REVIEW OF AROGYAVARDHINI VATI
Arogyavardhini vati is one of the herbo-mineral formulations explained in Rasa Ratna Samuchchaya. Rasa vagbhata explained this khalvirasayan in the context of Kushtha rogadhikara chapter no 28. At the end of the verses it is clear that this yoga is actually mentioned by Nagarjuna yogi. Even though there is lot of controversy about the time of nagarjuna,Reference about arogyavardhini vati may be considered prior to Rasaratna samuchchaya. But it is difficult to find explanations about
Arogyavardhini vati before Rasaratna samuchchaya.
Pandit Hariprapanna sharma author of Rasayoga sagara explained arogyavardhini vati with same reference explained in Rasaratna samuchchaya but with slight changes in doses. Instead of Rajakola phala in rasaratna samuchchaya he has mentioned Kshudrakola phala.
Shri Yadavji trikamji in his Rasamrita18 and Siddha Yoga explained about Arogyavardhini vati as the best drug in pandu. He had also made comments on doses that is ‘tri gunja’(375 mg).
In Bheshaja Samhita two types of Arogyavardhini Vati has been explained– as Arogyavardhini Vati 19and Brihat Arogyavardhini Gutika and also one Arogyavardhani choorna in the same samhita. The original reference given for Arogyavardhani Gutika (AVG) is in Rasa Ratna Samuchchaya. But while explaining the proportions and procedures, modifications have been done with regard to proportions of Triphala, Shuddha Shilajatu, Shuddha Guggulu, Chitraka moola and Katuki. The size of the Vatis is said to be size of ‘Kshudra- badaraphala’ in contrast to the ‘Rajakolaphalapama’ in the shloka.
Based on the original reference only Vaidya Jeevaram Kalidas Vyas 20in 1965 published this formulation in Gujarati language modifying in the proportions and dosages. He had also considered the ‘Raja Kola Pramana’ as the dose of this Gutika and it was equal to 1 Tola. ‘Arogyavardhani churna’ (AVC) is availiable in Bheshaja
samhita. Original reference is from Rasoddhar Tantra (Medo roga). All the ingredients of Arogyavardhani Gutika is present except for Rasa and Gandhaka. The other ingredients are in different proportions. The Bhavana drava is ‘Nimbapatra Rasa’. The method of drying is said to be ‘dry in shade’. The main indication being Medo Roga. Dosage mentioned in ‘Nishkamatra’.
Thus it can be seen, that ‘Arogyavardhini’ formulation originally formulated before Rasa Ratna Samuchchaya of Rasa vagbhata of 13th – 14th cent AD. It can be seen in other present-day texts with modifications in proportions, dosage, indications etc. by retaining its original ingredients as it is.
Arogyavardhini Vati (also known as Arogyavardhini Gutika Rasa) is an ayurvedic herbal mineral formulation. It is effective solution for almost all types of diseases. It is useful in diseases of heart, stomach, liver, intestines, spleen, gall bladder, skin, teeth and gums. Arogyavardhini Vati is also helpful in thyroid disorders, obesity, diabetes, edema due to any underlying cause, psoriasis etc.
500 mg Arogyavardhini Vati contains.
Picrorhiza Kurroa (Kutki) 50%
Shuddha Guggulu 10%
Plumbago Zeylanica (Chitrak) 10%
Shilajit (purified asphaltum) 7.5%
Emblica officinalis (Amla, Indian Gooseberry) 5%
Terminalia Bellirica (Bibhitaki) 5%
Terminalia Chebula (Haritaki) 5%
Parad Purified (Shuddha Parad) 0.5%
Purified Sulfur (Shuddha Gandhak) 0.5%
Loha Bhasma (Lauh Bhasma) 0.5%
Abhrak Bhasma 0.5%
Tamra Bhasma 0.5%
Arogyavardhini Vati has following healing properties.
Hematogenic (helps in formation of red blood cells)
Arogyavardhini Vati is helpful in following health conditions.
High cholesterol levels
Inflammation of gallbladder
Loss of appetite
Gas or flatulence
Benefits & Medicinal Uses
Arogyavardhini Vati mainly works on digestive system. Ayurveda believes a proper digestion is a main component of health. If digestion becomes poor, it leads to various diseases in the body.
Generally, poor digestion may cause malabsorption and production of more toxins (AMA) in the body, which ultimately cause a variety of disorders.
The second factor is constipation.
Constipation is also a root of many diseases in the body. Arogyavardhini Vati works on both. It improves digestion and corrects metabolic activities in the body. It also cures constipation and prevents diseases.
Arogyavardhini Vati reduces cholesterol levels by improving liver functions. It also prevents deposition of plaque in the blood vessels. It also prevents atherosclerosis (hardening of blood vessels). Thus, it helps patients with high cholesterol levels and heart diseases.
However, it may not have direct influence on reducing elevated blood pressure, but it reduces lipids in the blood vessels and sometimes, high cholesterol levels and atherosclerosis are the main causes of hypertension. It works slowly and its action can appear only after 3 to 4 month regular therapy with it.
Some patients with high blood pressure have following symptoms.
Redness in eyes
Pain around eyes
Arogyavardhini Vati helps in all these symptoms. It should be taken with one of following adjuvants.
(Amaltas) fruit pulp – Cassia fistula
Patient may require taking Arogyavardhini Vati with one of above adjuvants 3 to 6 times a day to get immediate symptomatic relief.
Ancient scholars actually formulated formula of Arogyavardhini Vati to work on constipation. However, it is beneficial in all types of constipation, but it mainly works well in chronic type. It has following actions in chronic constipation.
- It provides strength to the intestines due to Shilajit and other minerals present in it.
- It stimulates the secretion of bile from the liver and bile improves peristaltic movements of intestine, which ultimately helps facilitating the movement of stool from the intestines to anus.
- It softens the stools and reduces hard stool formation.
- It reduces excessive stickiness or fattiness of stools to the intestinal walls, which facilitates stool movement.
- It improves digestion and facilitates a proper absorption of nutrients in the body.
Liver Disorders & Hepatitis
Arogyavardhini Vati is generally good for following liver conditions.
Fatty liver syndrome disease
Inflammatory diseases of liver
Arogyavardhini Vati has anti- inflammatory and anti-viral properties.
Some of its ingredients also have anti- bacterial properties. All these properties make it effective in almost all types of liver disorders. However, it may not work alone, so the following herbs can help to potentiate its action in liver diseases.
These herbs should be used as adjuvants or supportive remedies in liver diseases.
- Phyllanthus niruri (Bhumyamalaki)
- Tephrosia purpurea (sharpunkha)
- Eclipta alba (Bhringraj)
- Andrographis paniculata (Kalmegh)
- Solanum nigrum (Makoi)
- Piper longum (Pipali)
- Terminalia chebula (Haritaki)
- Ocimum sanctum (Tulsi)
Loss of appetite & Indigestion
Arogyavardhini Vati contains CHIRAK herb and long pepper, which increases appetite and reduces indigestion.
Gas, Flatulence & Bloating
Herbs present in Arogyavardhini Vati have anti-flatulent action and reduces gas formation in the alimentary canal.
Hence, Arogyavardhini Vati reduces intestinal gas, flatulence, bloating and abdominal distension.
The dosage of Arogyavardhini Vati varies from 250 mg to 1000 grams twice or thrice a day. The maximum dosage of
Arogyavardhini Vati should not exceed from 3 grams a day.
Minimum Effective Dosage 125 mg *
Moderate Therapeutic Dosage (Adults) 250 mg to 500 mg *
Moderate Therapeutic Dosage (Children) 125 mg to 250 mg *
Maximum Possible Dosage 1000 mg **
* Twice a day ** Thrice a day
Caution & Side Effects
The unwise use and wrong analysis of DOSHA (humors) involvement in diseases can lead to side effects. You should remember that Arogyavardhini Vati works well in VATA and KAPHA humor. It can also be used in case of SAMA PITTA or PITTA associated with dominance of KAPHA humor. It can worsen the following symptoms of
Burning sensation (But if KAPHA is dominant or AMA is associated with PITTA, then arogyavardhini vati may be useful, otherwise it is contraindicated.)
Ulceration in mouth (only in inflamed ulcer with redness, burning and intense pain)
Increase bleeding (very rare)
Vertigo (very rare)
However, Arogyavardhini Vati does not cause these side effects itself, but it is contraindicated in these health condition because it may worsen these symptoms.
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Arogyavardhini Vati is UNSAFE in pregnancy. Therefore, there are many safer alternatives available, so you should never use Arogyavardhini Vati in pregnancy.
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