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
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.
Strict pathya rules are essential.
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
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.