Ashta Churnam is a herbal powder used in digestive tract problems. It contains very safe and easily available herbal spices. Ashta means – 8 – indicating that this product contains 8 ingredients. Churna means powder.
Uses, Effect on dosha
Uses of Ashta Churnam:
First rate in vata-gulma [abdominal or intestinal lumps/ tumors]
Easily cures stomach ache, indigestion, loss of appetite and grahani [irritable bowel syndromes, colitis etc]
Reputed in children’s grahani and diseases caused by evil spirits.
Improves digestion power.
It is used in the treatment of anorexia, indigestion etc.
It is also used in the treatment of Vata imbalance and Vata related diseases like bloating, joint diseases etc.
It is a good diet supplement in Rheumatoid arthritis.
Shoulder dislocation pain
Post viral fever, when the patient complains of body, muscle and joint pains
Effect on Tridosha:
Balances Vata and Kapha Dosha. Slightly increases Pitta Dosha.
Ingredients of Ashta Churnam:
Shunti – Zingiber officinale – Rhizome – 10 grams
Marica – Piper longum – Fruit – 10 grams
Pippali – Piper nigrum – Fruit – 10 grams
Ajamoda – Carum roxburghianum – Fruit – 10 grams
Saindhava lavana – Rock salt – 10 grams
White cumin – Cuminum cyminum – Fruit – 10 grams
Black cumin – Carum carvi – Fruit – 10 grams
Purified Hingu – Asafoetida – Ferula foetida – 10 grams
Method of Preparation
The above ingredients are powdered separately, weighed and mixed together in specified quantity. Powder is packed in a tightly closed containers.
The product is also known as Hingwashtak churna.
Sanskrit Shloka Verse
Dosage of Ashta Churnam: 2-5 gms.
How to take Ashta Choornam?
It is mixed with a little ghee (clarified butter) and taken with the first bolus of food, two times a day.
Shatpala or Sukumara Ghrita with meals
Or in butter milk boiled with dry ginger and curry leaves before meals.
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.
Shelf life, Package, Side effects
Shelf life: 1 year from the date of manufacturing.
Once opened it should be finished within 2-4 months.
Presentation: Bottle of 50 g.
Ashta Choornam side effects:
In some patients, Hingwastak churna may cause stomach irritation.
One patient complained of developing boils on face and head, 4 days after starting to take it. Because it contains spices like black pepper, ginger and long pepper, in people with high Pitta, it can cause boils and skin disorders with burning sensation.
This is the reason, it is prescribed along with ghee. Ghee balances down Pitta.
Since it contains salt, people with high BP, and kidney related diseases should take care.
It is not advised to take the Hingwastak churna without medical advise.
It can be given during lactation period of mother.
It can be given to children in very low doses.
Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, AVN Ayurveda Formulations Pvt. Ltd, Madurai, Ashoka pharmaceuticals, Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, SNA Oushadhasala Pvt Ltd, Sitaram Ayurveda Pharmacy, Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group. SKM Siddha & Ayurveda Company India Ltd., Erode- Tamil Nadu.
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