Zandu Pancharishta is an Ayurvedic medicine popular for its use in the treatment of digestive ailments. It is a digestive tonic that helps to improve the digestion and provides relief from a range of gastric and intestinal ailments. It has been found to be effective in the management of acidity, flatulence, gas, abdominal distension, chronic constipation, heaviness in the abdomen, and abdominal pain.

Indications, Benefits & Uses

The healing properties of this medicine are discussed below:

Indigestion

All the ingredients in Zandu Pancharishta produce a supportive effect on the digestive system and help to relieve indigestion. It helps in reducing the symptoms of indigestion such as gas, flatulence, abdominal distension, bloating, and a feeling of heaviness in the stomach.

The herbal ingredients in this medicine produce carminative and anti-flatulent effects, which help in reducing bloating and flatulence. Ingredients like Raisin, Cumin, Aloe Vera, Coriander, Manjistha, Trikatu, Ajmod, Shati, Laung, and Jeera are helpful in reducing intestinal gas, bloating, and the abdominal heaviness.

Loss of appetite

Zandu Pancharishta is commonly prescribed for the patients suffering from loss of appetite due to a variety of reasons such as anorexia nervous, preexisting chronic debilitating disorders like cancer, and during convalescence from an acute or chronic infective disorder. It increases the appetite and helps in improving digestion.

Acidity and Gastritis

Zandu Pancharishta helps to regulate the secretion of acid in the stomach and thus, reduces the excess acid production while keeping the appetite at an optimum level. This unique action of Zandu Pancharishta helps in the management of hyperacidity and gastritis. It helps in relieving the symptoms of hyperacidity such as loss of appetite, sour eructations, heartburn, and burning sensation in the throat and abdomen.

Constipation

The main herbal ingredients of Zandu Pancharishta, Raisins and Aloe Vera, help in treating acute and chronic constipation. The other herbs in this medicine like Ashwagandha and Shatavari support the action of Raisins and Aloe Vera and provide strength to the intestine and the abdominal muscles, thus easing the passage of stools. Giloy helps in reducing constipation by improving the peristalsis movements. This medicine also boosts the liver functions, which ensures a proper flow of bile into the intestines, thereby supporting the peristalsis. All these actions produced by Zandu Pancharishta help a person to get rid of constipation.

Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome that is accompanied by chronic constipation and severe mental stress can be managed effectively by the regular use of Zandu Pancharishta. The herbs present in Zandu Pancharishta reduce constipation and bloating. Stress, which is a common precipitating factor for irritable bowel syndrome, can also be tackled well by using this medicine. However, this medicine may not help in the cases of IBS in which loose motions or frequent diarrhea is the main symptom.

The recommended of Zandu Pancharishta

The exact dosage of Zandu Pancharishta depends on the age of the patient and the severity of the condition. Children between the ages of 6 and 10 years should be given 2.5 to 5 ml of this medicine twice every day. Children above 10 years of age can be treated with a dose of 5 ml, twice every day. The recommended dose for the adults is 15 ml, twice a day.

The patients in the older age group should be given a lower dose of about 10 ml, twice a day. The maximum dosage of this medicine should not exceed 60 ml per day. The medicine should be mixed with an equal amount of water and taken immediately after a meal. The recommended treatment duration ranges from a minimum of 1 month in mild cases to about 6 months in severe cases. Most patients get relief from the ailments within 3 months of using this medicine.

Side effects of Zandu Pancharishta

Zandu Pancharishta is safe for most people. There are no chemicals in this medicine. Hence, it does not cause severe side effects. However, diabetic patients should avoid using this medicine as it may result in a rise in their blood sugar level.

Zandu Pancharishta may not be suitable for the infants and children below the age of 5 years. This medicine should not be used by the pregnant women.

Gastric irritation due to the fermented contents may occur in some patients. It may cause a mild burning sensation in the throat especially when taken without diluting it with water.

Though Pancharishta contains some cooling herbs, which can provide relief from acidity and mouth ulcers; due to the fermentation process involved in its preparation and the alcoholic content, its anti-ulcer effect is reduced to some extent. Hence, patients having a history of mouth ulcers may experience a recurrence of the condition while using this medicine. They should stop using the medicine if they develop mouth ulcers too frequently.