Shaddharana Choornam Usage Details

Know the ingredients and uses of Shaddharana Choornam. Know the problems in which this is effective. Learn how to use this. It helps in preventing and reducing the piles, skin diseases, ascites, arthritis etc.

Shad Dharana Yoga or Shad dharana Churna is a compound formulation of six (Shad=Six in Sanskrit) medicinal herbs namely Shuddha Chitrak, Indrayava, Patha, Shuddha Katuka, Ativisha and Abhaya or Daruhaldi. Each is taken in equal quantity of 1 Dharana (1 Dharana= 320 Gunjas = 3.5grams). The total dose/quantity of six Dharana (3.5*6= 21grams) of Shaddharana yoga should be finished in seven days (Saptaratram or 7 nights).

It is mentioned in Sushruta Samhita and given for various Vataj roga. It helps in removal of Ama or toxins from the body. It is given when there is Arochaka, Distention of the abdomen and for Vatanulomana. It is effective in Grahani, Piles, Ascitis, Flatulance, Diabetes and Gout. This mitigates diseases caused by Vata in Aamashaya Region (Gastric region).

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

  • Reference Text: Sushrut Samhita
  • Significance of name Shad Dharana: Shad (six) + Dharana (amount of each ingredient is one Dharana)
  • Synonyms: Shaddharana Yoga, Shaddharana Churnam, Shad dharana Powder, When available in the form of tablet Shaddharana tablet or Shaddharana Gutika
  • Availability: Online and at medical stores
  • Type of medicine: Classical Medicine
  • Main Indication: Vata Roga, flatulence, Toxins in the body
  • Dosha Effect: Balances Vata

Ingredients of Shaddharana Choornam

Shaddharana Yoga Sushrut Samhita

  1. Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) Root/Root Bark
  2. Indrayav (Holarrhena antidysenterica) Seeds
  3. Patha (Cissampelos pariera) Root
  4. Katuka (Picrorhiza kurroa) Rhizome
  5. Ativisha (Aconitum heterophylum) Tuberous Root
  6. Abhaya / Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) Fruit pulp

Haritaki helps in Vatavyadhi. It is carminative or anulomna.

Shaddharana Yoga (Ashtang Sangraha and Ashtang Hridaya)

In this Abhaya (Haritaki) is replaced by Darvi and this should be used in Kushtha Chikitsa.

  1. Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) Root/Root Bark
  2. Indrayav (Holarrhena antidysenterica) Seeds
  3. Patha (Cissampelos pariera) Root
  4. Katuka (Picrorhiza kurroa) Rhizome
  5. Ativisha (Aconitum heterophylum) Tuberous Root
  6. Darvi (Berberis aristata) Root/Root Bark

Daruhaldi is good for diseases of the skin.

Ayurvedic Action / Karma

  1. Amapachana: Toxin digester.
  2. Bhedana: Causes excretion of accmulated faeces and Doshas
  3. Deepan: Increase appetite.
  4. Jwarahara: Decreases vega of jwara and reduces the burning sensation.
  5. Kasahara: Removes cough.
  6. Pachana: Digests Ama but does not increase appetite.

Important Therapeutic Uses of Shaddharana Choornam

  1. Amashayagata Vata (Disorder related to Stomach & Small Intestine)
  2. Ascites, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, pain
  3. Diabetes
  4. Fever
  5. Kushtha (Skin Diseases), leprosy
  6. Piles, flatulence

The Dosage of Shaddharana Choornam

  • The recommended dosage of medicine is half teaspoon or 3 grams per day, for seven days in case of toxins, aggravated Vata in Amashaya region.
  • It is given with cow’s urine/Go Mutra or warm water, in leprosy, hemorrhoids, diabetes, oedema, anemia, indigestion and intestinal worms for a period of one month.
  • The tablet of strength 500mg can be taken in a dose of 1 2 tablet, once or twice a day.
  • It is to be taken with warm water or Chhach/Buttermilk.
  • Or take as directed by a doctor.

Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side effects and Warnings

  1. It is completely safe to take this medicine in recommended doses.
  2. Effectivity of herbal medicine depends on many factors. A medicine suitable for one person may not essentially give the same result in another person.
  3. The 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.
  4. Keep away from the sight and reach of children.
  5. It is hot in nature, so should be used with caution in summer and by hot temperament individuals and menstruating women.
  6. It should be taken only in recommended doses. High doses cause a burning sensation.

Pharmacies Making Shaddharana Choornam

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:

  1. Arya Vaidya Sala Shaddharana Choornam
  2. AVP Shad Dharana Choornam
  3. Kairali Products Shaddharana Choornam
  4. Kerala Ayurveda Shaddharana Choornam
  5. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala Shaddharana Choornam
  6. and many other Ayurvedic pharmacies.

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