Mahasudarshan Kadha (Kwath) Pravahi

Know about Mahasudarshan Kadha ingredients and health condition in which Mahasudarshan Kadha is useful. Learn about this medicine usage, dosage, and side effects.

Mahasudarshan Kadha (Kwath, Quath or Decoction) is a polyherbal Ayurvedic combination used in the treatment of various types of fevers. It detoxifies the body due to Amapachana action. In any kind of fever, the liver is affected. This formulation works on the liver and spleen and helps in the proper functioning of both.

Mahasudarshan Kwath is useful in the fever due to various reasons such as flu, Vishamjwar, Malaria, Chikungunya, etc.

Mahasudarshan Kwath is a herbal liquid medicine based on Asava Arishtha principle of Ayurveda. Asava and Arishtha are Ayurvedic medicines prepared by fermentation. These are medicated spirituous liquors. Fermentation generates alcohol which in turn extracts the active constituent of medicinal herbs. The self-generated alcohol also helps in better and rapid absorption of the drug in the body. All Asava and Arishtha possess the common property of being stomachic, stimulant, astringent and tonic. Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition, and dosage.

  • Manufacturer: Many Ayurvedic Pharmacies
  • Reference Text: Siddha Yog Sangraha
  • Synonyms: Mahasudarshan Kadha, Mahasudarshan Kwath, Maha Sudarshan Kwath, Maha Sudarshan Quath
  • Availability: Online and at medical stores
  • Type of medicine: Classical Medicine
  • Main Indication: fever due to any reason
  • Suitable for: Everyone
  • Srotas / Channel: Digestive, respiratory, blood, water
  • Dhatu (tissue): Plasma, blood
  • Dosha Effect: Balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

Mahasudarshan Kadha Composition

Ingredients present in this formulation are given below:

  • Haritaki Terminalia Chebula 104.5 grams
  • Vibhitaki Terminalia Bellirica 104.5 grams
  • Amla Emblica Officinalis 104.5 grams
  • Haldi Curcuma Longa 104.5 grams
  • Daruhaldi Berberis aristata 104.5 grams
  • Kantakari Solanum surattense 104.5 grams
  • Brihati Solanum Indicum 104.5 grams
  • Karchura Curcuma Zedoaria 104.5 grams
  • Shunthi Rhizome Zingiber Officinale 104.5 grams
  • Maricha Piper Nigrum 104.5 grams
  • Pippali Piper Longum 104.5 grams
  • Pippla mula Roots Piper Longum 104.5 grams
  • Murva 104.5 grams
  • Guduchi Tinospora Cordifolia 104.5 grams
  • Dhamasa Fagonia Cretica 104.5 grams
  • Kutki Picrorhiza Kurroa 104.5 grams
  • Pittapapda Fumaria Indica 104.5 grams
  • Kutaj Holarrhena antidysenterica 104.5 grams
  • Yashtimadhu Licorice Glycyrrhiza glabra 104.5 grams
  • Nagarmotha Cyperus Rotundus 104.5 grams
  • Trayamana 104.5 grams
  • Netrabala  104.5 grams
  • Pushkarmool Inula Racemosa 104.5 grams
  • Neem Azadirachta Indica Bark 104.5 grams
  • Ajwain Trachyspermum Ammi 104.5 grams
  • Indrajau Holarrhena Antidysenterica Seeds 104.5 grams
  • Bharangi Clerodendrum Serratum 104.5 grams
  • Moringa Seeds Moringa Oleifera 104.5 grams
  • Shuddha Phitkari Alum 104.5 grams
  • Vacha 104.5 grams
  • Dalchini Cinnamomum Zeylanicum 104.5 grams
  • Lotus flower 104.5 grams
  • Chandan Safed Santalum Album 104.5 grams
  • Ativisha Aconitum Heterophyllum 104.5 grams
  • Bala Sida Cordifolia 104.5 grams
  • Shalparni Desmodium Gangeticum 104.5 grams
  • Prishniparni Uraria Picta 104.5 grams
  • Vidang Embelia Ribes 104.5 grams
  • Tagara Valeriana Wallichii 104.5 grams
  • Chitrak Mool Plumbago Zeylanica 104.5 grams
  • Deodar Cedrus Deodara 104.5 grams
  • Chavya Piper Chaba 104.5 grams
  • Patol Trichosanthes Dioica 104.5 grams
  • Safed Kamal White Lotus Nymphaea Lotus 104.5 grams
  • Kakoli Lilium Polyphyllum 104.5 grams
  • Jivaka 104.5 grams
  • Rishbhak 104.5 grams
  • Ushira Vetiver Vetiveria Zizanioides 104.5 grams
  • Laung Syzygium Aromaticum 104.5 grams
  • Vanshlochan Bamboo Manna 104.5 grams
  • Tejpata Cinnamomum Tamala 104.5 grams
  • Javitri Myristica fragrans 104.5 grams
  • Talispatra Abies Webbiana 104.5 grams
  • Chiraita Swertia Chirata 2.56 Kg
  • Gur jaggery 5.76 Kg
  • Dhataki Pushpa Woodfordia Fruticosa 600 grams
  • Jala Water 61.44 Kg

Preparation Method

  • All the herbal ingredients except Dhataki Pushp are cleaned and dried.
  • They are ground to make a coarse powder.
  • The coarse powder is boiled in the required amount of water to make a decoction.
  • This decoction is filtered.
  • Jaggery and Dhaay Pushpa are added to filtered decoction.
  • This is stored and allowed for Sandhan like other Asav-Arishtha for one month.
  • After one month, the preparation is filtered to get Pravahi Mahasudarshan Quath.

Key Ingredient

Swertia chirata is a bitter medicinal plant indigenous to the Himalayas in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. It is known as kirata Tikta, Nidrari, Ramasenka, kairata (Sanskrit), Chiravata (Urdu), Qasabuzzarirah (Arabic, Farsi) and Chiretta (trade name). For the medicinal properties, the whole plant is used. It has hepatoprotective, digestive, astringent, laxative, anti-inflammatory and anti-malarial properties.

Chiraita or Swertia chirata is used traditionally for purification of vitiated blood, chronic skin diseases, poisoning, chronic fevers, anemia, and oedema. It is also given for cough, intrinsic hemorrhage and affections of the urinary tract. It has anthelmintic, astringent, bitter Tonic, blood purifying, febrifuge, stomachic, antidiarrheal, antispasmodic activities. Chirayata is tonic for the heart, the liver, and eyes. It is useful in toxic blood, enlarged spleen. It is used to treat the liver, catarrh, intestinal spasms, anemia, indigestion, and diabetes.

Chiretta is bitter in taste (Rasa), pungent after digestion (Vipaka), and is cool in effect (Virya).

  • Rasa (taste): Bitter
  • Guna (quality): Light, dry, flowing
  • Virya (energy): Cooling
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): Pungent

Chiraita 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 the herb. Katu Viapk herbs, increase dryness in the body. Such foods reduce fertility and Kapha. Intake of this herbs aggravates Vata and gas in the body. Katu vipaak has a catabolic effect on the body.

Chirayata has antipyretic, anthelmintic, antiperiodic, cathartic, laxative, and carminative properties. It has considerable antipyretic and analgesic effects.

Triphala is a combination of Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki and used extensively in Ayurveda as Rasayana. It is a tonic for the whole body. It contains vitamin C, linoleic oil, phospholipids, and other important nutrients. It is a rich source of tannins, which is known to affect the integrity of the 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.

  • Rasa (taste on the tongue): Kashaya (Astringent), Madhura (Sweet), Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter), Amla (Sour)
  • Guna (Pharmacological Action): Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)
  • Virya (Action): Shita (Cooling)
  • Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Madhura (Sweet)
  • Dosha effect: Balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
  • Dhatu (tissue): All tissues rejuvenated
  • Srotas (channel): All channels cleansed, especially channels of elimination.

Triphala pacifies Vata-Vikar and cleanses the digestive tract. It aids elimination and purification. It tones and strengthens the digestive tract and promote regular and complete the 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 a nourishing the nervous system. It is good for anemia, fatigue, candida, cancer, allergies, constipation, diarrhea, yeast infections, indigestion, and skin disorders. Triphala is a rejuvenating tonic.

Trikatu is a 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 the treatment of jaundice. It also balances Kapha.

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 seasickness and morning sickness.

Maricha (Marich) is known as Gol Mirch, Kali Mirch or Black Pepper. It is dried unripe seeds of the plant, Piper nigrum a perennial shrub. It is pungent (Katu) in taste, hot in potency and pungent after digestion (Katu Vipak). It mainly works on the digestive, circulatory and respiratory system. It is expectorant, carminative, antipyretic, anthelmintic and antiperiodic. Black Pepper is useful in difficult breathing, chronic indigestion, obesity, sinus congestion, fever, intermittent fever, cold extremities, colic, cooking spice, cholera, gastric ailments, gas, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, worms, sore throat, and cough.

Black Pepper should be taken cautiously in High Pitta and digestive inflammations.

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 the 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 the body, gives relief in pain and digests Ama (toxic waste produced in the body to incomplete digestion).

Pippali increases Pitta inside the body. So, people of Pitta nature should use it cautiously. Moreover, the long term and excessive use of Pippali is contraindicated in Ayurveda.

Guduchi, Giloy, Gurch, Amrita, Amritavalli, Madhuparni, Guduchika, Chinnobhava, Vatsadani, Tantrika, Kundalini, Chakralakshanika are Ayurvedic synonyms of Tinospora cordifolia. It is also known as Garo, Galac (Gujarati), Thippateega (Telugu),Amrita, Gilo (Kashmiri), Chittamrutu (Malayalam), Guluchi (Oriya), Gilo (Punjabi), Seendal, Seendil Kodi (Tamil), Siddhilata, Amarlata (Assamese). It is a very important and extensively used medicinal herb of Ayurveda.

Tinospora is a climber and for the medicinal purpose, the stem of the plant are used. Guduchi possesses immunomodulatory, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, adaptogen, anticancer, immunostimulant, and several other medicinal properties.

It is a Rasayana herb and used to treat many diseases such as general debility, fever, diabetes, dyspepsia, urinary infections, jaundice, and skin diseases.

Ayurvedic Action / Karma of Mahasudarshan Kadha

  • Amapachana: Toxin digester
  • Deepan: Enkindles the digestive fire.
  • Grahi: Stops watery and intermittent loose motions.
  • Jwarghna: Alleviates fever.
  • KaphaVatahara: Balances Vata and Kapha.
  • Pachan: Assist in digesting undigested food, but do not increase the appetite.
  • Raktadoshahar: blood purifying
  • Swedana: Removes blockade and heaviness and coldness and causes perspiration.
  • Tridoshahara: Corrects the imbalance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
  • Trishnashodhana: Relieves thirst

Biomedical Action of Mahasudarshan Kadha

  • Antibacterial: Active against bacteria.
  • Antioxidant: Neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals and other substances.
  • Antipyretic/antifebrile/febrifuge: Effective against fever.
  • Antitussive: Prevent or relieve a cough.
  • Anti-viral: Effective against viruses.
  • Appetizer: Improves appetite.
  • Bitter tonic: Tonic of the bitter taste, acts chiefly by stimulating the appetite and improving digestion.
  • Depurative: Purifying agent.
  • Diaphoretic: Promote sweating.
  • Hepatoprotective: Prevent damage to the liver.

Mahasudarshan Kadha Health Benefits

  • It balances Vata-Pitta-Kapha.
  • It boosts immunity and protects against common bacterial infections.
  • It can be used as a preventive and supportive medicine during the epidemic of malaria.
  • It cleanses the body.
  • It has antimalarial, antipyretic, antiviral properties.
  • It has antioxidant properties and helps to recover from infections.
  • It has antibacterial activity against S. typhi, S. epidermidis, E. coli, S. aureus, K. pneumoniae, P. vulgaris, and P. aeruginosa. It is useful to control infectious diseases such as typhoid fever, intestinal infection, urinary tract infections and respiratory infection which are caused by these bacterial pathogens.
  • It improves appetite and digestion.
  • It is also used for diseases of the liver and spleen.
  • It is an ideal remedy for all type of fevers and malaria.
  • It is anti-Pitta formulation.
  • It is used in the treatment of fever due to various reasons.
  • It promotes perspiration and excretion of urine.
  • It removes toxins from the blood.

Mahasudarshan Kadha Therapeutic Uses

  • Acute fever
  • Anemia
  • Chronic fever
  • Cough
  • Dyspepsia and loss of appetite
  • Enlargement of the liver
  • Enlargement of the spleen
  • Fever
  • Fever due to unknown reason
  • Gulma
  • Jaundice
  • Recurrent fever
  • Sannipat Jwar
  • Sheet Jwar
  • swine flu
  • Thirst, Breathlessness
  • Tiredness, Vertigo
  • Visham Jwar

Mahasudarshan Kadha Dosage

  • It is Asava-Arishta type of medicine of Ayurveda.
  • The recommended dosage of medicine is 5ml to 24 ml.
  • It should be taken twice a day.
  • It is taken after mixing with an equal amount of water.
  • It should be taken after having breakfast and dinner.
  • Or should be taken as directed by a doctor.

Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects, and Warnings

  • It may cause acidity due to alcohol.
  • It contains not more than 10 percent, and not less than 5 percent of alcohol that is self-generated in the preparation over a period of time.
  • It contains jaggery and hence it is not suitable for a diabetic person.
  • It is completely safe to take this medicine in recommended doses. Do check the list of ingredients and their contraindications to avoid any side effects.
  • Effectivity of herbal medicine depends on many factors. A medicine suitable for one person may not essentially give the same result in another person.
  • The exact dose depends on the age, strength, digestive power of the patient, the nature of the illness, the state of the viscera and humors, and the properties of individual drugs.
  • Keep away from the sight and reach of children.
  • Please maintain a gap of at least an hour between intake of any allopathic drug and Ayurvedic medicine to avoid drug interaction, if any.
  • Do not use many different medicines for the treatments of the same disease.
  • Do not take any medicine during pregnancy without consulting doctor.

Pharmacies Making Mahasudarshan Kadha

  • 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:
  • Baidyanath Mahasudarshan Kadha Price: 225 ml @ 86.00 and 450 ml for Rs. 185/-
  • Sandu Mahasudarshan Kadha No.1
  • Shree Dhootapapeshwar Limited SDL Mahasudarshan Kadha 450 ml for Rs. 265.00
  • Dabur (Maha) Sudarshan Kwath
  • and many other Ayurvedic pharmacies.

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