Apamarga Kshara – Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients, Side Effects

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.

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 Apamarga Kshara 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 11/11, Rasa Tarangini 14/64, AFI, Vol. 1.

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  1. Abu Sufian says:

    How can i buy aparmarga kshar?

  2. Sir, My son 10 yrs has poor voice quality , can’t speak aloud, a friend suggested this churna (agheda churna). Is it safe? How much to be given? Can he take with honey?

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