Charak Galakol Granules and Galakol Tablets, are the proprietary Ayurvedic medicines from Charak Pharma. Galakol is based on Ayurvedic principles and contain well-known herbal ingredients and helps to increase lactation (breast milk/mothers milk) by Galactagogue and Phyto-estrogenic activity. Galactagogues aid in initiating and maintaining adequate milk production.
Charak Galakol Granules is a supplement that is highly effective in improving general health status and well-being of the mother. It is very safe to use for the long term and has no known side-effects.
Breastfeeding is boon for the baby and offers many health benefits. Mother’s milk contains the right balance of nutrients to help the infant to grow physically and mentally. It is easy to digest and protects the baby against some common childhood illnesses and infections. Every mother should try to give her baby breast milk for at least the first six months of life.
Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition, and dosage.
- Manufacturer: Charak Pharma Pvt. Ltd.
- Availability: Online and at medical stores
- Type of medicine: Proprietary herbal Medicine
- Main Indication: Increase in lactation or breast milk or mother’s milk
- Main action: Galactagogue
- Suitable for: Only females
- Range: Granules and tablets
- 200 gms of granules @ Rs. 181.00
- 40 Galakol Tablet @ ₹114.00
Ingredients of Charak Galakol
GALAKOL granules (100 gm granules contain)
- Shatavari Asparagus racemosa extract 150 mg (20% Saponins)
- Extracts of the following
- Vidarikand Ipomoea digitata 50 mg
- Kalonji Nigella sativa 50 mg
- Sunthi Zingiber officinale 25 mg
- Shatavari Asparagus racemosus extract 150 mg (20% Saponins)
- Extracts of the following
- Vidarikand Ipomoea digitata 50 mg
- Methi Trigonella foenum graceium 40 mg
- Kalonji Nigella sativa 15 mg
Know the Ingredients of Charak Galakol
Asparagus Racemosus Herb
Wild Asparagus is known as Shatavar or Shatavari. The fascicled tuberous roots of the plant are of medicinal importance.
The roots are dried after harvesting and may be boiled, peeled and cut into pieces. The dried roots are then ground to make a powder (Shatavri Churna) which is used alone or with other ingredients. Shatavar contains saponins, steroidal glycosides, and aglycones, flavonoids including quercetin, rutin and hyperoside, alkaloids and mucilage.
Shatavar is a renowned tonic for the female reproductive system. It is a uterine tonic and regulates the periods. Shatavari is very useful in menopausal symptoms with hot flushes, irritability, irregular memory and dryness.
According to Ayurveda, Shatavari is heavy, cold, bitter, nutritive; it relieves vata and Pitta and is a Rasayana.
- Taste/Rasa: sweet/madhur, bitter/tikta
- Potency/Veerya: cold/sheeta
- Quality/Guna: heavy/guru, unctous/snigdha
- Post digestive/Vipak: sweet/madhur
- Dosha: Reduces Vata and Pitta and increases Kapha
- Tissue/Dhatu: all tissues
Shatavar is galactagogic, antispasmodic, nervine, anti-inflammatory, demulcent, cooling, diuretic, general Tonic, expectorant, antibacterial, antitumor, and antacid. It is nourishing, soothing, lubricating and is useful in conditions when the diseases are due to excess heat inside the body.
Shatavari’s main action is on the female reproductive tract. It has a phyto-estrogenic effect and supports lactation. It nourishes Rasa dhatu and improves milk flow and quantity.
Shatavar use is contraindicated in acute lung congestion, high kapha, low digestive fire, and high Ama.
While taking Shatavar one should avoid, any activity which generates body heat, eating non-vegetarian or heavy food, hot potency food items, tobacco, sleeping during the day, excessive work, sexual intercourse, and exercise.
Ipomoea digitata roots
Vidarikand consists of tuberous roots of Ipomoea digitata. As per Ayurveda, it is a good nutrient, energizer, and aphrodisiac. It is sweet, galactagogue, spermatogenic, cooling, greasy, diuretic and calms burning sensations in the body.
Vidarikand has emmenagogue, significant oestrogenic and progesteronogenic activities with no toxicity. It is highly effective in dysmenorrhoea, dysfunctional uterine bleeding and in menopausal syndrome. It improves the quality and quantity of breast milk. Vidarikand increases serum prolactin level and thereby increases lactation. For a lack of milk after childbirth, 5 g of powder is given to mothers in cow’s milk.
Nigella Sativa Seeds
Black cumin, Kalonji, Krishna Jiraka, and Kalika are the name given to the seeds obtained from the plant Nigella sativa–Semen (Ranunculaceae). It has a calming effect and strengthens digestion. It is an effective destagnator of the lungs, uterus, channels, and mind. It supports lactation by a nourishing stanyavaha srotas and increases breast milk.
Kalonji is contraindicated in pregnancy, as the seeds can cause miscarriage in a large dose.
Dry Ginger Powder
Dry ginger (Zingiber officinale) is known as Shunthi, Vishva, Vishvabheshaja, Shringavera, Vishva, and Nagara in Ayurveda. Ginger is also called Viswa Bheshaj, as it is a universal medicine beneficial for everyone in all diseases.
- Rasa (taste on the tongue): Madhura (Sweet), Katu (Pungent)
- Guna (Pharmacological Action): Laghu (Light), Tikshna (Sharp), Ruksha (Dry)
- Virya (Action): Ushna (Heating)
- Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Madhura (Sweet)
Shunthi is hot, light and dry. It warms the coldness, and is easy to digest and dries wetness. Shunthi treats kapha in the rasa dhatu. It is hot in potency and increases Pitta and decreases Kapha. It is a digestive stimulant.
Ayurvedic Action of Galakol Granules and Tablet
Stanya janana: These herbs can increase lactation; e.g. fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) and Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus).
Brmhaniya: These are nourishing herbs that are full of the water element.
Biomedical Action of Charak Galakol Tablet
- Anti-inflammatory: Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms.
- Antioxidant: Neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals and other substances.
- Carminative: Preventing the formation or causing the expulsion of flatulence.
- Estrogenic: Shatavar contains estrogenic compound or phytoestrogen and hence balance estrogen levels, stop bleeding, and support the restoration of the endometrium. Phytoestrogens are a naturally-occurring plant nutrient that exerts an estrogen-like action on the body. They are structurally and/or functionally similar to mammalian estrogens and their active metabolites.
- Galactagogue: Promotes lactation in humans and other animals.
Benefits of Charak Galakol Granules
- It supports lactation.
- It gives nutrition to the lactating mother.
- Galakol granules improve the quality and quantity of breast milk without any adverse effects.
- It can be used safely for long-term.
Important Therapeutic Uses of Charak Galakol
This medicine is indicated in Inadequate lactation. Inadequate lactation is the production of less milk than is needed for breastfeeding a child.
The Dosage of Charak Galakol
The recommended dosage of medicine is 2 tablets, four times a day for 6 weeks. Thereafter 2 tablets three times a day.
The recommended dosage of Galakol Granules is 15 g (1 sachet) twice a day with milk in the morning as well as in evening along with milk.
Or take as directed by a doctor.
Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects, and Warnings
- It is completely safe to take this medicine in recommended doses.
- Keep away from the sight and reach of children.
- Do not overdose.
- Not to be used during pregnancy. If you have a medical condition or take medications please consult with your doctor before using this product.
- It has no known drug interaction.
- Do not stress. Take proper rest.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Include wholesome fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and calcium-rich foods.
- A nursing mother should not eat fish. Avoid non-vegetarian foods.
- Avoid smoking, tobacco chewing, and alcohol during the lactating period. Nicotine affects prolactin release in response to a sucking stimulus and smoking mothers may have decreased milk yield.
- Keep your nipples and breasts clean.
- The feed from both breasts at each feeding.
- Avoid using soap or ointments that contain astringents or other chemicals on your nipples.
- If you have very sore nipples, you can ask your doctor about using non-aspirin pain relievers.
- Baby only need breast milk for the first six months of life. Breast milk provides all the nutrition for a baby. Giving cereal may cause your baby to not want as much breast milk. This will decrease milk supply.
- Almost all medicines pass into breast milk in small amounts, most have no effect on the baby and can be used while breastfeeding. But there are few which can’t be used while breastfeeding.
- Try to keep track of the food item that you eat. It helps to know how the baby reacts to the food item eaten each time (fussiness, gassiness, colicky behavior, etc.). For example, in some cases eating beans, cauliflower, or broccoli, etc. makes the baby gassy; after eating spicy foods, some babies don’t seem to like the taste of breast milk.
- Strict dieting or skipping meals is not recommended. While breastfeeding, it is best to lose the extra weight gradually, a loss of up to about 0.5 kilograms per week is suggested.