Avipattikar Chruna and Hingwashtaka Churna are two very important Ayurvedic medicines in powder form, used predominantly in disorders pertaining to stomach and intestines. Still they both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages in certain diseases. Let us analyze.
Trivrit (Operculina turpethum) and sugar candy are the two dominant ingredients in this product. It is indicated in gastritis, dysuria, constipation, low digestion strength and urinary tract disorders. Read more details
Trikatu (pepper, long pepper and ginger) are the only three common ingredients between the two.
Both these products are indicated in agnimandya – low digestion strength.
Dosage and administration method
Hingwashtaka Churna is prescribed to be administered along with ghee, along with the first morcel of food. The regular dose is 3 – 6 grams. (in one or divided dose per day).
Avipattikara Churna is prescribed to be administered before food and while taking food. The suggested dose is 6 – 8 grams, in one or divided dose per day).
Because of sugar candy ingredient, it is best to avoid Avipattikara Choornam in people with diabetes.
Because of Trivrit ingredient, in people with diarrhoea, administering Avipattikara churna may worsen the condition.
In a few patients, I have seen that it causes mild twitching abdominal pain.
Because of Rock salt ingredient, Hingwashtaka churna is best avoided in people with hypertension.
Because the quantity of Trikatu is more in Hingwashtaka churna, when compared to the other, in some patients, it causes gastric irritation and increase in burning sensation.
Difference in efficacy
In people with low digestion strength, seeking Deepana (improvement of digestion strength) and Pachana (relieving indigestion complex – Ama), Hingwashtaka acts better than Avipattikara Churna. This is why, it is most commonly used prior to Panchakarma treatment, in Deepana stage.
In people with bloating, gaseous distention, anorexia, lack of taste, when stomach complaints are associated with other Vata symptoms like bodyache, Hingwashtaka fairs better.
In people with gastritis, associated with constipation, burning sensation, where Pitta is more, Avipattikara acts better than the other.
I personally have seen that, in gastritis associated with Alcoholism, Avipattikara strikes gold.
If the doctor wishes to have some Pitta rechana effect (expelling out Pitta), Avipattikara churna is the better choice.
In mild form of Virechana treatment, usually Avipattikara churna is commonly used.
If patient has difficulty in passing urine, urinary disorders, along with stomach complaints, Avipattikara is a better choice.
If Vata is main targeted Dosha, along with indigestion symptoms, then Hingwashtaka is a better choice.
So, these are a few perspective based on observations and textual reference. If you had different experience with these products, feel free to share with us in comment section below.