctor and confirm whether you are having asthma or sinus problem. because both are having their own line of treatment.

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  4. I want to start chitrak haritiki for nose drain sneezing wheezing and bulgum problem every morning. How long I have to take this medicine ? Will I have to take it in the morning since it has haritiki which is purgative and it will effect the motions during day time and I have to run to toilet at office.What is your advise ?

    I have slight asthma problem. I get tired while climbing and breathless after climbing the staircases. Will THEIS MEDICINE SOLVE THE PROBLEM or I have to take any other medicine along with this please advise.

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    • default dose of Chitrakaharitaki is 3-6 gm once or twice a day after food with milk.
      eventhough haritaki is purgative in nature here it does not induce purgation, you can take this in morning hours also.
      it may help you. but it is better to take this under medical guidance.

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  5. I have a heavy stomach, laziness, fatigue, giddiness, thirst, constipation, lack of appetite.I heard about chitrak+honey.can u tell me about that mixture.how to use that ?

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  6. Hello sir, Before taking any medication please do find out what is the cause for the 24*7 cold you are experiencing. Try avoiding that.
    Medication:
    1. Haridra khanda — 1 tsp with milk in the morning.
    2. Drink a glass of hot water mixed with the juice of two lemons and sugar to taste. Take the same at bedtime as it gives relief from nasal catarrh.
    3. Vyoshadi vati

    Note: 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. This article is intended only for information. It is not a substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.

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  7. dear sir
    i am manoj i consult dr ankur for my 3 year 4 month child for his low immunity and having nose block cough cold .every month .
    already done tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
    dr ankur advise me chitrak haritaki 2.5 gm bd .and i am follow that
    but when he get high fever we used allopathy medicine also and antiboitic
    can we give toghther with haritaki plz

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  8. Hello,

    I just found a small brand new bottle of Chitrak Haritaki from 07/12.
    I opened it and tasted it. looks fine but I dont know if I should use it or throw it away !?

    Thanks for your help

    Wish you a bright day

    Much Love

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  9. Good day Dr.

    Can Chithrak Harithaki be taken during fever?
    No cold, or running nose.

    Just head ache, body pains and fever.

    Kindly advise. Thank you.

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  10. hi doctors, i suffer from elevated vata and kapha (++). have been sufferin from sleep apnea and COPD since 1 year. i consulted a vaidya and was told to take Chitrak Haritaki Lehyam before food with hot water. Is that advice proper or not (as you have mentioned that it should be taken after food with warm milk). Kindly advice. i have also been given sri sri tattva ancholean (before food), triphala guggulu (after food), Sri sri Tattva shwas suddhi with honey (after food) and Sri sri tattva narayan kalpa during day time and double dose before going to sleep.

    kindly advice on the proper method of administration of chitrak haritaki lehyam and whether it should be taken before food with hot water or not.

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