Punarnavadyarishta is an Ayurvedic medication mainly used in the management of cardiac diseases. It can also be used to treat vertigo and constipation. It is a liquid medicine containing self-generated alcohol that acts as a media and delivers active principles in the herbs.

The different herbs used in the preparation of Punarnavadyarishta are given below:

  • Shweta
  • RaktaPunarnava
  • Bala
  • Atibala
  • Patha
  • Vasa
  • Guduchi
  • Chitraka
  • Kantakari
  • PuranaGuda
  • Madhu
  • Nagakeshara
  • Twak
  • Ela
  • Maricha
  • Hrivera
  • Patra

All these ingredients are smeared with ghee and stored sealed in a mud vessel for one month. It is then taken out, and filtered to obtain the medicinal extract. The shelf life of this medicine is about10 years. However, it should be used within 6 months after opening the seal of the bottle. Any medication remaining after this period must be discarded.

Indications, Benefits & Uses

The health benefits of this medicine are as follows:

Cardiac diseases

Punarnavadyarishta is a potent heart tonic. It can be used to reduce the risk of heart attacks and cardiac failure. It regulates the functions of the heart and improves its efficiency. It also reduces blood pressure and hence, can work well in preventing the complications of hypertension like stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and cardiomyopathy. It also strengthens the heart and ensures proper flow of blood to all parts of the body.

Vertigo

Punarnavadyarishta is found to be beneficial for the patients suffering from vertigo. It corrects the underlying disorders such as disequilibrium in the fluid in the ears and thus, allows a person to maintain a stability of movement. This helps in reducing giddiness and nausea associated with vertigo. It can also be used to treat tinnitus, a disease affecting the ears. This condition causes vertigo, and ringing or buzzing sounds in the ears. Punarnavadyarishta can help in providing relief from these symptoms.

Urinary disorder

Punarnavadyarishta can be used to treat urinary tract infections. It relieves burning during micturition, and an increased frequency of urination caused due to an infection in the kidneys, urinary bladder, or the urethra. The antibacterial properties of the herbs present in this medication help in destroying the bacteria and clear up the infection.

It works as a natural diuretic and flushes out the infection-causing germs and toxic substances from the body. The diuretic action of Punarnavadyarishta helps in preventing edema or retention of fluids in the body.

Spleen and liver disorders

Punarnavadyarishta produces a protective action on the spleen and the liver and helps in preventing disorders like ascites, splenomegaly, hepatomegaly, hepatitis, and cirrhosis.

Digestive complaints

Punarnavadyarishta can be used in the treatment of anal conditions like piles, and fistula. It relieves the symptoms of these diseases and prevents them from getting worse. It helps to treat indigestion, heartburn, gastritis, and colitis. It has shown encouraging results in the patients suffering from abdominal tumors. It can be used to treat cancers of the pancreas, stomach, colon, and the rectum. It also improves the appetite.

It produces an anthelmintic action and cures the intestinal worm infestations. It can help in treating anorexia and anemia by improving the absorption of nutrients from the food.

Respiratory diseases

Punarnavadyarishta can be used to treat the upper and lower respiratory tract infections like common cold, pneumonia, sinusitis, tuberculosis, and bronchitis. It reduces the production of mucus in the respiratory tract and eases the discomfort associated with these illnesses.

Recommended dosage of Punarnavadyarishta

Patients suffering from these conditions should use Punarnavadyarishta in a dose of 10 ml, to be taken once or twice a day. They should increase the dose to 20 ml, once or twice a day, if the results with the lower dose are not satisfactory or if the symptoms are severe. The doses can be taken before or after food. However, it is advisable to take this medicine after meals if the patient is suffering from gastritis as it may cause an aggravation of the symptoms. Patients can take Punarnavadyarishta for a period of 1 or 2 months depending on the condition to be treated.

Side effects of Punarnavadyarishta

There are no known side effects of Punarnavadyarishta. Since this medicine is prepared from natural herbs, it is completely safe to use. It may cause a slight burning sensation in the stomach when it is taken in very high doses. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid using this medication, as its effects on the fetus and newborn baby have not been studied. Children should be given Punarnavadyarishta only after seeking medical advice.