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
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.
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. 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.

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

  13. 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.

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