Kayam tablet is a very famous proprietary Ayurvedic medicine for constipation. It is manufactured by Sheth Brothers. It contains ingredients which are digestive stimulants laxative and anti-inflammatory.
Senna leaves – Cassia angustifolia – Acts as mild laxative
Black Salt – Sauvarchala Lavan
Nishoth – Trivrit – Operculina turpethum – It is the best purgative herb
Ajwain – Carum capticum / Trachyspermum ammi
Himej – Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – It acts as laxative and best anti-inflammatory herb.
Svarjika Kshara – a type of Kshara preparation
Jethi Madh – Yasthimadhu – liquorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Kayam tablet is beneficial in –
1 – 2 tablets at bed time, preferably before food with hot water
Can it be taken continuously for many months / years?
It is not good to take kayam tablet continuously for a very long time.
Mode of action, side effects
How does Kayam tablet act?
Trivrit is a good purgative Ayurvedic herb.
Haritaki and Senna leaves are mild laxatives.
Yasthimadhu is good for stomach complaints, peptic ulcers and mouth ulcers.
Saindhava lavana and Swarjika kshara are usually used in gastritis condition. They also improve the digestion capacity of stomach and intestines.
Kayam tablet side effects –
Very high dose may cause severe stomach pain, diarrhea and dehydration.
Kayam tablet is known to cause dependence. Hence, many people use it over a very long period of time.
One of the ingredients of it is Swarjika Kshara. We learnt in a video that the use of Kshara for a long period of time may be a cause for low sperm count and quality. (Watch video for better understanding) Hence young men planning for marriage, men seeking infertility treatment may avoid long term use of Kayam Tablet. People with diabetes, high BP, high potassium levels (hyperkalemia) should take this only under medical supervision.
Overall, Kayam tablet makes a good remedy for constipation. But for a long term and permanent cure for constipation, lifestyle changes and fiber rich diet plan is the solution.
Kayam tablet in pregnancy is not recommended, unless prescribed by the doctor.
Kayam tablet is not recommended for children.
3 years from the date of manufacturing.
Does Kayam tablet causes cancer? No it does not.
Taking Kayam Tablet by a diabetic, hypertensive patient
There is no restriction for a diabetic patient. Since it does not contain sugar, Kayam tablet is considered safe for a diabetic patient.
Because it contains salt as an ingredient, patients with high BP should consult their doctor before taking this medicine, especially for long term use.
Kayam Tablet for Fissure
This product is not indicated in the treatment of fissure. However, people with fissure often have constipation as a cause. Meaning, the hard constipated stools, while passing through the anal canal may cause anal fissures. Hence, it is very vital for the fissure patients to have soft bowels. Kayam tablet helps with it.
While it may not help in reducing the pain associated with anal fissure, the licorice and haritaki ingredients are useful in healing the fissure faster.
Not getting satisfactory results?
Kayam tablet is one of the popular and effective medicines for constipation. There is no doubt about it. It contains strong herbs such as Nishoth (Trivrit), Senna and Haritaki to relieve constipation. But despite that, it may not work unfortunately in people with severe constipation. In such a case, your Ayurvedic doctor may be forced to add another laxative / purgative medicine, in the form of Gandharvahastadi castor oil might be added to the prescription.
Under such circumstances, overall health, diet, habits of the patient, and the entire disease profile of the patient should be taken into consideration. Merely addressing constipation as a symptom might not work.
In some cases, Panchakarma therapies such as Virechana purgation therapy, Basti (enema) therapy, Oil massage, sweating treatment etc. help in improving the symptom.
In some cases of constipation, it is a good idea to mix or change the medicines once in 2 months so that the patient does not develop mental dependency on the medicine.