Chitrakasavam Benefits In Leucoderma, Ingredients, Dose Side Effects

Chitrakasavam is an Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form, used in the treatment of leucoderma. It is more commonly used in South Indian Ayurveda practice. 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.

Benefits, effect on dosha

Chitrakasavam benefits –
It is used in the Ayurvedic treatment of
Leucoderma – Shwitra
Skin diseases and anemia – Kushta
Indicated in piles and dropsy, increases digestion.

Effect on Tridosha – it balances Kapha and Pitta.

Dose, diet rules

Chitrakasav dose: 
5 – 10 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.

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.

Ingredients, method of preparation

Chitrakasavam ingredients:
Gomutra – cow urine
Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica
Vyosha – Trikatu – ginger, pepper and long pepper
Kshaudra – honey

All these ingredients along with water is taken in a vessel smeared with ghee. Left for fermentation for 15 days, then the contents are filtered.
Usually distilled Cow urine is used in this medicine preparation.

Manufacturers, package, reference

Manufacturers: Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy Ltd., CNS Chikitsalayam

Package – 450 ml

Reference – Ashtanga Hrudayam, Chikitsasthana 20/8

Side effects and shelf life

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

Shelf life – 10 years from the date of manufacture.

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

10 thoughts on “Chitrakasavam Benefits In Leucoderma, Ingredients, Dose Side Effects”

  1. Hebbar,
    THanks for sharing valuable information regarding ayurvedic medicines. I was searching on the web to see if there is any degradation in the potency of ayurvedic medicines upon exposure to x-rays – you can think of scenarios where ayurvedic medicine is being scanned by x-ray machines at airports OR when it is couriered from one country to another, it is scanned by the customs. Can you please comment with your thoughts? Thanks in advance.

  2. I am using this product for more than a month now. I have not seen even a minor result. Has anybody expereinced good effect with this medicine? How much time it takes.

  3. You said previously that this medicine does not cure leucoderma. Is there another medicine that can completely cure leucoderma?

  4. Dear sir,

    as a Muslim, we are restricted to the use of Cow Urine. So, could you please tell me any specific brand(s) where Cow Urine is not used in this medicine ?

    Thanks & regards,


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