Kayam churna is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine for constipation. It is not a traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It is a proprietary Ayurvedic medicine. It means that the formula of Kayam churna is not mentioned in any Traditional Ayurvedic text books. The manufacturer of Kayam churna – Sheth Brothers, formulated a combination of a few Ayurvedic herbs that benefit in constipation, blended them into powder form and labelled it as Kayam churna.
Kayam churna is a powerful and intelligent blend of good Ayurvedic herbs. Kayam churna ingredients are –
Senna leaves (Cassia angustifolia)
Black Salt (Saindhava salt / Saindha namak)
Nishoth (Trivrit) – Operculina turpethum
Ajwain – Carum capticum / Trachyspermum ammi
Himej = Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
Svarjika Kshara – a type of Kshara preparation
Jethi Madh = Yasthimadhu = liquorice = Glycyrrhiza glabra.
Kayam churna is claimed to be beneficial in Chronic constipation, acidity, gas, headache and mouth ulcer.
Kayam Churna how to use –1 – 2 teaspoons at bed time, preferably before food with half a glass of hot water.
Can it be taken continuously for many months / years?
For long term usage, Kayam churna – 1 teaspoon at night 3 – 4 times in a week is generally advised. It is not good to take it continuously for a very long time.
Mode of action, side effects
How does Kayam churna act?
Trivrit is a good purgative Ayurvedic herb.
Haritaki and Senna leaves are mild laxatives.
Yasthimadhu is good for stomach complaints, peptic ulcers and mouth ulcers.
Saindhava lavana and Swarjika kshara are usually used in gastritis condition. They also improve the digestion capacity of stomach and intestines.
Kayam Churna side effects –
Very high dose of Kayam churna may cause severe stomach pain, diarrhea and dehydration.
Kayam Churna is known to cause dependence. Hence, many people use it over a very long period of time.
One of the ingredients of it is Swarjika Kshara. We learnt in a video that the use of Kshara for a long period of time may be a cause for low sperm count and quality. (Watch video for better understanding) Hence young men planning for marriage, men seeking infertility treatment may avoid long term use of Kayam Churna.
Kayam Churna contains yashtimadhu. People with diabetes, high BP, high potassium levels (hyperkalemia) should take this only under medical supervision.
Overall, Kayam churna makes a good remedy for constipation. But for a long term and permanent cure for constipation, lifestyle changes and fiber rich diet plan is the solution.
Kayam churna in pregnancy is not recommended, unless prescribed by the doctor.
Kayam churna is not recommended for children.
Kayam churna for constipation
Kayam churna is one of the most over-the-counter purchased Ayurvedic medicine for constipation. However, many complain of dependency and recurrence of constipation once after stopping the product.
Expiry date of Kayam Churna – 2 years from the date of manufacturing.
Does Kayam churna causes cancer? No it does not.
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