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.


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


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


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 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 to the presence of pepper, ginger, long pepper)
Obesity, for weight loss
Deep vein thrombosis, recurrent blood clots
Swollen lymph nodes

Partially useful in fallopian tube. In below conditions, Kanchanara guggulu is partially useful. 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
Non cancerous breast lump
Liver cysts
Myositis, Endometriosis
Blocked fallopian tube

Not useful in

Inguinal hernia
Cancer, metastasis. (It is only a very slightly useful. Probably other medicines are required, along with it).
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 – 750 mg-1 gram
Time for intake – morning.

Side effects

In people with a sensitive stomach, this medicine may cause mild gastric irritation and headache.
Very rarely it can cause loose stools. But this issue should go away within 7 – 10 days of its usage.
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

Can kanchanara Guggulu be taken during pregnancy? Does it affect conception? 
 Dr JV Hebbar
When the woman is trying to conceive if there are cysts as in Polycystic Ovarian Disease or in case of hypothyroidism, high cholesterol, obesity etc., Kanchanara Guggulu in fact helps in solving these problems and thus, aids in conceiving. 
But once after conception is confirmed, it is best to consult your Ayurveda doctor with regards to continuing taking Kanchanara Gulgulu. 
It is best to avoid taking Kanchanara guggulu during pregnancy or if it is unavoidable, then, as per doctor’s advice, take it in the lowest dose possible, for the lowest time possible. 
The reason is simple. There are two types of Ayurvedic medicines – nourishing type and cleansing / detoxifying type. Cleansing type of medicine is to be avoided during pregnancy. 

On another note, if you are taking any type of Ayurvedic medicine, soon after conception, consult your Ayurvedic doctor with the list of medicines and limit them to bare minimum. 
Read related: Ayurvedic Diet And Lifestyle For Pregnant Woman

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.


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 – Stem bark – 3 g
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala – Leaves – 3 g
Guggulu – Commiphora mukul (Guggulu Resin) – equal to the amount of above ingredients – 477 grams

Shloka, Sanskrit Verse

Method of Preparation

Ingredients from Kanchanara to Patra are washed, dried and powdered separately. They are weighed separately and then mixed together. Purified guggulu is weighed and mixed with fine powder of other ingredients. It is pounded well till if forms semi solid consistency and then it is rolled int tablets (vati).

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.


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.

Can Kunchanar guggulu turn the stool pitch black?
It is uncommon for that to happen. A stool examination for blood in stool could be necessary.  

81 comments on “Kanchnar Guggulu Ingredients, Uses, Dose, Side Effects

  • ArchanaDhanabal

    24/06/2010 - 10:12 pm

    I want to know more about this Kanchanara guggulu formulation. Please suggest my request…

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    08/09/2010 - 5:01 pm

    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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  • Kriskumar

    14/01/2011 - 8:26 am

    How good is for treatment for enlargeed prostate,what is the % of reducement of the gland.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      14/01/2011 - 10:36 am

      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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  • Wenny

    21/02/2011 - 9:46 am

    Is it also useful for weight loss ?

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  • Anita

    02/07/2011 - 2:40 pm

    Can it also reduce enlarged uterus?

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  • neelam

    03/09/2011 - 4:31 am

    if one has a small benign cyst, can it help? If so, how long does one have to take it for?

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  • Latha

    16/03/2012 - 11:19 am

    Will this be helpful in PCOS ?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      16/03/2012 - 11:44 am

      It is widely used as part of the treatment in PCOS.

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      • penina

        23/06/2013 - 9:16 pm

        using it for hypothyroid will it work?

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        • Prosenjit Chakraborty

          28/03/2015 - 10:48 am

          Sir, Can you please suggest, What other medicines along with Kanchnar-guggulu ??

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  • yashika

    11/04/2012 - 9:10 pm

    can it be also used for reducing heavy and long menstrual periods?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      11/04/2012 - 10:47 pm

      No. It is not used for heavy and long menstrual periods.

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  • Marina

    26/04/2012 - 4:17 pm

    Can kanchanna gugullu reduce goiter (nodules)

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  • krishna

    22/08/2012 - 12:10 pm

    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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    • Pradip Tiwari

      18/09/2014 - 11:20 am

      can cows urine along with kachamnar guggul be effective in treating multiple neurofibroma which is gradually increasing.

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  • katy

    11/02/2013 - 6:31 pm

    How long will it take to get rid of a goitre nodule 1″ in diamater

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      11/02/2013 - 8:59 pm

      very difficult to guess. Some other medicines along with it may be required.

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      • katy

        12/02/2013 - 4:46 pm

        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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  • anandi

    01/03/2013 - 3:41 pm

    does this treat endometrium polyps as well? if so, kindly advise dosage.
    thank you

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      01/03/2013 - 5:57 pm

      There is no substantial evidence in its usage and efficacy in uterine polyps.

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      • V

        03/04/2013 - 1:26 am

        Hello, is Kanchnar Guggulu effective in treatment of Arachnoid brain cysts? Please advice.

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        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

          03/04/2013 - 11:35 am

          It might not be effective in that case.

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  • Sitara

    27/03/2013 - 3:04 pm

    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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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      05/04/2013 - 9:13 pm

      Hi, can you please give reference for its pre-estrogenic effect?

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  • sangeeta

    05/04/2013 - 10:28 am

    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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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      18/04/2013 - 1:39 pm

      It might be of some help. But no proven data. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor.

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  • Nithya

    06/04/2013 - 4:31 am

    Respected Doctor, I have a question Why expecting moms should not consume Kanchanara Guggulu ?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      18/04/2013 - 1:43 pm

      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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      • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

        25/04/2014 - 7:28 pm

        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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    16/04/2013 - 10:56 pm


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    • rochak

      29/04/2013 - 4:05 pm

      Hello Sir, Can Kanchnar guggulu useful in treating benign kidney cyst ?

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      • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

        03/05/2013 - 12:15 pm

        No. Not very useful.

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  • imran

    26/04/2013 - 12:27 pm

    Is kachnar effective in recurrent throat infection and tonsillitis with pus in 8 yrs child

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  • vishal

    10/05/2013 - 7:21 pm

    is Kanchnar guggul helpful to reduce nerves tumors. neurofibromitosis

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  • chunmun

    11/05/2013 - 10:45 pm

    Can you please tell the ayurvedic medicines for testicular tumors??

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  • mehboob

    10/07/2013 - 1:14 am

    Dearpls. tell me dr. does it work in polycystic kidney disease.

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  • vishal

    21/09/2013 - 3:51 pm

    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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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      24/09/2013 - 6:00 pm

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

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    05/11/2013 - 2:28 pm

    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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  • Raul

    09/12/2013 - 1:38 am

    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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  • Silambarasan

    30/12/2013 - 11:43 am

    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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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      05/01/2014 - 7:09 pm

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

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  • Satii

    04/01/2014 - 4:28 am

    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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  • Dragoslav

    30/01/2014 - 10:56 pm

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

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      01/04/2014 - 10:37 pm

      Triphala Kashayam would make good sense.

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  • shivakumar

    23/03/2014 - 12:16 pm

    sir this is shivakumar how many days has to take kanchanar guggul for hypothyrodism plz ans

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  • Neha

    28/03/2014 - 12:05 pm

    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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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      27/06/2014 - 8:33 pm

      Hi, it is indeed useful in ovarian cyst. But not as a standalone medicine.

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  • slankapa

    28/05/2014 - 9:47 am

    does it work for those with hidradenitis?

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    30/07/2014 - 4:46 pm


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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      30/07/2014 - 7:10 pm

      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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      • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

        03/08/2014 - 7:21 pm

        Hi, you can swallow it. There is no special benefit by chewing this tablet.

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  • edith mwanje

    06/08/2014 - 12:07 am

    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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  • Yogesh Mangal

    01/09/2014 - 10:46 am

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

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  • diwakar

    15/09/2014 - 2:28 pm

    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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  • harleen

    17/09/2014 - 9:52 am

    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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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    04/05/2015 - 10:36 pm


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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    08/07/2015 - 9:50 pm

    Kanchanara guggulu helps to reduce tumor size. But it cannot be said as cure for cancer.
    Read more about AYurvedic treatment models for cancer – https://www.easyayurveda.com/2014/01/22/cancer-ayurvedic-understanding-hopeful-treatment-modalities/

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  • kunar

    14/07/2015 - 8:34 pm

    Sir It is useful for lipomas treatment?

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    02/09/2015 - 9:07 pm

    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 –

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

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      06/11/2015 - 9:09 am

      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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  • Success Arubasa

    07/04/2020 - 5:14 am

    Can it take care of a cyst of about 9cm

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    27/02/2021 - 12:01 pm

    Can i use Kanchanar Guggulu for kidney cyst which have calcification?

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  • Pushpalatha

    23/03/2021 - 5:11 pm

    Is Kanchanara Guggulu contains steroids? If yes, how can steroids are good for health?

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  • Revathi

    07/06/2021 - 11:51 am

    Is it useful for multiple myeloma treatment.?? Please suggest

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  • Ranjanben

    28/06/2021 - 5:10 am

    Is kachnar guggulu for Lipoma? Can I take for Lipomas?

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  • Satya

    29/07/2021 - 10:18 am

    Would this be an effective treatment for Ganglion Cysts? If not, is there another aryuvedic herb or approach you would recommend?

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  • anonymous

    13/10/2021 - 11:01 pm

    Blessings. Bye.

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  • Hasan

    28/11/2021 - 12:03 pm

    Kya ye medicine spermatocele me faida karega.

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