Gandharvahasthadi Kashayam Benefits, Dosage, Side Effects, Ingredients, Reference

Gandharvahasthadi Kashayam is an Ayurvedic medicines used in treating digestion diseases such as anorexia and bloating. It is in herbal decoction form. It is also available in Kashayam tablet form.  This medicine is formulated based on Kerala Ayurveda practice. 

Uses

Gandharvahasthadi kashaya benefits:

  • Used in Ayurvedic treatment of bloating.
  • Has cleansing effect over intestines.
  • Develops appetite.
  • It helps to relieve anorexia.
  • This is good for a harmless purge at all times. Physicians use this for purging if necessary in Dhara and other courses  involving pathya. Its special characteristic is that though purging is contraindicated in vata, this is not so. A purging with this quickly controls backache and other vata ailments.

Doctors also suggest this for the treatment of
Bulky uterus
Painful periods

Traditional indications:
1. Vata disorders
2. Kindles digestive fire, enhances digestion capacity – Agni Deepaka
3. Anorexia – Aruchi
4. Mala shodhaka – enables evacuation of bowel

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata at the level of large intestines.

Side effects

It may worsen diarrhea in people already suffering from it.

Dose and Adjuvants

Gandharvahastadi kashayam dosage: 

  • 5 – 10 ml, before food, or on empty stomach, once or twice a day or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
  • As per traditional reference, it is advised along with rock alt and jaggery.
  • If the kashayam is concentrated, then it needs to be mixed with equal quantity of water and should be taken.

AVN manufactures this in Kashayam tablet form.
Dose of Gandharvahastadi kashayam tablets is 2 tablets 2 times a day before food or as directed by 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.

Adjuvants:
Rock salt, jaggery or a spoon full of caster oil.

Contents

Gandharvahasthadi kashayam ingredients:
The kashayam is prepared by following herbs in equal parts.

  • Gandharvahasta – castor seed – Ricinus communis
  • Chirabilva – Holoptelea integrifolia
  • Hutasha – Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica
  • Vishwa – Ginger – Zingiber officinalis
  • Pathya – Terminalia chebula
  • Punarnava – Boerhaavia diffusa
  • Yavasa – Alhagi pseudalhagi
  • Bhumitaala – phyllanthus niruri

Manufacturer

  • AVN Ayurveda Formulations Pvt Ltd – manufactures both Kashayam and kashayam tablet
  • Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal
  • AVP, Kottakkal, Santhigiri, Nagarjuna – Gandharvvahasthaadi Kashaayam, Gandharvvahasthaadi Kashaayam Tablet

Other Indication

Gandharvahastadi Kashayam for Nitya Virechana:
Because of mild purgative property, this medicine is given in a dose of 15 – 30 ml, mixed with equal quantity of water at night, to induce purgation on the next day. This is done on daily basis. This is called Nitya Virechana. It is continued for 7 – 15 days based on the digestion strength of the patient and strength of the disease. It is done in cases Vata imbalance disorders such as of lumbar spondylosis, back pain, heal pain, foot pain, in cases of ascites, etc.

Reference and Shloka


Sahasra Yoga Kashaya prakarana, 394,  Vatahara Kwatha.
गन्धर्वहस्त चिरबिल्व हुताशविश्व ।
पथ्या पुनर्नवा यवासक भुमितालै: ॥
क्वाथस्सुसैन्धवगुड: पवनस्य शान्त्यै: ।
वह्नेर्बलायरुचये मलशोधनाय ॥

19 thoughts on “Gandharvahasthadi Kashayam Benefits, Dosage, Side Effects, Ingredients, Reference”

  1. If pitta is also aggravated along with vata people usually complain of gastritis ,heart burn
    Then gandharva hastadi akshaya should be supplemented with amla or kamdudha rasayan in prescribed dosage

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  2. hello..,
    no. the condition may definitely due to allergy for some drugs present in those medicine. but it is really difficult task to find out what may be that. this is not any side effect of heavy metals.

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  3. Dr. Hebbar,

    I have been prescribed Gandharvahastadi kashayam and Yograj Guggulu tablet for back pain. I am also trying to get pregnant, will these medicines interfere in getting pregnant?

    GC

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  4. Hi dr….I HAVE L4-L5 DISC DEGENERATION PROBLEM. WITH SCIATICA ….DR ADVICED ME TO TAKE GANDHARVAHASTADI KASHAYAM…FOR WHAT PURPOSE WILL I TAKE THAT KASHAYAM.???IS THAT RIGHT FOR MY PROBLEM? ?PLEASE SUGGEST M.. THANK YOU DR

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    • Sir please tell me about vernadi n gandhrwadi kashayam will be helpful for heavy periods or not ?I m suffering from bulky uteras problem sir . Please suggest me n Reply????

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  5. Very simple n neat info sir . i m giving to my patients with shivagullika for kinds of autoimmune disorders
    N i hv a doubt cn we include panchakola choornam before or along with it ???
    Thank u
    With Regards

    Reply

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