Varanadi Kashayam Uses, Dose, Ingredients, Side Effects

Varanadi kashayam is an Ayurvedic liquid herbal medicine used in the treatment of headache, obesity and low digestive strength. It is also known as Varunadi Kwath.


It is useful in the Ayurvedic treatment of obesity, indigestion, headaches, stomach gas bloating, headache, abscess and wounds.

Ayurveda practitioners also use this for the treatment of
Kapha type of headache with stiffness and heaviness of head, sinus headaches
Polycystic Ovarian Disorder (PCOS)
Cysts, fibroids,
Hypothyroidism – mainly to control obesity

Doctors also use this for the treatment of
Bulky uterus
Painful periods


Dose of Kashaya is 15-20 ml, once or twice a day, preferably 30 minutes before food.
Dose is 1 to 1.5 tablespoon.
If you buy the Kashayam directly from the market, then before taking this, it is better to add a tablespoon of water to it, mix and then take it.

Side effects

There are no known side effects with this product.
Overdosage may cause excessive urination. This product has a diuretic action.
Consult your doctor for its use during pregnancy and lactation.
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Store in a cool dry place.

During pregnancy

This is best avoided during pregnancy. It is useful to shrink the cysts, tumours and fibroids. It is cleansing and detoxifying in nature, whereas in pregnancy, nourishment and growth are expected.
However, under select conditions, if your doctor prescribes this, it can be taken for a few weeks time. There is no absolute contra indication for short term usage.


Varunadi Kashayam Ingredients:
Varana (Crataeva religiosa),
Sairyaka (Strobilanthes ciliatus),
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus),
Dahana (Plumbago zeylanica),
Morata (Chenomorpha fragrans),
Bilwa (Aegle marmelos),
Vishanika (Aristolochia bracteolata),
Brihati (Solanum melongena),
Bhadra (Aerua lanata),
Karanja (Pongamia glabra),
Pootikaranja (Holoptelia integrifolia),
Jaya (Premna corymbosa),
Pathya (Terminalia chebula),
Bahalapallava (Moringa olifera / drum stick),
Darbha (Desmostachya bipinnata) and
Rujakara (Semicarpus anacardium).

Shloka, Sanskrit Verse


Ashtanga Hrudaya Sutrasthana 15/21-22 – Varunadi Gana of Vagbhata Acharya

Method of preparation

Preparation method: All the herbal ingredients are kept immersed in water overnight, next day morning, added to 16 times of water and reduced to 1/8th or 1/4th quantity by mild to moderate heat, filtered and then consumed while it is warm.

It is also used as a natural herbal diuretic and natural oedema cures.

You feel difficult to consume Varanadi kashayam?
Switch over to Varanadi kashayam tablet – the dose is two tablets two times a day before food.


Kerala Ayurveda, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, AVN
AVN also manufactures this product in Kashayam tablet form.
Nagarjuna – Varanaadi Kashaayam, Varanaadi Kashaayam Tablet

Can it be used in people with diabetes?
Yes. But an eye should be kept on the blood sugar level. Your doctor should help you in this regard. This product can reduce blood sugar levels.

It is sold in plastic bottles. Is it fine? 
If the quality of the bottle material is very good, it should not be a problem, if stored for a short period of time.

Can this be taken without consulting a doctor?

Can one take non-vegetarian food while taking this medicine?
Yes, unless your practitioner has asked to avoid it.

Is there any Pathya (diet rules to be followed while taking this product?
No product specific diet is mentioned. If the practitioner has advised diet control based on disease, one has to follow that.

Is it normal to have gastric complaints and mild headache in the first week of its intake?
In the initial one week of Varanadi kashayam intake, you may have slight gastric problem and headache.
I hope it will go away once your body gets used to this.
I would suggest to continue it.

Varadi vs Varanadi Kashayam

Varadi kashayam contains
Triphala –
a combination of 3 fruits, which is used for opening up body channels and to reduce obesity. 
Turmeric – a very good antioxidant
Asana – Also called Vijaysar, used extensively to treat obesity, leucoderma abscess and bleeding disorders. 
Chitraka – Leadwort. It is hot in nature and helps in burning the fat and corrects metabolism.  
Loha – Iron calx – It is used extensively to open up channels and to burn fat. 

According to the treatise Sahasrayogam –
द्विरदस्थूलदेहोऽपि पिबेत मासात् कृशोभवेत् ।
dviradasthūladeho’pi pibeta māsāt kṛśobhavet |
That means if a person consumes Varadi Kashaya for a month, he will become lean and lose fat by that period.
Read more about Varadi Kashayam – uses, side effects etc


Both can be used together but can cause severe burning sensation, heartburn and extreme tiredness. There are some chances of mild diarrhea.
Your Ayurvedic doctor would be the best judge. 

85 comments on “Varanadi Kashayam Uses, Dose, Ingredients, Side Effects

  • drdeepak

    19/06/2010 - 3:12 pm

    Dear Doctor,Please guide that if we have to choose between varadi kashayam and varanadi kashayam to treat obesity what would bethe selection criteria as per ayurveda?. Dr Deepak Bhanot BAMS

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  • dr.prashant

    31/08/2010 - 3:20 pm

    dear Dr.can ayurvedic treatment cure renal failure.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      31/08/2010 - 7:25 pm

      Dear Dr Prashanth,
      I personally am treating a couple of cases, who are undergoing dialysis.. the results have been encouraging.. the creatinine levels are gradually falling down and patient’s overall health parameters are on a good course now. So, I can not really assure that Ayurveda can cure renal failure. I suppose, it has to be decided on case to case basis.

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  • Raj Iyengar

    07/09/2011 - 7:56 am

    is this good for hyperthyroid?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      08/09/2011 - 4:40 pm

      Can not be said so. A comprehensive treatment plan might be required. This one can alone can not be said as the medicine for hyperthyroidism.

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  • Rajesh Lakshmanan

    13/09/2011 - 12:27 pm

    Varanadi can be taken for ulcer ??

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    30/10/2011 - 9:24 pm

    Varanadi Kashayam is good for liver. But there are other better Ayurvedic medicines for liver care.

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  • Deepa

    04/11/2011 - 2:09 pm

    Hello Sir,
    One of the Doc prescribed “Prakruti’s Varunadi Kashaya” for kidney stone. This kashaya is over we got another bottol but not the same make. It’s Nagarjuna’s Varannadi Kashayam” This the same and how does this benifit.
    Thank You

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      04/11/2011 - 2:24 pm

      You have bought Varanadi Kashayam from two different companies. The first one was Prakruti remedies, and the second one was from Nagarjuna. This is fine. No problem. The herb – Varuna – crataeva nurvala is a potent diuretic. Means, it helps to flush the kidney and the bladder, by producing more urine. This helps to easy breakdown and expulsion of small stones present in the kidney or bladder. The other ingredient – Aerua lanata is also helpful in breaking down stones into small pieces, so as to assist in easy expulsion through urine.
      The supportive ingredients such as Darbha, Pathya, Bilwa (Bael) – act as anti inflammatory.
      Hence, for all these reasons, Varunadi Kashaya is also used in the treatment of renal stones by some Ayurvedic doctors.

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      • Deepa

        04/11/2011 - 2:44 pm

        Thank You very much Doc.. this information was very very usefull. The website has lots of good info.

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  • ushasuresh

    15/11/2011 - 7:10 pm

    This varanadi kashayam has helped me, this is a very very useful for many stomach related problems
    this is really good

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  • swetha

    20/12/2011 - 8:36 am

    sir.. can we use dis for obesity? can u pls inform me watz d time duration 4 controlling the obesity n d maximum weight can b reduced… waiting 4 ur reply thank u

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      21/12/2011 - 3:58 pm

      This can be used for the treatment of obesity, but for a complete analysis of cause and for a complete consultation, it is better to consult an Ayurvedic doctor directly.

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  • simona

    06/01/2012 - 11:09 pm

    I have a box of capsules Varanaadi Kashayam 2006 never opened. There is no expiration date. Have expired?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      06/01/2012 - 11:46 pm

      Better to dispose it. Since it is almost five years.

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  • Priyanka

    07/01/2012 - 10:21 am

    Dear Sir,

    Does this medicine has any side effects, if taken in the long term. Typically how long should you take this

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      07/01/2012 - 10:49 am

      Generally no side effects. The period of time has to be decided by your doctor.

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  • SS

    15/01/2012 - 8:53 pm

    Hi Dr,
    Is Varandadi Kwatham and Varanadi Kashayam same?
    Varandadi Kwatham is for what treatment ?? Does it have any side effects.


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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    21/03/2012 - 1:29 pm

    It will be better if you consult an Ayurvedic doctor directly.

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  • Akshay K

    20/04/2012 - 2:00 pm

    Is this varanadi kashyam for sinusitis(without infection) and cough also?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      20/04/2012 - 3:36 pm

      It is rarely used by some doctors for sinusitis and cough out of experience. But it is not indicated for that purpose.

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  • Saranya

    29/04/2012 - 12:00 am

    My stomach is blotted after taking the above mentioned tablets.. and i have a burning sensation. Please help. Thanx in advance

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      02/05/2012 - 4:42 pm

      Better to consult the doctor who prescribed it. Usually it does not have such side effect.

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  • shiva priya

    04/06/2012 - 4:16 pm

    Is varnadi kashayam safe during pregnancy? Is it o.k. to consume this if we are trying to conceive?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      07/06/2012 - 7:02 pm

      It is safe to take, while trying to conceive. But once after confirmation of conception, it is best to stop this medicine.

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  • anita

    21/06/2012 - 5:25 pm

    I am using Varanadi kashayam from past 3 months and reduce some weight.. After achieving my weight . If i stop using Varandi kashayam will i gain back weight again. Can we use varanadi kashayam life long so that we can maintain our weight.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      23/06/2012 - 1:05 pm

      After using Varanadi for about 3 – 4 months, based on your doctor’s advice, it is better to stop it. I do NOT think it is a good idea to continue it further than that. If you stop Varanadi, you will not regain back the lost weight, provided you stick on to healthy eating habits, exercise and an active lifestyle.

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  • gjs

    09/07/2012 - 12:28 pm

    Hi, I heard that Varanadi Kashayam helpful in curing moderate hearing loss. Is this true?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      21/07/2012 - 4:55 pm

      It might help to certain extent. But there are better Ayurvedic products for hearing loss.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    18/08/2012 - 12:00 pm

    One product may be used for different purposes.
    When two Ayurvedic products are used in combination, the doctor, with his experience will be knowing the cumulative benefits of the coupled products.
    Based on this, I am here, trying to explain the logic of using Ayaskriti with Varanadi,for obeisty.
    Ayaskriti is directly indicated in obesity.
    Varanadi is an excellent diuretic, and hence it will fight against water retention in the body, which again might be the cause for excess weight.
    Varanadi is also very commonly used in the treatment of obesity,because it balances Kapha Dosha.

    This does not mean that anyone who is obese can take this combination.
    Both these two medicines should only be taken under strict medical supervision.

    Read more about Ayaskriti here –

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    26/08/2012 - 12:10 pm

    No. Any Kashayam should be used within 3 years from the date of manufacture. Throw it out.
    Read more about expiry date of Ayurvedic medicines –

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  • Mohan

    06/11/2012 - 9:41 pm

    Hello Doctor, is there a good ayurvedic medicine for anal fistula. Please advice.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      07/11/2012 - 11:10 am

      There are good Ayurvedic medicines to initiate healing of anal fistula. If oral medicines fail, then there is Ksharasutra procedure, which is highly effective. You really need to go to an Ayurvedic doctor for treatment.

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  • mayi

    11/11/2012 - 1:40 am

    Dear Dr, How does intake of varanadi kashayam effect on hypothyroid ? Does this medicine also stimulate thyroid harmone?

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  • priya

    16/01/2013 - 2:00 am

    i got varanadi ghrutham and started having for two is it good for obesity or i need to get kyshyam also for reducing weight plz sugest me……
    regards, priya

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  • Mamta

    10/04/2013 - 8:49 am

    Hello Dr.

    I was suggested by my doctor to take varadi kashayam raw without any dilution. Just want a second option.


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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      18/04/2013 - 2:54 pm

      Hi, If you are preparing the kashaya at your home, by using raw materials, then it is fine to take it without dilution.
      If you are buying any branded Kashayam from a company (manufacturer), then it needs to be diluted.

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  • divya

    24/04/2013 - 1:47 pm

    hello Doctor

    I want to know if this kashayam interferes with oral contraceptives in any way.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      03/05/2013 - 12:14 pm

      Hi, as per my knowledge and experience, it does not intefere with oral contraceptives.
      However, it is best to maintain a gap of minimum half an hour between Ayurvedic and allopathic medicine intake.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    29/05/2013 - 9:07 pm

    Thanks. I guess it needs to be packaged with other medicines and also on diet control and exercise.

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  • Sathya

    01/06/2013 - 3:41 pm

    hi doc, does it work for ulcerative colitis?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      01/06/2013 - 9:51 pm

      It might work only to some extent. There are better medicines for U.C.

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  • Sreeja

    04/06/2013 - 3:16 pm

    You had provided me details of online email consultation. I plan to go ahead with it. I am generally looking for a weight loss guidance through Ayurveda (10-12 kGS) .Before making the payment I wanted to know if you would be able to help me with this regard.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      10/06/2013 - 9:31 pm

      Since weight loss is not merely achieved by medicines, since diet and lifestyle restrictions are also required, I can not promise entirely.
      But I can try my best. There are many who have shed a few kilograms with my treatment.

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  • sree

    15/06/2013 - 11:06 am

    what is the difference between varanadi kwatham and varanadi kashayam..?how long we take varanadi kwatham for weight lose

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      25/06/2013 - 7:47 pm

      Both are same. It can be taken for 2 – 3 months, based on your doctor’s advice.

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  • sree

    15/06/2013 - 11:11 am

    what is the difference between varanadi -kwatham and varanadi kashayam.?my doctor prescribed varanadi kwatham for weigh long to take varanadi kwatham for weight reduction?

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  • Rajesh Kumar.V

    16/07/2013 - 3:08 am

    Dosage of varanadi kwatham

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  • divya j

    24/07/2013 - 7:25 am

    My ayurvedic doctor has prescribed me kalyana goolam,varanadi kashayam,slimit tablets for obesity.I wanted to know what are the uses of each of these medicines.?How much weight will i lose using this?

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  • vishaka

    30/07/2013 - 7:57 am

    My ayurvedic doctor advised me to avoid protien rich food for weight loss.Can you please mention the food i have to avoid?I am a vegetarian.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      30/07/2013 - 2:20 pm

      You should not avoid protein foods altogether. Taking them in moderate quantities is needed for weight loss. In stead, avoid high carbohydrates present in rice and sugar.

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  • Adarsh

    03/08/2013 - 7:49 pm

    Dr. my name is Adarsh ! i want to know whether varadi is good for hyperthyroidism .i know its a good medicine for obesity .

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      03/08/2013 - 7:51 pm

      I do not know of Varadi Kashayam’s usage in hyperthyroidism.

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  • Adarsh

    05/08/2013 - 3:57 pm

    is there any side effect behind varadi’s usage . i mean gas problem ,constipation …

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      05/08/2013 - 7:12 pm

      Some may feel mild gastritis.

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  • Adarsh

    07/08/2013 - 10:56 am

    can you please tell me the correct usage of varadi .and diet methods

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    • safiya

      01/09/2013 - 10:15 pm

      did thiskwath works in rakhtaja gulma

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  • sharan

    30/09/2013 - 11:40 am

    sir my brother has fistula problem and he has been advised to take this varnadi kashayam for its treatment..sir does this work for the same…

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  • aruna

    01/11/2013 - 11:15 am

    namaste ji….!!!
    M Aruna from delhi. Having PCOS/PCOD problem & overwieght. M tryin to concieve. My doc has precribed me to take varunadhi kashaya & with that m taking sustean 100mg. how it helps me….?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      01/12/2013 - 5:11 pm

      It helps to reduce weight and to relieve water retention. It also helps in reducing the cyst size to some extent.

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  • aruna

    01/11/2013 - 11:25 am

    M handicap not able to do excise,walk n al but wanna reduce my weight plz tl me wt to do ….? is ter any medcn for tis…?

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  • moni

    26/12/2013 - 11:35 pm

    sir,is this medicine varanaadi kashyam used to treat pcod??poly cystic ovarian disease??actually iam using kumarayasvam and rajahpravarathanivati for pcod…is it helpful

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      05/01/2014 - 6:45 pm

      Please consult an Ayurveda doctor in person. Self medication can be dangerous.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    21/05/2014 - 7:45 pm

    It is used as one of the medicine combination in treating migraine.

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  • Rekha Dubey

    30/09/2018 - 8:46 pm

    Varanasi kayasham will usefully for constipation ?

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  • Aacharya Dhanendra Jain

    10/10/2020 - 8:56 pm

    I am a patient of hypo thyroid and NAFLD, ie fatty lever. I used punarnavadi kashayam and varunadi kashayam alternately for 1 month . Results are over whelming. I lost 7 kg . The amount of satisfaction you get in morning after passing stool can’t be expressed. Constipation due to hypo thioroid was totally gone.
    Thanks to such a wonderful medicine.

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  • Velu

    27/04/2021 - 10:49 am

    Will varandi kashayam help in reducing lipoma ?

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  • Ashita Gupta

    16/07/2021 - 5:37 pm

    Is this medicine beneficial for endometrial cyst?

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  • Dr. Noor

    11/09/2021 - 10:42 pm

    Does varanadi kashaya helps in treating ovarian cyst?

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  • Patricia

    21/04/2022 - 4:06 am

    Sir can varanadi kashayam tablets be used for pcod n obesity..

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