Narayana Kalpa is proprietary medicine from Sri Sri Ayurveda. It is a combination of medicinal herbs and used in the management of anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, restlessness and similar conditions.
Sri Sri Ayurveda (SSA) is now known as Sri Sri Tattva. It is a GMP certified Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing company started by Sri Sri Ravishankar. It is part of the Art of Living Foundation group of organizations established by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Here is given more about this medicine, such as benefits, indication/therapeutic uses, composition, and dosage.
- Manufacturer: Sri Sri Ayurveda
- Availability: Online and at medical stores
- Type of medicine: Proprietary Herbal Medicine
- Main Indication: Restlessness, anxiety & Insomnia
- MRP/Price: Narayana Kalpa is available in a packing of 60 tablets for Rupees 140.
Narayana Kalpa Composition
Ingredients present in this formulation are given below:
- Shankhpushpi Convolvulus pluricaulis 60 mg
- Yashtimadhu Glycyrrhiza glabra 60 mg
- Ashwagandha Withania somnifera 50 mg
- Jatamansi Nardostachys jatamansi 50 mg
- Shatavari Asparagus racemosus 50 mg
- Bala Sida cordifolia 50 mg
- Brahmi Bacopa monnieri 50 mg
- Amla Emblica Officinalis 40 mg
- Malkangani Celastrus paniculatus 30 mg
- Ajwain Trachyspermum ammi 20 mg
- Sonth Zingiber officinale 20 mg
- Giloy Tinospora cordifolia 20 mg
- Potassium Sorbate 1.2 mg
- Sodium Benzoate 0.6 mg
- Excipients Q.S.
Know the Ingredients of Narayana Kalpa
Shankhpushpi / Convolvulus pluricaulis bears conch shell-like flowers and hence it is named as Shankhpushpi (Shankha = Conch; Pushp = Flowers). It is boon for the brain. It is a powerful brain stimulant. Shankhpushpi is hypotensive, antithyroid and sedative. It improves mental functions and reduces stress due to traumatic, chemical or psychological reasons. Shankhpushpi is used in the treatment of epilepsy, insanity, weakness of nerves and mental retardation.
Shankhpushpi is Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter) and Kashaya (Astringent) in taste (Ras) and Laghu (light), Slimy and Oily in action (Guna). Its post-digestive effect (Vipak) is Madhura (Sweet). It is a Sheet Virya herbs. Sheet Virya or Cool potency herb subdues Pitta (Bile) Vata (Wind) and increases Kapha (Mucus). Sheet Virya herb gives nourishment to the body and steadiness. It supports the building of body fluids.
- Rasa (taste on the tongue): Kashaya (Astringent), Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter)
- Guna (Pharmacological Action): Snigdha (Unctuous), Laghu (Light), Picchal (Slimy)
- Virya (Action): Sita (Cooling)
- Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Madhura (Sweet)
Shankhpushpi is tridoshhar and balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Shankhpushpi reduces different types of stress, including psychological, chemical and traumatic. It has an anti-anxiety, hypotensive and mental function improving the property. It is a brain tonic and used to treat mental weakness, mental disorders, insanity, to improve memory.
Shankhapushpi herb is contraindicated with modern anti-epileptic drug Phenytoin. It reduces the antiepileptic activity of Phenytoin and lowers plasma phenyton levels. In case, epilepsy consults a doctor before use.
Brahmi / Bacopa monnieri (often confused with its close relative Gotu kola Centella asiatica) which is also called Brahmi in Northern India), is bitter (Tikta), astringent (Kashaya) in taste (Ras), light (Laghu), unctuous (Snigdha) in qualities (Guna). It is pungent (Katu) after digestion (Vipak) and Cools in potency. Brahmi balances Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Dosha. It works on seven Dhatu of the body. Brahmi is especially beneficial for the mind. It is a nervine Tonic, sedative, rejuvenative, anticonvulsant and anti-inflammatory. In Ayurveda, it is indicated in mental weakness, anxiety, skin disorders, and fever. It is a memory vitalizer and nervine tonic.
- Rasa (Taste on Tongue): Bitter/Titka, Astringent/Kashaya
- Guna (Pharmacological Action): Light/Laghu, Unctuous/Snigdha
- Virya (Action): Cooling/Sheeta
- Vipaka (Transformed State After Digestion): Pungent/Katu
- Dosha: Vata-Pitta and Kapha Balancing
- Tissue/Dhatu: All Seven, Especially Plasma, Blood, Nerve
Brahmi is adaptogenic, astringent, diuretic, sedative, potent nervine Tonic, an anti-anxiety agent, and improves mental functions. It is used in insanity, epilepsy, bronchitis, asthma, and diarrhea. Brahmi is chiefly used in mental disorders as a brain tonic.
Brahmi increases GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) level in the brain. GABA is an amino acid/brain chemical or neurotransmitter that sends signals from nerve cell to a specific target cell. Low level of this chemical or GABA deficiency causes stress, mood disorders, depression, insomnia, hypertension, and anxiety.
Brahmi and Shankhpushpi possess properties similar to nootropic agents. They are cooling in nature and reduces excessive heat inside the body, stress, and anger.
Mulethi or Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is extensively used in Ayurveda. It relieves coughs, sore throats, respiratory problems, abdominal pain, and hyperacidity. It is used to prepare cough remedies, skin preparations, and in combination with other plants for the treatment of ulcer.
Licorice should not be used in the high blood pressure, fluid retention, diabetes, and certain other conditions.
Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera Dunal. dried root powder has adaptogen, Tonic, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulator, anti-tumor, nervine, mild sedative, analgesic, reproductive Tonic, aphrodisiac, and anti-anemic properties. It is a Rasayana that gives longevity and vitality. It is prescribed for promoting health, longevity, arresting the aging process, revitalizing the body in debilitated conditions, increasing immunity, treating musculoskeletal conditions and as a general tonic to increase energy.
Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi, Indian Nard, Indian Spikenard, Spikenard, Nard, Narrow-Leaved-Echinacea) is used to treat nervousness, nervous headache, excitement, menopausal symptoms, flatulence, epilepsy, for pain in the intestinal region, anxiety, and insomnia. No health hazards are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages.
Ayurvedic Action / Karma of Narayana Kalpa
- Majja dhatu Rasayana: Rejuvenative to the nervous tissue
- Medhya: Promotes intellectual capacity
- Nidrajanana: Promotes sleep
- Tridosahara: Alleviates all three Dosha
- Unmadaghna: Alleviates insanity and emotional instability
- Vrishya: Aphrodisiac
Narayana Kalpa Biomedical Action
- Antispasmodic: Relieve spasm of involuntary muscle.
- Astringent: Helps to stop bleeding form intestines, urinary and reproductive system.
- Nervine sedative: Nerve Tonic, calms nerves.
- Nervine: Tonifying effect on the nervous system.
- Nootropic: Enhance memory or other cognitive functions.
- Nutritive: Providing nourishment, nutritious.
- Sedative: Promoting calm or inducing sleep
- Tonic: Restore or improve health or well-being.
Narayana Kalpa Health Benefits
- It gives alertness and sharpness to mind.
- It gives relief in mental and physical fatigue.
- It reduces mild hypertension.
- It reduces stress and distraction.
- It improves mental functions and mental quotient.
- It is a mood stabilizer.
- It has no side effect.
Narayana Kalpa Therapeutic Uses
- Mental fatigue
- Mental stress
Narayana Kalpa Dosage
- The recommended dosage of medicine is 1 to 2 tablets.
- It should be taken twice a day, in the morning and evening.
- It is to be taken with water.
- Or take as directed by a doctor.
Suggestions, Contraindications, Interactions, Side-effects, and Warnings
It is 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 humours, 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.
What are the cautions while taking Ashwagandha?
Ashwagandha should be taken cautiously in excess Pitta and Ama with congestion, pregnancy and thyroid problem.
Some studies contraindicate the use of Ashwagandha (spasmolytic activity on the uterus) during pregnancy.
Do not take this herb with other sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs.
Large doses can cause diarrhea, stomach upset and Ashwagandha may have blood-glucose-lowering effects, these seem to be mild, and would not generally be expected to affect the control of diabetes with conventional medicines.
Ashwagandha may affect the reliability of digoxin assays, and interfere with the control of hypo- and hyperthyroidism.
Limited evidence suggests that Ashwagandha increases thyroid hormone levels and therefore interferes with the control of hypo and hyperthyroidism.
High dosages of alkaloids from Withania exhibit prolonged hypotensive, bradycardia and respiratory stimulant actions, may also have a depressant effect on higher cerebral centers; sedative effects have also been demonstrated.
What are cautions while taking Licorice?
Side effects have been noted in cases of prolonged use of excessive intake including hyperkalemia, pseudo-aldosteronism, and hypertension.
It may cause muscle pain or numbness in the arms and legs.
Any licorice product for longer than 4 to 6 weeks is contraindicated.
While taking ACE inhibitors and diuretics for high blood pressure, DO NOT use licorice products.
In a small dose, it stops vomiting. But in a high dose, it induces vomiting.
It inhibits calcium and potassium absorption and hence should be taken with caution in osteoporosis.
4-6 weeks continues use can cause Hypokalaemia.
When taken in combination with thiazide diuretics, laxatives, it may increase potassium loss.
Its use along with diuretics, cardiac glycosides, corticosteroids, stimulant laxatives or other medications which may aggravate electrolyte imbalance is not recommended.
It can increase the effects of a high salt diet.
It may reduce the effects of the contraceptive pill.
The use in children and adolescents under 18 years of age has not been established due to lack of adequate data.
Patients taking Licorice medication should not take other Licorice containing products as serious adverse events may occur such as water retention, hypokalemia, hypertension, cardiac rhythm disorders.
Licorice medication is not recommended to be used in patients affected by hypertension, kidney diseases, the liver or cardiovascular disorders or hypokalemia, as they are more sensitive to the adverse effects of Licorice.
Licorice appears to have anti-estrogenic and estrogenic activity, where the constituent glabridin has estrogenic activity at low concentrations and anti-estrogenic activity at high concentrations.
Licorice may decrease testosterone production in young healthy men.
A person prone to potassium deficiency should not use licorice.
Co-administered deglycyrrhizinized licorice increased the bioavailability of nitrofurantoin.
Is Glycyrrhiza glabra safe during pregnancy?
No, it is unsafe to use it during pregnancy and lactation. It may cause premature birth. Some studies suggest that taking licorice during pregnancy can increase the risk of stillbirth.
It is unknown if the removal of the glycyrrhizin constituent in licorice makes DGL safe during pregnancy. There are no reports in the literature of DGL being either safe or contraindicated during pregnancy.