Khadirarishta (Khadirarishtam) For Skin: Uses, Benefits, Dosage, Side-Effects

Khadirarishta / Khadirarishtam is an Ayurvedic liquid formulation with an astringent taste, which mainly has a detoxifying action. It is used frequently in the treatment of skin diseases of all kinds. It is a dark brown liquid or decoction with 5 – 10 % self-generated alcohol (which is a common feature of all the medicines ending with the wordarishta’ ). It is vata and kapha pacifier and clears ama. It is named after its primary ingredient Khadira (Acacia Catechu / Kutch tree) which is a miracle skin caring herb.

Khair Tree - Khadira - Main Ingredient of Khadirarishta
Khair Tree – Khadira – Main Ingredient of Khadirarishta

Khadirarishta Properties / Actions

  • Blood purifier
  • Antiallergic
  • Detoxifier
  • Digestive stimulant
  • Antimicrobial
  • Laxative
  • Antibacterial
  • Anthelmintic (destroys parasites)
  • Antipruritic (relieves itching)
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Anti-gout
  • Antihistaminic

Khadirarishta ingredients and Actions:

Ingredient Name

Parts Used


Dosha Balancing 


Heart Wood

antibacterial, antifungal, antimycotic, antidiarrhoeal, antioxidant, anti leprotic

Kapha pitta shamaka

2.4 kg

Heart Wood

diuretic, anti piratic, anti leprotic, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory


vata shamaka

2.4 kg


antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal

Vata kapha shamaka

576 g

Darvi / Berberis Aristata

anti piratic, Anti pruritic, anti haemorrhoidal

Pitta kapha shamaka

960 g

Haritaki / Terminalia Chebula

antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, wound healing


960 g

Vibhitaki / Bibhitaki / Terminalia Bellirica

anti oxidant, anti cancer, anti diarrheal, anti diabetic, anti microbial, anti hypertensive, hepato protective

Pitta-kapha shamaka

960 g

Amalaki / Amla

anti-tumour, antioxidant, anti-stress


960 g

The Boiled and reduced decoction to 12.288 litres is filtered and the following ingredients are further added

Makshikahoney – 9.6 kg

SharkaraSugar candy (crystallized sugar lumps and water) – 4.8 kg

And a fine powder of following ingredients:

Ingredient Name

Scientific Name

Parts Used



Woodfordia Fruticosa


960 g


Piper cubeba


48 g


Mesua ferrea


48 g


Myristica fragrance


48 g


clove / Syzygium aromaticum

48 g


cardamom / Elettaria cardamom

48 g


Cinnamon / – Cinamonum zeylonica

48 g


Cinnamomum Tamala

48 g

Krishna / Pippali / Long Pepper

Piper longum

192 g

Top 5 Benefits of Khadirarishta

Khadirarishta For Skin Diseases

According to Ayurveda, one of the main reasons for all sorts of skin diseases like rashes, itching, sores etc is the collection of Ama, waste material or toxins in the blood making it impure. The impurities in the blood are manifested in the form of rashes, patches and other forms of skin diseases.

Khadirarishta is an extremely good blood purifier and clears blood toxins. The herb Khadira or Acacia catechu is considered highly beneficial in treating chronic skin diseases including leprosy, psoriasis, leucoderma, atopic dermatitis, allergic hives, boils, herpes and eczema. It is also beneficial in treating blood tissue disorders.

This decoction is also useful for clearing everyday issues like acne and pimples, clearing Ama and bacterial growth under the skin. It reduces the overproduction of oil in the skin and purifies the blood which improves the overall health of the skin. It reduces itching in all types of skin diseases.

Improves Digestion and Constipation

Khadirarishtam has mild laxative properties. It softens the hard stool which blocks the large intestine during constipation, making it easier to clear the gut. The herb khadira contains water-soluble fibre which absorbs excess water from the colon which gives form and bulk to the stool making it easy to eliminate.

Khadirarista is a strong anti-parasitic / anthelmintic medicine hence it eliminates intestinal worms and parasites like ringworm, tapeworm, roundworms, flakes and many other types of parasites living the body. It increases the digestive power of the stomach and also helpful in curing ascites of the stomach.

It is also beneficial in the treatment of anaemia due to worm infestation.

Cardiac Health (Hrudroga)

Khadirarishta is a great heart tonic. It lowers the level of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood and increases the HDL activity. It is useful in the treatment of several heart conditions.

Respiratory Diseases (Shwasa)

It is a great tonic for the respiratory diseases especially bronchitis, asthma, dyspnoea, congestion in the chest, cough and cold. It treats symptoms like bronchial congestion, shortening of breath and narrowing of the airway. It is also effective in remedying swollen lymph nodes.

Khadirarishta for Liver

It is used as one of the supporting medicines in case of liver diseases like jaundice, anaemia, splenomegaly and hepatomegaly. It clears the toxins from the liver and is beneficial in the early stages of liver disorders which happen due to overuse of alcohol and overuse of antibiotics eg. Liver cirrhosis and liver carcinoma.

Other uses include the treatment of tumours, abdominal tumours and lumps, cysts, wounds, splenomegaly (enlargement of the spleen), urticaria (swollen itchy red bumps on the skin) and gouts. It is also a good supplement for obesity and type 2 diabetes.


Adults: 10 to 20 ml after meals twice a day with warm water in equal quantity. Maximum 6o ml can be consumed a day.

Children: 5 to 10 ml (Consult a physician before use)

Infants and Pregnant or Lactating women: Not recommended

Side Effects

If taken without mixing water, can cause heartburn and burning sensation.

Caution: Pregnant and lactating women should consult a trained Ayurvedic practitioner before taking Khadirarista.

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Writer & Blogger, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder and CTO Turiya Infotainment Private Limited I am an Ayurveda enthusiast and have a deep love for everything natural. I am also a software engineer by degree and now I work as a full time blogger on Honey Fur! I have been learning about Ayurvedic principles for past 7 years now and have completed certificate courses from the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. The courses I have completed are: Ayurveda For Women Care: A course which deeply dives into women health problems like menorrhea, leucorrhea, amenorrhea. It also gives a detail study of child birth and pregnancy care, pre and postpartum. Ayurvedic Cosmetology: This is a lecture and video course which deeply dives into Skin Care, Hair Care, Eye & Oral Care & Common Issues and solutions pertaining to the same.

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