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Khadirarishta – Uses, Side Effects, Ingredients And Dose

Khadirarishta is a liquid Ayurvedic medicine. It is also known by the terms khadirarishtam and Khadirarisht.
Khadirarishtam contains 5 – 10 % of self generated alcohol in it. This self generated alcohol and the water present in the product acts as a media to deliver water and alcohol soluble the active herbal components to the body.

Khadirarishta uses: Khadirarishta is widely used in the treatment of skin diseases.
It is used in the treatment of –
Mahakushta – all types of chronic skin diseases including leprosy.
Hrudroga – cardiac disorders – It is a good heart tonic
Panduroga – anemia, early stage of liver disorders
Arbuda – tumors
Gulma – Abdominal tumor
Granthi – cysts
Krumi – intestinal worms, wound with infection
Kasa – cough
Shwasa – Asthma, dyspnoea
Pleeha – splenomegaly
Udara – Ascites

Khadirarishta dose: 
12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food.
If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water.


Light pathya rules are to be followed.
Khadirarishtam side effects: 
A very high dosage than the prescribed may cause burning sensation in stomach.

Khadirarishta ingredients: 
Khadira – Acacia catechu – heart wood – 2.4 kg
Devadaru – Cedrus deodara – heart wood – 2.4 kg
Bakuchi – Psoralea corylifolia – Seed – 576 grams
Darvi – Berberis aristata – 960 g
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – 960 g
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica – 960 g
Amalaki – Amla – Emblica officinalis – 960 g
Coarse powder of above is taken, added with water – 98.304 liters.
Boiled and reduced to 12.288 liter, Filtered.
This is added with
Makshika – honey – 9.6 kg
Sharkara – Sugar candy – 4.8 kg
Fine powder of
Dhataki – Woodfordia fruticosa – Flower – 960 g
Kankola – Piper cubeba – Fruit – 48 grams
Nagakeshara – Mesua ferrea – Stamen – 48 g
Jatiphala – Myristica fragrans – Seed – 48 g
Lavanga – clove – 48 g
Ela – cardamom – 48 g
Twak – Cinnamon – 48 g
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala – leaves – 48 g
Krishna – Pippali – Long pepper – 192 g

Method of manufacturing:
The first set of herbs in coarse powder form is taken, boiled with the specified amount of water, reduced to a quarter part to get Kashaya. It is filtered. It is added with sugar and mixed well, filtered again.
Then rest of the ingredients are added and kept in an air tight container which is smeared from inside with ghee for fermentation. After a month, it is taken out and filtered.

Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali 54/365-370, Sharangdhara Samhita, Madhyama Khanda 10/60-65
Shelf life:  10 years. Once after opening the bottle, it is better to empty it within 2 months.
Where to buy? – Aff.

Safe for kids?
It is safe to use this medicine in lower dose, in children above 5 years of age.
Pregnancy and lactation –
During pregnancy, it is best to avoid this / take this only under medical supervision.
During lactation period, it can be taken in lower doses, based on doctor’s advice.

Manufacturers: Zandu, Sandu, Dabur, Baidyanath, Arya Vaidya Sala, AVP.
Expiry date: 10 years from the date of manufacture.
Storage: Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Lecturer, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  1. Can this be taken as a daily skin tonic or is it a medicine to be taken when necessary?

  2. CH RAMESH says:

    Can this be used for curing urtricaria (hives) disease for men and women

  3. Atiqur rehman says:

    Yes it is work, for skin & some other
    I like this product,

  4. lavanya says:

    Is kadhirarista helpful for blood infection

  5. How many days need to use for this Tonic for skin disease

  6. how long will it take to see improvement in acne marks??

  7. Ayurveda Consultant advised me to use mix equal quantity of Khadirarishta and Aaranyarirshta.. Is it okay?

  8. can this be used to treat vitiligo, if yes what dosage? Also plz tell any other formulation that would cure vitiligo

  9. can i use for vitiligo? if so where can i buy?

  10. Does it contain alcohol? ??
    And it contains sodium propyl paraben
    N parabens causes breast cancer, so is it harmful fr me as im taking this for week nw
    N very satisfied with the result as I was having pimples on body with itching, im cing results
    So plz doc suggest me whta shud I do as im worried about the alcohol/n/parabens….

  11. i have redness at my genital area also disurea..from last two years.. can i take this khadirarist… if yes.. than how much time take to heal.

    • Hi, for your condition, it is best to consult a gynecologist directly. You can take Khadirarishta in a dose of 15 ml, mixed with 15 ml of water twice a day for 1 month time.

  12. respected sir.. i m monal patel.. i hv skin problem at my genital area.. can i take this khadiraristha ..if yes than how much time take to heal my redness at vaginal.. what is the nature of divya khadraristha..i mean cool or hot…please answer me sir .. i am suffering of this problem from last 2 years..

    thanks a lot

    • hi,
      though khadirarista is useful for skin disorder, it will be better if you consult an Ayurveda doctor(lady) and take treatment only after thorough examination.

  13. is it helpful for polysystic ovaries PCOD..?

  14. Doctor, my son has Eczema for the past 10 years… he is 11 year old now… i am giving symptomatic treatment in allopathy… i heard abt this khadirarishta… will it be helpful if i give him on regular basis as a skin tonic… will it stop his itching… will the alcohol will make him addict in his later days?

    • it will help definitely. no problem if the dose and duration are decided by an Ayurvedic doctor. it will surely effect positively over itching. as the alcohol content in it is naturally formed and is in a very minute quantity it does not make addiction in later days.

  15. divya yadav says:

    Hello Sir, I am Divya Yadav, I am suffering from Severe Acne and I am 28 years old. Also I am suffering from Hormonal Issues… my testosterone level is high due which I am suffering from Acne and hairloss…will Khadirarishta help in curing this.???

  16. Samir Karmakar says:

    Is this useful for neirofibromatosis

  17. In every ayurveda medicine for vitiligo bakuchi is the main ingredient. I have tried almost every aryuvedic medicine but it seems presence of bakuchi egraveted my vitiligo. Even bakuchi seed powder mixed with cow urine didn’t help instead increased vitiligo. Some told me bakuchi causes pitta and my pitta type body perhaps responsible for medicine not working. Can you suggest medicine without bakuchi? Can i get khadirarishta without bakuchi?


  18. What medicines should be taken with khadirarist in chronicle ring worm infection

  19. Is this useful for skintags

  20. Neha rawat says:

    Should i take it with water? (Cold or warm)

  21. Akhila Maheshwari Iyampillai says:

    dear sir,

    can khadirarishtam and saraswatiaritham be taken morning and evening respectively. also will these cause any kind of instability during day time as this has self generated alcohol in it ?

    Also Does Khadirarishtam has anything to do with obesity ?

    • yes they can be taken, and does not cause any problem if taken in prescribed quantity.
      khadirarista directly does not have any effect on obesity, but it is kaphahara thus indirectly helps in obesity.

  22. Akhila Maheshwari Iyampillai says:

    Dear Doctor,

    what lepam do you prescribe along with this for acne and pimples in face with black stubborn after pimple marks ?

    What pathya rules has to be taken care of ?

    • kumkumadi taila or lepa can be used.
      avoid oily and fatty food items, drink lot of water and eat healthy foods with fruits and vegetables.

      • Akhila Maheshwari Iyampillai says:

        Thanks a lot Dr Shishira,

        please suggest me a lepam brand. Also i am searching for mukhadooshikari lepam after checking in this site, i could not find it online or in stores. Any other alternative face pack of them ?

  23. It is similar to mahamangistarist
    Witch better

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      I will take that as Mahamanjisthadyarishta Sir.
      Khadirarishta is useful in:
      It is used in the treatment of –
      Mahakushta – all types of chronic skin diseases including leprosy.
      Hrudroga – cardiac disorders – It is a good heart tonic
      Panduroga – anemia, early stage of liver disorders
      Arbuda – tumors
      Gulma – Abdominal tumor
      Granthi – cysts
      Krumi – intestinal worms, wound with infection
      Kasa – cough
      Shwasa – Asthma, dyspnoea
      Pleeha – splenomegaly
      Udara – Ascites

      Uses of Mahamanjisthadyarista
      Blood disorders
      Skin diseases
      Eczema, itching
      Roughness of skin

  24. Sir I have hair fall problem. I consulted ayrvedic doctor and he gave khadirarishtam. How it will help me. Pls explain.

  25. I’m using this.. And my mensus date is getting longer 10 days late… Kadhirarishta affect my regular periods??????

  26. hiii… my 3 year old daughter is suffering from lichen planus. she has been given kayakalap oil n khadirarishta… is it helpfull or do i need to take somethingelse for her

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Madam, do follow the advice of the doctor as we are dealing with a kid. It is helpful in this case.

  27. Dr I am suffering from severe psorasis of handfor the last many years ,tried many treatments but still no improvement ,now wish to try Khadirarist or Lohasav .

    Please advice which among two would be best for me and how long should I continue it.

  28. Megha Goswami says:

    Hi sir i can use the khadirarisht for obesity

  29. Hi sir i can use the khadirarisht for eczema . How many months take it

  30. Satyawan says:

    After how much time after taking meal it should be take

  31. dharmesh says:


  32. dharmesh says:

    is khadirarishta a substitute of safi??? i searched out that safi has burge tulsi which lowers the sperm count. is it so?? do khadirarishta also has the same impact on sperm ??

  33. Vanishree says:

    Hello Sir my two sons of age 6 and 4 each suffer from impetigo. Can I give them khadirarishta.

  34. 5 months ago I had blisters on both hands along with inflammation. I had used steroids to cure the same. After 3 months again blisters again start to come all over body. Can I use khadirarista.

  35. Sir I have a white patch of 4 cm diameter on hip.from long time has sensation..? Can I use khadirarista ? If yes for how long?

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