Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Ksheerapaka is a special preparation wherein milk is processed with medicinal herbs until the milk is saturated with medicinal properties. Only a few herbs are compatible with milk and can be processed with milk.
Few examples of such herbs are –
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) – Arjuna milk for cardiac disorders
Ashoka (Saraca asoca) milk for for menstrual disorders
Garlic milk remedy for bloating, abscess and fever.
Kutaja – Bark of Holarrhena antidysenterica can also be made into a milk remedy. It is useful in colon related disorders such as
colitis (inflammation of colon).
Ksheera = Milk
Paka = Cooking, processing
Kutaja bark (Holarrhena Antidysenterica) – Conessi bark
Ingredients of Kutaj Ksheerapak
Kutaja Twak Churna – Coarse powder of Kutaja Bark – 2 pala – 96 grams
Aja Ksheera (milk of goat) – 2 pala quantity – 96 grams
Jala (water) – 4 sharava quantity (8 pala or 384 ml), i.e. 4 times that of milk
Honey – 8 Masha – 8 grams.
Method of preparation
Method of preparation of Kutaja Ksheerapaka
The dry bark of Kutaja is pounded to obtain coarse powder.
It is taken in a wide mouthed vessel. It is added with said amount of water and boiled till 1/4th reduction (384 ml to 96 ml.)
This 96 ml of decoction is filtered. It is further added with 96 ml of goat milk and heated further till only goat milk remains.
This processed milk is called Kutaja Ksheerapaka.
It is served lukewarm.
The recipe should be added with 8 masha (8 grams approximately) quantity of madhu (honey) and stirred well before administration.
The final preparation of 96 ml shall be divided into 2 doses of equal volume and administered to the patient. The second dose is given within 2 – 3 hours of the first dose.
In severe cases of diarrhea (chronic) or colitis or dysentery, the whole dose (96 grams) shall be given at one shot.
Every time the ksheerapaka should be prepared fresh. Large quantity i.e. 96 grams is prepared at once because if more doses is required it has to be prepared again, and it is a difficult and time consuming preparation.
The medicine should not be re-processed or refrigerated. It would lose its properties by doing so.
Generally 1 or 2 doses would suffice for a day. In chronic and stubborn cases, more doses shall be planned.
Benefits of Kutaja Ksheerapaka
Kutaja Ksheerapaka is used in effective treatment of –
- Atisara – Diarrhea
- Grahani – Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Sprue, diseases of small intestine caused by metabolic errors
- Pravahika – Dysentery
- Raktatisara – Bloody diarrhea, Ulcerative Colitis, Colitis
Kutaja is the best remedy for diarrhea and dysentery. It checks loss of fluids and blood. It restores health and energy. Since the medicine is prepared with milk, it also nourishes and replenishes the system apart from curing the colon diseases. Kutaja Ksheerapaka is thus a multi-dimensional medicine. It is also anti-inflammatory in nature.
Read related: Kutaja – Uses, Qualities, Side Effects
Just before Finishing –
It is one of the best remedies for chronic colon ailments including diarrhea and dysentery. Kutaja is administered in many forms i.e. in the form of kashaya (decoction), as a part of formulations like churna (powder), arishta (fermented preparations) etc. The milk recipe or ksheerapaka is preferred when dual benefit i.e. disease modifying and energizing effect is desired in the patients simultaneously. This is preferred in conditions wherein the diarrhea, dysentery or colitis is chronic and stubborn in nature and when the patients have lost energy subsequent to continuous and prolonged fluid and or blood loss.
Read related: 6 Kutaj Home Remedies: Diarrhea, Ulcerative Colitis, Fever
Kutaja Ksheerapaka preparation exhibits and stands as a proof of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda in tackling different stages of a disease with the same medicine used in different forms and formulations.
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