Apamarga Kshara is an alkaline Ayurvedic medicine, in powder form. It is prepared from an herb called Apamarga – Prickly Chaff-flower – Achyranthes aspera. The medicine is in use since the time of Sushruta, that is since thousands of years.
Apamarg Kshar uses:
It acts as a natural diuretic. Hence useful to relieve dysurea (difficulty in urination).
It is useful to treat adbominal distension as in ascites, liver and spleen disorders.
It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of ear diseases and leucoderma.
It is used in treating cold, cough and other respiratory diseases.
It is used as an ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines.
It is also used in making Ksharasutra – special threads used in the treatment of abscess and fistula.
How long to use?
It can be used for a period of 2 – 3 months only.
Effect on Tridosha – It balances Kapha Dosha.
Apamarga Kshar side effects:
Do not use this medicine for self medication.
This medicine has to be taken strictly under medical supervision only.
This medicine is best avoided in pregnant ladies and infants.
Since it has kshara as ingredient, this might affect the quality and quantity of sperm on long term use. Hence people undergoing medical treatment for low sperm count should exercise precaution. Watch here
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Store in a dry cool place.
Apamarga Kshara dose:
250 mg to 1 gram in divided dose, per day, along with Trikatu churna and rock salt, after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
Apamarg Kshar ingredients and how to make?
Completely developed Apamarga whole plant parts are collected, cleaned well, dried completely in sunlight. They are collected preferably in the month of November.
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 – volume-wise, (6 times of water according to other reference) then mixed well, filtered with cloth, into an Iron vessel.
The mixture is stirred for a few minutes and then allowed to stand for a few hours.
The ash settles down and we get a clear yellowish liquid solution on the top which now contains all the water soluble constituents of Apamarga bhasma (ash).
The solution is carefully decanted into another container and strained.
The clear yellowish solution may still contain minute insoluble parts of the apamarga ash.
To get pure Kshara or alkali, the solution should be further purified by filtering it so that the remaining minute insoluble particles are removed.
This filtration process is done for 7-14 times.
The solution is now kept to boil in a thick container (preferably stainless steel container).
The water is boiled on moderate flame.
As the water evaporates, we start getting crystals of Apamarga Kshara. They adhere to the sides of the container. These should be regularly scraped and let back into the solution.
Repeated stirring should be done.
When almost all the water is evaporated we get a white substance which settles at the bottom.
Minimizing the heat, the process should be continued till all the water evaporates and we get a thick layer of the Kshara at the bottom of the container.
The container should be allowed to cool.
This thick layer of kshara settled at the bottom of the vessel can be removed on cooling.
This is powdered in a mortar and packed in air tight container for further use. Obtained Apamarga Ksar is white in colour.
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 11/11, Rasa Tarangini 14/64, AFI, Vol. 1.