Haridra Khand – Benefits, Dose, Side Effects, Ingredients

Haridra Khand is a very famous and highly effective Ayurvedic medicine for allergy. It is in granules form. Its main ingredient is Haridra – turmeric. It is also known as Haridra Khand, Haridra Khandam.

Haridra Khand benefits: 
It is used widely in the treatment of allergic skin diseases, itching skin diseases. It improves skin quality and complexion.
Kandu – itching skin disorders, pruritis
Visphota – blisters
Dadru – fungal skin infections
Sheetapitta, Kotha – allergic skin conditions, hives
Udarda – skin diseases due to skin contact with cold objects

Haridra Khand dose: 
3 – 6 g once or two times a day before or after food, as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
It is usually given along with warm milk or honey.

Haridra Khand side effects: 
There are no known side effects with this medicine. However, it should always be taken only under medical supervision, after prescription from a qualified Ayurvedic doctor.

Haridra Khand ingredients: 
Turmeric – 384 g
cow ghee – 288 g
milk – 3.072 liters
sugar candy- 2.4 kg
This mixture is heated to prepare a semi solid mass. It is added with below Prakshepa dravya
Trikatu – Pepper, long pepper and ginger – 48 g each
Cinnamon, Cardamom, Patra (Cinnamomum tamala) – 48 g each
Vidanga – Embelia ribes – 48 g
Trivrit – Operculina turpethum – 48 g
Triphala – Haritaki, Vibhitaki and Amla – 48 g each
Nagakeshar – Mesua ferrea – 48 g
Musta – Cyperus rotundus – 48 g
Lauha bhasma – 48 g

Method of preparation:
Ghee is taken in a pan. Add turmeric powder to it. Heat it in mild fire, for 2 – 3 minutes. Stir continuously to make a homogenous mass.
While heating, once turmeric odor starts emitting, stop heating. If you over heat, it may get burnt.
Take pre-boiled milk and sugar candy in another wide mouthed vessel.
To it, add ghee fried, continue heating in mild fire. Stir well.
As you continue heating, the mass starts solidifying. At one stage, take out a small mass in a spatula, allow it to cool down, rub between fingers, it will yield 2 – 3 stable threads.
Take a small piece of content in a spatula and put it into water, it solidifies very quickly and settles at the bottom.
In the beginning stage of heating there will not be any particular appreciable odor. Nearing to the end, you can appreciate typical ghee and turmeric odor.
After observing these three symptoms, stop heating and take it out of fire.
Take the prakshepa dravyas  in powder form and mix them well. Add this powder mix to the ghee-turmeric-milk and sugar candy mass while continuously stirring. Slowly the whole mass gets the shape of granules.

Haridra Khand reference: 
Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Sheetapitta Udarda Kotha adhikara – 12 – 16
Traditional reference:
haridra khanda

Manufacturers: Nagarjuna, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, Baidyanath, Dabur, AVP, Vaidik Herbs.
Divya Pharmacy calls the same product as Divya Haridrakhand.
Expiry date: 1 – 3 years from the date of manufacture.

Storage: Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.
Safe for kids?
It is safe to use this medicine in lower dose (1 – 2 grams per day), in children above 3 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.

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Lecturer, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  1. Can haridrakhand (B.R ) be given to 2 years 6 months old
    child who has a weeping eczema .He is allergic to certain foods and cow milk .We use goat milk ,goat butter etc .

  2. Can i take after my delivery

  3. is there any diet for this?

    • Avoid frozen food, fried food, brinjal, peas, and heavy non veg food.
      Usually the diet restriction is specific to the disease, for which this medicine is used for treating.

  4. kya ese summer me b use kia ja sakta h…????bcz haldi garam hoti h

    • Agar dood ke saath isko le rahe hai to, isko summer me bhee use kar sakte hai.
      (translation – can it be used in Summer? because turmeric is hot in nature.
      Answer: If a cup of milk is consumed after taking this, then it can be used in summer as well.)

  5. Fahmida says:

    Hi, Can i take this during pregnancy.

    • It is best to avoid all Ayurvedic medicines, including this one during pregnancy. If you have allergy issues, consult your doctor.
      Add a small pinch of turmeric to hot milk and drink it once a day.

  6. Narendra says:

    I have been taking Haridrakhandam for more than a year, since then urticeria has not occured, I’m taking the dosage empty stomach every morning. Not sure for how long I need to continue taking, should I try discontinuing?

  7. I am using hardrikhanda for allergy like seasonal rhinitis, I am taking twice daily from past three days. and I am suffering from acidity, just want to know hardrikhanda will cause acidity?

  8. Hello Dr. My ayurvedic Dr. had suggested this. My age is 32. As my body is a heat body when I was taking this I use to get even more heat in my body. and now Am married for 6 months but, not planning for kid at least for 4 months. So what should I do? should I continue with minimal dosage or discontinue it?

  9. Dr. I Have allergy SO because of this I have nose blockage, runing nose, cough,irritation and sneezing So can I take this medicine.

  10. Is it good for sebohhoric dermititis??

  11. I’m chronically dehydrated with dry skin and rashes / itching. My blood report shows allergy. I get acidity soon. Will haridrakanda help?

  12. Sir, how should I take the dosage ? Directly or mix it in some liquid ?

  13. A Kumar says:

    We are planning for a baby next month onwards. My wife is suffering from dermographism from last 8-9 months. Can she take this during this mmonth only because we shall not take it next month onwards. Can It cause some issue next month if we take it this month only ??

  14. Rajendra says:

    My face skin which was dried, itching and became like urticaria near mouth at one side. I consulted an Ayurveda doctor who advised me to go for Haridrakhand with other syrup.
    Now, after one month I found much improvement in the skin. But I have to stop eating tomato, lemon, food containing artificial coloured and essence, Curd, grains, bread like fermented food, Idli, dhosa, fried food like Gathiya as I m Gujarati.

    I read about Hardirakhnad from this as well other web site and books and it sounds good to use. Kindly post detailed procedure to make it at home as it is useful to all people in other diseases also.
    some brand uses abhrak bhasma as one of the ingredient and some is not…. which is better?


  15. Amrita Mukherjee says:

    I have been suffering from dry cough(sometimes with hooping sound,rarely) since last 6/7 months.It increases at night,only throat irritation is there,no phelgm.Doctor told it is allergic cough & those medicines did not make differences much.I have been living in Cement Industries colony for last two years.Is Haridrakhand good for this?

  16. sailesh says:

    i am 14 years old.I started to take haridraa khandam powder with milk . i took it once today morning only it caused me wheezing.I am taking this b cos i have running nose and seasonal nose block.Can i continue this for 7 days as prescribed?

  17. tanisha nayak says:

    Hello,can haridara cause constipasion and acidit in small children 4.5 yars, how long to it take for,and best way to take it

    • It may not cause constipation and acidity in children, if it is taken in a small dose of – half a teaspoon two times a day, with milk, after food.
      It can be continued for 2 – 3 weeks in kids.

  18. I am a patient of chronic Urticaria and want to know more about the Haridrakhandam.
    Can I expect a significant improvement by taking this medicine.

    • It is really effective. It is my number one preferred medicine for urticaria and allergic rhinitis. However, it contains Loha Bhasma, hence need special precaution in children (not to over-dose) and it contains sugar, hence diabetics cannot take it.

  19. I have cholinergic urticaria… Should i take it? Can it cure my disease?

  20. Hello dr.sahab,
    On 10th dec.14 in night suddenly i felt sound emitting from left ear. It is tinnitus. I m 42 yrs.old. One vaidhya adviced me kshar tail two drops 2 times along with other medicines. Is he right? Will u like to give me advice. Is tinnitus curable in ayurveda (as allopath is dissappointing in this regard)? I got my ear’s audiometry and problem did not find related with hearing.
    Pl. reply soon.

  21. Hi,
    Am taking Haridrakhandam for past ten days for allergy itching in my legs.. during this should I avoid alcohol, when I consume alcohol am not feeling comfertable, head ake, eyes become read, heart beat increase.. should I avoid drinks during this treatment.

    • Because Haridra Khanda contains a few spicy ingredients like black pepper, ginger and long pepper, it may be causing stomach discomfort along with alcohol. Hence, it is best to avoid alcohol while taking it.

  22. Lawrence Horner says:

    Dear Doctor Hebbar,
    I have been suffering from angioedema and urticaria for over twenty years. Prescribed medications only provide temporary relief. Please let me know whether harida khand brihat will alleviate this condition. Secondly, how do I obtain this remedy, as I reside in the UK?
    Kind regards,
    Lawrence Horner

  23. Dear Mr. Hebber,
    Can I Give the Haridrakhand avleha to my teenage daughter having frequent sneezing during this season?

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