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Annabedhi Chenduram is a traditional formulation used for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia. Chendhuram or Chendooram (Red oxide form) word is derived from Ayurvedic Sidura or Sinduram and there are many Siddha medicine in this category. But, Chenduram does not always contain mercury or sulphur nor necessarily require heating to obtain sublimate.
Annabedhi Chenduram is one such medicine which is in red powder form but has no mercury-sulphur content. This medicine is prepared by triturating Purified Annabedhi in lemon juice. Small cakes are made and dried and are calcined with cow dung. Three putams arem subjected and finally powdered. This medicine is hematinic and cures deficiency of iron.
Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition and dosage.
- Synonyms: Anna bedhi Chenduram, Annabedi Chenduram, Annabhedi Chenduram, Annabhedi Chendooram
- Availability: Online and at medical stores
- Type of medicine: Classical Siddha Medicine Chendhuram. It is a Red color powder, generally made of metallic compounds.
- Main Indication: Anemia
Ingredients of Annabedhi Chenduram
- Purified Annabedhi ferrous sulphate
- Lemon juice Citrus medicavar acida
The principle ingredient of this medicine is Annabedhi. Annabedhi is Siddha name given to Kasisa / Kasis. Chemically, it is Ferrous Sulphate (FeSO4. 7H2O) also known as Green vitriol, Copper as or melanterite mineral. In Unani, it is known as Hira Kasees, Zaj-e-Asfar, Tutia-e-Sabz. Kasis a secondary mineral, results from the decomposition of pyrites in the zone of oxidation and is found in small quantities wherever pyrite occurs. It occurs widely as efflorescence on the walls and timbers of mine workings.
In Ayurveda, Kasis is purified by powdering Kasis and adding sufficient amount of Bhangra Eclipta alba juice. The grinding is dome till the moisture is evaporated. After this, the same process is repeated thrice to get Purified or Shuddha Kasis.
In Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani system of medicine, Kasis is used in treatment of itching, diseases due to poison, painful urination, stimulating menstruation (Rajah=menstruation, Pravartaka=propagator), stones, vitiligo, epilepsy, anemia, spleen enlargement, intestinal parasites, diseases of eyes and Kapha Roga (diseases occuring due to vitiation of phlegm).
Ayurvedic Properties and Action
Annabedhi Chenduram is astringent, bitter, sour in taste (Rasa), pungent after digestion (Vipaka), and is hot in effect (Virya). It is an Ushna Virya herb. Ushna Virya or hot potency herb, subdues Vata (Wind) and Kapha (Mucus) and increases Pitta (Bile). It has property of digestion, vomiting and purging, and gives feeling of lightness. It is considered bad for sperms and fetus.
- Rasa (taste on tongue): Kashaya (Astringent), Tikta (Bitter), Amla (Sour)
- Guna (Pharmacological Action): Ushna (Hot)
- Virya (Action): Ushna (Heating)
- Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Katu (Pungent)
It is a Katu Vipak herb. Vipak refers to post-digestive (effect after digestion / cooking of Rasa) effect of tastes after its mixing with digestive juices. It is the long-term effect of herb. Katu Viapk herbs, increases dryness in body. Such foods reduce fertility and Kapha. Katu vipaak has catabolic effect on body.
It is good for eyes (Netra), hair (Keshya), and blood (Rakta vardhak). It reduces Vata and Kapha. It is astringent, strengthening, and hematinic.
Benefits of Annabedhi Chenduram
- It contains iron in ferrous and ferric form.
- It cures anemia.
- It is good for eyes, hair and whole body.
- It helps to cure general fatigue.
- This medicine has combination of iron and vitamin C which helps in better absorption of iron.
What is Anemia?
Anaemia is a medical condition in which there is a deficiency of red cells or of hemoglobin in the blood, resulting in pallor and weariness.
For adults, the most common symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia are tiredness, pale skin, weak nails, swelling or soreness of the tongue, headaches, and dizziness or light-headedness, shortness of breath during exercise, a fast heartbeat, cold hands and feet, and higher risk of infection.
In some cases, person suffering from iron-deficiency anemia may get an unusual craving for nonfood substances, such as ice, dirt, or laundry starch. This craving is called pica.
People also sometimes develop restless legs syndrome which is a disorder in which people have a strong urge to move their legs. This urge can occur with strange tingling or crawling feelings in the legs. Anemia is treated by improving diet and taking supplements.
Important Therapeutic Uses of Annabedhi Chenduram
Dosage of Annabedhi Chenduram
- Take 100 to 200 mg with honey.
- It should be taken twice a day, in the morning and evening.
- Or take as directed by doctor.
Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects and Warnings
It is completely safe to take this medicine in recommended doses.
Effectivity of herbal medicine depends on many factors. A medicine suitable for one person may not essentially give 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.
In high dose iron can cause toxicity. Iron poisoning symptoms include vomiting, vomiting blood, diarrhea, abdominal pain, irritability, low blood pressure, fast and weak pulse, shock, dehydration, fever, headache, bluish skin, and drowsiness. Depending on the severity of the overdose, the severe symptoms may occur anywhere between 12 hours and 5 weeks after taking too much iron.
Keep away from the sight and reach of children. Iron overdose is especially dangerous for children. A severe overdose can happen if a child eats iron supplements meant for adult.