Punarnavadi (Punarnavashtaka) kashayam Benefits, Dose, Ingredients

Punarnavadi Kashayam is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form. It is also known as  Punarnavashtaka kashaya, Punarnavashtak kwath. But there is slight difference. Punarnavadi kashayam contains turmeric as an extra ingredient. But both have quite similar properties and therapeutic action.


Punarnavadi Kashayam benefits: 
It is used in the treatment of inflammatory conditions like myxedema, ascites, anasarca.
Some doctors use this medicine as natural diuretic.
It is also used in the treatment of respiratory conditions, cold, cough, dyspnoea, anemia and abdominal pain.


Doctors also use this medicine for the treatment of
Hypothyroidism, obesity
Water retention in the body as in case of prolonged steroid therapy.


Punarnavadi 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.
Cow urine is usually prescribed as a co-prescription along with this medicine.

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.


Generally non-vegetarian, leafy preparations, snacks made of gingelly, curd, alcohol, too much of salt, tamarind and food items not usually taken and difficult to digest, day time sleep, sex and cold water must be totally avoided. Bathe in water boiled with Kokilaksha (Hygrophila auriculata) cooled for the head and warm for the body, using Panchamla tailam or Punarnavadi tailam. Don’t bathe daily. Butter milk boiled with Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) is good for drinking and is to be taken with rice.


Virechana gritham, Loha bhasma or powdered Katukarohini (Picrorrhiza kurroa).

Side effects

Punarnavadi Kashaya Side Effects: 
There are no known side effects with this medicine. However it is best to use this product under medical supervision. Self medication with this medicine is discouraged.
Special care and precaution is required while administering this medicine to people with diabetes, because this medicine may lower the blood sugar levels.

Contents, Ingredients

Punarnavadi Kashayam Ingredients: 
Punarnava – Boerhaavia diffusa
Daru – Cedrus deodara
Nisha – Turmeric
Tikta – Andrographis paniculata
Patola – Luffa acutangula
Pathya – Terminalia chebula
Pichumarda – Neem
Musta – Cyperus rotundus
Nagara – Ginger

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

Nagarjuna – Punarnnavaadi Kashaayam, Punarnnavaadi Kashaayam Tablet

Shloka, Sanskrit Verse


Bhaishajya Ratnavali Udararoga 43-44, Sahasrayogam.

Punarnavadi Kwatha churna is the herbal coarse powder of the above herbs.

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

68 thoughts on “Punarnavadi (Punarnavashtaka) kashayam Benefits, Dose, Ingredients”

  1. Dear sir does the punarnavadi kashayam tablets reduce over weight iam about 98 kgs and my height is 5’10 so please help me doctor

    • it can be one among the combination of treatment for obesity. please consult an Ayurveda doctor so that you can get an appropriate treatment after thorough analysis of your problem and nature of your body.

  2. I have got sealed pack two bottles,each of 200ml manuf.by Nagarjuna,my father was use to take this,pl.guide me the use of the same.

    • Sir, as we do not know for which symptom or disease you want to take would say to take a medical opinion before that.
      Dosage generally is: 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.

  3. Good evening Doctor,

    The two medications given below for me for are rheumatoid Arthritis and weight loss.

    I wanted to know if the combination of these two medicines help in weight loss.

    I need to lose weight as I have a problem with my knees too. I know Varanadi Kashayam helps in weight reduction.

    pathyapunarnnavadi kashayam

    rasnairandadi kashayam

    Please advice

    Thank you.

    • Hello Madam,
      Pathyapunarnavadi Kashyam is used in the management of edema whereas Rasnairandadi kashayam helps to relieve pain and swelling and it relaxes muscles and relieves inflammation
      And is not helpful in weight reduction.

    • Dear Doctor, I am Diabetic & BP Patient. (Normal) .
      My Serium creatnine is 1.65 & uric acid 7.3. Overweight 94 kgs So Doctor prescbribed punarnavadi kashayam along with Sonamritam Kashyam. After taking this combination, I am getting more urinations. Please advise me sir.

  4. I am a ckd patient. My creatinine level was 4.1 a couple of months back and i am treated withGokshura Punarnavadi tablet and same syrup of 30ml twice a day. Will it behelpful to lower theS.creatinine. Since two moths I have not gone for any tests. plz reply me DR.VE

  5. I am using the tablets two each in the morning and evening along with chandraprabha tablet. I am also taking one spoon of Ashwagandha. Does it help in curing Poly cystic kidney in anyway?

  6. Dear Doctor,

    An ayurvedic doctor prescribed this medicine for me for hair loss and I have been taking it for 4 months (15 ml dose twice a day but I only take it once a day). My hair fall has not reduced and I am starting to think this kashayam makes my body very hot. I used to have acne prone skin and it subsided for over a year but I’m getting pimples on my face again. Should I stop taking this kashayam? Is this kashayam even used to treat hair fall?

    Thank you.

  7. At an Ayurvedic center in Kerala, I was advised to take this twice a day for 3 months to cure polycystic ovaries disorder (pcos/pcod). I feel like it might not be true. I haven’t started taking it yet. Punarnnavadi Kashayam is what I have.

  8. Hi…I am using punarnavadhi kashayam….But two days before I ate non veg ….Is it any harmful effects ….plz reply..

  9. hi my ayurvedic doctor has prescribed punarnavadi kashyam for my father along with other medicines….my father is a ckd patient…and is undergoing dialysis for 2weeks…i hv started treating my father with ayurvedic medicine for past 1month…at present his creatinin level has drop down to 8.6 to 5.2….my question to u is dat…is there a possibility to avoid dialysis?

  10. Hello Doctor
    I have Kidney cyst and prescribed for Punarnavadi Kwatham , Kanchanagugglu and Varanadi Kwatham, will this dissolve and how much time will it take

  11. I was affected with Vasculities and after I have diagnosed ProteinUrea due to IgA nephorpathi and ESR is 53. Creatine, Urea and pottassium are normal in serum.I’m taking steriods and microphenalate medicines. I’m frustrated taking so much of alopathi medicines.. Now I would like to go for ayurvedic for permenant cure.. Permenant cure is possible in ayurvedic?

  12. Do not take risk with Punarnavadi Kwatham. Let her continue with Allopathic medicines, at least for 3 months time. Later, consult an Ayurveda doctor and then you can think about alternatives.

  13. Hi doctor, I am having hair lost and my hair getting thinner. I also just started to take punarnavadi kashyam. Will this help?

  14. Am having urine inconsistent
    Every half hour so much at night
    No UTI no stones bladder ok n prostate normal size
    But am unable to clear off the bladder
    Any suggestions??

  15. Hello.
    I went to the Ayurveda spice house in Kerala. They gave me 3 months supply for singamali purnnavadi Kashayam for ipcos polycystic ovarian syndrome. But I don’t find on google anywhere that it does cure that. Please let me know. The ingredients on the bottle are diff from the ones in this post.
    Thank you.

  16. My serum creatinine is 6.Im taking punarnavadi kshayam for 3 months now.My creatinine still the same.Should i continue taking punarnavadi kashayam?please help me.thank you.

  17. Hello Dr,

    I plan to get Punarnavadi Kashayam. Any idea which preservatives it has? Does this also has food grade colors and which ones are those colors?

  18. Sir, I am 48, I walked a lot for 8 years I have BP it’s under control by allopathic medicine.I had knee pain 3 years back when I had walking practice but not worsen, sometimes disappeared (not completely)and later, after 1year I consulted ortho surgeon, he adviced me stop walking and take tendocare capsules for 3 months then I stopped, now I frequently have severe ankle pain goes worsen alternativey both ankles and knees, and I have feet pain in the beginning mornig steps, I a am so depressed, I am the back bone of family for daily bread, and recently I consulted Ayurvedic doctor who prescribed me medicines PUNRNAVASTAKA kashayam, SPYNOVIN tab, DANVANTARI VATI tab, ANULOMA DS tab, please help me sir.

  19. Hello Dr,

    I am getting a herbal coarse powder that has:
    Punarnava, Devdar, Harida, Katuki, Haritaki, Nim, Nagarmoth, Sunthi (Ginger), Guduchi, and Patol (Tricosanthes dioica) . All 10 ingredients are mixed in equal proportion of 10% each.

    Could it have the same benefits as Punarnavadi Kashayam? They say to make it as Kwath in home.

    Does it assist in reducing gallstones and kidney stones?

  20. Sir

    My wife has lost her vision partially due to papilledema.

    Can PUNARNAVADI KASHAYAM and varanadi kashayam help hto increase her vision?

    • Yes, but for complete advice, contact here
      I suggest you to consult Dr BG Gokulan.
      He is a friend of mine and an Ayurvedic eye specialist.
      He is the best person to judge the condition.

      Contact details here –
      Sudarshanam Ayurveda Eye Hospital Thiruvalla (netrafoundation.com)


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