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Panchakola Ghrita Benefits, Dose, Use, Side Effects, Ingredients

Panchakola Ghrita is an Ayurvedic medicine, in herbal ghee form. This medicine has ghee as it is base. It is used for preparatory procedure for Panchakarma and also as medicine, used in the treatment of respiratory system. 

Uses and Synonyms

Panchakola Ghrita benefits: 
It is used as medicine and also in preparatory procedure called snehakarma for the treatment of cold, cough, Asthma, fiver, spleen disorders, indigestion, anemia.

Synonyms: Panchakola Ghrita, Panchakola Ghritam, Shatpala Ghrita

Effect on Tridosha – Calms Vata and Kapha


Panchakola Ghrita dosage: 
As medicine – quarter to half teaspoon with water, usually before food, once or twice a day, or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
For Panchakarma preparation – Snehana procedure, the dose depends on the disease status and the judgement of Ayurvedic doctor.

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

Panchakola Ghrutham 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.
People with diabetes, high cholesterol, heart diseases and high BP should exercise precaution.
In very high dose, it may cause diarrhoea and indigestion.

Since it contains Kshara – it may not be suitable for people with infertility problem for long term use. (Watch the video here)


In this herbal ghee, the herbs are infused in the medium of ghee along with herb water decotion. Then the solid waste herb materials are filtered out. Thus, this herbal ghee contains oil soluble and water soluble phyto-active principles of medicinal herbs.


Panchakola Ghrita Ingredients:
Panchakola refers to group of 5 spices – Long pepper fruit and root, Chavya, Chitraka (Leadwort) and Ginger.

This ghee contains following ingredients:
48 grams of each of
Pippali (Long pepper fruit)
Pippalimoola (Long pepper root)
Chavya – Piper cubeba
Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica
Shunti – Ginger
Yavakshara – Hordeum vulgare
Ghee – 768 grams
Milk – 768 ml
The above combination is heated till herbal ghee is prepared.


Panchakola Ghrita reference: 
Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana Udara Roga Chikitsa chapter, Sahasrayoga Ghrita prakarana 29,

Shloka- Sanskrit verse

पिप्पली पिप्पलीमूल चव्य चित्रक नागरैः||११२||
सक्षारैरर्धपलिकैर्द्विप्रस्थं सर्पिषः पचेत्|
कल्कै र्द्विपञ्चमूलस्य तुलार्ध स्वरसेन च||११३||
दधि मण्डाढकोपेतं तत् सर्पि र्जठरापहम्|
श्वयथुं वात विष्टम्भं गुल्मार्शांसि च नाशयेत्||११४||
pippalī pippalīmūla cavya citraka nāgaraiḥ||112||
sakṣārairardhapalikairdviprasthaṃ sarpiṣaḥ pacet|
kalkai rdvipañcamūlasya tulārdha svarasena ca||113||
dadhi maṇḍāḍhakopetaṃ tat sarpi rjaṭharāpaham|
śvayathuṃ vāta viṣṭambhaṃ gulmārśāṃsi ca nāśayet||114||
2 Prasthas of ghee is cooked by adding the following:
1. Paste of ½ Pala each of Pippali – Piper longum, Pippali Mula, Chavya – Piper retrofractum, Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica, Nagara – Zingiber officinale and Yavaksara
2. ½ Tula of the decoction of Dashamula (Bilva – Aegle marmelos, Syonaka – Oroxylum indicum, Gambhari – Gmelina arborea, Patali, Agnimantha – Clerodendrum phlomidis, prsniparni, Shalaparni, Brhati, Kantakari – Solanum surattense and Goksura – Tribulus terrestris) and
3. 1 Adhaka of Dadhimanda (liquid portion of the curd)
This medicated ghee cures Udara Rogas, oedema, Vatavistambha (immobility of wind in the abdomen), Gulma (Phantom tumour) and piles. [112 ½ – 114]

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

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