Shankh Vati – Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients And Side Effects

Shankha Vati is a tablet, used in Ayurvedic treatment of gastric conditions, dyspepsia, anorexia. It contains heavy metal ingredients and hence should only be used under strict medical supervision. 

Shankh Vati uses: It is used in Ayurvedic treatment of dyspepsia, low digestion power, anorexia, acid peptic diseases and emaciation.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Pitta.

Shankha Vati dosage: 250 – 500 mg 1 – 2 times a day, before or after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.

How long to use? 

It can be used for a period of  1 – 2 months.

Shankh Vati side effects: 

It contains herbal purified mercury as an ingredient. It should be avoided by pregnant, lactating mothers and children.

Over dosage may cause slight burning sensation in stomach or poisonous effects.

People with high BP should take this medicine with care, since it contains salt as an ingredient.

Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in cool dry place.

Shankh Bati ingredients, how to make:
48 g fine powder of each of
Kshara of Chincha – Tamarind – Tamarindus indica
Panchalavana –
Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt
Sauvarchala Lavana – Sochal salt
Samudra Lavana – Common salt
Vida Lavana – Vida salt
Romaka Lavana
Nimbu swarasa – Lemon juice – Quantity Sufficient.
Shankha Bhasma – Bhasma of Conch shell
Hingu – Asa foetida
Shunti – Ginger Rhizome – Zingiber officinalis
Maricha – Black pepper – Piper nigrum
Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum
Rasa – Herbal purified Mercury – 3 g
Vatsanabha – Aconitum ferox – 3 g
Shuddha Gandhaka – Herbal purified Sulphur – 3 g
The fine powder of solid ingredients is triturated with lemon juice to prepare a paste. From this paste, tablets are prepared, dried and stored.

Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Agnimandya Rogadhikara 182 – 183 AFI. Vol. 1.

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

Manufacturers: Dabur, Baidyanath.

Original sanskrit Verse –

चिञ्चाक्षारपलं पटुव्रजपलं निम्बूरसे कल्कितं-
तस्मिञ् शंखपलं प्रतप्तमसकृत् संस्थाप्य शीर्णावधि।
हिंगुव्योषपलं रसामृतबलीनृ निक्षिप्य निष्कांशिकान्।
बद्ध्वा शंखवटी क्षयग्रहणिकारूक्पक्तिशूलादिषु।।

ciñcākṣārapalaṃ paṭuvrajapalaṃ nimbūrase kalkitaṃ-
tasmiñ śaṃkhapalaṃ prataptamasakṛt saṃsthāpya śīrṇāvadhi|
hiṃguvyoṣapalaṃ rasāmṛtabalīnṛ nikṣipya niṣkāṃśikān|
baddhvā śaṃkhavaṭī kṣayagrahaṇikārūkpaktiśūlādiṣu||

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