Chitrak Haritaki is a classical Ayurvedic Avaleha or Lehya. In Ayurveda, Avaleha or Lehya is a semi-solid preparation of drugs, prepared with addition of jaggery, sugar or sugar-candy and boiled with prescribed juices or decoction. It is specifically indicated in treatment of Nasa Roga (diseases of nose), Pratishyaya (chronic rhinitis), Kasa (cough), Swasa (dyspnoea), Agnimandya (digestive weakness) and Krimi (helminthiasis).
This herbal medicine contains Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), along with other well-known medicinal herbs. Chitrak Haritaki is generally taken by licking. Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition and dosage.
Ingredients of Chitrak Haritaki Avaleha (Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Nasa-rogadhikara)
Chitrak Haritaki is a semisolid preparation made with the ingredients in the formulation composition given below:
- Chitraka kvatha Plumbago zeylanica Rt. 4.800 l
- Amalki Kvatha Phyllanthus emblica (Emblica officinalis) P. 4.800 l
- Guduchi Kvatha Tinospora cordifolia St. 4.800 l
- Dashamula Kvatha 4.800 l
- Bilva Aegle marmelos Rt./St. Bk.
- Agnimantha Premna mucronata (Official substitute) Rt./St. Bk.
- Shyonak Oroxylum indicum Rt./St. Bk.
- Kashmari (Gambhari) Gmelina arborea Rt./St. Bk.
- Patala Stereospermum suaveolens Rt./St. Bk.
- Shalparni Desmodium gangeticum
- Prishniparni Uraria picta
- Gokshura Tribulus terrestris
- Brihati Solanum indicum
- Kantakari Solanum surattense
- Pathya (Haritaki) Churna Terminalia chebula P. 3.07 kg
- Guda Jaggery 4.80 kg
- Shunti Zingiber offichinale Rz. 96 g
- Maricha Piper nigrum Fr. 96 g
- Pippali Piper longum Fr. 96 g
- Tvak Cinnamomum zeylanicum St. Bk. 96 g
- Ela (Suksmaila) Elettaria cardamomum Sd. 96 g
- Patra (Tejapatra) cinnamomum tamala Lf. 96 g
- Ksara (Yava) Hordeum vulgare Water soluble ash of plant. 24 g
- Madhu Honey 384 g
Method of Preparation
- Wash, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 1 to 4 (Kvatha dravya) of the Formulation composition separately and pass through sieve no. 44 to obtain a coarse powder.
- Dry and powder the ingredient number 5 separately and ingredients number 7 to 13 (Prakshepa dravyas) of the Formulation composition to a fine powder and pass through sieve no. 85.
- Add required amount of water to the Kvatha dravya, heat, reduce to one fourth and filter through muslin cloth.
- Mix all the Kvatha s together. Add Jaggery, boil to dissolve and filter through a muslin cloth.
- Reduce the Kvatha to a thicker consistency by gentle boiling; add churna of Pathya and stir thoroughly during the process.
- Add the powdered prakshepa dravya no. 7 to 13 while hot at 500, mix thoroughly to prepare a homogeneous mass. Allow to cool to room temperature. Add honey, mix thoroughly.
- Pack it in tightly closed containers to protect from light and moisture.
Description: Blackish brown, semisolid paste with spicy, pleasant odour and bitter-astringent taste.
Storage: Store in a cool ace in tightly closed containers, protected from light and moisture.
Chitraka: Plumbago zeylanica is a large perennial sub-scandent medicinal shrub, found throughout India. Its Sanskrit synonyms are Agni, Vahni, Jvalanakhya, Krishanu, Huasha, Dahana, Hutabhuk and Sikha.
Chitrak roots / Chitramoolam is hot in potency. It has anti-inflammatory, digestive, appetite stimulating, Kapha-har, Vata-har and pain relieving property.
The main therapeutic use of the roots are in digestive weakness, malabsorption syndrome, piles, abdominal pain and swelling of anus.
Haritaki: Haritaki consists of the pericarp of mature fruits of Terminalia chebula Retz. (Fam. Combretaceae), a moderate sized or large tree found throughout India, chiefly in deciduous forests and areas of light rainfall.
Its synonym in Sanskrit are Abhaya, Kayastha, Shiva, Pathya and Vijaya. The main constituent of Haritaki is Tannins, anthraquinones and polyphenolic compounds.
Haritaki is hot in potency. It is Laghu and Ruksha / drying. It is a tonic drug and is good for digestive system. The main therapeutic use of Haritaki is digestive and respiratory ailments.
Trikatu: Trikatu is combination of dry ginger, black pepper and long pepper (Sonth + Pippali + Kali mirch). Trikatu is hot in potency. It is effective for burning ama (metabolic waste and toxins) which is the prime cause of all disease. It supports better digestion and cures constipation. It stimulates the liver to secrete bile which is vital for fat digestion and absorption. It also balances Kapha.
Ela / Elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum) : Ela is known as lesser cardamom in English. It is cool in potency. It is Tridosh-har, digestive, carminative, nutritive, laxative, and expectorant. It has diuretic action and gives relief in urinary disorders. The seeds are useful in asthma, bronchitis, throat disorders, piles, gas, vomiting, digestive disorders and cough.
Amla (Emblica officinalis) : Amalki is nutritive tonic of Ayurveda. It is healing and rejuvenating. Its intake gives good eyesight, keeps hair black and helps in better absorption of iron. It is rich source of Vitamin C.
Tejpatta/Tejapatra :Tejpatta is the dried mature leaves of Cinnamomum tamala. It is hot in potency. It has Kapha-Vatahar properties. Tejpatta increases Pitta. It cures piles and improves taste. Tajpatta is bitter, sweet, aromatic, anthelmintic, diuretic, carminative and anti-inflammatory. It detoxifies blood, improves appetite and digestion. It is used in Ayurveda for treatment of anorexia, mouth dryness, cough, cold, nausea, vomiting, gas and indigestion.
Dashmula : Dashmoola is combination of ten roots and barks. The decoction of Dashmula, is indicated to treat Kapha and Vata disorders. It has pain reliving and anti-inflammatory properties. It digests the ama, and gives relief in asthma, fever, and pain. It is a tonic drug.
Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia): Guduchi is a climbing deciduous shrub belonging to the family Menispermaceae, found throughout India. It is also known as Guduchi, Amrita, Amritavalli, Madhuparni, Guduchika, Chinnobhava, Vatsadani, Tantrika, Kundalini, Chakralakshanika (Sanskrit), Gurcha (Hindi), Garo, Galac (Gujarati), Thippateega (Telugu),Amrita, Gilo (Kashmiri), Chittamrutu (Malayalam), Guluchi (Oriya), Gilo (Punjabi), Seendal, Seendil Kodi (Tamil), Siddhilata, Amarlata (Assamese). It is one of the most important medicinal plant and the forms an important drug of the Ayurvedic system of Medicine. It is a Rasayana herb and used to treat for many diseases such as general debility, fever, diabetes, dyspepsia, urinary infections, jaundice and skin diseases. It has adaptogen, immunostimulant, antioxidant, anticancer and antidiabetic properties.
Health Benefits of Chitrak Haritaki
- It has Vatahar and Kaphahar activities.
- It gives relief in phlegm.
- It is useful in chronic cough, chronic coryza, cold and bronchitis.
- It has carminative and expectorant activities.
- It has anthelmintic action.
- It improves appetite and digestion.
- It boosts immunity and prevents recurrent infections.
- It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, expectorant and carminative properties.
- It is effective in respiratory and digestive ailments.
Important Therapeutic uses Of Chitrak Haritaki
- Chitrak Haritaki Avaleha is very effective medicine in treatment of respiratory and digestive disorders.
- Coryza (inflammation in mucous membrane of nasal cavity. It is characterized by nasal congestion, mucous, running nose and loss of smelling. In common Hindi language it is ‘Sardi Zukam’)
- Pinasa (Chronic rhinitis/Sinusitis)
- Kasa (cough)
- Shvasa (Dyspnea)
- Gulma (abdominal lump)
- Udavarta (upward movement of gases)
- Arsha (Piles)
- Agnimandya (loss of appetite)
- Kshaya (Phthisis)
- Krimi (Helminthiasis / worm infestation)
Dosage of Chitrak Haritaki
The recommended dosage of Chitrak Haritaki is 6 gram, taken in the morning and at night with milk (preferably cow's), or as directed by the Physician. Lehyas should be used within one year.
This medicine is manufactured by Baidyanath (Chitrak Haritaki), Dabur (Chitrak Haritaki), Maharshi Ayurveda (Chitrak Haritaki), Sri Sri Ayurveda (Chitrakaharitaki Lehya), Nagarjun (Chitrak Haritaki Avaleh), Nisarg (Chitrak Haritaki Avaleha) and many other Ayurvedic pharmacies.