Poothikasavam – Benefits, Dose, Side effects and Ingredients

Poothikasavam is a liquid Ayurvedic medicine, used mainly in the treatment of hemorrhoids, stomach and spleen disorders. It contains 5 – 10 % of self generated alcohol in it. This self generated alcohol and the water present in the product acts as a media to deliver water and alcohol soluble the active herbal components to the body.  


Poothikasavam uses:
Hemorrhoids, splenomegaly, anemia, sprue, rheumatoid arthritis, dysuria.

It is useful to promote strength of bones and joints.
It acts as an excellent anti inflammatory and analgesic mediicne.
It is used for the treatment of ankle pain, ankle twitch, slipped disc, sprain, back spasm, backache, back injury, stiffness of muscles, Coccyx pain

Partially useful in (other medications might be required)
Avascular necrosis
Sensory-neural hearing loss
Ankylosing spondylitis
Pain related to SLE


Avoid deep fried foods, heavy-to-digest non veg foods, fast foods and aerated drinks, smoking and excess alcohol. These can irritate stomach and intestinal lining. These also may increase Tridosha.


Poothikasavam ingredients:
Poothika – Chiruvilwa – Bark of Holoptelea integrifolia
Shunti – ginger
Maricha – Black pepper
Pippali – Long pepper

Shloka, Sanskrit Verse

Dose, duration of usage

Pootikasavam dose: 
12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food.
If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water.
It can be administered for a period of 4 – 6 weeks.

Poothikasavam side effects and precautions:
Over-dosage is best avoided.
Store in a cool dry place.
Pregnant, lactating mothers and children should seek medical advice before taking this medicine.

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.

Reference, manufacturers, shelf life

Reference: Ashtanga Hrudayam

Manufacturers: Kerala Ayurveda, Sitaram Ayurveda Pharmacy, Kakkanat Ayurveda Asramam

Shelf life – 10 years from the date of manufacture.

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