Kadali Kshara – Benefits, Dosage, Ingredients, Side Effects

Kadali Kshara is an alkaline Ayurvedic medicine, in powder form. It is prepared from stem of Banana tree. The medicine is in use since the time of Sushruta, that is since thousands of years. 

Kadali Kshar uses:  

It acts as a natural diuretic. Hence useful to relieve dysurea (difficulty in urination) and urinary calculi

It is useful to treat abdominal distension as in ascites, liver and spleen disorders.

It is used in Ayurvedic treatment Chronic fever, Oedema, toxic condition and slow poisoning, Malabsorption syndrome, Gastro-enteritis, anorexia, Dyspepsia and internal abscess.

It is also used as an ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines.

How long to use? 

It can be used for a period of 2 – 3 months only.

Effect on Tridosha – It balances Kapha Dosha.

Kadali 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.

Kadali 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.

Kadali Kshar ingredients and how to make? 

Completely developed banana stems 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 Kadali 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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