Taruni Kusumakar Churna is poly-herbal Ayurvedic medicine. This medicine is useful in treatment of constipation, abdominal pain and gas indigestion, hyperacidity and other digestive system related problems. It is purgative and effectively cure cures chronic constipation. Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition and dosage.
- Reference Text: Siddha Bhaisaj Manimala
- Availability: Online and at medical stores
- Type of medicine: Classical Medicine
- Main Indication: Constipation, Flatulence, Indigestion
Ingredients of Taruni Kusumakar Churna
- Sanai Cassia angustifolia Vahl 12gm
- Gulab Pankhudiyaan Rosa centifolia Linn 1gm
- Sendha Namak Sodii chloridum 1gm
- Kala Namak Unaqua Sodium chloride 1gm
- Safed Jira Cuminum cyminum Linn 1gm
- Kala Jira Carum carvi Linn 1gm
- Yavakshar Potasii carbonas 1gm
- Haritaki Terminalia chebula Retz. 1gm
- Shunthi Zingiber officinale Roscoe 1gm
- Kali Mirch Piper nigrum Linn 1gm
- Pippali Piper longum Linn 1gm
- Tankan Sodii biboras 1gm
- Ilaichi Elettaria cardamomum each 1gm
Senna (Cassia angustifolia Vahl, Cassia senna Linn var. senna.) is bitter purgative. It is used in combination with other warming herbs to protect the digestive fire and to clear Ama. It has Carminative, Expectorant, Hepatoprotective, Peristaltic and laxative action.
- Senna has few side-effects. It is a habit-forming laxative. It Should not be given to children under 12 years old.
- Senna has following Ayurvedic properties
- Rasa (taste on tongue): Kashaya (Astringent), Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter)
- Guna (Pharmacological Action): Laghu (Light), Tikshna (Sharp), Ruksha (Dry)
- Virya: Ushna (Heating)
- Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Katu (Pungent)
- Karma: Rechana / laxative
Haritaki / Harad / Halelaa siyaah or Chebulic Myrobalan, is used in treatment of for digestive weakness, oedema, dermatosis, urinary diseases, irregular fever and as a blood purifier. It has laxative activity. Haritaki should not be taken in acute coughs, acute diarrhea, and early stage dysentery.
Shveta-jiraka, Ajaaji, Shukla-ajaji ar names of White Cumin seeds or Cuminum cyminum Linn. It is carminative, antispasmodic and used in dyspepsia and diarrhea. It is stimulant, diuretic, antibacterial, emmenagogue and galactagogue.
Kali Mirch (Synonym: Piper nigrum) is commonly used spice with Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Sialagogue and Stomachic properties. It is used traditionally in treatment of Anorexia, Colic, Constipation, Congestion, Cough, Dyspepsia, Dysuria, Fever, Gas, Hemorrhoid and Water Retention. Piper nigrum is added to medicines for drug potentiation. It improves bioavailability of phytochemicals.
Yavakshara, Yavakshara, Shora, is alkali preparation of Yava or barley containing Potassium bicarbonate and useful in treatment of abdominal diseases, urinary problems, Kapha vata vikar, amavata, poison and various other diseases. Yavakshara is Katu (Pungent) Rasa in taste and Katu Vipak, Ushna Virya, Vata, Kaphaghna in action and treatment of bladder pains and micturition problems.
Shunthi (Synonyms: Zingiber officinale, Sukku, Chukku, Aushadha, Muhaushadha, Nagara, Vishva, Vishvabheshaja, Shringavera, Vishva) is dry ginger powder. It is hot in potency and increases pitta and decreases Kapha. It is a digestive stimulant. Ginger is also used to give relief in sea sickness and morning sickness.
Pippali is known as Pippali, Pipal, Long Pepper and Dried Catkins. It is fruits of a plant Piper longum. It is pungent (Katu) in taste, hot in potency and sweet (Madhur Vipak) after digestion. The main organs on which it works are digestive, reproductive and respiratory. It has analgesic, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, carminative and expectorant properties and is used in treatment of digestive and respiratory ailments such as gas, bloating, distension, digestive weakness, excess phlegm, asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs and laryngitis. It is also used in rheumatic pain, gout, paralysis etc. as it reduces Vata inside body, gives relief in pain and digests Ama (toxic waste produced in body to incomplete digestion).
Pippali increases Pitta inside body. So people of Pitta nature should use it cautiously. Moreover, the long term and excessive use of Pippali is contraindicated in Ayurveda.
Pippali and Shunthi increases Agni (digestive fire) and destroys Ama in the body.
Tankana (Borax, Hydrated sodium tetraborate, Borax anhydrous) is a salt of tetra Boric acid, an important compound of Boron, which is also known as sodium biborate. It has mild antiseptic and cooling properties.
Ela / Elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum), is known as lesser cardamom in English. It is cool in potency. It is Tridosh-har, digestive, carminative, nutritive, laxative, and expectorant. It has diuretic action and gives relief in urinary disorders. The seeds are useful in asthma, bronchitis, throat disorders, piles, gas, vomiting, digestive disorders and cough.
Benefits of Taruni Kusumakar Churna
- It is an herbal laxative.
- It gives relief in constipation.
- It has carminative action.
- It has alkalizing action.
- It increases secretion of digestive enzymes and improves digestion.
- It ensures proper cleansing of the body.
Important Therapeutic Uses of Taruni Kusumakar Churna
- Abdominal gas, pain
- Impaired digestion, indigestion
- Problems related to constipation
Dosage of Taruni Kusumakar Churna
- The recommended dosage of medicine is one-fourth to half teaspoon.
- It should be taken once a day, before going to bed .
- It is to be taken with water.
- Or take as directed by doctor.
Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects and Warnings
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.
Keep away from the sight and reach of children.
It contains Senna.
Stimulating laxatives must not be used over a period of more than 1 to 2 weeks without medical advice. Use for more than two weeks requires medical supervision.
It is recommended that Senna should not be given to patients with intestinal obstruction and stenosis, atony, inflammatory colon diseases (e.g. Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis), appendicitis, with undiagnosed abdominal symptoms; severe dehydration states with water and electrolyte depletion. Prolonged use should be avoided.
Spasmodic gastrointestinal complaints can occur as a side effect to the Senna’s purgative effect or from over dosage.
In rare cases, prolonged use of Senna may lead to cardiac arrhythmias, nephropathies, edema and accelerated bone deterioration.
Senna abuse has also resulted in tetany, aspartyl glucosamine excretion and hypogammaglobulinemia.
Long-term use of Senna may lead to loss of electrolytes, in particular potassium ions. As a result of hypokalemia, hyperaldosteronism, albuminuria, hematuria, inhibition of intestinal motility, and muscle weakness may occur. Enhancement of cardioactive glycosides and anti-arrythics may also occur with hypokalemia.
Senna abuse has resulted in finger clubbing, which was reversible upon discontinuation of the drug.
Anatomic alteration of the colon is seen secondary to chronic use with Senna (more than three times weekly for 1 year or longer). The result is a loss of haustral folds, a finding that suggests neuronal injury or damage to colonic longitudinal musculature.
Prolonged use of Senna may lead to melanosis coli.
Elderly patients should initially take half of the normal prescribing dose.
Senna Abuse can cause diarrhoea and consequent fluid and electrolyte losses, may cause dependence, with possible need for increased dosages, disturbance of water and electrolyte (mainly hypokalaemia) balance, atonic colon with impaired function. Intake of anthranoid containing laxatives exceeding short-term use may result in an aggravation of constipation.
Drug Interaction of Senna
The serum level of estrogen is decreased when given concomitantly with Senna due to the effect of intestinal transit on the absorption of estrogens.
Loss of potassium associated with prolonged use of Senna may potentiate arrhythmias when given concomitantly with antiarrhythmic medications.
The drug should not be used during pregnancy or while nursing. There are no reports of undesirable or damaging effects during pregnancy and on the fetus when used at the recommended dosage schedule. However, experimental data concerning a genotoxic risk of several anthranoids (e.g. emodine and physcione) and senna are not counterbalanced by sufficient studies to eliminate a possible risk.
Breastfeeding is not recommended as there are insufficient data on the excretion of metabolites in breast milk. Excretion of active principles in breast milk has not been investigated. However, small amounts of active metabolites (e.g. rhein) from other anthranoids are known to be excreted in breast milk. A laxative effect in breastfed babies has not been reported.
Pharmacies Making Taruni Kusumakar Churna
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 are given below:
- Kamdhenu Laboratories
- Dabur Taruni Kusumakar Churna
- Sadhna Taruni Kusumakar Churna
- Navjivan Taruni Kusumakar Churna
- Hitkar Taruni Kusumakar Churna
- Gita Bhawan Ayurved Taruni Kusumakar Churna
- Dindyal Tarunikusumakar Churna
- and many other Ayurvedic pharmacies.