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.
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Kayam churna is a powerful and intelligent blend of good Ayurvedic herbs. Kayam churna ingredients are –
Senna leaves (Cassia angustifolia)
Black Salt (Sauvarchala Lavan or Kala 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.
Some people might find it difficult to tolerate the smell. They can mix it with a cup of water or with their regular beverage. It can also be mixed with a bolus of meals and consumed.
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.
Taking Kayam Churna by a diabetic, hypertensive patient
There is no restriction for a diabetic patient. Since it does not contain sugar, Kayam Churna is considered safe for a diabetic patient.
Because it contains salt as an ingredient, patients with high BP should consult their doctor before taking this medicine, especially for long term use.
Kayam Churna for Fissure
This product is not indicated in the treatment of fissure. However, people with fissure often have constipation as a cause. Meaning, the hard constipated stools, while passing through the anal canal may cause anal fissures. Hence, it is very vital for the fissure patients to have soft bowels. Kayam Churna helps with it.
While it may not help in reducing the pain associated with anal fissure, the licorice and haritaki ingredients are useful in healing the fissure faster.
Is Kayam Churn useful in overcoming Ama?
Not getting satisfactory results?
Kayam Churna is one of the popular and effective medicines for constipation. There is no doubt about it. It contains strong herbs such as Nishoth (Trivrit), Senna and Haritaki to relieve constipation. But despite that, it may not work unfortunately in people with severe constipation. In such a case, your Ayurvedic doctor may be forced to add another laxative / purgative medicine, in the form of Gandharvahastadi castor oil might be added to the prescription.
Under such circumstances, overall health, diet, habits of the patient, and the entire disease profile of the patient should be taken into consideration. Merely addressing constipation as a symptom might not work.
In some cases, Panchakarma therapies such as Virechana purgation therapy, Basti (enema) therapy, Oil massage, sweating treatment etc. help in improving the symptom.
In some cases of constipation, it is a good idea to mix or change the medicines once in 2 months so that the patient does not develop mental dependency on the medicine.