Yavakshara – Benefits, Dosage, Side Effects, Ingredients, Reference

Yavakshara is an Ayurvedic medicine, used in treating urinary diseases, abdominal pain, bloating, etc . It is also used as ingredient in many medicines. Yava kshara alkali preparation made with whole plant of barley (botanical name – Hordeum vulgare).

Here barley – whole plant is dried, burnt in open air, ash is added with water, left over night. Sedimented portion is discarded and decanted clear liquid is filtered many times.

After getting a clear liquid, it is heated and the solid powder which is leftover at the bottom of the vessel is called as Yavakshara.

Yavakshara uses:

  • It is used in the treatment of difficulty in urination and urinary calculi
  • It is also used in treating bloating, abdominal pain, ascites.

कासं कफजमर्शांसि यावशूको व्यपोहति||३०५||
तीक्ष्णोष्णो लघुरूक्षश्च क्लेदी पक्ता विदारणः|
दाहनो दीपनश्छेत्ता सर्वः क्षारोऽग्निसन्निभः ||३०६|| – Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 27
YavaKshara (an alkali preparation from the plant barley) is useful in
Hrudroga – heart diseases,
Pandu – anemia,
Grahani – malabsoprtion syndrome (IBS)
Pleeha – enlargement of spleen,
Anaha – bloating, constipation,
Galagraha – obstruction in throat,
Kasa – coughing and
Kaphaja Ashmari – piles of Slaismika variety.
Alkali preparations (Ksharas) in general are sharp, hot, light, unctuous, softening, carminative, corrosive, and caustic, digestive stimulant and depletive. They are cause burns and thereby work like life.


Yavakshar is also used as an ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines. Such as –

Yava Ksharam Dosage:

125 mg – 50o mg used in various combination, for oral intake and also for external application.

Yavaksharam side effects:

Since it is a Kshara, it is best avoided in men seeking treatment for infertility, as it may affect the quality and quantity of sperm production. Watch here

In higher doses, it may cause burning sensation.

It is not ideal to use this medicine in people with excessive tiredness, emaciation and who are underweight.

Yava kshara ingredients:

Yava  – Barley – Hordeum vulgare


Sushruta Samhita Uttaratantra 42/40


Dindayal, Zandu, Vyas

Yava Kshar ingredients and how to make? 

  • Whole plant of Barley (Hordeum vulgare) are collected, cleaned well, dried completely in sunlight.
  • It is taken in a big iron pan and burnt completely in open air.
  • After it cools down on its own, the ash is collected and mixed with 4 times of water (6 times of water according to other reference) then mixed well, filtered with cloth, into an Iron vessel.
  • These contents are kept for one night as it is.
  • Next day morning the clear supernatent part of water is filtered with a cloth into another vessel.
  • This process of filtering is repeated for 3 – 4 times.
  • Then this water is heated over mild fire,  till the water content gets totally evaporated.
  • White colored Yava Kshar is produced. It is stored in an air tight glass contained.

Expiry date: – 5 years, if stored in air tight containers. Once the bottle containing this medicine is opened, it should be emptied within a month or two.
Reference: Sushruta Samhita Sutra Sthana 40/44

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  1. Dr.Deepak Pareek says:

    can we use yavakshar in coronary blocage. if yes which type we use.

  2. manzoor alam says:

    This site is amazing as I got all the information about yava kashra leaving its scientific name I would like you to add its scientific name also

  3. What are the external uses of yavakshar ? Is it safe to administer in acidity ?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Hello madam, Yavakshara along with other drugs are used for external application. Example: Yavakshara and saindhava lavana mixed mustard oil application is used for urticarial rashes.

      For acidity would prescribe Avipattikar churna.

      Note: Please do consult a ayurvedic physician before taking over the counter medication. Because we all are genetically different with different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually formulated. And the dosage is taken into consideration seeing several factors which include the age, sex and health of the individual.

  4. Adarshkumar says:

    Hello, can we use Yava kshara in administration of Vasthy as an ingadient?

  5. SAIKRISHNA says:

    Good effort…kindly clear my doubtd
    Here filtering was advised as 3-4times..describe in detail.
    1)after 1st filtration, whether the obtained liquid was refiltered for 2 more times or have you again added 4times water to the sediment left for night & then filtered…
    2)if ash was washing every time…why only 4times times it was washed ..any specification…

    • Hi,
      1. After 1st filtration, the obtained liquied is re-filtered for 2 more times. Do not add water to it further.
      2. That is the traditional method which is prescribed to make this product. Usually in making kashaya, ghrita etc also 4 times principle is applied. The ancient seers might have used trial and error method to come to this conclusion.

  6. Can this be given to infants for phlegm and wheezing

  7. Hi,can this be used in infants for phlegm and wheezing

  8. Akaveeti Kiran Kumar says:

    Namaste Sir, I am suffering with slow urination flow, can I use this medicine, I am 37 years old

  9. Dear doctor,
    what is the dose for using yavakshara to keep in the mouth to break up the accumulation of kapha in that region? And for how much time.
    Thanks in advance.

  10. sai kiran says:

    Sir can i use yavakshara for 13mm kidney stone?

  11. Yavakshara whether available in Market and which shape. Product available shops in Hyderabad of Telanagna state. pl indicate.

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