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Nisakathakadi kashayam – Benefits, Dose, Side Effects And Ingredients

Nisakathakadi kashayam is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form. It is widely used in the treatment of pre-diabetes, diabetes and its complications. This medicine is formulated based on Kerala Ayurveda practice.


It helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels in pre-diabetes, diabetes.
It is also used to treat complications of diabetes such as neuritis.


The dose is 12 – 24 ml, before food, at about 6 am and 6pm or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
It is usually advised to add equal amount of water to the kashayam.

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.

Pathya, Adjuvant

Avoid excess sweet foods, fatty foods.

Niruryadi gulika or Mehasamhari gulika.

Side Effects

There are no known side effects of this medicine.
Higher dose may cause low blood glucose levels.
This medicine should only be taken under strict medical supervision.


Nisha – Turmeric – Curcuma longa
Kataka – Clearing nut – Strychons potatorum
Paranti – Ixora coccinia
Lodhra – Symplocos racemosa
Amalaki – Emblica officinalis
Bhadrika – Aerva lanata
Mehari moola – Gymnema sylvestre
Usheera – Vetiveria zizanioides
It is added with 8 parts of water, boiled and reduced to quarter part, filtered.

Shloka, Sanskrit Verse

Reference, Manufacturer

Nagarjuna – Nishaakathakaadi Kashaayam, Nishaakathakaadi Kashaayam Tablet
Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal

Is it useful both in type 1 and 2 Diabetes?

Useful in both, for reducing blood sugar level and to avoid its complications such as blood vessel, kidney, eye and nerve related problems.
Its action on blood sugar level is less in Type 1.

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

16 thoughts on “Nisakathakadi kashayam – Benefits, Dose, Side Effects And Ingredients”

  1. I had been using this kashayam for about 2 years during 2013-2014. Initially I found it useful to a certain extent along with strict diet and regular exercise. But I forced to switch over to modern medicine for the past 2 years. I think role of Ayrveda regarding diabetic patients is not much encouraging. Some medicine like ‘kanmada bhasma’ play vital role in this. However, more studies and researches needed to become a standalone system of medicine

  2. I had been using this kashayam, along with diet control and moderate exercises, for about 2 years during the period of 2014-2015.The initial relief decreased and sugar level was going up gradually.Thus I was forced to switch over to modern medicine.Since this disease is said to be progressive,especially if the genetic factor is strong, the initial dosage has to be adjusted(obviously increased) frequently.This is not possible in Ayurveda because of the scarcity of wide range of medicinesother than kanmada bhasmam, kataka khadiradi kashayam and some single herbs like chakkara kolli (which is dangerous that it may lead to severe hypoglycemia).However Ayurveda needs to redefine in some cases like diabetes.

  3. Dr. Hebbar, you have recommended this to be taken after food whereas there is a recommendation that it should be taken before food on empty stomach at 6 AM and 6 PM. Please clarify.

  4. Thank you so much for this protect.we started this medicine last month.This is very useful for diabetic.My sugar level before this kashayam 285.But now 175.Now we need to take what level.


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