Manasamitra Vatakam – Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients And Side Effects

Manasamitra Vatakam is a tablet, used in Ayurvedic treatment of psychiatric conditions, to improve intelligence, speech problems, etc. It is prepared from a combination of 73 ingredients. This medicine should only be taken under strict medical supervision. This medicine is formulated based on Kerala Ayurveda principles. 

Manasamitra tablet uses: It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of depression and psychosis.

It is used in children to improve brain functions, memory and concentration, in diseases like autism.

It is used to treat epilepsy, seizures and mania.

It is also used in poison treatment.

There are many research articles written on this medicine to prove its efficacy as a neuro protective medicine.

Effect on Tridosha – balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Manasamitra Vati dosage: 1 – 2 tablets once or twice a day, before or after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor. It is traditionally given along with milk.

How long to use? 

It can be used for a period of  6 months to one year or even longer, based on your doctor’s advice.

Manasamitra Gulika side effects:
It should be used only under medical supervision. Over dosage may cause burning sensation in stomach.
Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in cool dry place.

Over-dosage- A dose of 6 tablets per day  has caused palpitation and stomach burning sensation in a patient (see in the comment section below).

Manasamitra Vatakam ingredients, how to make:
10 g of each of
Bala – Country mallow (root) – Sida cordifolia
Nagabala – Grewia populifolia
Bilva – Bael (root) – Aegle marmelos
Prishniparni – Uraria picta
Pravala pishti – Coral
Shankhapushpi – Clitorea ternatea
Tamrachuda Padika
Swarna Bhasma
Pushkaramoola – Inula racemosa
Mrigashringa Bhasma  – Bhasma made of deer horn
Vacha – Acorus calamus
Tapya – Makshika Bhasma – Bhasma of Copper-Iron Pyrite
Chandana – Sandalwood – Santalum album
Raktachandana – Pterocarpus santalinus
Mukta Pishti – Paste prepared from Pearl
Loha Bhasma – Bhasma prepared from Iron
Madhuka – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Twak – Cinnamon – Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Magadhi – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum
Ghanasara – Karpoora – Camphor – Cinnamomum camphora
Aileya – Prunus cerasus
Vishala – Citrullus cholocynthis
Nirgundi – Vitex negundo
Plava – Nyctanthes arbor-tristis
Rasna – Pluchea lanceolata / Vanda roxburghi
Rajata Bhasma – Bhasma of silver
Shilajatu – Asphaltum
Gojihva – Onosma bracteatum
Padmakeshara – Lotus – Nelumbium speciosum
Jivaka –  Malaxis acuminata
Rishabhaka – Manilkara hexandra (Roxb.) Dubard / Mimusoops hexandra Roxb.
Kakoli – Fritillaria roylei
Kshira Kakoli – Roscoea purpurea
Brihati – Indian Nightshade (root) – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Yellow berried nightshade (whole plant) – Solanum xanthcarpum
Shravani, Mahashravani – Sphaeranthus indicus
Bhunimba – The Creat (whole plant) – Andrographis paniculata
Kritamala – Cassia fistula
Parushaka – Grewia asiatica
Haritaki – Chebulic Myrobalan fruit rind – Terminalia chebula
Vibhitaki – Belliric Myrobalan fruit rind – Terminalia bellirica
Amalaki – Indian gooseberry fruit – Emblica officinalis Gaertn.
Amruta – Indian Tinospora (stem) – Tinospora cordifolia
Shweta and Krishnasariva – Indian Sarsaparila – Hemidesmus indicus
Jivanti – Leptadenia reticulata
Somavalli – Sarcostemma acidum
Ashwagandha – Winter cherry/ Indian Ginseng (root) – Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal.
Nisha – Turmeric (Rhizome) – Curcuma longa
Usheera – Khus Khus – Vetiveria zizanioides
Draksha – Raisin – Vitis vinifera
Yashti – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Riddhi – Vigna cylindrica
Durva – Bermuda grass – Cynodon dactylon
Hamsapadi – Adiantum philippense Linn. / lunulatum
Bhadra – Sida cordifolia
Lavanga – Clove – Syzigium aromaticum
Tulasi – Holy Basil – Ocimum sanctum
Kasturi – Musk
Kumkuma – Saffron – Crocus sativus

Quantity Sufficient of each of  –
Juice extract of Trayamana – Gentiana kurroo
Water decoction of
Shankhapushpi – Clitorea ternatea
Vacha – Acorus calamus
Sariva – Indian Sarsaparila – Hemidesmus indicus
Lakshmana – Ipomoea sepiaria / Biophytum sensitivum
Bilva – Bael (root) – Aegle marmelos
Bala – Country mallow (root) – Sida cordifolia
Goksheera – Cow milk
Jiraka – Cumin – Cuminum cyminum
Somavalli – Sarcostemma acidum
Stanya – breast milk.

The fine powder of herbal powder mix is triturated with the liquids and a paste is prepared, which is made into tablet form, dried and preserved.

Reference of Manasamitra vadakam: Sahasrayoga Gutika prakarana 68, AFI Vol 1

Manufacturers: Kottakkal – Arya Vaidya Sala.

Some companies manufacture the same product by skipping the Swarna Bhasma (Gold) ingredient.

Expiry date: Five years from the date of manufacture. Once after opening the container, it is better to empty it before an year.

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Lecturer, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  1. What is the outcome of over dosage !? is there any serious problem pops up ???

    • Hi Divya,
      If it is a single time over-dosage there is not very significant side effects. However on a long run, overdosage may have ill effects on liver, kidneys and brain.
      Note that this product should only be used if your doctor has prescribed, for particular limited period of time. This product can not be used for self medication.

  2. Hi Hebbar,
    It is mentioned in the pack that no sexual activities permitted during course of medicine. whats the reason behind this?

    • Usually, while taking the Rasayana treatment (rejuvenation treatment) and while taking medicines with heavy metal ingredients, it is advised to avoid sexual activities. The purpose is to protect Ojas (to enhance immunity). It is just a general advice. It is not a very strict rule to be followed, unless your doctor advises so.

  3. Could those pills make you high?

  4. hi iam tharun i need manasa mitra vatakam.which is the best company manufacturing this tablets,is dis available in AP if so where.please mail yo me
    Thank You

  5. Here in the US, the heavy metal issue is used to scare us off Ayurvedic medicines. You mention heavy metals in this formulation. Would you please tell me what ingredient you are referring to and whether the metals are there by design or through contamination?

    Should people who are less able to detoxify heavy metals avoid these?

    Many thanks!

    • Dear Mary,
      There are no heavy metals in Manasamitra Vatakam. But there are a few Bhasmas (Calx / microfine powder). Like Gold and Silver Bhasma (calx). They are there by design. In this particular product, it can be had my those who are less able to detoxify heavy metals.
      On a general note, a few of Ayurvedic medicines contain heavy metals like mercury by design. But the dose is very very low and they are used for a specific time period with a specific dose. An Ideal Ayurveda doctor would reveal such a fact to his patient, while prescribing.

  6. Hi doctor
    im suffering from anxiety and GAD for 5 years…my docter gave me manasamitram gulika…is it same as manasamitra vataka…he gave me saraswatharistham as well…how long can i take all these in ur openeion…thank you alot

    • Both are same. How long to take depends on your response to the treatment and doctor’s advice. Usually a treatment of 2 – 6 months might be required, with gradual reduction in dosage.

      • Hello dr hebber , I have been suffering fr anxiety and have been getting panic attacks , my doctor has suggested me to take mentat ds , along with tagara and manasamitra I have been using them for 3 months now I feel ok but not completely recovered , would long term use of this medicine have any side affects? Also please is there a way where in I can get completely recovered?

        • Dear Rammi,
          The medicines are apt for you. The dose needs to be tapered down. Please consult your Ayurveda doctor for continuous advice. I cannot judge the dose and future course of medicine based on the info given.

  7. Shobha rani says:

    I feel depressed. So can I take this medicine .

  8. Hi,

    I’m 29 years old male and I have stammering problem. When consulted a doctor at Kottakkal for stammering (He said there is no sure. I know that. Anyway to reduce anxiety), he prescribed Manasamitra and Ashtanga Ghrutham. Is it okay for me to continue these. The doctor asked me to continue these two for 3 months.


    • Hi, if your doctor has prescribed it, you can continue both for three months. Wish you all the best.

      • Hi Hebber,

        by the way, is it true that ayurved dose not have any remedy for stammering ?


      • Ankit Singh says:

        Hello Sir,
        My father is suffering from severe anxiety issues it gets really tough at times and also serious digestion disorder problems(Constipation and Hyperacidity) we are now giving him ayurvedic treatment for that. I just want to know that can he have Manasmitra Vatakam tablets for anxiety disorder as it is increasing day by day… He have lost weight in his anxiety problems… At 65 years of age is it okay to have Manasmitra vatakam treatment.
        please reply.

        Ankit Singh

  9. Can it be used by all age groups? It has been prescribed for 8 yrs old boy and wanted to know if it is safe?

  10. prasanna (PG) says:

    I took Manas Mitra vatakam for 2 months but had some side effects. Body heat seem to increase considerably and led to burining senation during urination and blood? I was on 2X tablets bed time,, had them with water. Please suggest any alternative to MMV?

  11. sangeetha says:

    hi doctor, my son who is 9yrs old has mild autism. can i use manasamitra vatakam for him since am using the same for pms for myself.

  12. Jalil (Russian Federation) says:

    Hi, I have a question.
    Is “Nagarjuna” a good brand for Manasamitra Vatakam ?
    whether there is swarna basma in “Nagarjuna” tablets?

    And what about diet…
    Can I eat meat, spicy dishes, salt, drink alcohol ?
    What else is forbidden to eat ?

  13. I am taking this tab at night . Will it cause any side effects if I take it with iron, folic acid n biotin…. …. My doctor prescribed it for me when I was pregnant.

  14. Dear doctor, Can you treat depression and psychological issue through online?

  15. Hi Sir,
    Is there is any good treatment for reactive hypoglycemia in Ayurveda

    Vivek Nair

  16. Hello Dr Hebbar,
    Is it ok to take this medicine for more than six months at a time (even under doctor supervision). What are the long term side effects of this medicine

  17. Ahmed Helal says:

    Hello Dr Hebbar,

    i have my son Omar have 4 and half year and still not talking up to now and one of my friends advice for me the same to help he to talk.

    kindly advice if the same will help him in next period to talk and as per my friend I can give him half tablet daily in the middle of the day.

    appreciate your support for the same.

  18. Hey I was asked by doc to have manasamitra along with ashwaganda syrup and aja lehyam…any issues in having??

  19. Prasanna (PG) says:

    Dr Hebbar – I took the MMV prescription from a well known Ayurvedic doctor, not self medication !! Still it gave me some side-effect such as blood through urine, only once. Since then i stopped the dosage but then the doctor altered the prescription to Swarna Bhasma rahit(skip) and this seems to have worked? Currently I take 2 tabs at bed-time

    My question is how low long should I take this medicine for UC and depression condition? ANy other precautions I need to follow?
    Please advise…

  20. what are the effects MMV can have if taken by normal person? I have been suggested by Ayurvedik doctor friends to take these tablets during exams to increase concentration.
    what are its side effects? how to minimize them?
    if it helps in boosting academic performance, what are Pathya to be followed?

    • I would not recommend this for a normal person to take it to increase concentration. Something like Brahmi ghrita – 5 – 10 drops everyday, followed by hot water, in the morning, after food, for one month looks a safer better choice.

  21. Hello Doctor, some years back i took the medicine Flutee(brand name) for headache caused by anxiety and depression for six months on the advice of a neuro-surgeon. The problem has cropped up again. Can i take MMV on my own?

  22. Can MMV recommended for a 86 year old woman? My friend is recommending this for her short term memory condition.

    • Difficult question.
      If the weight and strength of the lady is good, then half – one tablet can be administered. However, you need to consult an Ayurveda doctor directly before taking this medicine.

  23. is nagarjuna a good company fr manasmitra vatakam!?

  24. hanmanthrao.k.panthulu says:

  25. ambuj kumar says:

    is amrita drugs is standard company for manasamitra vatakam and where I can buy arya vaidya sala manasmitra vatakam medicine . because in north india no ayurvedic medicine shop can sell this product . pls reply as soon as possible

    • There is an avp shop in karol bagh and also a kottakal shop in karol bagh delhi. Not sure where in northindia u r from or order online at

  26. Sir I m prescribed with this tablet along with a combination of ashwagandharishtam balarishtam anddasamoollaristam for anxiety but I feel anxious through out the day

  27. I had my share of worst with going for benzodiazepines , they gave quick instant reliefs. But actually we are embracing the DEVIL in order to escape from the demon.
    lorazepam – Whenever i hear the name…not anxiety :)…. my heart will race at 300 bpm.
    My immediate concern was not about anxiety but to quite these DRUG!!!. I Know its not real…a fake world…it will built for your ….esteem, confidence, will power…But the moment you step about from this drug its all Gone…Comes the worst nightmare…side effects. (light flashing in eyes , Feels like head is exploding off , Numbs, Dizziness , || anxiety attack was mild considering these)
    The amount i suffered with the drug…Finally in-order to withdraw i had to go a roller coster ride for 2 months Nexito, Feliz, Oresta…etc . After finally escaped…. :)

    But discovered a TRUE now out of anxiety..YES OUT OF ANXIETY…No Drug , Therapy etc
    Thanks to the great saints, Legacy s called Ayurveda

    • Thanks for sharing your experience. But I suggest readers to consult an Ayurveda doctor directly, rather than self medicating with this (or any other medicine for depression / anxiety).

  28. is Imis a good company for MMV?

  29. Hello Dr Hebbar, I was told to take Manasamitra Vatakam by a Dr in India who said it would be fine to take it with my Anti-depressants. I’ve noticed I have become more anxious than usual so am wondering should I take it at night instead of the morning?

  30. toutirais says:

    Bonjour monsieur,voila j’ai acheté sur le site le médicament Manasamitra Vatakam que m’a prescrit mon médecin .Seulement le médicament que j’ai recu contient 53 ingrédients alors que celui indiqué sur le site et que j’ai commande en contient normalement 73 ingréédients.Il vient de la fabrique “ connaissez vous?Pouvez vous m’indiquer ou je puisse commander le vrai médicament de 73 ingrédients s’il vous plait.C’est trés important pour moi.J’habite en france et suis obliger de passer par internet.Merci de me répondre
    Mme Toutirais Josiane.

    • Bonjour, est une très bonne compagnie. Ils pourraient tout simplement ont sauté de mentionner tous les ingrédients en raison de manque d’espace. Je vous suggère de continuer à l’utiliser. La prochaine fois, s’il vous plaît acheter des médicaments de je les connais personnellement et sont très bons, des gens d’un esprit de service.

  31. Girish Agarwal says:

    Whether Manasmithram Gulika by Vaidyratnam oushadhashala (based on Ashtangahridayam) is equivalent in effect to Manasmitravatakam by kotakkal. I have been prescribed Manasmitravatakam by ayurvedic doctor for anxiety/depression.Vaidyaratnam was locally available.If there is qualitative difference I will definitely prefer better one.Please advise. Thanks and regards Girish Agarwal Haridwar

  32. nirmal arora says:

    Hi my veena has been suffering from anxiety and there is lot of hatred developed for me and people she dislikes. She is using abusive language and her husband is her worst enemy. She cannot forget her past and brings everytime she is agitated. Please advise ilif this medicine manasamitravatakam is good for her

  33. Hello Doctor, I have beem prescribed Brahmi vati, sutshekhar ras and manasmitra vatakam along with other Arishtas for 3 months. After taking for about 20 days , i have a sulking feeling with shivering body and sleep all the time. Can this be caused by mmv . My doubt is for mmv because when my mother was taking mmv she got these things and once she stopped it she was okay. Though the ayurvesic doctor refuses to believe that it is because ofmmv only. I m takind 2 tablets twice in a day

    • It could be due to Sutshekhar ras or Mmv. But both are very efficacious medicines, when used under doctor’s supervision. Better to stop them or at least reduce the dose.

  34. pranathi says:

    can I take mmv along with antidepressant .I am suffering from anxiety neurosis

  35. My daughter has been diagnosed with autism. A doctor prescribed manasamitra vatakam to begin from May. Once started, within how long can we expect to see a difference?

  36. Hi sir,my daughter aged 5 who has speech delay and cp has been prescribed saraswathi gritam (2 spoon) morning and saraswathi arishtam 10 ml and mmv 1 tablet mixed in evening and 10 ml saraswathi arishtam again at night.
    Pls give your opinion.

  37. Sir please throw some light on Mamsyadi Kwatha.

    Immense thanks for your work.

  38. Is it safe to give manasamitravadakam to my 2.5 year old son who has speech delay and attention problem. My doctor had already prescribed this.

  39. Sir i’m using nagarjuna manasamitra vattakam frm 2 months, i’m addict to smoking frm past 5years, it cause any effects? I hve lack of concentration, i cnt concentrate to anything more tham 2mins plz help me sir

  40. Purushottam ghimire says:

    Hello Namaskar Dr.
    How long can we preserve Moti bhasma, subarna maalati basanta ras, silajeet ? I have 35 years old products. Are they usable now ?

  41. Sir are there any AVN ayurvedic medicine shop in Kolkata

  42. DR Normally how many days Manasa mithra vataka need to use to get result???

  43. Lakshmi says:

    Sir, my son is 3 years old. He has a symptoms of autism, doctor prescribed this tablet along with Saraswataristam and Vache powder for 6 months. Is it safe to use this tablet for 6 months? Please advice. Thank you.

  44. Dear Dr JV Hebbar,

    Your website is very helpful and informative.The question we have is how to choose
    an Ayurveda doctor in our area,since there are so many?We live in Toronto Canada,
    but could go also to USA.

    Thank you very much!


  45. Prasanna.K says:

    I have suffering from sleeping trouble last 6 months. I have some stress and anxiety issues as well. I have been prescribed with MMV, aswagandharistam, paratharishtam. Will it help me for sleep trouble. I had last 2 weeks. Very little improvement. Do i need to increase the dosage?. Please guide if i need to any other medicine. -Prasanna.K

  46. bharath vaddi says:

    my doctor has prescribed Manasamitra vatakam for severe anxiety. the dosage was 2-2-2 and after 4 days, I have palpiatations and stomach burning.Can I reduce the dosage to 1 tablet per day myself?

    • Hi, it is better to reduce to dose to only one tablet at night after food, in your case. You can continue it for 1 – 2 months and consult your Ayurveda doctor for further course of treatment.

  47. Hi Doctor,
    I am taking Manasamitram gulika from the last 7days by the advice of ayurvadic doctor. Now today I have vomiting and after that blood has come out a little bit. Is it OK to continue this medicine.

    • Hi, as you may have gone through side effects of manasamitra vatakam, overdose may cause severe gastic irritation and bleeding in gastrum also. So, it is better to consult your doctor at the earliest and confirm the dosage you have taken is right.

  48. ASHWINI HEBBAR says:

    Hello Sir,i,m ashwini hebbar..sir mujhe 3saal se neend ki takleef he.or pet ki bhi takleef to hamesha kharab rehetha he.or neend ka sub se bada problem he.sir full night ek min bhi neend nahi ati.kya karu samhaj me nahi ata.din bhar isi ki chinta padi reheti he.plz me konsi medicine le sakti hoo.sir plz

    • hello, aapke dono problems ek dusre se related hai. dononka agar teek tharah se samadhan huva tho accha hai. sirf yehi ek medicine aapke liye kafi nahi hoga. aur bhi davaye hai jo aapke kaam aasakthe hai jiske liye aapko apne nazdeeki Ayurvedic doctor se milna hoga. aur ek baath, davayiyonke saath aap apne khaane-peene ke habit me control rakhna chahiye aur thoda bahuth yoga, pranayama, dhyana kare tho bahuth behthar hoga.

  49. Hi doctor,
    I have been taking mv 2 tablets per day as per my doctors prescription.I started taking these for anxiety. The anxiety has not reduced. I have multiple not sure whether to continue or not? How do I know mv is working?

    • it will work, but if you want to know how much please get beck to the doctor who prescribed because he might know your history well and can recognise how much it has worked and decide whether to continue or not.

  50. kalaivanan says:

    Hi Dr.

    1,I have OCD , and panic disorder and ADHD , and am now taking MMV and saraswatharista for the past one month however my anxiety reduced but stil panic problem and attention fluctuation and ocd is still there ,

    2, can i take mentat along with this medicine,(my doctor before advised if u want u can take )

    3, is it possible to cure all my ocd and ADHD panic and mental disorders with ayurvedic medicine if i continue for long time ..

    • hi,
      you can take mentat along with after consulting your Ayurvedic doctor again.
      you can surely get very good results but can not assure you complete cure unless we analyse your condition personally.

  51. Good Evening Sir
    I m diabetic in first stage. Can Manamitra Vataka is advisable in such dieses also?

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