Shankha Dravaka – Benefits, How To Use, Ingredients, Side Effects

Shankha Dravaka is obtained by processing Shankha (Conch) with salts and Ksharas. They are usually present in liquid form. They have a very special method of preparation.


Shankha Dravaka uses: 

It is used in the treatment of ascites.

Excellent in grahani, controls indigestion and acidity quickly.

It acts as natural diuretic.

Used in Ayurvedic treatment of excess gaseous distension of abdomen, liver and spleen related disorders.

Synonym:

Sankha bhasmam.

Shankh Dravak Dosage: 

5 drops once or twice a day with warm water or milk, before or after food,  as advised by Ayurvedic doctor.

Adjuvant:

Honey or ghee.

Pathya:

Pathya is to be according to ailment.

How long to use? 

This medicine can be used for a period of 1 – 2 months only.

Shankh Dravak side effects: 

Since it contains a variety of salts, this might not be an ideal medicine for people with hypertension.

Since it has kshara as ingredient, this might affect the quality and quantity of sperm on long term use.

Shankha Dravaka ingredients: 

48 g of each of

Bhasma (ash) of Arka – Calotropis procera

Bhasma (ash) of Snuhi – Euphorbia neriifolia L.

Bhasma (ash) of Chincha – Tamarind – Tamarindus indica

Bhasma (ash) of Tila – sesame seed – sesamum indicum

Bhasma (ash) of Aragwadha – Cassia fistula

Bhasma (ash) of Chitraka – Lead Wort (root) – Plumbago zeylanica

Bhasma (ash) of Apamarga – Achyarnthes aspera

Yava Kshara – Kshara of Barley – Hordeum vulgare

Swarjika Kshara

Tankana – Purified Borax

Samudraphena

Godanti – purified gypsum

Kaseesa – Green vitriol

Soraka

Saindhava – Rock salt

Samudra Lavana – Table salt

Vida Lavana – Vida salt

Sauvarchala Lavana – Sochal salt

Audbhida Lavana

Matulunga swarasa – Citrus medica – juice extract

Shankha Churna  – Conch powder 48 g

The above group of ingredients is subjected to process of distillation at very high temperature to get drops, called Shankha Dravaka.

Expiry date: – Can be kept for a very long time. Upto 10 years.

Reference: Bheshaj Ratnavali Pleeha Yakrut Rogadhikara 193-197


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