Yograj Guggul (Yogaraj Guggulu) Medicinal details, Usages and Dosage

Yogaraj Guggulu details of medicinal uses for treatment of Rheumatism, Gout, arthritis, Abdominal diseases and related problems.

Yograj Guggulu is a very famous Ayurvedic herbal medicine. It is prepared from 29 ingredients. It is a Guggul Kalpa which means a medicine containing equal or more amount of guggul as compared to the amount of other ingredients.

For making Guggul Kalpa, first the Guggul is purified by boiling in Triphala Kwath to remove impurities and then fried in ghee and ground to a powder. To make specific gugguls it is then triturated along with formulated herbs, fresh juices or decoctions of other complementary herbs. Gugguls are specifically detoxifying due to scraping action and clears toxins and generally prescribed in doses of up to 4g twice a day.

Yograj Guggulu is the most effective Guggulkalpa indicated in Vata Vyadhis (neurological, musculoskeletal disorders). It is warming, digestive, and detoxifying in nature. It has anti-inflammatory, Vatahar and pain reliving action. It shows beneficial effect in arthritis, gout, degenerative diseases of joints due to excess vata, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain etc.

Here is given more about Yograj Guggulu such as indication/therapeutic uses, composition and dosage.

  • Reference Text: Bhaishajya Ratnavali Amavata Rogadhikar
  • Synonyms: Yogaraj Guggulu, Yograj Guggul
  • Availability: Online and at medical stores
  • Type of medicine: Classical Medicine
  • Main Indication: Arthritis
  • Dosha Effect: Pacifies Vata and Kapha

Ingredients of Yograj Guggulu

Yogaraja Guggulu Vati is preparation made with the ingredients in the Formulation Composition, given below, with Guggulu as the basic ingredient.

Formulation Composition:

  1. Chitraka Plumbago zeylanica Rt. 1 part
  2. Pippali Piper longum Rt. 1 part
  3. Yamani (Yavani) Trachyspermum ammi Sd. 1 part
  4. Karavi (Krishna Jiraka) Carum carvi Fr. 1 part
  5. Vidanga Embelia ribes Fr. 1 part
  6. Ajamoda um leptophyllum Fr. 1 part
  7. Jiraka (Shveta Jiraka) Cuminum cyminum Fr. 1 part
  8. Suradaru (Devadaru) Cedrus deodara Ht. Wd. 1 part
  9. Chavya Piper chaba St. 1 part
  10. Ela (Sukshmaila) Elettaria cardamomum Sd. 1 part
  11. Saindhava Lavana Rock Salt 1 part
  12. Kushtha Saussurea lappa Rt. 1 part
  13. Rasna Pluchea lanceolata Rt./ Lf.* 1 part
  14. Gokshura Tribulus terrestris Fr. 1 part
  15. Dhanyaka Coriandrum sativum Fr. 1 part
  16. Haritaki Terminalia chebula P. 1 part
  17. Bibhitaka Terminalia belerica P. 1 part
  18. Amalki Emblica officinalis P. 1 part
  19. Mustaka (Musta) Cyperus rotundus Rz. 1 part
  20. Shunthi Zingiber officinale Rz. 1 part
  21. Marica Piper nigrum Fr. 1 part
  22. Pippali Piper longum Fr. 1 part
  23. Tvak Cinnamomum zeylancium St. Bk. 1 part
  24. Ushira Vetiveria zizanoides Rt. 1 part
  25. Yavagraja (Yava) Kshara Hordeum vulgare Water soluble ash of Pl. 1 part
  26. Talisa Patra Taxus wallichii Lf. 1 part
  27. Patra Cinnamomum tamala Lf. 1 part
  28. Guggulu -Shuddha Commiphora wightii O.R. 27 parts
  29. Sarpi (Goghrita) Clarified butter From Cow’s milk 1 part
  30. * Actual part used in the formulation.
  31. Lf.=Leaf;P.=Pericarp;Rt.=Root;Fr.=Fruit;Rz.=Rhizome;Sd.= Seeds;St.=Stem;St. Bk.= Stem Bark;Fl. Bd.=Flower Bud.

Method of preparation

Take all the ingredients of the pharmacopoeial quality. Wash, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 1 to 27 of the formulation composition separately and pass through sieve number 85, weigh them separately in the required quantities and mix.

Crush weighed quantity of Guggulu-Shuddha, add fine powder of other mixed ingredients to it and pound well. Add Ghrita in small quantity at regular intervals for smooth pounding and continue pounding till a semi-solid uniformly mixed mass of suitable plasticity is obtained.

Expel the mass through Vati machine fitted with a suitable die and cut the Vatis to a desired weight. Roll the Vatis on flat surface to round them by circular motion of palm covered with a glove and smeared with Eranda Taila or use suitable mechanical device. Dry the rounded Vatis in a tray-dryer at a temperature not exceeding 600 for 10 to 12 h. Pack it in tightly closed containers to protect from light and moisture.

Description: Dark brown spherical Vati with spicy pleasant odour and astringent taste.

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

Know the Ingredients

Guggul is gum resin (Niryas) of the Commiphora mukul tree. The principle action of Guggulu as mentioned in Ayurveda are Tridosha Shamaka, Vedanasthapana, Lekhana, Shulahara And Shothahara. It is anti-inflammatory, hypolipedemic, antiseptic, antibacterial, astringent, antispasmodic and antifertility.

Guggulu is highly effective in the treatment of Vata-Vikar and inflammatory conditions. The gum resin contains guggul sterons Z and E, guggul sterols I-V, two diterpenoids- a terpene hydrocarbon named cembreneA and a diterpene alcohol- mukulol, a-camphrone and cembrene, long chain aliphatic tetrols- octadecan-1,2,3,4-tetrol, eicosan-1,2,3,4-tetrol and nonadecan-1,2,3,4-tetrol. Major components from essential oil of gum resin are myrcene and dimyrcene.

It is effective in reducing synthesis of cholesterol in liver. It reduces serum triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol and increases HDL. It can reduce 14-27 percent blood cholesterol and triglycerides by 22-30 percent. Guggulu increases metabolism of LDL.

Guggul removes toxins from body. It also works as a carrier for other drugs. It is used in Ayurveda for treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, gout, lumbago, disorders of the nervous, respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems. It has anti-inflammatory with strong purifying and rejuvenating properties.

Classical Ayurvedic texts recommends not to take guggul as a single drug but along with other herbs in combination.

Triphala is combination of Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki and used extensively in Ayurveda for treatment of digestive diseases. It is a tonic for 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 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 digestive tract and promote regular and complete 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 nourishing the nervous system. It is good for anemia, fatigue, candida, cancer, allergies, constipation, diarrhea, yeast infections, indigestion and skin disorders.

Triphala and Guggulu, both are rejuvenating tonic.

Trikatu is combination of dry ginger, black pepper and long pepper. 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. Trikatu is used in treatment of jaundice. It also balances Kapha.

Ayurvedic Properties and Action of Yograj Guggulu

Yograj Guggul is Agni Deepaka, Bala Vardhaka, and Kaphavatahara. It Is Indicated in Plihodara, Anaha, Arsha, Gulma, Sandhi Vata, Vataroga, Majjagata Vata.  It is astringent, sweet and pungent in taste (Rasa), Pungent after digestion (Vipaka), and is hot in effect (Virya).

It is an Ushna Virya medicine. Ushna Virya or hot potency medicine, subdues Vata (Wind) and Kapha (Mucus) and increases Pitta (Bile). It has property of digestion, vomiting and purging, and gives feeling of lightness. It is considered bad for sperms and fetus.

  • Rasa (Taste): Katu (pungent) kashaya/Astringent, Madhura/Sweet
  • Guna (Characteristics): Laghu/Light, Ruksha/Dry
  • Virya (Potency): Ushna/Hot
  • Vipaka (Post Digestive Effect): Katu/Pungent
  • Action on body: Cures arthritis, clears Vata from body, scraps toxins.
  • Dosha effect: It reduces Vata and Kapha and increases pitta.
  • Dhatu (tissue): Plasma, blood, muscles, bone, nerve
  • Srotas (channel): Circulatory, female reproductive system.

It is a Katu Vipak herb. Vipak refers to post-digestive (effect after digestion / cooking of Rasa) effect of tastes after its mixing with digestive juices. It is the long-term effect of herb.  Katu Viapk herb, increases dryness in body. Such foods reduce fertility and Kapha.

Ayurvedic Action / Karma

  1. Amanashaka: Destroys ama
  2. Balvardhak: Promotes strength.
  3. Deepan: Enkindles the digestive fire.
  4. Kapha-Vatahar: Remover of the Humor of Kapha-Vata.
  5. Lekhaniya: Scrapes waste residues from the channels.
  6. Medhoghna: Clears fat tissue.
  7. Pachana: Digests Ama but does not increase appetite.
  8. Raktashodhaka: Blood purifier
  9. Shothahar: Removes inflammation.
  10. Vatahara: Pacifies Vata Dosha.
  11. Vatashodhana: Clears vata from the body

Biomedical Action

  1. Alterative: Alter favorably the course of an ailment.
  2. Analgesic: Relieve pain.
  3. Antiarthritic: Relieving arthritis. A remedy for arthritis.
  4. Anticatarrhal: Remove excess mucous from the body.
  5. Anticoagulants/antiplatelet: Decrease platelet aggregation and inhibit thrombus formation.
  6. Anti-inflammatory: Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms.
  7. Antioxidant: It has ability to reduce oxidative stress. Hence, it helpful in the management of conditions such as leukoplakia, diabetes mellitus, chronic eye disease and tissue injury.
  8. Antirheumatic: Alleviating or preventing rheumatism.
  9. Antispasmodic: Relieve spasm of involuntary muscle.
  10. Circulation stimulant: Improves blood flow through body tissues.
  11. Detoxifier: It is a natural blood detoxifier and anti-microbial which helps alleviate skin diseases and enhances the complexion.
  12. Emmenagogue: Stimulates or increases menstrual flow.
  13. Muscle relaxant: Affects skeletal muscle function and decreases the muscle tone

Benefits of Yograj Guggulu

Yograj Guggulu is indicated in diseases that mainly occur due to vitiation of Vata, accumulation of toxins in body and restricted circulation. The oral administration of this medicine improves circulation, detoxifies body, balances Vata Dosha, nourishes nerves, eliminates obstructions and gives relief in pain, stiffness and swelling.

  1. It rejuvenates and strengthen neuromuscular system.
  2. It nourishes bones and nerves.
  3. It is excellent medicine for dry type of arthritis with degeneration of the joints due to excess Vata and deficiency of shlesaka kapha preventing the nourishment of the synovial fluid.
  4. It helps in frequent cramps in muscles of hands, thigh and legs.
  5. It removes toxins accumulated in bod.
  6. It maintains healthy metabolism.
  7. It has anti-arthritis, alterative, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, circulation stimulant, carminative and muscle relaxant properties.
  8. It gives relief in inflammation of joints and pain in gout, arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  9. It gives relief in pain, cracking, coldness, dryness, inflammation, deformation and numbness in rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lumbago, gout, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury, toxic accumulations, sciatica, spasms, neuralgia, tingling sensations, tremors and stiffness, painful periods, and poor circulation.

Therapeutic Uses of Yograj Guggulu

Yograj Guggulu is indicated in variety of diseases. It is one of the beat medicine for Vata-Vyadhis.

  1. Agnimandya (digestive impairment)
  2. Anaha (distension of abdomen)
  3. Arsha (piles)
  4. Arthritis, Amavata/Rheumatoid arthritis
  5. Carpel tunnel syndrome, Repetitive strain injury
  6. Daurbalya (weakness)
  7. Dushtavrana (non-healing ulcer)
  8. Epilepsy
  9. Gout, rheumatism, Osteoporosis, low bone density
  10. Gulma (abdominal lump)
  11. Lower back pain, pain in muscles
  12. Majjagata Vata (bone marrow disorders)
  13. Multiple sclerosis
  14. Osteo-arthritis
  15. Pain, cracking, coldness, dryness, swelling, deformation, numbness of joints
  16. Painful periods
  17. Plihavriddhi (splenomegaly)
  18. Rheumatoid arthritis
  19. Sandhigata Vata (osteoarthropathy)
  20. Sciatica, neuralgia
  21. Tingling sensation, tremors, stiffness
  22. Udararoga (diseases of abdomen)

Dosage of Yograj Guggulu

  1. The recommended dosage of medicine is 500mg to 1 gram.
  2. It should be taken twice a day, in the morning and evening.
  3. It is to be taken with warm water or milk.
  4. It is taken after meals.
  5. The Anupan (fluid vehicle) for this medicine is lukewarm water or Rasna Kwath.
  6. Or take as directed by doctor.

Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects and Warnings

  1. Yograj Guggulu can be safely taken un recommended dosage for longtime without side-effects.
  2. It can be used as supportive therapy along with other medicines.
  3. It is hot in potency.
  4. It should be taken only in recommended doses. High doses cause burning sensation acidity, heartburn etc.
  5. The upper dosage limit is 6 grams/day.
  6. This medicine should not be taken during pregnancy.
  7. It has Anticoagulants/antiplatelet action. When taken along with warfarin, enoxaparin, heparin, aspirin, dipyridamole, clopidogrel, it may increase risk of bleeding. Therefore, in such cases caution is advised.
  8. It should not be taken while suffering from dengue.
  9. Guggullipid is reported to reduce the effect of anti-hypertensives such as propranolol and diltiazem
  10. and so, medication should be adjusted accordingly.
  11. Take cautiously with hypoglycemic (blood sugar loering) medication.
  12. Guggul is contraindicated in acute kidney infections, excessive uterine bleeding, thyrotoxicosis, pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Pharmacies Making Yograj Guggulu

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:

  1. Dabur Yogaraj Guggulu
  2. Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan Yogaraj Guggulu
  3. Patanjali Divya Pharmacy Divya Yograj Guggul
  4. Shree Dhootapapeshwar Limited Yogaraj Guggul
  5. Pankajakasthuri Herbals India Yogarajaguggulu Gulika
  6. Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala
  7. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala Yogaraja Guggulu Vatika
  8. and some other pharmacies.

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