Sitopaladi Churna Benefits, Side Effects, Ingredients, Dose

Sitopaladi Churna is one of the very easy-to-make Ayurvedic herbal powder mix. It is one of the best and widely used Ayurvedic medicines for cough, even for kids. Sitopaladi Churna is also known as Sitopaladi Choorna, Sitopaladi Choornam, Sitopaladi Chooran etc.


Sitopaladi Churna is an Ayurveda product, used in the treatment of
respiratory diseases, cough, burning sensation in palms and feet,
low digestion power, loss of sensation in tongue, pain in abdomen, flanks, fever, bleeding from nose.
Sinusitis, allergic hives, allergic rhinitis, running nose.
If the person can tolerate spiciness of long pepper, it is used in Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR),and extra-esophageal reflux disease (EERD) problem.
Asthma, urticaria


Sitopala – Sugar candy powder – 16 parts
Vamshalochana (Inner white light part of bamboo tree) – 8 parts
Pippali (long pepper) – 4 parts
Ela (Cardamom) – 2 parts
Twak (Cinnamon) – 1 part.

Shloka, Sanskrit Verse

Preparation, Effect on Doshas

Sitopaladi Choorna – Method of preparation – Fine herbal powders of the above herbs are taken in the said proportions and mixed thoroughly, and stored in an air tight container.

Effect on Dosha – It balances Vata and Kapha Dosha. It promotes Pitta Dosha.

Dose, side effects, shelf life

Sitopaladi Choorna dose – usually given in varied dose of 1 – 3 grams two or three times a day, before or after food.
Half a teaspoon of Sitopaladi Churna is given along with half a teaspoon of ghee and a teaspoon of honey. It is even given with either honey or ghee.
Read related: Difference Between Thalisadi and Sithopaladi Churan

Sitopaladi Churna side effects – It is generally devoid of any side effects. But it may worsen gastritis in a few patients, especially if given before food. This herbal powder mix is not ideal for people with diabetes.

Shelf life – If the jar containing powder is not opened, the shelf life is 2 years. Once after the seal of the jar is broken, the Churna needs to be finished before two months.

Use in children

Sitopaladi Churna for kids – Sitopaladi Churna is quite safe for kids. But care should be taken. It should be always given after consultation with doctor.
It cannot be given to infants.
Seek doctor’s advice for its usage during pregnancy. It is usually advised during lactation period.


Can Sitopaladi Churna be used continuously for one year?
I do not recommend using it for one year. At least, you will have to give one month gap after every 2-3 months of usage, based on your doctor’s advice. Because of its hot potency, try to avoid it during summer or during those seasons where you have good digestion and respiratory health.

How long does it take to start showing results?
Depends on the dosage and other products suggested with this. Usually 1 – 2 weeks time.

Can this product be taken along with Allopathic medicines (English medicines)?
It may react with some medicines. Consult your doctor for the right advice. When English and Ayurvedic medicines are advised together, it is best to take English medicine first, give a gap of half an hour and then take Ayurvedic medicines.  

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 problem, if stored for a short period of time.

Can this be taken without consulting a doctor?
No. In many cases, this product alone might not work. More often this is given in combination with a few Ayurvedic medicines. Your Ayurveda practitioner will be the best judge to decide on those things.

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.
Avoid excess spicy foods, junk foods, aerated drinks, frozen and canned foods.

Can this be taken while taking multivitamin tablets?
Yes, generally. Your consulting doctor will be a good judge on this topic.

Because of the Sugar in it shouldn’t this make it cooling rather than heating

The spices in the content are so hot that hotness overpowers the coolant effect of sugar.
The net effect of this product is slightly hot.

Ayurvedic reference

Reference: Many text books have mentioned this Ayurvedic medicine for cough – Sharangdhara Samhita, Gada Nigraha, Yoga ratnakara, Bhaishajya Ratnavali etc. Original reference is from Charaka Chikitsa Sthana, Rajayakshma chapter.

Bhaishajya Ratnavali 14/27-28 – Rajayakshma Chikitsa
Adds one more line to the above quotation –
Hastapadaamsa daaheshu jvare rakte tathordhvage |

If Sitopaladi churan is consumed along with honey and ghee, then it is useful in treating burning sensation in hand, feet, upper back, fever and Urdhwaga raktapitta – bleeding from nose, ears etc.


In vitro free radical scavenging and anti oxidant potential of Sitopaladi Churna was studied using free radical models of DDPH, ABTS, Nitric oxide etc. (1)
Makhija, Inder & H N, Aswatha & S. Shreedhara, C & Kumar S, Vijay & Devkar, Raviraj. (2011). In vitro antioxidant studies of Sitopaladi Churna, a polyherbal Ayurvedic formulation. Free Radicals and Antioxidants. 1. 10.5530/ax.2011.2.8.

Anti tussive activity:
Researchers from Indira Gandhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, IRC Village, Bhubaneswar and Jeypore College of Pharmacy, Jeypore (K), Orissa, conducted animal experimental study on anti tussive property of Sitopaladi Churna. The study was conducted with reference drug Codeine phosphate using the acetic acid induced cough models in guinea pigs.The study concluded that the results were significant. (2)


Companies that manufacture  –
Almost all the Ayurvedic companies manufacturing traditional herbal medicines prepare this. Example – AVP, AVN, Kottakkal, Baidyanath, Dabur Sitopaladi Churna.

38 comments on “Sitopaladi Churna Benefits, Side Effects, Ingredients, Dose

  • Kunwar Singh

    31/10/2011 - 11:23 pm

    Dear Dr Hebbar,

    Thank you very much for providing such an informative piece of information about Shitopaladi Churna and I would sincerely appreciate if you could keep posting this kinds of information about other herbal products on a regular basis so that a large number of population can update their knowledge and benefit from switching over to safe and effective herbal medicines than opting for chemical based modern medicines causing side effects.

    I look forward to read more about other herbal preparations in powder, tablet, syrup and oil form or else anything you deem informative for us.

    Take care and remain blessed with good health!

    Best regards,
    Kunwar Singh

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      07/10/2014 - 5:51 pm

      It can be given in quarter a teaspoon with milk or water – 2 times a day after food.
      It also improves immunity. It can be used for upto 2 months time.

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  • adi

    04/06/2012 - 6:35 pm

    sir, i have few queries regarding this. Does sitopaladi churna helps removing particularly the ‘phlegm’ from the chest? does it shows any side effects if consumed with honey in summers(coz i know it keeps the body warm) and by a person aged 22yr having a medical history of rheumatoid arthritis? Actually I just wanna be sure about these things before recommending it to a friend.
    thanking you in anticipation 🙂

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      07/06/2012 - 7:59 pm

      It helps to remove phlegm from chest.
      It does not have any significant side effect if taken with honey during summer, by non-diabetic people. It is not very hot in nature.
      It is best to refer your friend to a good Ayurvedic doctor near your place, rather than suggesting him Ayurvedic medicine.

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  • Shakti Bibra

    08/11/2012 - 7:22 pm

    How do you ensure purity of ingredients in such large supplies and particularly TABASHIR

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      08/11/2012 - 7:55 pm

      There are standard set of sampling techniques for each ingredients, which are performed before approval of batch of in-coming herbs.

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      • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

        27/11/2012 - 2:01 pm

        The ingredients of Sitopaladi Churna is quite simple and only five. Hence, it can be assumed as generally safe during pregnancy.
        However, it will be best to consult your doctor for any small or big health issues during pregnancy.
        If you’re using Sitopaladi, use it in the minimal dose for very short period of time only (Say, for not more than 5 days).

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  • durgesh

    02/03/2013 - 3:52 pm

    sitopaladi jo churna hai kya ye cough ko sukata hai ya bahar nikaalta hai or ye sitopaladi churna kab tak lena chahiya? thanks…

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      20/03/2013 - 11:22 pm

      Ye cough ko sukata hai. Isko yadi aapke doctor ne prescribe kiya hai to, 1 – 2 hafte le sakte hai, khaane ke baad, honey ke saath.

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      • pravin

        16/08/2013 - 7:04 am

        Ideally cough should be thinned and flushed out however with this it is dried….do you feel this is desired out com doc?

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        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

          16/08/2013 - 11:20 am

          Hi, not all part of the sputum can be taken out of lungs. Some part has to be dried.

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  • durgesh

    03/03/2013 - 10:04 am

    sitopaladi churna dry the cough or remove the cough?????? how many months we have to take this???????

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      10/03/2013 - 2:58 pm

      it can be taken for 2- 6 weeks, based on doctor’s advice.

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  • priya

    17/01/2014 - 11:15 pm

    It is beneficial incase of abdomen pains?? Does it improve menses cycle as well??

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      25/01/2014 - 2:44 pm

      It helps to reduce abdominal pain arising due to indigestion.
      What do you mean by – improving menses cycle?

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  • shalu

    11/04/2014 - 4:55 pm

    What about Fluvin Capsule, i found it new as they write – It’s the “one stop cure” for the common cold. It is antiviral, anti inflammatory and increases the body’s immunity.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      27/06/2014 - 8:47 pm

      Hi it may help. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor in person.

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  • Anshu Prithani

    29/06/2014 - 6:30 am

    Very useful and helpful….thank you

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  • Sheldon

    23/09/2014 - 12:09 pm

    Dear Doctor,

    Thank you for all information provided. This really helps.

    I have been taking this churna for past 30 days without consulting any doctor. This has helped me in curing constipation.

    Do ou think I can continue taking this everyday for next one year?


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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      23/09/2014 - 12:36 pm

      I do not recommend using it for one year. At least, you will have to give one month gap after every 3 months of usage.
      Try to avoid it during summer.

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  • Manisha

    10/10/2014 - 11:35 pm

    Do I require to avoid any food while taking sitopaladi?

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      11/10/2014 - 12:22 am

      Avoid excess spicy food.

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      • Manisha

        11/10/2014 - 12:54 am

        How about sour food like lemon, tamarind, tomatoes etc?

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        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

          11/10/2014 - 12:33 pm

          Can be had in limited quantities. The idea is to avoid stomach irritation, as Sitopaladi contains long pepper.

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  • Kunwar Singh

    06/12/2014 - 10:58 pm

    As the sugar is considered white poison and the reason for many chronic health issues, why is it bring added in herbal preparations? Why the care is not taken to manufacture the products by keeping the diabetics in mind without adding sugar? Sugar was not manufactured when the ancient sages wrote the Ayurvedic texts. Why jaggery is not given more preference to be a better choice than sugar? Please explain.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      06/01/2015 - 10:30 pm

      There is a variant of sugar called as unrefined sugar, called as Kadi Sakar, which was and is used in Ayurvedic industry.
      All the Ayurvedic medicines need not be targeted to be sugar free to help diabetic patients. There are so many options for diabetic patients. For example, in place of Sitopaladi churna, doctor can opt for Narasimha churna or Shrungyadi churna.

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  • shweta

    18/05/2016 - 8:08 pm

    sir from past 2 and half year i m allergic to AC and dust and get lot of thick white mucus and sometimes i cough continuously without gap for long time. please suggest me will this powder help me ?

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    26/05/2016 - 4:30 pm

    Hi, if you do not have hyperacidity, then this medicine can be useful in your case.

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  • abhishakes2001

    17/11/2016 - 2:36 pm

    Sir, If sitopaladi is not for Diabetic, then what Churna a diabetic person can take for cough & cold?

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    13/12/2016 - 6:38 pm

    It can.

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  • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

    17/10/2017 - 11:18 am

    Bhaishajya ratnavali adds the last line of indication – (included in the article above)
    If Sitopaladi churan is consumed along with honey and ghee, then it is useful in treating burning sensation in hand, feet, upper back, fever and urdhwaga raktapitta – bleeding from nose, ears etc. 

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  • Syakhi Anish

    25/09/2018 - 5:38 pm

    IS this Choorna good for Severe sinuscitis

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  • Thomas

    10/06/2019 - 3:53 pm

    Dear Dr. Hebbar,

    I’m writing to thank you for your great effort to provide us with such precious informations. I’m provided with little knowledge on Ayurveda since I got the chance to stay in Kerala for one entire year with a Kalorie and an Ayurvedic physician. I love your website for studying and selfmedication. This site is a gem! Thanks for referring to the ancient texts as well. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Kind regards, Thomas (from Austria)

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  • Linda Marshall

    13/11/2019 - 2:06 pm

    Sitopaladi Because of the Sugar in it shouldn’t this make it cooling rather than heating

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      13/11/2019 - 2:50 pm

      The spices in the content are so hot that hotness overpowers the coolant effect of sugar.
      The net effect of this product is slightly hot.

      Reply to comment

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