If your Ayurvedic doctor has prescribed you any Ayurvedic medicine, it is better if you know the following very important facts.
Ayurvedic medicines may look completely different from others. Moreover, the time of medication is crucial for best results.
These are the most common types of formulations in Ayurveda.
Kashayam (decoction): Brown to Black coloured syrup obtained by boiling the herbs for a long time. Now it is available in concentrated form or as tablets.
Asava/Arista : these are fermented syrups usually contain sugar
Lehya: Thick medicines in jam like consistency.
Choornam: Dry powder of various herbs
Gritham: Medicated ghee
Gulika: Tablets, some of them needed to be powdered or mixed with other medicines
If your Ayurvedic doctor has prescribed you any Ayurvedic medicine, it is better if you know the following very important facts. These are general guidelines but the doctor may prefer other ways of usage suitable for your condition.
If not specified by the doctor, kashayam should be taken before food.
- Kashaya bottle should be shaken well, before it is consumed. Most of the Kashayas are sold in concentrated form. So you need to dilute the Kashaya with equal quantity of water, just before taking it.
- If not specified by the doctor, Asavas and Arishtas should be taken after food.
- Asava/ Arista and Gritha have no expiry, but it is better to discard it after the expiry date mentioned on the product.
- Guggulu tablets should be taken after food, if not specified by the doctor.
- Chyawanprash is best taken in the morning, before / after food, with half a glass of milk.
- Jar containing Churnam, opened once, should be consumed (or discarded) within 6 months.
- Jar containing Ayurvedic Gulikas (or tablets) should be consumed in 1 year if expiry is not mentioned.