Article by Dr Manasa and Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay)
Erandadi Guggulu is one of the Guggulu Kalpas (set of medications prepared with Guggulu or Commiphora mukul as the main ingredient) explained in the context of Vata vyadhi (diseases caused due to predominant vitiation of Vata) Prakarana (prakarana means chapter or context) of Chikitsa Sara Sangraha Ayurvedic text. Since it is mentioned in the Vata Vyadhi treatment it is an unparalleled medicine in combating Vata Vyadhis with special reference to degenerative diseases, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular diseases.
The name Erandadi Guggulu comes from the chief ingredients of the compound.
Erandadi means – list of medicines beginning with Eranda (Ricinus communis) or castor plant
Gulgulu means Commiphora mukul
Erandadi Guggul means a formulation or Guggulu compound prepared with Eranda and other set of herbs
Erandadi Gulgulu is one of the popular Guggulu Kalpa’s (Medicinal preparations with Guggulu or Commiphora mukul as the chief ingredient).
Erandadi Guggulu is one of the best remedies for Amavata (Rheumatoid Arthritis) & Vata Vyadhi (Vatik Disorders) the explanation of which is found in the depths of Ayurvedic treatises.
To sum up:
Ayurveda has named many formulations on the basis of the preliminary or most important drug / herb used in the compound / composition. In this formulation Eranda (Ricinis communis – Castor plant) and Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) are the chief medicaments used along with many other drugs.
Therefore the formulation has been named as Erandadi Guggulu wherein Eranda and Guggulu are highlighted. The other drugs are included in the term adi in the word Erandadi. Adi means drugs beginning with (Eranda and others).
Benefits and indications for Erandadi Gulgulu –
Erandadi Guggulu is used to treat the below said conditions:
Amavata – Rheumatoid Arthritis
Shotha – Inflammation, Swelling, Oedema
Sarva Vata Vyadhi / Vata Vikara’s – All Vata Vyadhi’s i.e. All Diseases caused due to vitiation and severe aggravation of Vata / Vayu
Other benefits of Erandadi Guggul:
Deepana – Kindles digestive fire, corrects metabolism
Pachana – Digests and eliminates Ama (endotoxins, metabolites, intermediate products of metabolism, cellular toxins)
Laghu – Provides lightness to the body
Srotasam Kapha Nashanaha – Destroys morbid Kapha which has been causing blocks in the channels of the body at various levels
Erandadi Guggulu – Ingredients and method of preparation –
शुक्ल एरण्डस्य मूलानि युग्मं सहचरस्य च
मुस्ता दुरालभा दीप्या देवाह्वं कटुका शठी॥
पञ्च कोलं बला पथ्या क्षुद्रे द्वे च पुनर्नवा॥
वैषाग्रा वाजिगन्धा च शतावरि अटरूषकम्॥
धान्यं छिन्नारुहा च एव विडङ्गं व्याधि घातकम्।
गोक्षुरं वृद्धदारु च दीप्यको निशा युग्मकम्॥
चतुः त्रि शतको भागः पीतः कौशिक संयुतः।
सर्व वात विकारघ्नः पाचनो दीपनो लघुः।
आमवातस्य शोथस्य स्रोतसां कफ नाशनः॥(चि.सा.सं.वात व्याधि. २२१/२२५)
Below mentioned are the ingredients of Erandadi Guggulu:
Eranda moola / Eranda mula – Ricinis communis, its roots
Sahachara – Strobilanthes heynianus / Strobilanthes ciliates
Musta – Cyperus rotundus
Duralabha – Fagonia cretica
Deepya (Yavani) – Trachyspermum ammi
Devadaru – Cedrus deodara
Katuka – Picrorrhiza kurroa
Shati – Hedychium spicatum
Pippali – Piper longum
Pippalimula – Root of Piper longum
Chavya – Piper chaba
Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica
Shunti / Shunthi – Zingiber officinale
Bala – Sida cordifolia
Pathya / Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
Punarnava / Rakta Punarnava – Boerhavia diffusa
Shweta Punarnava – Trianthema portulacastrum Linn
Vishagra – Ativisha – Aconitum heterophyllum
Vajigandha / Ashvagandha / Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus
Atarushakam / Vasa – Adhatoda vasica
Dhanyakam – Coriandrum sativum
Chinnaruha / Guduchi / Amrita – Tinospora cordifolia
Vidanga – Embelia ribes
Vyadhighatakam / Aragvadha / Aragwadha – Cassia fistula
Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris
Vriddhadaru – Argyreia nervosa
Dipyaka / Ajamoda – Apium graveolens / Trachyspermum ammi / Carum roxburghianum
Nisha / Haridra – Curcuma longa
Daruharidra – Berberis aristata
Guggulu – Commiphora Mukul – 34 parts (equal to the quantity of all the above said 34 drugs put together)
Method of Preparation –
All the above said ingredients (other than Guggulu) are taken in equal proportions and made into fine powder. Their powders are individually calculated so as to measure in equal quantity.
All the individual powders (Churna) are mixed in a mortar and made into a homogenous compound. To this equal quantity of Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) – i.e 34 parts (equal to the sum total of the powders of all the 34 medicines mentioned above) of Guggulu is added and pounded to make a homogenous compound. From this tablets are made.
1-2 tablets or as directed by the Physician
Anupana – Vehicle:
Ushnodaka – Hot Water or as directed by the physician
Speciality of Erandadi Guggulu –
Erandadi Guggulu is one of the best medicines available for effectively combating Rheumatoid arthritis, swelling and inflammation and neurological diseases, degenerative diseases and musculoskeletal diseases.
All these painful conditions are caused by vitiated Vata and this compound on the virtue of its strong Vata alleviating property will destroy these diseases.
The ingredients also have property of deepana (appetite enhancing) and pachana (ama destroying property). Thus the compound rectifies the agni (digestive errors) and corrects the metabolic errors.
Ama (immature nutrients in circulation which by their virtue of stickiness tend to block the channels of the body, thus depleting the nutrients and essential substances to the tissues and organs of the body) is the chief culprit in the causation of many systemic disorders and autoimmune disorders including Rheumatoid Arthritis and other musculoskeletal diseases.
The blocks created by Ama should be removed and ama should be expelled in order to get these diseases under control, to get rid of them and also to prevent their recurrence.
There are many herbs in the combination which effectively combat ama (pachana) and rectify digestion and metabolic process (deepana) Example, Musta, Deepyaka, Panchakola (Pippali, Pippalimula, Chavya, Chitraka and Shunti) etc
Next step in the process is to eliminate and expel (flush) off the ama, ama-visha (endotoxins formed in the cells due to the chronic effect of ama), mala (systemic and tissue excreta) from the body so as to protect its cells and tissues and enable soft functioning, to help avoid relapses and re-establish health and immunity.
You need highly effective herbs in the combination which can flush off these toxins and this purpose is satisfied by the presence of herbs like Erandamula, Katuka, Aragwadha, Gokshura etc.
Source of infection and contamination in the cells, the cell debris and other contaminants are combated by the anti-infective, anti-microbial and detoxification properties of Vidanga, Haridra, Daruharidra etc
In most of these musculo-skeletal diseases, Vata is one of the chief culprits. We need to control Vata to avoid the pathological stages of these diseases from extending to the ‘point of no return’ before they affect severe damage in the body cells and organs. The effective Vata alleviating herbs of the likes of Eranda, Sahachara, Devadaru, Bala, Vriddhadaru, Guggulu etc will take care of the morbid Vata.
After the disease or pathological condition has been effectively aborted, the key issue will be to prevent the recurrence of these conditions by providing long standing and long-acting immune-modulators, anti-ageing, disease-modifying, strengthening and rejuvenating medicines (Rasayanas, Balyas etc).
The medicines in the formulation like Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Bala, Guggulu, Devadaru, Punarnava, Pathya, Guduchi will effectively render their services in this perspective.
The other herbs will help in enhancing the comprehensive disease alleviating and immunity modifying property of the compound. Thus Erandadi Guggulu is a wholesome recipe for Amavata and other Vata disorders.
There are no major side effects associated with this medicine.
People with sensitive stomach or previous history of gastritis may occasionally feel slight burning sensation.
Store in a cool dry place, in an air tight container.
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Just before finish –
Erandadi Guggulu is a comprehensive medicine for tackling one of the most dreadful arthritis haunting the mankind, Rheumatoid arthritis and other musculo-skeletal and neuro-muscular diseases.
It is an exemplary and highly effective combination of appetizers, digestants, detoxification agents, laxatives, vata destroying herbs, tridosha balancing herbs, strengthening, immune-modulator, anti-ageing, disease modifying and tissue rejuvenating herbs.
But it might not be universal medicine for everyone and is not generalized. You might also need other support medicines and treatments along with this compound along with dietetic and life-style modifications.
For this your condition must be thoroughly diagnosed and every fraction of morbidity to understand. Your Ayurvedic doctor is the right person to take a choice if you need a particular herb or compound.
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