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Dhanwantharam Gulika: Uses, Dose, Ingredients, Side effects

Dhanwantharam Gulika is a traditional Ayurvedic medicine in tablet form used for the treatment of Bronchial complaints, Hiccup, Aggravated kapha complaints etc.,


Reference- Astanga Hridayam


Ela – Cardamom  Elettaria cardamomum
Vishva – ginger – Zingiber officinalis
Abhaya – Harad – Terminalia chebula
Jati – Myristica fragrans
Bruhati – Solanum indicum
Arya – Kiratatikta – Swertia chiraita
Jeeraka – Cumin  – Cuminum cyminum
Chinoshana – Kankola – Piper cubeba
Bhunimba – Andrographis paniculata – Whole plant
Rudraksha – Elaeocarpus Ganitrus
Suradaru – Devadaru – Cedrus deodara
Karpoora – Camphor – Cinnamomum camphora
Karigudha – kadivenna – Karigutha
Mrigaretasa – Gandha Marjara Veerya – Civet cat semen (Many manufacturers skip this ingredient).

The ingredients are taken in equal quantities and pounded with decoction of Cumin (Jeeraka Kashaya) and sandalwood decoction (Himambhasa – Chandana kashaya)
Pills of 1 Masha size are prepared – 750 – 1,000 mg.


It is administered along with the decoction made of
Bark of Panasa – jack fruit tree
Bhunimba – Andrographis paniculata
Jeeraka – cumin


Bronchial complaints
Aggravated kapha complaints
Gas trouble
Chest pain.

Sanskrit verse


Traditional indications:
Shwasa – asthma, respiratory disorders involving difficulty in breathing
Kasa – cold, cough
Yakshma – Rajayakshma – chronic respiratory disorder, Tuberculosis
Hikka – hiccough
Chardi – vomiting
Kapha Praseka – increased Kapha Dosha
Vata Anulomaka – restores normal pathway of Vata Dosha (useful in bloating, vomiting).

Dose, duration of use

1 tablet 2-3 times daily mixed with aristas, kwathas or jeeraka water.

How long can it be taken?
It can be taken for a period of 2 – 3 months time, with gradual decrease in dose.

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, manufacturer

Shelf life-
2 years from the date of manufacture.

Nagarjuna – Dhaanwantharam Gulika

Read more on Asthma Treatment as per Ayurveda: 


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

9 thoughts on “Dhanwantharam Gulika: Uses, Dose, Ingredients, Side effects”

  1. I believe it is common to mix this with various arishtas (e.g, with Abhayarishta for constipation) for different disorders. Can you kindly specify the various possible combinations ?

  2. Hello Dr Hebbar:

    1.Need to know if can be taken daily during a long period.
    2.If has effective effects in Vata disorders.
    3.If can be effective with Guduchi at the same day:
    For example: 1 or 2 Guduchi before breakfast and before dinner, and 1 Gulika two hours before sleep.

  3. One of your article of nonveg ingredients in ayurved saying that it contains kasturi too but here thr is not kasturi amongst ingredients

  4. My doctor has added this with other medicines for ibs Diarrhea (with weight loss) treatment, is it a right combination
    He has added 2 dhanwantaram gulika, 1/2 Vilwadi gulika, 10 ml drakshadi kashayam, 10ml indukantham khashayam and 1/4 tea spoon Sankha Bhasam before breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    My stomach became even worse after taking this, he said that give your stomach some time to adapt to it.
    Is that the right way?

    Note : my stomach is really very sensitive, my symptoms becomes worse every time I add any medicine.


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