Ayurveda has long been used to treat numerous ailments be it physical or mental.
The study of one’s life and reactions to medicines allows Ayurvedic practitioners to prescribe the right kind of medication for the individual with minimum to no side effects.
Unlike the natural or nature-oriented approach that Ayurveda roots itself in, allopathic drugs tend to be based on quick relief compounds that are mostly synthesized or combined in proportions that are meant for general use. Side effects of such drugs would differ from individual to individual and the reactions can seldom be generalized into more than two or three categories.
Ayurvedic pain killers are known to work on the body for the long term and do not always provide immediate relief. Combined with a healthy diet, these medicines are often prescribed as supplements to make way for a holistic, healthy lifestyle. Any foreseeable side effects based on the body’s reactions to such drugs can be countered with other Kwaths or natural ingredients with cooling or heating properties.
Here are five Ayurvedic painkiller medicines that can substitute their counterparts:
1. Prasaranyadi Kashyam / Vati
Prasaranyadi Vati is an Ayurvedic medicine that is used to treat pain disorders pertaining to the Vata in the body. Primarily made in Kashayam form, the Prasaranyadi concoction can also be manufactured as Vati or tablets. It is used to treat musculoskeletal disorders such as frozen shoulders, muscle tears, inflammation and cervical spondylosis as well. It is also a great remedy for stiffness in the lower back and back pain and can provide relief from lumbar spondylosis or sciatica.
The Prasaranyadi Vati is effective against headaches and pains above the stomach. However, it is not recommended for chronic pains.
Dosage And How To Take: The Prasaranyadi Vati tablets can be consumed in a dosage of two tablets twice a day for adults. These tablets must be taken with milk and before consumption of food.
Side effects and safety profile: There are no known side effects of the Prasaranyadi Vati. However, certain Ayurvedic or herbal constituents are known to interact with alternate medical prescriptions. When combined with allopathic medicines for therapy, it is recommended that the allopathic medicines be consumed first and the Ayurvedic medicine after a duration of 30 minutes.
Where To Buy & Price?
You can purchase these most common brands
- Kerala Ayurveda Prasanyadi Kwath 200ml for Rs.99/-
Ayupra Wellness Vaidyaratnam Prasaranyadi Kashayam 200 ml for Rs. 100/-
2. Amrit Dhara
Amrit Dhara (click for the full article on usage) also known as Amrut Dhara is a versatile panacea of Ayurvedic medicine that is a combination of mint extracts, Ajwainextracts and Bhimseni Camphor. It is a powerful germicide and an antiseptic. It is great for headaches, abdominal pain or gas and also toothache. It’s indications also include cervical pain and joint pains and bee stings.
Dosage And How To Use: The Amrit Dhara comes packed in three different pack sleeves and is intended for mixing at home. All three ingredients must be mixed into a thoroughly cleansed glass jar and left to sit until combined into a solution. Three to four drops (for adults) and one to two drops (for children above the age of 2) of Amrit Dhara can be mixed into a glass of warm water and consumed immediately to provide relief from abdominal discomfort or gas.
As for headaches and joint pains, a few drops can be mixed into massage oil and rubbed over the site of pain. To provide relief from toothaches, it is recommended to dip a cotton ball in the solution and apply on and around the tooth.
Side effects and safety profile: The Amrit Dhara is safe for use. Ayurvedic drugs and extracts are known to react with some allopathic medicines. Consult your medical practitioner before using or combining with any other form of therapy. It is also recommended that a skin patch test is done for those with sensitive skin before application of the Amrit Dhara.
Where To Buy & Price?
You can purchase Dr Thakurdutt Sharma’s Amrit Dhara 12ml for Rs.75/-
3. Dhanvantari Vati
Dhanvantari Vati, also known as Dhanvantari Gutika is a potent Ayurvedic medicine used to treat chronic conditions and respiratory disorders such as Asthma, cough and cold. It is also effective in treating Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, sprain and provides relief from bloating, indigestion, nausea and abdominal discomfort. It is known to restore balance to the Vata and Kapha doshas in the body.
It is made with around 15 herbal and natural ingredients including Cardamom, Cumin, Rudraksha, Camphor, Haritaki and Brihati. It is available in tablet or pill form for easy administration.
Dosage And How To Use: Dhanvantari Vati can be used in a dosage of one to two tablets a day. These tablets can be mixed with Jirak water and consumed after meals or as directed by the Ayurvedic practitioner.
Side effects and safety profile: While this medicine is safe for consumption, it is recommended to use under prescription. The herbal and natural composition in this medicine may react with allopathic drugs. It is recommended that any combined therapy is considered only after consultation with certified practitioners.
4. Shirah Shoolantak Vati
The Shirah Shooladi Vati is a potent Ayurvedic medicine that is extremely effective in treating headaches and migraines. The formulation is taken from Ayurvedic texts such as Rasendra Sar Sangrah and Ras Raj Sundar Granth. The addition of small quantities of Para and Gandhak further amplifies the potency of this medicine and relieves one of the headaches, migraines and hemicranial attacks. It is also known to provide relief from nausea, vomiting, and insomnia.
Dosage And How To Use: The Shirah Shooladi Vati can be taken in a dose of one pill when the individual experiences pain. It is recommended to consume it with milk. Those that are lactose intolerant can consume it with water. This medicine is also taken in combination with Brahmi Vati.
Side effects and safety profile: This ayurvedic medicine is safe for consumption and regular use for up to four months. It is recommended that the medicine is also combined with pranayama to get quick results and long term benefits.
Where To Buy & Price?
You can purchase Sri Sri Tattva Shirashoolari Vati 300mg, 60Tab, Pack of 2 for Rs. 300/-
5. Maharasnadi Kashayam
Maharasnadi Kashayam is a potent, anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic medicine. It is used to treat various Vata disorders such as neck pain, back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, knee pain, lower back pain and joint pain. It is also used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Hemiplegia and Paraplegia. Its indications also include pain associated with a shoulder dislocation and diabetic foot ulcers.
Dosage And How To Use: The Maharasnadi Kashayam, also known as Rasnadi Kashayam is available in liquid form. It is advisable to consume 12-20 ml before food, in the early hours of the morning or evening. It is recommended that the Kashayam be mixed into equal quantities of water for easy administration.
Side effects and safety profile: The Maharasnadi Kashayam is safe for use. However, some ayurvedic and natural extracts are known to react with allopathic medicines. It is recommended that they may be used or included in therapy after consultation with a certified practitioner.
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