Ayurvedic Laxadi Guggulu

Lakshadi guggul is an Ayurvedic formulation containing Laksha/Shellac powder (Laccifer lacca), Hadajora (Cissus quadrangularis), Arjun bark (Terminalia Arjun), Ashwagandha roots (Withania somnifera), Nagabala (Sida veronicmifolia) and Guggul (Commiphera mukul). This medicine is specifically used for the diseases of bones such as osteoarthritis, fracture, pain, misalignment of bones etc. This medicine is an effective remedy in uncomplicated and new cases of osteoarthritis.

Here is given more about Lakshadi guggul such as indication/therapeutic uses, composition, therapeutic properties, benefits, dosage and pharmacies making Lakshadi Guggul.

This medicine is also known as Lakshadi Guggul, Lakshadi Guggulu and Laksha Guggul.

Ingredients of Lakshadi guggul

Laksha Guggulu Vati is a preparation made with the ingredients in the Formulation composition given below with Guggulu as the basic ingredient.

Formulation composition:

Laksha Laccifer laccaResin 1 Part
AsthisamihritCissus quadrangularisStem1 Part
Kakubha (Arjuna)Terminalia arjunaStem Bark 1 Part
AshvagandhaWithania somnifera Root 1 Part
NagabalaSida veronicmifoliaAriel Part 1 Part
Shuddha Guggulu Commiphora wightiiResin5 Parts

Laksha is resin obtained from an insect that lives on tree. The purified lac or Shellac is used from ancient times to treat variety of diseases including fracture of bones. Acharya Sushruta gave Laksha with milk for fracture management. Shellac improves the bone healing and bone growth by promoting callus formation. It has pain relieving and swelling reducing properties. Various studies done on Laksha have shown it stimulated the callus formation at an early stage to facilitate early bone healing. It improves fracture healing by influencing cellular organization and activity in the repair phenomena. It may increase collagen content of the treated bones.

Guggulu has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, bone healing properties.

Hadjod/Cissus quandrangularis promotes the fracture healing. Cissus quandrangularis contain vitamins, steroid, flavonoids, triterpenoids, vitamin C, stilbene derivatives and many others. Out of these ascorbic acid, triterpene, α-sitosterol, ketosteroids, triterpenoids and calcium are found to have specific effect on the bone healing. Cissus quandrangularis is anti-oxidant and anti-microbial.

Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) has cardio-protective, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also possess bone healing property.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is immunomodulator, immunoprotective and analgesic.

Method of preparation

Take all the ingredients of the pharmacopoeial quality. Wash, dry and powder the ingredients number 1 to 5 of the formulation composition separately and pass through sieve number 85, weigh them separately in the required quantities and mix.

Weigh and crush Guggulu - Shuddha. Add equal amount of water and gently boil in an iron vessel to a thick consistency. Add fine powder of mixed ingredients with continuous stirring. Take out the mass and pound. Use castor oil to an extent required to facilitate the pounding and continue pounding till a semi-solid uniformly mixed mass of suitable plasticity is obtained. Expel the mass through Vati machine fitted with a suitable die and cut the Vatis to a desired weight.

Roll the Vatis on flat surface to round them by circular motion of palm covered with a glove and smeared with castor oil or use suitable mechanical device. Dry the rounded Vatis in a tray-dryer at a temperature not exceeding 600 for 10 to 12 h. Pack it in tightly closed containers to protect from light and moisture.

Description: Spherical pills, blackish in colour with agreeable odour and bitter taste.

Storage: Store in a cool place in tightly closed container, protect from light and moisture.

Medicinal properties of Lakshadi guggul

  • Anti-inflammatory: used to reduce inflammation.
  • Analgesic: acting to relieve pain.
  • Fracture healing
  • Adaptogenic: stabilization of physiological processes and promotion of homeostasis.
  • Immune-modulatory: modifies the immune response or the functioning of the immune system.
  • Phyto-estrogenic: estrogen-like action on the body.
  • Anti-osteoporotic: prevents porous bones.

Benefits of Lakshadi guggul

In Ayurveda, Lakshadi Guggulu is described as Rasayana, Balya, deepana, pachana, shothaghna, Dhatu Poshaka and Asthi Sandhan-kara.

  • Nutritive effect on bones.
  • Significantly improves Bone Mineral Density.
  • Gives relief in pain and inflammation.
  • Improves and fastens the healing of fractures.
  • Effective in osteoarthritis, reduces pain, inflammation.
  • Lakshadi guggul helps in forming early and improved quality of the callus (the bony healing tissue which forms around the ends of broken bone).

Therapeutic Uses of Lakshadi guggul

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bone fracture
  • Improper alignment of bone, dislocation of joints
  • Ostealgia (Pain in bones)
  • Sprains, stiffness
  • Low bone density
Lakshadi guggul is also beneficial in phthisis, malnutrition, vata-vyadhis and cardiac complaints.

Osteoarthritis is condition of joint pain and stiffness due to h degeneration of joint cartilage and adjacent bone.

Osteoporosis is condition of weak, fragile and brittle bones. There is low bone mass and loss of bone tissue.

Dosage of Lakshadi guggul

The recommended dosage of Lakshadi guggul is 2-4 tablets, twice a day with honey. Or take as directed by physician.

Where to buy

You can buy this medicine online or from medical stores.

This medicine is manufactured by Dabur, Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan (Lakshadi Guggulu), Patanjali Divya Pharmacy (Divya Lakshadi Guggulu), Shree Dhootapapeshwar Limited (Lakshadi Guggul), Planet Ayurveda Lakshadi Guggul and some other pharmacies.

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