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Eranda Paka is a classical herbal Ayurvedic medicine containing castor beans or Erand bija and indicated in Vata Roga or neuromuscular disorders.
Vata is the strongest of the three Dosha. The literal meaning of Vata (Vayu) is wind and it shares similar characteristics to the wind. It is element of air and space and is responsible for the movements of fluids and cells through the body, as well as the activity of organs, muscles, nerves and thought.
Vata gets deranged easily and found to be more prominent in autumn and winters. There are many factors contributing to Vata derangement such as some food items, excessive travel, late nights, nonstop stimulation, stress, anxiety, constipation etc.
Aggravated Vata gives rise to Vata Roga. Vata is light, dry, mobile, cold, hard, rough, sharp, subtle, flowing, and clear in Guna (Qualities). So, it can be balanced with warm, sweet and a nourishing food. The food which is sweet, sour and salty in Rasa (Taste) help balance Vata.
Erand Pak is an Ayurvedic Pak and comes under Avaleha Kalpana (semi-solid preparation of drugs, prepared with addition of jaggery, sugar or sugar-candy and boiled with prescribed drug juice or decoction). Its preparation is also available in Brihat Nighantu Ratnakar under the name of Vatari Paka.
Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition and dosage.
- Reference Text: Yoga Rathnakara – Vatavyadhi Chikitsa
- Synonyms: Erand Paka, Vatari Pak, Vatari Paka
- Availability: Online and at medical stores
- Type of medicine: Classical Medicine
- Main Indication: Vata Vyadhi
- Dosha Effect: Balances Vata
Ingredients of Erand Pak
It consists of total 39 ingredients as mentioned below-
- Eranda (Ricinus communis) seeds 768 grams
- Godugdha (Cow’s milk) 6.144 litre
- Goghrita (Cow’s ghee) 384 grams
- Khanda (Sugar) 1.532 kg
- Sunthi (Zingiber officinale) 12 grams
- Marich (Piper nigrum) 12 grams
- Pippali (Piper longum) 12 grams
- Elachi (Elettaria cardamomum) 12 grams
- Twak (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) 12 grams
- Patra (Cinnamomum tamala) 12 grams
- Nagkesar (Mesua ferrea) 12 grams
- Granthi (Piper longum) 12 grams
- Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) 12 grams
- Chavya (Piper chaba) 12 grams
- Dhanyak (Coriandrum sativum) 12 grams
- Misreya (Foeniculum vulgare) 12 grams
- Sathi (Hedychium spicatum) 12 grams
- Bilva (Aegle marmelos) 12 grams
- Yavani (Trachyspermum ammi) 12 grams
- Sweta jirak (Cuminum cyminum) 12 grams
- Krishna jirak (Carum carvi) 12 grams
- Haridra (Curcuma longa) 12 grams
- Daruharidra (Berberis aristata) 12 grams
- Ashwagandh (Withania somnifera) 12 grams
- Bala (Sida cordifolia) 12 grams
- Patha (Cissampelos pareira) 12 grams
- Hapusa (Juniperus communis) 12 grams
- Vidanga (Embelia ribes) 12 grams
- Puskarmul (Inula racemosa) 12 grams
- Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris) 12 grams
- Kustha (Saussurea costus) 12 grams
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) 12 grams
- Bibhitak (Terminalia bellerica) 12 grams
- Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica) 12 grams
- Devadaru (Cedrus deodara) 12 grams
- Vellari (Callicarpa macrophylla) 12 grams
- Abha (Acacia nilotica) 12 grams
- Aluka (Dioscorea bulbifera) 12 grams
- Shatavari (Asperagus racemosus) 12 grams
Pulp of the Eranda seeds (without seed coat) mixed in milk may be cooked till a paste (Khoya) is formed; this is fried in ghee and thereafter sugar and powders of other drugs are mixed properly.
Know the Ingredients
Castor seeds, also known as castor beans, contain ricin one of the most toxic substances known. Ricin is able to cause acute and potentially fatal gastroenteritis in addition to neurological and ophthalmological lesions.
But the seeds are only toxic if the outer shell is broken or chewed. If the seed is swallowed without chewing and there is no damage to the seed coat, it will most likely pass harmlessly through the digestive tract. Ricin is also inactivated by heat.
The seed contains 5.1–5.6% moisture, 12.0–16.0% protein, 45.0–50.6% oil and phosphorus.
Castor beans are sweetish, cathartic, aphrodisiac, anthelmintic, alternative, and used therapeutically for Vata Roga, tumors, inflammations, ascites, typhoid, pain in the back, lumbago, leprosy, elephantiasis, convulsions etc.
Trikatu is a combination of dry ginger, black pepper and long pepper (Sonth + Pippali + Kali Mirch). 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.
Chaturjata / Chaturjaat Churna is formed by mixing of Dalchini (bark Cinamonum zeylanicum), Ela (seeds of Elletaria cardamomum), Tejpatta (leaves of Cinnamomum tamal) and Nagkesar (flowers of Mesua ferrea). Traditionally Chaturjat is prescribed for improving appetite, promoting digestion, curing hepatic and renal disorders. It is ruksha, teekshna, laghu and ushna veerya.
Triphala is a combination of Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki and used extensively in Ayurveda for treatment of digestive diseases. It is a tonic for the whole body. It is being used in various gastric disorders including intestinal inflammation. It contains vitamin C, linoleic oil, phospholipids and other important nutrients. It is a rich source of tannins, which is known to affect the integrity of mucus membrane. Tannins with their protein precipitating and vasoconstriction effects could be advantageous in preventing ulcer development. It is a Rasayana drug and used for detoxifying and tonifying the body.
Triphala pacifies Vata-vikar and cleanses the digestive tract. It aids to elimination and purification. It tones and strengthens the digestive tract and promote regular and complete the evacuation of the bowels. It helps with the digestion and assimilation of food, improves blood circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties.
It revitalizes the whole body by removing toxins, gas and distension whilst a nourishing the nervous system. It is good for anemia, fatigue, candida, cancer, allergies, constipation, diarrhea, yeast infections, indigestion and skin disorders.
Ayurvedic Action / Karma
- Amapachana: Toxin digester.
- Anulomna: Takes vata / wind downward, mild laxative.
- Deepan: Enkindles the digestive fire.
- Kapha-Vata har: Remover of the Humor of Kapha-Vata.
- Pachana: Digests Ama but does not increase appetite.
- Shothahar: Removes inflammation.
- Vedanasthapana: Subsides pain, anodynes and analgesics.
- Virechak: Laxative
- Analgesic: Relieve pain.
- Anti–inflammatory: Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms.
- Antioxidant: Neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals and other substances.
- Antirheumatic: Alleviating or preventing rheumatism.
- Carminative: Preventing the formation or causing the expulsion of flatulence.
- Laxative: Tending to stimulate or facilitate the evacuation of the bowels.
- Deobstruent: Removing obstructions; having power to clear or open the natural ducts of the fluids and secretions of the body.
Benefits of Erand Pak
- It reduces Vata inside the body.
- It gives relief in arthritis, cervical spondylosis, osteoarthritis, sciatica, Spondylitis, and other similar inflammatory conditions.
- It helps in pain in joints and muscles.
- It gives strength to the body.
- It has laxative action and gives relief in constipation.
- It contains herbal well known ingredients.
- It is safe to take.
Important Therapeutic Uses of Erand Pak
- Abdominal lump (Gulma)
- Cervical Spondylosis
- Colicky pain (shula)
- Distension of abdomen due to obstruction to passage of urine and stools (Anaha)
- Inflammation of joints
- Inflammation of scrotum
- Joint Pains
- Lock jaw (Hanustambha)
- Loss of Strength
- Lumbar Spondylosis
- Lumbar sacral region disorders
- Muscular Pains
- Oedema (Shopha)
- Pain due to paralysis
- Pain in urinary system (Basti Shula)
- Rheumatoid arthritis (Amavata)
- Stiffness and Tightness in the chest (Urograha)
- Stiffness in thigh muscles (Kati graha)
- Useful in hemiplegia (paralysis of the arm, leg, and trunk on the same side of the body)
The Dosage of Erand Pak
- It is completely safe to take this medicine in recommended doses.
- The recommended dosage of medicine is 5-15 gram per day.
- It should be taken once or twice a day.
- It is to be taken with water or milk.
- Or take as directed by a doctor.
Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects and Warnings
- Eat fresh, easily digestible, and Vata reducing foods.
- Do not overeat.
- Try to avoid stress, anxiety by doing yoga and pranayama.
- It contains sugar, and hence it is not suitable for a diabetic person.
- Better to avoid during pregnancy.
- 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.
- Keep away from the sight and reach of children.
- It is herbal medicine and takes time to show visible results.
- It should be taken only in recommended doses. High doses may cause a burning sensation and irritation.
Pharmacies Making Erand Pak
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 Erand Pak
- Jagriti Erand Pak Granules Vatripak R.T.S
- Kamdhenu Laboratories Eranda Pak
- Maharshi Erand Pak
- Sadhna Erand Pak
- Sanjeevika Erand Pak
- Shri Dhanwantri Herbals Erand Pak
- and many other Ayurvedic pharmacies.