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Elakanadi Kashayam – Benefits, Dose, Side Effects, Ingredients

Elakanadi Kashayam is an Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form. It is widely used in the treatment of chronic respiratory conditions. This medicine is formulated based on Kerala Ayurveda practice.


Elakanadi Kashayam benefits: 
It is used in the Ayurvedic treatment of chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma.

It is also used as an adjuvant in the treatment of tuberculosis.

Dosage, Adjuvant

Elakanadi Kashaya dose: 
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.
It is advised to have a little honey after taking / along this medicine.


Lac, sugar, liquorice, cumin or honey.

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

 There are no known side effects of this medicine.
Higher dose may cause gastritis.


Elakanadi Kashayam Ingredients:
Ela – cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
Kana – Piper longum
Madhuka – Licorice – Glycyrhiza glabra
Nagara – Ginger
Abda – Cyperus rotundus
Vasa – Adhatoda vasica
Nimba – Azadirachta indica
Amruta – Tinospora cordifolia
Ambu – Hemidesmus indicus
Dashamoola – group of ten herbs. –

Bilva – Aegle marmelos
Agnimantha – Premna mucronata
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
Patala – Stereospermum suaveolens
Gambhari – Gmelina arborea
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishnaparni – Uraria picta

It is added with 8 parts of water, boiled and reduced to quarter part, filtered.
It is further added with fine powders of
Laksha – Laccifer lacca
Sita – sugar candy
Madhuka -Licorice – Glycyrhiza glabra
Jiraka –  Cuminum cyminum

Reference, Manufacturer

 Sahasrayoga Kashayaprakarana 107

Manufacturers: Nagarjuna – Ealaakanaadi Kashaayam

Shloka, Sanskrit Verse

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

6 thoughts on “Elakanadi Kashayam – Benefits, Dose, Side Effects, Ingredients”

  1. Dr Hebbar, can elakanadi kashayam and dasamulakatutrayadi kashayam be used together, with a tsp of honey, in an elderly diabetic person, with emphysema and chronic dry cough? Both have dasamoola hence the question. Thanks.

    • I have read that honey is ok for diabetics (because it is anti kapha and diabetes has kapha involvement). Is it safer to just avoid it?

          • As per Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 27th chapter,
            Honey is four types viz.
            1. Makshika (honey collected by the red variety of honey bee)
            2. Bhraamara (honey collected by Bhrunara type of bee)
            3. Kshaudra (honey collected by small type of honey bee)
            4. Paittaka (honey collected Puttika type of bee- they are of big size.)
            Of them, Makshika is the best;

            Bhramara is specially heavy.
            Makshika type of honey is of the color of til oil.
            Paittika is of the color of ghee.
            Kshaudra is brown in color and
            Bhramara is of white color.


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