Varadi Kashayam is a traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It has its roots in Kerala Ayurveda system of practice. This herbal decoction preparation is widely used in southern part of India in the treatment of obesity.
Varadi kashayam is also known as Varadi Kashay, Varadi kashayam, Varadi Kasayam etc.
The word meaning of ‘Vara’ is ‘great’. In Ayurvedic terminology, Vara is often used to suggest Triphala. – the group of three fruits.
Kashaya refers to water decoction or herbal tea.
The reference for Varadi Kashaya is found in Kerala Ayurveda treatise – Sahasrayoga.
Varadi Kashayam is extensively used in the treatment of obesity.
If you have brought the Kashaya from an Ayurvedic store, usually the Kashaya will be concentrated. Please check the dosage in the label.
Generally, if the Kashaya is concentrated, 5 ml of kashaya is added with 5 ml of luke warm water, mixed well, and taken orally, two times a day.
Half a spoon of honey should also be taken along with this Kashaya. (As per the traditional textual reference).
This is usually taken on empty stomach, either in early morning and evening hours, or generally before food.
Your doctor will be the best judge on dosage and time of intake.
Varadi Kashaya possible side effects –
A few may experience stomach uneasiness, burning sensation in stomach or loose stools.
If you experience anything as such, start taking it after food or consult your doctor.
How long to take?
This can be administered for a period of 3 – 4 months time.
Varadi Kashaya ingredients –
Amla – Emblica officinalis
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica
Chitraka – Plumbago zeylanica
Loha patra – Iron (Herbally processed Iron foils are kept dipped in the Kashaya for a few days. A few companies add Loha bhasma (medicated iron ash powder) to it, in place of iron foils.
Varadi Kashayam – Reference – Sahasrayoga