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Hingwastak Churna – Uses, Ingredients, Dose, Side Effects

Hingwastak Churna is very useful herbal powder mix used in the treatment of Indigestion in Ayurveda practice. Hingwastak Churna mainly contains very safe and easily available herbal spices. 

Hingu means – Asa foetida, this is the main ingredient.
Ashta means – 8 – indicating that this product contains 8 ingredients.
Churna means powder.
Reference of Hingwastak churna is found in many text books like Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Yoga Ratnakara etc.

Synonyms, Ingredients, Dosage

Synonyms: hinggastak churna, Hingastak Churna, Hingastak Churan.

Hingavstak churna ingredients
Trikatu – Black pepper, Long pepper and Ginger.
Ajamoda – Ajowan
Saindhava Lavana – Black salt
Shweta Jeeraka, Krishna Jeeraka – Black and white cumin seeds
Hingu – Asa foetida
Ghee – clarified butter

Hingwashtak churna dose – 1 – 3 grams

How to take Hingvashtak choorna? 
Hingvashtak churna is mixed with a little ghee (clarified butter) and taken with the first bolus of food, two times a day.

Can Hingvasthak be taken for many months together?
Unless prescribed by Ayurvedic doctor, this medicine is not good for taking beyond 2 months time.

Benefits, Effect on Doshas

Hingwastak choorna benefits? 
Improves digestion power.
It is used in the treatment of anorexia, indigestion etc.
It is also used in the treatment of Vata imbalance and Vata related diseases like bloating, joint diseases etc.
It is a good diet supplement in Rheumatoid arthritis.

Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Kapha and increases Pitta.

Sanskrit Shloka Verse

Side effects

Hingwastaka choornam side effects 
In some patients, Hingwastak churna may cause stomach irritation.
Since it contains salt, people with high BP, and kidney related diseases should take care.
It is not advised to take the Hingwastak churna without medical advise.
It can be given during lactation period of mother.
It can be given to children in very low doses.

Hingastak Soda

Now-a-days in soft drink shops, people sell Hingastak Soda. It is soda drink added with a teaspoon of Hingastaka Churna. Just because Hingvashtak is added to it, the Soda seller may sell it as a healthier form of Soda.
But, soda can be harmful to the stomach and to the entire body.
Hingastaka negates Soda’s side effects to some extent. So, if one is addicted to Soda drinking, then Hingastaka Soda is better than plain Soda.

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  • Dear sir

    your site is extremely helpful for ayurvedic suggestions and tips. I myself have benefited a lot thro' ur site for my digestion problems.

  • I have read your note on the hingwashtaka churn a. Does it create any problem with a sensitivs intestine. My doctor says I may be having IBS. Can you suggest

    • Dear Radhakrishnan, It may irritate intestine and may worsen IBS.

    • Dear Mr Radhakrishhnan, You should take one table spoon Triphala powder after dinner to improve your bowel movements. IBS is a tough nut and you will need to find an expert Ayurvedic doctor to treat your critical ailment. Best of health!

  • Can small doses of this (half gram) be taken during pregnancy to reduce gas ? If not, what can be a safe medicine to be taken during pregnancy (34 weeks now)?

    • Hi, only a half gram per day, can be taken during pregnancy to reduce gas.

  • If one makes this churna mixture at home with all the ingredients excluding the 'black salt', would it be okay for someone to take without adverse impact on blood pressure? Or may be there are some other home remedies too for reduction of gas that you'll be writing about hopefully soon :).

    • If you exclude black salt, then it would not affect blood pressure. Heeng (Asa foetida) should be fried with ghee, before adding.
      half a cup of Buttermilk, to it, add a pinch of asa foetida and black pepper and half a teaspoon of haritaki powder, mix and gulp at night. It is quite good for gas reduction.

  • Hello Doctor,
    I had hing vati pills for the last month continously after my lunch but my periods are getting delayed. Is it normal? or Did I get any problems by Hing Vati ? (I don't have BP or not Pregnant )

    • Hello madam, Hing vati is used in the treatment of anorexia, indigestion. And it has nothing due to with periods.

  • Greeting Doctor I truly enjoy the taste of Hingvastak. I like putting it on different foods I eat. Is it a particular food hingvastak works best with and should the food be eaten before a main course or after. Americans suffer from indigestion often. If I could serve a particular food with it already in it that the family would like I won't have to fight about the strange things they rather it instead of the wholesome food I cook.

    • Hi, Usually, with any type of food, Hingwashtak churna is consumed with the first bolus, or just before meals, with equal amount of ghee.

  • Hello dr. ,
    Can lavan vaskar churna or hingwastak taken with water. I am staying away from my home. So i have problems to have butter milk and ghee.

  • Hi Sir,shall I take hingwashtak churna for body detoxification after food or before food?Because it is causing gastritis when taking it before food.

  • Thank you very much for creating such a knowledge base online. It is really helpful. Even when google does not provide this website in the search result, I search along with website name. Thank you again.

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