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Khadirāriṣṭa is a fermented liquid preparation made with the ingredients in the Formulation composition given below. It contains not more than 10 per cent, and not less than 5 per cent of alcohol that is self generated in the preparation over a period of time.

Formulation composition

Khadira API Acacia catechu Ht. Wd 2.4 kg
Devadāru API Cedrus deodara Ht. Wd 2.4 kg
Bākucī API Psoralea corylifolia Sd. 576 g
Dārvī (Dāruharidrā API) Berberis aristata St. 960 g
Harītakī API Terminalia chebula P. 960 g
Bibhītaka API Terminalia belerica P. 960 g
āmalakī API Emblica officinalis P. 960 g
Jala for decoction Water 98.304 l
reduced to 12.288 l
Mākṣika (Madhu API) Honey 9.6 kg
Śarkarā API Cane sugar 4.8 kg
Prakṣepa Dravyas:
Dhātakī API Woodfordia fruticosa Fl. 960 g
Kaṅkola API Piper cubeba Fr. 48 g
Nāgakeśara API Mesua ferrea Stmn. 48 g
Jātīphala API Myristica fragrans Sd. 48 g
Lavaṅga API Syzygium aromaticum Fl. Bd. 48 g
Elā (Sūkṣmailā API) Elettaria cardamomum Sd. 48 g
Tvak API Cinnamomum zeylanicum St. Bk. 48 g
Patra (Tejapatra API) Cinnamomum tamala Lf. 48 g
Kṛṣṇā (Pippalī API) Piper longum Fr. 192 g

Method of preparation

  • Take the raw materials of pharmacopoeial quality.
  • Wash, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 1 to 7 (Kvatha Dravya) of the formulation composition and pass through the sieve number 44 to obtain coarse powder.
  • Clean, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 12 to 19 (Prakshepa Dravya) of the formulation composition individually and pass through the sieve number 85 to obtain fine powder.
  • Add specified amounts of water to the Kvatha Dravya, soak overnight, heat, reduce to one eighth and filter through muslin cloth to obtain Kvatha.[1]


  • Clear, dark brown liquid without frothing and significant sedimentation; with astringent taste.


  • Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.

Therapeutic uses

  • Mahākuṣṭha (Skin diseases), Hṛdroga (Heart diseases), Pāṇḍu (Anaemia), Arbuda (Tumor), Gulma (Abdominal lump), Granthi (Cysts), Kṛmi (Worm infestation), Kāsa (Cough), Śvāsa (Asthma), Plīhodara (Splenomegaly).


  • 15 - 30 ml orally with equal amount of water after meals twice a day.


  • Water.

Physico-chemical parameters

Total phenolic content 0.070 to 0.091 per cent
Total solids Not less than 11.50 per cent
Specific gravity (at 25º) 1.01 to 1.15
pH 3.50 to 4.2
Reducing sugars Not less than 6.5 per cent
Non-reducing sugars Not more than 0.50 per cent
Alcohol content 5 to 10 per cent
Methanol Absent