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Maha Manjishtadi kashayam Benefits, Dose, Side Effects, Ingredients

Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form. It is also known as  Maha Manjistadi kashaya, kwatha etc.  This medicine is mainly used in treatment of skin diseases. Widely used in Ayurvedic medical practice across India.


Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam benefits: 
It is used in the treatment of skin diseases, gout, syphilis, non healing wounds.
It is also used in the treatment of eczema, obesity and hypercholestrolemia and eye diseases.


Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam dose: 
The dose is 12 – 24 ml, before food, at about 6 – 7am and 6 – 7 pm or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
It is usually advised to add equal amount of water to the kashayam.
It is advised to mix a pinch of long pepper powder and Guggulu to this kashayam while drinking.

It is also available in tablet form.

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.


Broken rice with boiled vegetables and butter milk. Chillies, tamarind and salt must be discarded.Rock salt, ghee, bitter gourd, elephant yam, plantains, green gram, ginger and other pathya items alone are allowed. For those with indigestion this may be taken in 300 ml of water boiled with 10 gm of black cumin.


Honey, Shuddha gandhaka, Guggulu

Side effects

Maha Manjishtadi Kashaya Side Effects: 
One patient complained with throat pain after consuming it.
However it is best to use this product under medical supervision. Self medication with this medicine is discouraged.


Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam Ingredients: 
Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia
Musta – Cyperus rotundus
Kutaja – Holarrhena antidysenterica
Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Nagara – ginger
Bharngi – Clerodendron serratum
Kshudra – Solanum xanthocarpum
Vacha – Acorus calamus
Nimba – Azadirachta indica
Haridra – Turmeric
Daruharidra – Berberis aristata
Triphala – Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amla (Emblica officinalis)
Patola – Luffa acutangula / Trichosanthes dioica
Katuka – Picrorrhiza kurroa
Murva – Marsdenia tenacissima
Vidanga – Embelia ribes
Asana – Pterocarpus marsupium
Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus
Trayamana – Gentiana kurroo
Krishna – Long pepper
Indrayava – Holarrhena antidysenterica
Vasa – Adhatoda vasica
Bhringaraja – Eclipta alba
Mahadaru – Cedrus deodara
Patha – Cyclea peltata / Cissampelos pariera
Khadira – Acacia catechu
Chandana – Santalum album
Trivrit – Operculina turpethum
Varuna – Crataeva nurvala
Kiratatikta – Swertia chirata
Bakuchi – Psoralea corylifolia
Kritamala – Cassia fistula
Shakhotaka – Streblus asper
Mahanimba – Melia azadirach
Karanja – Pongamia pinnata
Ativisha – Aconitum heterophyllum
Jala – Pavonia odorata
Indravaruni – Citrullus cholocynthis
Ananta – Hemidesmus indicus
Sariva – Hemidesmus indicus
Parpata – Fumaria indica

It is added with 8 parts of water, boiled and reduced to quarter part, filtered.

Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam (Kvatham) – An Ayurvedic Skin Tonic

Shloka, Sanskrit Verse

 Reference, Side Effects

Sharangdhara Madhyamakhand 2/137-142, Bhaishajyaratnavali.

Side effects

One person with glaucoma, observed increased eye pain, after taking it.

Is it cooling or heating to the body?
It contains a mixture of cooling and heating herbs. But overall effect of this medicine is cooling.

Does it cause hair fall?
No. In fact, it is used for the treatment of dandruff as well. It relieves dandruff and thus reduces hair fall.

Nagarjuna – Mahaamanjjishtaadi Kashaayam, Mahaamanjjishtaadi Kashaayam Tablet

Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
This article is written by Dr. Janardhana V Hebbar BAMS, MD (Ayu), PGDPSM, Managing Director, Easy Ayurveda Hospital.
It is reviewed by Dr. Raviganesh Mogra BAMS, MD (Ayu), Chief Medical Officer, Easy Ayurveda Hospital

100 thoughts on “Maha Manjishtadi kashayam Benefits, Dose, Side Effects, Ingredients”

  1. I’d appreciate knowing the best way to take ‘Manjistha’ by itself. It has been prescribed by my doctor. Here in US, they always sell capsules, so I’m wondering how best I could take the powder form to be most effective. Thank you

  2. Hebbar Sir, just want to know why other arishtas main ingredients(Ex- Arjun from Arjunarishta, Rohitak from Rohitkarishta along with Mulethi, Chop Chini & Gorakhmundi) were left out in mahamanjishtadi kashaym ? Wouldn’t it make it a more potent blood purifier if the other herbs were added to it or is it complete in it’s own way.

    The same thing is there in liver tonics too. You find something in 1 product & something other in another. Why cann’t be there a single product which is complete with all the herbs which are essentially working in the same direction.

    I think it’s a gimmick by the companies in order to extract more money from our pockets by making us purchase different products for the same work done by these products. Ex- Liver tonic will aid the liver only & blood purifier will purify the blood only.

    • I wouldn’t reach the conclusion that it’s a gimmick so easily. Different companies have the right to name their products as they deem fit. It is the doctor’s job to help us understand the product being prescribed in case we have questions. If we consult doctors, it doesn’t really matter what the companies label their products. We are not supposed to bypass doctors.

      We don’t eat all fruits that help relieve constipation every time we eat fruits, we just pick one or two and they succeed in their task. So I’m not sure if it’s necessary for all herbs that have a certain effect to be put into a formula for it to be effective. Plus, each herb has multiple properties/effects, not just one, and also combining herbs together produces various different possible effects. Hence, in my view, it might not be so easy or so “black and white” to formulate a single product with all herbs in it. Perhaps a better “suggestion” in this area, to help the end consumer, would be for companies to try and follow the traditional texts closely in making these formula, in case they are not doing so, and also to name the products in some standard way so that we can compare products from different manufacturers more easily, but that’s way too optimistic for the real world, and perhaps not even truly necessary. Also, all bodies are different. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work everywhere. Variety is needed. One product may not work as effectively for everyone or may have side effects for someone and not for others. So having variety can be a good thing too.

      • Gaurav, I don’t know whether it’s a gimmick or not. Even mahamanjisthadi kshayam has several ingredients & it is made in such a manner that allows all the herbs to work in conjunction with each other. I think there hasn’t been an effort to make a single product which might have helped people like me who have to purchase atleast 2 products instead of 1. Maybe it is possible or not but I am not sure. Neither am I a doctor nor prescribing anyone any sort of medicines. I thought that it might give a direction to a team of doctors to think and develop a single formulation for the benefit of masses. Atleast one doesn’t has to waste time in finding various products if we can somehow get a single product working in the same direction.

        Hey anyways did u read about Surakta from baidyanath stable. The link is :


  3. Gourav, I think I have done 1 mistake of telling you about surakta blood purifier. The link that you mentioned on your comment takes us to a product named Surakta from Vadik Herbs & not Baidyanath but there is a product from Baidyanath stable too named as Surakta. You can read about it on this link “http://www.baidyanath.org/21421.shtml”

    Also, you don’t require Jiva’s neem syrup if you are using two others mentioned before by me. But mahamanjistharishta is a different combination & mahamanjisthadi kashayam is different according to me. I will load mahamanjishtarishta ingredients later on & then we will see what Dr Hebbar says about it.

  4. Sir, I am uploading ingredients list of Mahamanjisthadyarishta(from Baidyanath). Kindly check and let us know about this:

    1) Manjistha
    2) Musta
    3) Kutaja Chaal
    4) Nimba Chaal
    5) Kustha
    6) Bharangi
    7) Vaca
    8) Haridra
    9) Daru Haridra
    10) Haritaki
    11) Amalaki
    13) Bibhitaka
    14) Kantakari
    15) Patola Pattura
    16) Katuki
    17) Murvamula
    18) Indravaruni Mula
    19) Sveta Sariva
    20) Vidanga
    21) Asana
    22) Trayamana
    23) Satavari
    24) Munditika
    25) Vatsaka
    26) Vasa
    27) Bhringraja
    28) Devdaru
    29) Patha
    30) Khadira Saar
    31) Rakta Candana
    32) Guduci
    33) Trivrt
    34) Kirataka
    35) Sala
    36) Aaragvadha
    37) Shakhu
    38) Bakuchi
    39) Karanja Bija
    40 ) Netra Bala
    41) Dhanyavasa
    42) Parpata
    43) Ativisa
    44) Sunthi
    45) Dhataki Puspa

    We get mahamanjistharishta in Divya (Patanjali of Baba Ramdev) as well & they have Mahamanjisthadi Kwath as seperate.

    Kindly study & let us know the difference between mahamanjistharishta & mahamanjisthadi kwath

  5. Also, forgot to mention that Baidyanath too has a different product with the name Mahamanjisthadi Kadha which is what you have mentioned in this article. If other manufacturers have manufactured Mahamanjistharishta then it must be somewhere in some other book that you probably haven’t read or can be a proprietary product as not too many manufacturers manufacture it.

  6. Dear Sir, please tell me when to use Manjisthadi kawath and when to use Manjisthadi ghan vatti? Is it true that for pitta body type kawath is not preferable?

    • Dear All I had a throat pain when I drank mahamnjithadi kawath as directed on bottle. its one month now no remedy cured throat pain please advise.

    • Too bad the CDC doesn’t warn the public about all the toxins that our vaccines contain…the very vaccines that the CDC campaigns for pregnant women to receive…during the pregnancy!

  7. Thank a lot Dr Shishira for quick reply.

    I am very afraid as my skin becoming more darker. It appears oily, dull & durty. Can mahamanjishtha kadha treat this? I didn’t notice any changes in the situation in last 2.5 months… 🙁 Feeling verrrryyy sad…

  8. Hi Dr. Hebbar,

    I undergon through VIRECHAN panchakarma as I was suffring

    from number of skin issues (itching, pimples, patches on

    face & skin, dull skin etc.) After VIRECAHN I notice drastic

    changes in the skin issues, the skin issues were vanish

    after VIRECHAN. But now after 20-25 days I notice my skin

    issues are re-appearing again on my skin. Is it expected

    that skin issues re-appear after VIRECHA?? Is VIRECHAN

    results are temporary??

  9. Hi, you can take khadidarishta and mahamanjisthadi together. But do not mix them both.
    Take them separately, one after the other.
    You can take Haridrakhanda with the above two, assuming you are not diabetic.
    Consult a doctor directly for further advice.

  10. My doctor suggested me this khashayam nd gugulu panchapala churnam and agnijith cream for keloid.I didn’t take khashyam and churnam but iam using agnijith cream.Now my skin beside keloid is becoming reddish.if I take kashayam nd churnam will it work for keloid

  11. Hi Dr,
    Is Maha Manjistadi kadha effective for curing acne caused by harmonal imbalance.. For how many months it can be taken for curing harmonal problem completely?

  12. Sir I made consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor for treating my cystic acne and scalp folliculitis and got prescribed eladikeerathailam oil for scalp ,khadiraarishtam,mahamanjishtadi kasayam,am taking it regularly ,suddenly I got UTI and renal calculus for which I went to allopathy doctor and he advised to take me potassium citrate in water for one month..shall I take this along with my Ayurvedic preparation ..kindly advice

  13. How this helps with pigmentation ? I really have bad pigmentation. First it occurred in my forehead and then to nose and cheeks. I have been going to medication but non of these helped.

  14. Hi Doctor,
    I have been prescribed Mahamanjishtadi Kshayam for my skin problem by a doctor. I was also taking Padolathikaram Kashayam + Vilwadi tablet along with this. I started my treatment since 3 months. Initially I was given Padolathikaram + vilwadi alone. And was continuing it since now. 2 Weeks back only the doctor has asked me to take Mahamanjishtadi Kashayam also and asked to continue again during my next week’s consultation.

    2 weeks after taking this medicine, I consulted this doctor again. And he shouted at me like anything for taking these medicines for long. He said who gave you permission to take this medicine to this long. It would bring greater side effects..etc etc.. I was wondering what went wrong..coz it was this doctor himself who asked me to continue with the medicine and never said how long. It seems he expected me to consult him every week.

    Is it true that these medicines bring side effects? Or was that anger only because that doctor lost his consultation fees those days I failed to consult him?

  15. Mai kafi dino se pet mai khichao aur bharipan se pareshan hoo kya ye in samayao ko door karega please suggest me

  16. I have big sized pimples , should i use this medicine………i got this from a ayurvedic doc.
    Pls help me out, i am troubled from acne valguris since last 3 years

  17. Hello Doctor!!
    I have got Melasma on my face- brown patches on cheeks and forehead. I am 37 and unmarried. Please suggest what should I take as medicine and what shd I apply as oil or any ointment. Thanks.

  18. hi i am facing recurrent tinea curis (Fungal infection).Taken allopathy twice.its recurring.IS there any medicine to stop the recurrency in ayurveda.

  19. Ive been battling cystic acne for almost 2 years now and its at its worst right now… i started taking Safi hoping it will help overcome it. Ive read that
    it breaks you out first which seems accurate because i have broken out and now i’m being patient to see it get better as it claims im only on day 16 … any advice? or recommendations?

  20. Sir I was very fair and I used to have pinkish glowing cheeks but now my face has become very dull..lost my fairness nd glowing skin. I have consult one of the ayurvedic Dr of patanjali..she recommended me to take mahamanjistadi syrup. So I want to ask will it help me to get back my skin or if nt plz do recommend me effective medicine. Thank you

  21. I was diagnosed with diffuse scleroderma in january 2018. I have mild skin tightening and dark discoloration of my skin. I was fair skinned otherwise. Also very mild lung involvement e. My condition has improved in past 2 months. Will manjistha, ashwagandha and gudugudu daily be of use. Also will the skin darkeing reduce withwkumkumadi tailam. Thankyou in advance

  22. Sir, I am getting small white dots which is very very small so one ayurvedic doctor suggested me this Maha manjjisthadi kashaya.. Will that helpful to clear tiny white dots on my skin? Please help me

  23. Hello, how many days I can take
    patanjali mahamanjistahadi kwath (pravahi).
    Then stop and maybe start again.
    My scalp has been burning. Entire scalp is red with hair loss.

    Please advise. I have been taking this for about 4 days. Any advise would help. Thank you

  24. Sir,

    does Mahamanjishthadi Kadha help treat Vitiligo/leukoderma ??
    Please tell the dosage and for how long to continue.
    Patthya if any to be followed during this time.

  25. Hi Doctor,

    Thank you for all the replies. A quick doubt, I am asked to mix this with amrutottara-kashayam, is it good?

    b) There are a few days when I am not able to follow the pathya – spice, tamarind and Salt. Will that lead to some repurcussions.

    c) Apart from that my doctor has advised – No spice sour, salt, tomato, potato, brinjal, tamarind, chickpeas , rajma, basan , ground nut , green peas, curd, paneer, mushroom, sauces, formentated things.
    Being a Vegetarian what else will I eat doctor – Pls help me out with this one


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