Kanakasava For Respiratory Problem

Kanakasava or Kanakasavam is poly-herbal Ayurvedic medicine. This medicine is in liquid form and contains self-generated alcohol produced during preparation. It is useful in treatment of respiratory ailments. It is especially useful in asthma, chest infections, chronic cough, chronic fevers and bleeding disorders.

Asava are fermented medicines of Ayurvedic system that contains alcohol. Asava are prepared by allowing medicinal herbs juice to undergo fermentation by adding jaggery/ honey/ sugar and Mahua phul, Dhai phul or babul bark in water. The fermentation is done by burying sealed pots in the ground or husk for a period of one month followed by filtration. The self-generated alcohol during fermentation extracts the active principles from the Key Ingredients and also acts as preservative.

Here is given more about this medicine, such as indication/therapeutic uses, Key Ingredients and dosage.

Key Ingredients of Kanakasava

Kanakasava is a fermented liquid preparation made with the ingredients in the Formulation composition given below. It contains not more than 10 per cent, and not less than 5 per cent of alcohol that is self-generated in the preparation over a period of time.

Formulation composition:

1

Kanaka (Dhatura)

कनक/धतूरा

Datura metel

Plant

192 g

2

Vrishamala (Vasa)

अडूसा

Adhatoda vasica 

Root

192 g

3

Madhuka (Yashti)

मुलेठी

Glycyrrhiza glabra

Root

96 g

4

Magadhi (Pippali)

पिप्पली

Piper longum

Fruit

96 g

5

Vyaghri (Kantakari)

कंटकारी

Solanum xanthocarpum

Plant

96 g

6

Keshara (Nagakeshara)

नागकेशर

Mesua ferrea

Stamen

96 g

7

Vishvabheshaja (Shunthi)

सोंठ

Zingiber officinale

Rhizome

96 g

8

Bharngi

भारंगी

Clerodendrum serratum

Root

96 g

9

Talisapatra

तालिसपत्र

Abies webbiana

Leaf

96 g

10

Dhataki

धातकी

Woodfordia fruticosa

Flower

768 g

11

Draksha

द्राक्षा

Vitis vinifera

Dry Fruit

960 g

12

Jala

पानी

Water

24.576 l

13

Sharkara

शर्करा

Sugar

4.8 kg

14

Kshaudra (Madhu)

शहद

Honey

2.4 kg

Method of preparation:Take the raw materials of pharmacopoeial quality. Wash, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 1 to 9 of the formulation composition and pass through the sieve number 44 to obtain coarse powder. Wash and clean the ingredients numbered 10 and 11 of the formulation composition. Add specified amount of water to the ingredient number 13 of the formulation composition, allow to dissolve and filter through the muslin cloth. Transfer the filtrate to a clean container;add Dhataki, Draksha and coarsely powdered other drugs. Seal the mouth of the container. Shift the container to the fermentation room and constantly check for the signs of completion of fermentation process. Filter the fermented material through a clean muslin cloth. Pack in air tight containers and allow for maturation.

Description: Clear dark yellow colour liquid without frothing and significant sedimentation;with aromatic odour and acrid taste.

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

Medicinal Uses of Kanakasava

  • Kanakasava is useful in cough, breathlessness, complication of chest injury, chronic fever. It is specially prescribed in Asthma cases.
  • Kasa (cough)
  • Shvasa (asthma)
  • Rajayakshma (tuberculosis)
  • Kshatakshina (debility due to chest injury)

Dosage of Kanakasava

12-24 ml with equal amount of water after meals, twice a day, or 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, Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala, Sandu, Pankajakasthuri (Kanakasavam), Kerala Ayurveda Limited (Kanakasavam), Kottakkal (Kanakasavam), Kairali Kanakasavam, Arya Vaidya Sala, and some other pharmacies.

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