Kanchnar Guggulu Ingredients, Uses, Dose, Side Effects

Kanchnar Guggulu is also known as Kanchanara Guggulu / gulgulu. It is one of the very efficient Ayurvedic herbal medicines. Its reference is found in Bhaishajya Ratnavali, 44th chapter.

Indications

Traditional indications of Kanchanar Guggulu:
Galaganda – Cervical lymphadentis
Apachi – fibroid, cysts
Arbuda – tumor
Granthi – tumor, fibroid
Vrana – ulcers, wounds
Gulma – abdominal tumor, distension
Kushta – skin diseases
Bhagandhara – fistula in ano

Co-drinks

Traditional co-drinks / anupana:
Kashaya – Decoction of Mundi – Sphaeranthus indicus
Decoction of Khadira – Gum acacia – Acacia catechu
Decoction of Abhaya – Harad – Terminalia chebula

Dosage

Two tablets two to three times a day.
Dose for children below 5 years – half to 1 tablet once or twice a day after food.
Dose for children between 5 – 12 years – 1 tablet 2 – 3 times a day after food.
Dose for children between 12-18 years – 1-2 tablets 2 – 3 times a day.

How long can it be used?
It is usually prescribed for a period of 1 – 3 months, depending on the disease condition. Dose is gradually decreased after that period.

Sanskrit verse

Uses

Uses of Kanchanar Guggul:
Useful in treating goitre (nodules of the neck), tumours and extra growths, useful in herbal wound healing, skin diseases, sinuses and fistula.
Doctors also prescribe Kanchanar Guggul for – 
Obesity management – due to the presence of Trikatu, Triphala.
Cough, cold, sinusitis, Asthma treatment (due tothe presence of pepper, ginger, long pepper)
Adenoma
Obesity, for weight loss
Hypothyroidism
Fistula.
Deep vein thrombosis, recurrent blood clots
Swollen lymph nodes
Tonsilitis

Partially useful in

fallopian tubeIn below conditions, Kanchanara guggulu is partially usefu. Other medicines related to particular diseases is required for complete treatment.
In tubercular cyst, its use is limited. It is useful to reduce the size of the cyst to a small extent.
Uterine tumour, fibroids, subserous fibroids
Node in vas deferens
Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD), Ovarian cyst
Colloid nodules of thyroid, polyps
Endometriosis, BPH
Lipoma,
Non cancerous breast lump
Liver cysts
Myositis, Endometriosis
Blocked fallopian tube
Prolactinoma
Gynecomastia

Not useful in

Inguinal hernia
Cancer, metastasis. (It is only a very slightly useful. Probably other medicines are required, along with it).
Keloids
Mouth ulcers – Because it contains Trikatu – ginger, black pepper and long pepper, it is hot in nature. Hence, not useful in mouth ulcers.
Skin tags
Retina disease, macular degeneration
Varicocele (minimal benefits)

Traditional dose: 1 Masha – 750mg-1 gram
Time for intake – morning.

Side effects

In people with a sensitive stomach, this medicine may cause mild gastric irritation and headache
It can be taken during the lactation period and in children under medical supervision.
Store in a cool dry place. Keep out of reach and sight of children.  

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.

Kanchanara Gulgulu DS is the double strength version of the same medicine. AVN manufactures this product.

Ingredients

Kanchanara – Bauhinia variegata L. (Bark) – 240 g
Shunti – ginger – Zingiber officinale (Rhizome) – 48 g
Maricha – black pepper – Piper nigrum (Fruit) – 48 g
Pippali – Long pepper – Piper longum Linn (Fruit) – 48 g
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula Retz (Fruit Rind) – 24 g
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellerica  (Fruit Rind) – 24 g
Amalaki – Emblica officinalis (Fruit) – 24 g
Varuna – Crataeva nurvala (bark) – 12 g
Ela – cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum (Fruit) – 3 g
Twak – Cinnamomum zeylanicum – 3 g
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala – 3 g
Guggulu – Commiphora mukul (Guggulu Resin) – equal to the amount of above ingredients – 477 grams

Kanchnar guggulu for fibroids:
Kanchanara guggulu alone is not useful to dissolve large fibroids. It is helpful only in small fibroids, that too when used in combination with other medicines such as Varanadi kashaya, Kshara preparations etc.
Uterine fibroids are often associated with heavy bleeding. In that case, medicines to stop bleeding / heavy periods are required along with Kanchanara guggulu, as it does not help to stop bleeding / periods.

Manufacturers:
AVN, Alva Pharmacy, Swadeshi Pharmacy, Nagarjuna – Kaanchanaara Gulgulu Gulika

Does it obstruct Iron absorption? Can it be taken along with iron supplements?
This product will not interfere with absorption of Iron Supplement. In fact, because Kanchnar Guggulu contains Triphala, it helps in easy iron absorption.

64 thoughts on “Kanchnar Guggulu Ingredients, Uses, Dose, Side Effects”

  1. It is used by Ayurvedic practitioners in the treatment of enlarged prostate.
    But in case of enlarged liver, the pathology(disease process), infection, etc have to be confirmed before suggestions.

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    • It is used widely in the treatment of enlarged prostate. The percentage wise, it will be difficult to say. Enlarged prostate is usually seen in elders. who require to meet many parameters such as BP control, Diabetes control etc. In such a patient, to keep the enlargement under check, Kanchanara Guggulu is used. If you ask my experience, I would say, 20 % reduction in enlargement can be achieved.

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  2. Hello Dr.,
    Your replies are quite helpful. Can this be used in treatment of Lipomas and how long one should take to see any difference?
    Thanks in advance.

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      • Currently I’m using kanchnara guggulu 300mg 1 tablet daily for 3 months now after breakfast. I have not seen any dramatic improvements so far. Can you advise how this is to be used for best effect and any other medicines/remedies which will assist the process. Many thanks

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  3. Dear doctor, this medicine is prescribed against uterine fibroids. But at the same time it may have pro-estrogenic effect. Won’t it make things worse then, because fibroids are caused by excessive estrogen?

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  4. is this helpful in treating sarcoidosis, if so what dose or in any combination. i am the patient of sarcoidosis stage -1, please answer me, thank you

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    • There is no hard and fast rule like that.
      BUT, Kanchakara Guggulu is something which reduces the size of cyst, nodule etc. so, it is not nourishing in nature, hence, to be on the safer side, it is best to avoid in expecting moms.

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      • It is not true. Only in a very weak patient, when higher dose of guggulu is required to be used, then only it can be said that some nourishing agents like milk can be used as adjuvant. Not in all cases. This rule should also be applied very selectively. For example, in Rheumatoid arthritis case, it is best to avoid milk and go ahead with guggulu tablet alone.

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  5. Can it is helpful in treatment for men boobs or harmonal balance. I hav gout in my chest so it look like brest any treatment for this problem

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    • It might not help in gynaecomastia due to hromonal imbalance. But it is useful in the treatment of gout.

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  6. Hi, you are already on moderate to high dose of Kanchanara Guggulu. I would continue the same dose for another month and then would have reduced it to 3 tabs per day for next 6 weeks. There are no big side effects with this, other than gastric complaints. But I’d best to avoid during pregnancy. The muscle nodes might not go away completely with this.

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  7. I have glands (lypoma) all over my body..specially on my hands and chest. will kanchnar guggulu help me get rid of lypoma? what is the recommended dose?

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  8. I have N number of small small “Warts” in my face. 1 Ayurveda doctor in Trivandrum prescribed me this Kanchanara Gulgulu Gulika 2-0-2 for 15 days. is it right prescribtion for warts? or Is there any Ayurvedic medicine?

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    • Kanchanara guggulu is one of the medicines used in wart treatment. Please follow your Ayurveda doctor’s advice.

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  9. Hi Dr.
    May I know how long I should take Kanchnar Gugglu to reduce Hyperthyroidism? How many tablets should I consume in a day to help me reduce my hyperthyroid levels? What other herbal medicines should i take alongside Kanchanar Gugglu to reduce very high Thyroid? Are there any side effects of this herb? What are the chances of Kanchnar Guggulu in treating hyperthroidism? Do you know of any cases where this herb did not work to reduce hyperthyroidism?Thank you.

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  10. Dr Hebbar, what anupans would you think best with Kanchanar Guggulu Churna and Maha Sudarshan Churna guiding to thyroid?

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  11. is it useful in pcod n obesity..i have pcod since last 16 yrs n my weight 94 kgs..i m 28yrs,unmarried and have irregular periods…even after taking medicines (Diane) i get period for just 1 day

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    • At the best it may help in reducing the cancer growth. This theory is based on its usage in cysts and fibroids. But there is no research data to back it’s usage in cancer.

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  12. i have fibroids in my uterus i started taking kanchnar guggul two months sometimes i feel like its helping and times my tummy is bloated is there reasons for feeling like that? how shall i keep taking them for.

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  13. Is surgery only alternative for enlarged prostate for people who are on allopathic medication or ayurved can still benefit

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  14. will this help in reducing Piles? I was given ArshKalph and Kanchanar Guggulu together. By reading all the posts, I don’t think Kanchanar Guggulu has any connection with Piles treatment. Please advise. I would better stop a medicine which is not required.

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  15. Hi, I have hypothyroid problem and am taking eltroxin 50 mg daily and 100 mg on saturday. I had BP too but have managed to get off allopathic thanks to Carditone. 🙂 I am now looking to do away with eltroxin and rectify my thyroid problem through ayurveda. Will kachnar guggul help?

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  16. This medicine alone might not be sufficient for comprehensive PCOS treatment. – Regular dose of Kanchanara guggulu is – 1 – 2 tablets 2 times a day, 10 minutes after food.

    Read more about PCOS – Ayurvedic management –
    https://www.easyayurveda.com/2009/09/21/polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-irregular-menstrual-bleeding-ayurvedic-herbal-remedy/

    PCOS, Obesity and Insulin resistance – remedy – https://www.easyayurveda.com/2010/09/26/polycystic-ovarian-syndrome/

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    • Kanchanara guggulu and Manjishta – in a dose of 500 mg each, – total 1 gram can be taken twice a day. They do not cancel out each other. They are helpful in the said condition. But I feel they are alone, not sufficient to completely cure it. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

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