Maha Manjishtadi kashayam – Benefits, Dose, Side Effects, Ingredients, Reference

Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form. It is also known as  Maha Manjistadi kashaya, kwatha etc.  This medicine is mainly used in treatment of skin diseases. Widely used in Ayurvedic medical practice across India.

Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam benefits: 
It is used in the treatment of skin diseases, gout, syphilis, non healing wounds.
It is also used in the treatment of obesity and hypercholestrolemia and eye diseases.

Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam dose: 
The dose is 12 – 24 ml, before food, at about 6 – 7am and 6 – 7 pm or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
It is usually advised to add equal amount of water to the kashayam.
It is advised to mix a pinch of long pepper powder and Guggulu to this kashayam while drinking.

Maha Manjishtadi Kashaya Side Effects: 
There are no known side effects with this medicine. However it is best to use this product under medical supervision. Self medication with this medicine is discouraged.

Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam Ingredients: 
Manishta – Rubia cordifolia
Musta – Cyperus rotundus
Kutaja – Holarrhena antidysenterica
Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Nagara – ginger
Bharngi – Clerodendron serratum
Kshudra – Solanum xanthocarpum
Vacha – Acorus calamus
Nimba – Azadirachta indica
Haridra – Turmeric
Daruharidra – Berberis aristata
Triphala – Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amla (Emblica officinalis)
Patola – Luffa acutangula / Trichosanthes dioica
Katuka – Picrorrhiza kurroa
Murva – Marsdenia tenacissima
Vidanga – Embelia ribes
Asana – Pterocarpus marsupium
Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus
Trayamana – Gentiana kurroo
Krishna – Long pepper
Indrayava – Holarrhena antidysenterica
Vasa – Adhatoda vasica
Bhringaraja – Eclipta alba
Mahadaru – Cedrus deodara
Patha – Cyclea peltata / Cissampelos pariera
Khadira – Acacia catechu
Chandana – Santalum album
Trivrit – Operculina turpethum
Varuna – Crataeva nurvala
Kiratatikta – Swertia chirata
Bakuchi – Psoralea corylifolia
Kritamala – Cassia fistula
Shakhotaka – Streblus asper
Mahanimba – Melia azadirach
Karanja – Pongamia pinnata
Ativisha – Aconitum heterophyllum
Jala – Pavonia odorata
Indravaruni – Citrullus cholocynthis
Ananta – Hemidesmus indicus
Sariva – Hemidesmus indicus
Parpata – Fumaria indica

It is added with 8 parts of water, boiled and reduced to quarter part, filtered.

Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam reference: 
Sharangdhara Madhyamakhand 2/137-142

Maha Manjishtadi Kwatha churna is the herbal coarse powder of the above herbs.

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Lecturer, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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Comments

  1. I’d appreciate knowing the best way to take ‘Manjistha’ by itself. It has been prescribed by my doctor. Here in US, they always sell capsules, so I’m wondering how best I could take the powder form to be most effective. Thank you

    • Surakta is a blood purifier from Baidyanath stable & is neither an asava, arishta or Kashayam as per my thinking. Seen it on a medical store selling ayurvedic medicines & contains preservatives. It’s somewhat like Safi which cann’t be called a kashayam, asava or arishta but it’s ingredients list doesn’t match with Safi. There are various blood purifiers available each with something that others simply don’t cover but according to ingredients list I feel that Safi should be the best but don’t take it without doctor’s prescription on daily basis as it’s sale is banned in Canada where the health rules are the stringest.

      • Thanks Tarun. Any other (side) effects that you are aware of for Safi or any others? Would be helpful to know…

        • Haven’t heard of any complaint in Gurukul Kangri’s products. Also, don’t know about every product of Gurukul Kangri as they don’t do any marketing of their products & no information is available on their website. You will be able to see only 5-6 products on their website & those too without any details. Also, the place from where I buy Gurukul Products don’t have the list now of Gurukul Kangri’s products. There are few medicines which are found only in North Indian Pharmacies like you will not find medicines like Lavanbhaskar churna in South Indian Pharmacy & things like Baidyanath Panchasava which consists of five arishtas in a single bottle. Also, haven’t seen any company making Gulkand in the traditional manner(which should be made with mishri & not sugar which is the case nowdays) in any South or North Indian Pharmacy. To increase the gulkand’s effectiveness one can add elaichi, saunf & prawal pishti too which is the best thing with cow’s ghee in cow’s milk for acidity related constipation. Actually haven’t seen any gulkand from any South Indian Pharmacy. If you are aware of any then please let me know.

          I am using one blood purifier from Gurukul Kangri’s stable named as Raktashodhak & Mahamanjishtarishta from Baidyanath’s stable. You can find the details of ingredients list on this site:

          http://www.madanapalas.com/advanced_search_result.php?search_in_description=1&inc_subcat=1&keywords=gurukul&osCsid=qda2olsl9mmvd77cu4n57redf1&x=7&y=13

          I prefer to use asavas or arishtas only as they have dhai ka phool as preservative & is used in Ayurveda for giving long shelf life to products whitout any chemical preservatives. This is the reason I don’t prefer kashayams as I think they don’t contain dhai kaa phool as preservative. Instead chances of chemical preservatives are more in kashayams. Also, in my opinion kashayams are better to make at home. Just take them in powder form or herbs in packets & boil it at home itself. It should be taken instantly after boiling it to 1/4th or 1/8th part whichever is applicable.

          Even I don’t know about just each & every blood purifier in the market. Even khadirarishta is a blood purifier & so are other asavas & arishtas which you can know about with consulting a doctor. But mahamanjishtarishta is said to be better by the fraternity.

          If you want to use you can try these three items:

          1) Neem syrup from Jiva
          2) Raktashodhak from Gurukul
          3) Mahamanjishtarishta(I use it in the night as it has trifla as
          it’s base)

          These three cover just about most of the blood purifying herbs. After that only rose petals are left according to me which you can get in gulkand.

          Nowdays there are other blood purifiers coming in the market which contain watermelon seeds too. But I don’t know about if it is a blood purifying thing or not or company is just fooling around the customers.

          One more thing don’t dwelve too much deep into Ayurveda. I was able to revive my body even without Ashwagandha. Ate 6-8 almonds instead on daily basis. At younger age it is more about nutrition than any herb. After you grow old then can use brahmarasayanam if you require. Don’t worry about various medicines. For that doctors are there. You won’t have to deal with various medicines and cann’t become intelligent by just having theoritical knowledge. I learnt more about things by listening & doing practicals. Just know about the basic medicines & it’s potency. Even ancient ayurvedacharyas never said that there won’t be any improvement. They wrote about things that were available at that time. There are many things which have disappeared from that time & ayurveda doesn’t stops even now. Now there are medicines which can help you to digest food quickly(but don’t take them without any prescription) which weren’t there earlier.

          So, just relax & chill. Know only the basics of Ayurveda & do yoga instead. You will benefit more. Leave complex things for doctors only as they keep on doing practicals more.

          There are no diseases. It’s only about the constipation that you must be aware of. Why it sets in etc. When there is really a disease then there are simply no cures except organ transplant etc. Rest it’s up to you what you want from life.

          People think that Sinusitis is a disease related to nose but cough resides in the stomach. Nose is simply not the place for it. So with this basic thinking I was able to analyze that my problem was related to stomach & not nose. Yes it’s basically weakening of the nervous system due to severe vata disorder.

          Also, most of the diseases are due to vata & pitta disorders only. Cough is just a liquid which will be drained out by the body itself by reaching the correct balance.

          So, even triphla ghritam is a very good product as according to hebbar sir it contains things that balance vata & pitta but I think it can balance cough too since it contains triphla which automatically means will bring vata, pitta & cough in the state as it should be in.Don’t know whether I am right or wrong. But my logic says so

          • Thanks Tarun for the information regarding the blood purifiers. You seem to have gone quite deep in your research.

            It is also good to know that taking care of constipation, using a few basic herbs, and doing Yoga, has been more or less enough for you to restore and maintain health.

          • Any general guidelines on how we should structure the course of taking blood purifiers, Dr Hebbar? Of course I’ll be doing it under doctor supervision, but it would be helpful as always to have some general guidelines from you as well. For example, should there be a gap every now and then – like take for 2 months out of every 3, or 3 weeks out of every 4…and what if any might be indications that we may stop taking them? Again, just very generally, if at all possible to answer. thank you.

          • Basically it’s said that with every change in the season you should take these things for a few days only & clear the intestines. Read this somewhere but don’t remember where.

            Also, one very important point to note is that sugar isn’t a requirement as it doesn’t gets digested easily. Instead when you eat fruits, dry fruits etc then you always get natural sugar which is what the body can digest. These carbonated beverages also do more harm than any benefit to our body.

            People also go in for packed juices which isn’t good also as there are flavors only in them & no real juice.

            You can take blood purifiers till your problem gets resolved & after that you can do what I have written above.

            Also neem syrup from Jiva can be taken after meals everyday(don’t take it if you have severe cold as neem’s potency is cold) as neem fights against bad bacteria.

            In India there are four seasons & thereby four navratras. These are there for our benefit only.

            One thing that I think is too a problem that was with me as well before “People keep on munching something or the other stuff all the time. We keep on eating even when we are not hungry which is the most dangerous thing” There should be a set timetable for all of us.

            Dr Hebbar want to know what stuff are better avoided in the morning for people who have pitta problem.

        • I am unable to do yoga still as my nerves are opening now and there is still some pain towards my liver side(due to vata I think as my feces were unable to move). Used to do jogging & natural stretching exercises instead with some pushups & sit ups. Basically you have to stretch your every muscle. I am unable to breathe properly still but it’s a temporary phase for the next 1-2 months.

          In yoga learn to do suryanamaskar. It will help you as it is a complete exercise in itself as in this every muscle will get streched(Even 10 will be sufficient & won’t take much time). You have to sweat it out per day.

          People are more interested in medicines which isn’t a good thing. I was able to remove cough from my body by using Shilajit(Have done other methods also) only by using it for 1-2 months but my body wasn’t getting any stronger even then. But now there is no problem. Remember one thing that you cann’t improve your immune system in a single day. It takes time to remove the junk from your system. I removed junk food & removed sugar almost from my diet. It isn’t easy to revive the body. Sometimes you will feel that the thing isn’t working. Also, I don’t think too much about what modern day science says about garlic or any other thing for that matter which is completely natural. They will give such articles in newspapers that you will feel that you shouldn’t take this & that which is entirely wrong. Actually they haven’t been able to find almost any cures & it’s their medicines which are having side effects. They don’t publish a thing about the sort of chemicals they are using to manufacture medicines & what complications can arise with those medicines. It’s just a gimmick by the modern science to fool about people to show other modes of treatment in lighter vein. The last allopathic doctor told me that there isn’t a cure for IBS in any mode of treatment to show allopathy’s greatness. I know it’s a better mode of treatment for some problems & I am not discarding it alltogether but for digestion related issues there are simly no cures in allopathy. There are surgeries only for just about anything.

          Also, take ash gourd(White Petha) juice in empty stomach in the morning. It will cleanse your stomach slowly. Also, do you know about falsey(Don’t know it’s english name) & jamun. These too are also very good cleansers & are fruits only. I think you are having problem in your gut due to worm infestation & that’s what these blood purifiers remove too along with the right kind of food.

          I have seen people sleeping after 12 & for just 4 hrs only & still they don’t have any health problems. They do yoga & are as fit as others. Which principle of ayurveda are they following ?

          One more thing that you wanted hebbar sir to write about what ingredients can be used in milk & what in water.

          Milk has sweet taste & that’s the reason why sour substances will not go with it. Ex- amla, lemon etc. You can test it yourself at home. Just go through the ingredients list of Divya peya or herbal tea from baba ramdev’s stable(Patanjali). You will get chavya & various other herbs & all can be put in milk after boiling. And there are more herbs that can be put in milk even if you know about just every single ingredient in Divya Peya. I know what product I have to take & don’t move into too much details as the adage says: “More study more confusion & less study less confusion” .

          Just about everything can be put in water.

          Hebbar sir, am I correct this time ??

          • Thanks very much Tarun.

            The good bacteria proportion in the gut gets depleted if the good bacteria cannot withstand the massive onslaught of the bad bacteria. When we gorge on sweets and processed sugar, we are feeding the bad bacteria. So it never hurts to minimize or forego the sugary stuff. Your words came as a very timely reminder!

            Suryanamaskar was recently added to my arsenal, and at some point I would like to start doing it along with its proper chants/prayers as well to gain full benefits. Recently read that for Pitta people, Moon salutation may be slightly better since it’s more cooling in comparison.

            To help with breathing, you may try sitting down and chanting (your chosen Mantras, or the Sahasranama…). Along with the obvious spiritual benefits that chanting brings, it also automatically streamlines, deepens and smoothens the breath, relaxes the nerves and a lot more than I can possibly describe in words. Start slowly and build up. I hope that this may help you in the long run. Don’t leave it even after you’re fully healthy. :)

            My experience with the body too has been that it improves in gradual stages. We make one change in your life or two, and it improves by 10%. Then we add something else, and it improves by another 10%, and so on…so it takes patience and perseverance, and most of all, a positive spirit. Thanks for infecting everyone with your positive spirit.

  2. How different is Hamdard Safi from Maha Manjishtadi Kashayam/Arishta?

    • For this you need to visit a Unani doctor I think. The names in Unani are simply different than Ayurveda.

      Ex- We call Corainder or Dhania in Ayurveda & in Unani it is known as Kishneez. Maybe Dr Hebbar isn’t aware of Unani terminology & so would find difficulty in answering this question as one has to be aware of Unani terminology before answering this question.

      • True. I do not know Unani medicines and terminologies.

        • Maha Manjisthadi Kwath is ayurvedic preparation, is it not? That’s what I meant to ask, i.e. the difference between these two:

          http://www.herbalsafari.com/2012/03/dabur-mahamanjisthadi-kwath.html

          &

          http://www.hamdardsafi.com/

          But anyway, on second thoughts, my question is probably not correct. Both of them have a lot of ingredients, so it may be difficult to truly draw a comparison. I guess I was just looking for some ‘general high level differences if any come to mind, like contra indications in either case or particular benefits that are present in one and not in the other, and so on…

          • Safi contains Sarponkha, Kasni, Rewandchini etc which are very good liver stimulants which aren’t found in Mahamanjisthadi kwath. Combination of Mahamanjisthadi kwath & Safi is a very good ingredient wise. Safi has rose, senna etc too which helps in constipation too. Safi is a very good liver stimulant & an effective blood purifier but there are some things in Mahamanjisthadi kwath which aren’t there in Safi such as Chitrak etc. About Safi’s ingredients list & reviews read here:

            http://makeupandbeauty.com/safi-the-blood-purifier-review/

  3. Hebbar Sir, just want to know why other arishtas main ingredients(Ex- Arjun from Arjunarishta, Rohitak from Rohitkarishta along with Mulethi, Chop Chini & Gorakhmundi) were left out in mahamanjishtadi kashaym ? Wouldn’t it make it a more potent blood purifier if the other herbs were added to it or is it complete in it’s own way.

    The same thing is there in liver tonics too. You find something in 1 product & something other in another. Why cann’t be there a single product which is complete with all the herbs which are essentially working in the same direction.

    I think it’s a gimmick by the companies in order to extract more money from our pockets by making us purchase different products for the same work done by these products. Ex- Liver tonic will aid the liver only & blood purifier will purify the blood only.

    • I wouldn’t reach the conclusion that it’s a gimmick so easily. Different companies have the right to name their products as they deem fit. It is the doctor’s job to help us understand the product being prescribed in case we have questions. If we consult doctors, it doesn’t really matter what the companies label their products. We are not supposed to bypass doctors.

      We don’t eat all fruits that help relieve constipation every time we eat fruits, we just pick one or two and they succeed in their task. So I’m not sure if it’s necessary for all herbs that have a certain effect to be put into a formula for it to be effective. Plus, each herb has multiple properties/effects, not just one, and also combining herbs together produces various different possible effects. Hence, in my view, it might not be so easy or so “black and white” to formulate a single product with all herbs in it. Perhaps a better “suggestion” in this area, to help the end consumer, would be for companies to try and follow the traditional texts closely in making these formula, in case they are not doing so, and also to name the products in some standard way so that we can compare products from different manufacturers more easily, but that’s way too optimistic for the real world, and perhaps not even truly necessary. Also, all bodies are different. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work everywhere. Variety is needed. One product may not work as effectively for everyone or may have side effects for someone and not for others. So having variety can be a good thing too.

      • Gaurav, I don’t know whether it’s a gimmick or not. Even mahamanjisthadi kshayam has several ingredients & it is made in such a manner that allows all the herbs to work in conjunction with each other. I think there hasn’t been an effort to make a single product which might have helped people like me who have to purchase atleast 2 products instead of 1. Maybe it is possible or not but I am not sure. Neither am I a doctor nor prescribing anyone any sort of medicines. I thought that it might give a direction to a team of doctors to think and develop a single formulation for the benefit of masses. Atleast one doesn’t has to waste time in finding various products if we can somehow get a single product working in the same direction.

        Hey anyways did u read about Surakta from baidyanath stable. The link is :

        http://www.baidyanath.org/21421.shtml

  4. Gourav, I think I have done 1 mistake of telling you about surakta blood purifier. The link that you mentioned on your comment takes us to a product named Surakta from Vadik Herbs & not Baidyanath but there is a product from Baidyanath stable too named as Surakta. You can read about it on this link “http://www.baidyanath.org/21421.shtml”

    Also, you don’t require Jiva’s neem syrup if you are using two others mentioned before by me. But mahamanjistharishta is a different combination & mahamanjisthadi kashayam is different according to me. I will load mahamanjishtarishta ingredients later on & then we will see what Dr Hebbar says about it.

  5. Sir, I am uploading ingredients list of Mahamanjisthadyarishta(from Baidyanath). Kindly check and let us know about this:

    1) Manjistha
    2) Musta
    3) Kutaja Chaal
    4) Nimba Chaal
    5) Kustha
    6) Bharangi
    7) Vaca
    8) Haridra
    9) Daru Haridra
    10) Haritaki
    11) Amalaki
    13) Bibhitaka
    14) Kantakari
    15) Patola Pattura
    16) Katuki
    17) Murvamula
    18) Indravaruni Mula
    19) Sveta Sariva
    20) Vidanga
    21) Asana
    22) Trayamana
    23) Satavari
    24) Munditika
    25) Vatsaka
    26) Vasa
    27) Bhringraja
    28) Devdaru
    29) Patha
    30) Khadira Saar
    31) Rakta Candana
    32) Guduci
    33) Trivrt
    34) Kirataka
    35) Sala
    36) Aaragvadha
    37) Shakhu
    38) Bakuchi
    39) Karanja Bija
    40 ) Netra Bala
    41) Dhanyavasa
    42) Parpata
    43) Ativisa
    44) Sunthi
    45) Dhataki Puspa

    We get mahamanjistharishta in Divya (Patanjali of Baba Ramdev) as well & they have Mahamanjisthadi Kwath as seperate.

    Kindly study & let us know the difference between mahamanjistharishta & mahamanjisthadi kwath

  6. Also, forgot to mention that Baidyanath too has a different product with the name Mahamanjisthadi Kadha which is what you have mentioned in this article. If other manufacturers have manufactured Mahamanjistharishta then it must be somewhere in some other book that you probably haven’t read or can be a proprietary product as not too many manufacturers manufacture it.

  7. Hebbar Sir, want to know what to do if there is too much heat in the stomach & the mucous secretions are still coming. Will it be better to switch too Mahamanjisthadi Kwath now instead of Mahamanjistharishta as there is a little bit of blockage still left towards liver side & can I keep on taking it till I lose my obesity too or discontinue it after mucous stops coming or continue it for some more days with reducing dosage in the first week to half & in the second week stop taking it alltogether..

  8. Are any food restrictions advised when taking this medicine?

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