Saturday, November 28, 2020

Ayurvedic Supplements


Ayurvedic Remedies As Ayurveda Vati or Bati Supplements and Their Benefits

Hundreds of Ayurveda vati or vatakam or Ayurvedic pills are available in ayurvedic medicine that are useful as ayurvedic remedies. Find the different types of herbal formulations that were used in ayurvedic medicine.

Earlier only some of the ayurvedic remedies were available as tablets like guggul based large bati, herbal formulations, herbal and mineral compound formulations. Now most of ayurvedic remedies are available in the form of pills.

And the hand made rounded pills with irregular contours have been transformed to well shaped, attractively coated, shiny pills in ayurvedic medicine. This transition and the use of modern pharmaceutical equipments has helped patients a lot.

Ayurveda Vati And Guggul Based Remedies:

Guggul based ayurvedic herbal remedies used to be quite large, round, hard and black in color. Sometimes, a single tablet was of 1000 mg so it had been very tough to swallow it.

Now most ayurvedic pharmacies are producing guggul based circular or rounded pills with 350-500 mg of herbal remedies. These tablets are very good in shape and texture. The outer coating also has made them very easy to swallow. Some of the common guggul based ayurveda vati are yogaraja guggul, mahayogaraja guggul, rasnadi guggul, kaishore guggul, simhanada guggul. There are many more remedies using guggul.

Ayurvedic Bati – Polyherbal Compound Remedies:

Polyherbal or herbo-mineral compound formulations based vati were the traditional ayurvedic remedies in the form of pills. Their size and shape has varied a lot earlier depending upon the type of herbal remedies in them.

Strong herbs like aconite were needed in lesser quantities so the size of their pills had been very small. Other herbs were needed in greater quantities so the size of their pills had been large enough. The average size of ayurvedic pills ranges from 125 mg to 1000 mg per single tablet.

Some of the commonly used ayurvedic remedies from this group are – Arogyavardhini vati, Arshoghani bati, Kankayana bati, Kutajghana bati, Chandraprabha bati, Chitrakadi bati, Pranada bati, Prabhakar bati, Vishtinduka bati, Brahmi bati, Lasunadi bati, Shankha bati etc.

Ayurveda Vati Iron Bhasma Based Preparations:

This group of ayurvedic remedies contain ayurveda iron bhasma as the main ingredient. Several other herbs are also added to these formulations to get the desired effect. As Guggul is the chief ingredient (50%) in guggulu tablets, ayurvedic iron bhasma is the chief constituent of ayurvedic iron preparations.

Ayurvedic iron remedies contain this natural and highly bioactive form of ayurveda bhasma that is prepared of crude iron. Crude iron is at first purified along some general and some specific guidelines and then it is calcined scores of times to get highly pure and active ayurvedic iron bhasma. This is the form of ayurvedic iron that is used for internal use.

Ayurvedic iron bhasma based remedies work primarily on anemia, edema, liver and spleen disorders, weakness, fevers and some other disorders. Each preparation is specific for a particular set of disorders.

Some common examples are Navayasa lauha, Pradarantaka lauha, Punarnavadi mandura, Vishamajvarahara lauha, Medoharavidangadi lauha etc. These preparations were available in powder form so it has been very difficult to measure the accurate dosage. Now ayurvedic iron preparations are also available as tablets of standardized sizes.

Bati And Rasa preparations:

Ayurveda rasa medicine is the name given to those ayurvedic remedies that are prepared with ayurvedic bhasmas or calcined minerals and juices of medicinal herbs. Ayurvedic rasa remedies are highly effective in very small dosage, 125-250 mg usually.

Earlier the ayurvedic rasa remedies were available as handmade tablets but the size varied greatly and sometimes disturbing the dosage regimen of these remedies. Now precise tablet of various sizes like 62.5, 125,  250 and 375 mg are easily available. 

Some of these ayurvedic rasa remedies are Vrihat Vatachintamani rasa, Vrihat Shwasakasachintamani rasa, Vangeshwara rasa, Vasantakusmakara rasa, Suvarna Basantamalti rasa etc.

Vati And Bhasma preparations:

Ayurvedic bhasma preparations are made of natural inorganic minerals. They undergo various purification procedures and then scores of specific calcination processes as per ayurvedic medicine. Then, they are tested on several physical, chemical and biological parameters to ensure their safety and efficacy.

Ayurvedic bhsama remedies are not available as tablets as they are usually taken with honey or with other herbal powders. Some ayurvedic pharmacies are coming up with small tablets (62.5 or 12.5mg) of these bhasmas. But these are not popular in ayurvedic clinical practice. Manufacturing the ayurvedic bhasma or rasa remedies in soft capsules with honey could be a new and breakthrough idea that can enhance the ease of intake of these preparations.

Ayurveda Vati And Decoctions, Syrups And Electuaries:

Herbal decoctions or tea had occupied the main place in ayurvedic treatment since ancient times. Decoctions are bitter in taste and many people are averse to use them, especially ladies and young patients.

The one alternative is to prepare herbal syrups that offer some sweet alternative! But most of traditional ayurvedic herbal decoctions are still sufficiently bitter. Ayurveda textbooks like Charaka Samhita has mentioned to prepare aqueous extracts of herbal decoctions. Herbal decoctions are heated and concentrated until they are semisolid, then that mass is dried and turned into powder. We prepare tablets with this powder. 

These herbal extract are several times potent in comparison to tablets prepared with normal herbal powders. Herbal extracts are usually 5 to 10 times or more stronger than herbal powders. So their dosage is needed to be adjusted appropriately. In the cases of adults who can swallow tablets, decoctions and syrups can easily be replaced with herbal extract based vati.

Herbal jellies like Chyavanaprasha Avaleha or elcturary formulation of ayurvedic remedies are very popular in India. Chyavanaprasha Avaleha is also available in several western countries. It is a good rejuvenative tonic with special effect on respiratory system and immunity. These preparations are not good for diabetic persons and for those with increased cholesterol levels in blood. Some ayurvedic pharmacies are presenting the alternative of these herbal jellies in the form of ayurveda vati or capsules but they are very poor substitutes. The dosage of herbs is minimized so much as to compromise their efficacy.

So we see that most of remedies are now available in the form of vati supplements. Vati or bati are now a real and easy choice to enjoy ayurvedic herbal remedies in supplement form.

As a native Indian and an Ayurvedic holistic healer, Arjun writes in the lane of herbal healing and home remedies. Certification: BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery With Modern Medicine).

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