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Agnitundi Vati (Ras) is classical Ayurvedic medicine with Digestive Stimulant action. The main indication of this medicine is common gastric problems such as indigestion, poor appetite, tastelessness, gas, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, colic pain and nervine disorders etc. It stimulates the flow of digestive juices. It improves bowel movements and gives relief in constipation.
This medicine contains Kuchla or Nux-vomica seeds. Nux-vornica is also known as Vishtinduka and Poison nut due to its poisonous properties. It is a powerful poison in large doses, producing tetanic convulsions and even death. In Ayurveda, Kuchla is included in Upvisha Varg (Vish/poisonous tree). The seeds of Kuchala are used in Ayurveda only after proper shodhan or purification. The detoxified are used in the treatment of arthritis, gout, muscle pain, nerve pain etc. in low recommended dosage only.
As Kuchla is the main ingredient of this medicine, it is highly recommended to take this medicine only under direct medical supervision. The patient should be monitored regularly for the effect of the medicine.
Here is given more about this medicine, such as:
- What is Agnitundi Vati?
- What are the ingredients present in Agnitundi Vati?
- What are the uses of Agnitundi Vati?
- What are the side-effects of Agnitundi Vati?
- When not to take Agnitundi Vati?
- What are the possible drug interactions?
- What are the warnings and suggestions?
Reference Text: Bhaishajyaratnavali, Agnimandyadirogadhikara
Synonyms: Agnitundi Vati Rasa
Availability: Online and at medical stores
Type of medicine: Rasayoga, Classical Medicine
Main Indication: Agnimandya (Anorexia)
Dosha Effect: Pitta Vardhak, Vata and Kapha balancing
Agnitundi Vati Composition
Ingredients present in this formulation are given below:
- Suta (Parada) -Shuddha 1 Part
- Visha (Vatsanabha) – Shuddha (Rt.Tr.) 1 Part
- Gandha (Gandhaka) – Shuddha 1 Part
- Ajamoda (Fr.) 1 Part
- Haritaki (P.) 1 Part
- Bibhitaka (P.) 1 Part
- Amalaki (P.) 1 Part
- Svarjikshara 1 Part
- Yava kshara (Yava) (Pl.) 1 Part
- Vahni (Chitraka) (Rt.) 1 Part
- Saindhava Lavana 1 Part
- Jiraka (Shveta jiraka) (Fr.) 1 Part
- Sauvarcala Lavana 1 Part
- Vidanga (Fr.) 1 Part
- Samudra Lavana 1 Part
- Tankana – Shuddha 1 Part
- Vishamushti – Shuddha (Sd.) 16 Parts
- Jambiramla (Jambira) (Fr.) Q.S. for Mardana
Method of preparation
Shudh Parad and Shudh Gandhak are blended together to form Kajjali. Ajmoda, Haritaki, Amalaki Phal, Vibhitaki, Sajji-Kshaar, Yav-Kshaar, Chitrak, Saindhav Lavan, Safed Jeerak, Saurvachal Lavan, Samudra Lavan (Sea salt), Shuddh Tankan, Vidang, are finely powdered and added to the Kajjali.
Shudh Kuchala in equal proportion to the entire mixture is added and the mixture is given Bhavana with Jambeer Swaras (fresh lime juice) for 3 days.
This formulation is called Agnitundi Ras. Agnitundi Ras is dried and rolled into tablets each measuring 125 mg.
Know the Ingredients
Vishamushti, Kuchla, Nux Vomica, Poison Nut, Semen Strychnos, or Strychnos nux-vomica, is useful in improving digestion and removal of toxic substances. It also strengthens the nervous system and muscular coordination, thereby helps in strengthening of muscles, joints, and bones.
It alleviates Vata and pain and because of its sharpness, it stimulates and strengthens nerves. Useful in vata disorders like neuralgia, facial palsy, hemiplegia, insomnia. Being bitter and pungent, it is a good appetizer, digestive and astringent. Dribbling of the urine due to atonicity of the bladder is corrected by it. It cures the laxity of the body tissue.
Kuchila Seeds are nervine, stomachic, and cardio-tonic, aphrodisiac, and respiratory stimulant. It is used as a remedy in chronic dysentery, paralytic and neuralgic disorders, epilepsy, rheumatic arthritis, and hydrophobia.
In excessive doses, Strychnos is a virulent poison, producing stiffness of muscles and convulsions, ultimately leading to death. Strychnos nux-vomica Linn. has stimulating effects on respiratory and vasomotor centers. It has a direct depressant effect on the heart and inhibits the release of acetylcholine. It acts on the cerebral cortex and peripheral nerves and shows marked hyperactivity. It is Toxic. Poisoning can generate anxiety, backache, enhanced reflexes, equilibrium disorders, heightened sensory perception, pain, and stiff neck, then convulsions, dyspnea, and twitching.
Large doses of nux vomica cause tetanic convulsions and eventually death results. Even with safe doses, there may be some mental derangement. Long-term intake strychnine can cause liver damage.
In the case of toxic symptoms of Strychnos nux-vomica, a leaf paste of Abrus precatorius along with gruel of arrowroot (Maranta arundinacea) powder is given.
Svarjiksara is impure Sodium Bicarbonate NaHCO3. It is a salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions. It is a weak base and is commonly known as baking soda. When combined with some acid such as citric acid/lemon juice, it gives carbon dioxide gas.
Sodium bicarbonate is a systemic alkalinizing agent which increases the pH of blood. It is commonly used Antacid to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and acid indigestion.
Sodium bicarbonate is contraindicated certain conditions such as renal failure, respiratory or metabolic alkalosis, hypoventilation, hypernatraemia, hypertension, oedema, congestive heart failure, eclampsia, aldosteronism, a history of the urinary stones and consistent potassium depletion or hypocalcemia.
It is also generally contraindicated in patients with excessive chloride loss from vomiting or continuous GI suctioning, and in patients at risk of developing diuretic induced hypochloraemic alkalosis.
Sodium bicarbonate is kept under pregnancy category C by the FDA. There are no animal or human reproductive data. Some experts consider the use of sodium bicarbonate as an antacid during human pregnancy to be relatively contraindicated because of the availability of preferable therapeutic agents. Prolonged use may cause Metabolic alkalosis and/or hypokalaemia.
The maximum dosage of Sodium bicabonate is 15 grams for people below the age of 60 and 8 grams for above the age of 60.
Ayurvedic Action / Karma off Agnitundi Vati
- Amadosha-hara: Removes toxins
- Anulomna: Takes vata / wind downward, mild laxative.
- Deepan: Enkindles the digestive fire.
- Kaphahara: Pacifies Kapha Dosha.
- Kapha-Vata har: Remover of the Humor of Kapha-Vata.
- Pachana: Digests Ama but does not increase appetite.
- Ruchikarak: Improve taste.
Svedana: promote the secretion of perspiration
Vatahara: Pacifies Vata Dosha
Vatanulomana: Takes Vata / wind downward, mild laxative.
Biomedical Action of Agnitundi Vati
- Anticatarrhal: Remove excess mucous from the body.
- Anti-cough: Reduces cough.
- Antispasmodic: Relieve spasm of involuntary muscle.
- Carminative: Preventing the formation or causing the expulsion of flatulence.
- Digestive: Aids or promotes the digestion of food.
- Emmenagogue: Stimulates or increases menstrual flow.
- Expectorant: Promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, used to treat coughs.
- Hypertensive: Blood pressure increasing.
- Nervine: tonic for nerve.
- Stimulant: Raises levels of physiological or nervous activity in the body.
Agnitundi Vati Health Benefits
- It cures loss of appetite.
- It gives relief in indigestion.
- It has carminative action and gives relief in gas.
- It improves digestion, appetite and taste.
- It is excellent deepen, pachak and Vata-nashak.
- It reduces Ama Dosha in the body.
- It reduces cough and Vata.
- It regularizes bowel movements and gives relief in constipation.
- It shows a beneficial effect in vata-kapha dominant liver diseases.
- It stimulates digestion.
Agnitundi Vati Therapeutic Uses
Agnitundi Vati is mainly indicated in Agnimandya (Digestive impairment) and Amajvara (Fever due to indigestion).
- Acute and chronic pancreatitis
- Alcoholic pancreatitis
- Constipation due to intestinal weakness
- Diarrhoea, dysentery
- Fever due to indigestion
- Indigestion, abdominal gas, abdominal pain, colic
- Intestinal worms
- Liver diseases
- Loss of appetite, loss of taste
Agnitundi Vati Dosage
- NOTE: To be taken under direct medical supervision.
- The recommended dosage of medicine is ½ – 1 (62.5mg to 125mg) tablet.
- It should be taken twice a day, in the morning and evening.
- It is to be taken with Lime juice or warm water.
- Or take as directed by a doctor.
- This medicine is not suitable for the long term use.
- Take ONLY after consulting doctor.
- It is a prescription drug.
- Effectivity of herbal medicine depends on many factors. A medicine suitable for one person may not essentially give the same result in another person.
- Exact dose depends on the age, strength, digestive power of the patient, the nature of the illness, the state of the viscera and humours, and the properties of individual drugs.
- Do check the list of ingredients and their contraindications to avoid any side effects.
- If symptoms do not improve or worsen, consult a doctor.
- Avoid in high Pitta with heartburn, ulcers and sweating.
- It must not be given to children.
- Do not use in High blood pressure.
- It should not be used in hypertension.
- It is contraindicated in the following conditions:
- Nasal haemorrhages
- Burning urination
- Urinary incontinence
- Inflammation of the urethra
Please maintain a gap of at least an hour between intake of any allopathic drug and Ayurvedic medicine to avoid drug interaction, if any.
Do not use many different medicines for the treatments of the same disease.
Side-effects of Agnitundi Vati
- It can increase blood pressure, heart rate, and heart contractions.
- It can cause hyperacidity.
- Nux vomica can cause giddiness or dizziness.
- It contains the heavy metal ingredient, Shuddha Parad.
- It contains Svarjikshara and Yava kshara.
- Long term/extensive use can affect quality and quantity of sperms.
- Do check the list of ingredients and their contraindications to avoid any side effects.
- Do not use any medicine during pregnancy without consulting doctor.
- Store in a cool and dry place in a tightly closed container, protected from light and moisture.
- Keep away from the sight and reach of children.
- Keep bottle cap closed after every use.
Pharmacies Making Agnitundi Vati
You can buy this medicine online or from medical stores. Since it is a classical medicine, it is manufactured by many Ayurvedic pharmacies.
Name of some of the Ayurvedic Pharmacies manufacturing this medicine is given below:
- Baidyanath Agnitundi Bati Price: 80 tablets for Rs. 82.00 /-
- Dabur Agnitundi Vati (Ras)
- Shri Dhootapapeshwar Limited
- Planet Ayurveda Agnitundi Vati
- and many other Ayurvedic pharmacies.
FAQs About Agnitundi Vati
Is it safe to take Agnitundi Vati?
It is safe to take Vishtinduk Vati ONLY when prescribed by Ayurvedic Doctor. It is a prescription drug and must not be used without consulting doctor.
What is the Chief Indication of Agnitundi Vati?
The Chief Indication of Agnitundi Vati is a digestive weakness.
What is Effect on Vata-Pitta or Kapha?
- Vata Reducing.
- Pitta Increasing.
- Kapha Reducing.
Does it contain non-herbal ingredients?
Yes, Mercury and Sulphur.
How long can I take this medicine?
You should take this medicine for length prescribed by a doctor depending on your condition.
What is the Best time to take Agnitundi Vati?
It should be taken after the meal. Try to take at the same time daily.
Is Agnitundi Vati a habit-forming medicine?
Is it safe to drive while taking Agnitundi Vati?
If a person feels side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension, headache, or any symptoms affecting mental alertness, he or she must not drive or operate heavy machinery.
Can I take it during periods?
It can be taken. Avoid during periods, if you feel any effect on bleeding pattern.
Can I take it during pregnancy?
No, it is UNSAFE to use Nux Vomica during pregnancy.
Can a diabetic person take it?
Can I give it to children?
What happens in case of an overdose?
It is UNSAFE in a larger dose, immediately consult a doctor.
When to consume Agnitundi Vati, empty stomach, before food or after food?
It should be taken after food.