Chitrakadi Vati – Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients And Side Effects

Chitrakadi Vati  is a tablet, used in Ayurvedic treatment of anorexia and indigestion. It improves digestion power. It is one of the widely used Ayurvedic tablet. 


Chitrakadi Vati Benefits: It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of anorexia, indigestion and ‘ama’ conditions.
It is used in preparatory procedure of Panchakarma, wherein patient’s digestion power needs improvement.
It is useful in poor digestion and loose motion (Watery stools)

Effect on Tridosha – balances Vata and kapha. Improves Pitta.


Chitrakadi Gutika dosage:  (500 mg tablet) – 1 – 2 tablets 1 – 2 times a day, before or after 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.

Side Effects

It might not be suitable for people with gastritis.
People with high BP should take this medicine only under medical care, since this medicine contains salt as ingredient.
Over-dosage may cause slight burning sensation in abdomen. Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in cool dry place.


Chitrakadi Vati ingredients, how to make:
10 g fine powder of each of
Chitraka – Lead Wort (root) – Plumbago zeylanica
Pippalimoola – Long pepper root – Piper longum
Yava Kshara – Kshara of Barley – Hordeum vulgare
Swarjika Kshara
Sauvarchala Lavana – Sochal salt
Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt
Vida Lavana – Vida salt
Samudra Lavana – Common salt,
Audbhida Lavana
Shunti – Ginger Rhizome – Zingiber officinalis
Maricha – Black pepper – Piper nigrum
Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum
Hingu – Asa foetida
Ajamoda – Ajowan (fruit) – Trachyspermum roxburghianum
Chavya – Java Long Pepper – Piper chaba
Matulunga Swarasa – Lemon juice OR Dadima rasa – Pomegranate juice – Quantity Sufficient.
The fine powder of above ingredient is triturated with lemon juice or pomegranate juice and a paste is prepared. This is rolled into tablet form, dried and preserved.

Shloka- Sanskrit Verse

chitrakadi vati

Reference and Manufacturers

 Charaka Samhita Chikitsa Sthana 15/96-97

Chitrakadi Bati Manufacturers: Baidyanath, Dabur,  Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala.
Divya Pharmacy calls this same product as Divya Chitrakadi Vati.

Expiry Date

 Two years from the date of manufacture. Once after opening the container, it is better to empty it before an year.

Pregnancy,Lactation and Children

It is best avoided during pregnancy, due to strong herbs. Can be used during lactation period, for a limited period of time.
 Can be used in a very small dose, for a small period of time.

Can this be used during periods?
This product contains many hot ingredients such as leadwort, black pepper, long pepper fruit, ginger etc. Due to hotness, it can worsen bleeding. If you experience increased periods, then consider reducing the dose of this medicine during periods.

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

34 thoughts on “Chitrakadi Vati – Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients And Side Effects”

  1. I am having frequent ‘ears blockage’ problem, as a result, hearing becomes clogged. Though it is off & on, this time it lasted for two months. When I lie down or get up, I hear put put sound in ears, some times hear echoes of my own voice. As per ENT doctor, nothing wrong in ears. A Vaid Doctor says problem with digestion, so kapha like fluid blocks ears. He suggested Chitrakadi Vati after meals. Another Vaid Doctor suggested Dhanwantari Vati tablets after meals.
    I am confused. Please suggest which one should I take?

  2. Hi dr..i hv stomach sensitivity for last 5 years…i had stomach ulcers 3 years back and got cured well.but now i hv frequent gas and acidity problem.i take so much care of myself not to eat spices and fast food but still smtimes problem occurs…i fear if i take gas release tablets empty stomach frequently it may cause side effects so today a dr gave me chitrakadi gutika and avipatikar churan for gas and acidity..please advice is it fine for me or i shud take gas release tablets only.

  3. Hallo Doctor, I found your two advices very useful as an RA patient. (1) To bring back normal hearing due to kaph and cold, take Chitrakadi Vati – 1 tab post meals. It did work perfectly, so continued, but gave me flare-ups ! For this you advised (2) Sinhnad Ggl – 1 tab post meals, found perfect.
    So I learnt from you, what to take in two opposite ailments. Now this is my cure in either condition.
    I thank you very much for the same and for your indepth knowledge about Ayurveda.

  4. Sir meri daughter has drink the water and eaten water melon. She is saying stomach pain again and again can she take this chitrakadi gutika

  5. Dear dr,
    Due to adenomyosis had hysterectomy with oophorectomy last year . leaving right ovary intact.
    My age is 47. Facing hyperacidity, reflux, and bloat since 3 yrs. After surgery also the same condition.
    There is no bleeding but symptoms are there every month. Visited Ayurveda Dr. Given medicine
    Avipatikar churna
    Aloe Vera
    Chitrakadi vati
    Arogya vati
    My acidity got controlled when situation is normal
    But during the symptoms days which last for about 10 days. Nothing is working.
    Pl advice me what todo

  6. Good evening sir, i have acidity, gas problem, regulary fluid coming in throat, felling like thraoat is block, sometime ears are blocking.please suggest me medicine ayurvedic. Thank u sir

  7. Hi sir,what is the anupana should we use with chitrakadi vati for vata malabsorption?If buttermilk sweet or sour?


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