Pippalyadi Lauha is a herbomineral Ayurvedic medicine. It is referenced from Bhaishajya ratnavali, Hikka shvasadhikara. Pippalyadi Lauha is indicated in treatment of hiccups, asthma, cough, vomiting, diseases due to vitiation of pitta, congestion due to cough, dry coughing etc.
It is a Lauha kalpa. Lauha kalpas are Ayurvedic medicines having Lauha Bhasma (calyx of iron) as the major ingredient along with the other herbal ingredients. These formulations have “Lauha” as suffix in their name. For preparing Lauha Kalp, the medicinal herbs are reduced to fine powder and mixed with Lauha Bhasma. Bhavana is given with prescribed liquids if mentioned. When well protected from moisture and heat, Lauha Kalp keep their potency for a period of two years.
Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition and dosage.
Ingredients of Pippalyadi Lauha
- Pippali (Fr.) 1 Part
- Amalaki (P.) 1 Part
- Draksha (Dr.Fr.) 1 Part
- Kolasthi (Kola) (Enm.) 1 Part
- Madhu 1 Part
- sharkara 1 Part
- Vidanga (Fr.) 1 Part
- Pushkara (Rt.) 1 Part
- Lauha bhasma 8 Parts
Choti pippali/Small Pippali is known as Small pepper;Catkins (small). It contains not less than 0.4 per cent w/w of piperine, calculated on the dried basis. Choti pippali is pungent in taste and have characteristic aromatic odour. Pippali is heating, stimulant, carminative, alterative, laxative and useful in cough, hoarseness, asthma, dyspepsia, paralysis etc.
Pippali powder is used with honey to treat cough, asthma, hoarseness, hiccup and sleeplessness. It is a alterative tonic.
Draksha, is sweet, refrigerant, laxative, demulcent, hematinic, haemostatic, and expectorant. Draksha is indicated in cough, asthma, bronchitis, affections of eyes and throat, Bright’s disease, gout, jaundice and general debility.
Amla is nutritive tonic of Ayurveda. It is healing and rejuvenating. Its intake gives good eyesight, keeps hair black and helps in better absorption of iron. It is rich source of Vitamin C.
Vidanga has carminative and hepatoprotective activity. It is anthelmintic, astringent, alterative and tonic.
Lauha Bhasma is calcined iron. It is an inorganic preparation. The process of Lauha Bhasma preparation involves several steps, including Shodan (purification), Maran (powdering), Chalan (stirring), Dhavan (washing), Galan (filtering), Putan (heating) and Mardan (tirturating).
Loha Bhasma is extensively used in Ayurveda. It increases hemoglobin level, gives strength and cures anemia, edema. Iron is tonic that increases strength, vigour and gives longevity. It is helpful in all sort of diseases.
Lauha Bhasma has following composition:
- Ferris oxide Fe2O3 87.930%
- Ferrous oxide FeO 2.850%
- Silica SiO2 7.338%
- Phosphorous pentoxide P2O5 0.338%
- Magnesia MgO 0.083%
- Lime CaO 0.363%
- Potash K2O 0.012%
Lauha Bhasma is Vayasthapana (anti-ageing), Lekhana (emaciating) and Rasayana (immunomodulator) properties. It increases strength, complexion and appetite. It cures diseases caused by vitiated Kapha and Pitta.
Lauha Bhasma is useful in anemia (Panduroga), chlorosis, visarpa, heart’s affections, phthisis, scrofula, general debility, sexual debility, Bright’s disease, Prameha (diabetes), Yakshma (tuberculosis), Krimi Roga (worm infestation), Kshinatwa (cachexia), Sthaulya (obesity), Grahani (bowel syndrome), Agnimandya (dyspepsia), Shula (spasmodic pain), Visha (poisoning), blood impurity, jaundice, liver and spleen complaints, pain, asthma, piles, skin disease. It promotes digestion. Iron is useful in all chronic diseases.
Benefits of Pippalyadi Lauha
- It has expectorant action.
- It is pacifies pitta and Kapha.
- It contains Lauha Bhasma (Iron calcined) so it is also useful in treating anemia.
- It gives relief in coughing.
Uses of Pippalyadi Lauha
- Agnimandya (Digestive impairment)
- Chardi (Emesis)
- Hikka (Hiccup)
- shvasa (Dyspnoea/Asthma)
- Mandajvara (Low grade fever)
Dosage of Pippalyadi Lauha
1 tablet 2-3 times a day with hoeny or as directed by physician.
Please note, the doses of Ayurvedic medicines are not fixed. 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.