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Lakshadi Guggul – Uses, Benefits, Side effects & More!

By Dr Anuja Bodhare +2 more

Introduction:  

Lakshadi guggul is a poly herb containing six different ingredients.1 The different ingredients are as follows: 

  1. Laksha: (Laccita lacca
  1. Kakubha: (Terminalia arjuna W. &A.)  
  1. Nagabala: (Grevia hirsuta Vahl.)  
  1. Asthishrinkhala: (Cissus quadrangularis Linn.)  
  1. Ashwagandha: (Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal) 2 

Guggul is the major ingredient of lakshadhi guggul. 1 In Ayurvedic formulation, Lakshadi guggul is a solid dosage dispensed in the forms of tablets. 2 

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Nutritional Value of Lakshadi guggul: 

Lakshadi guggul contains different nutritional components like:  

  1. Carbohydrates 
  2. Alkaloids 
  3. Terpenoids 
  4. Phenol 
  5. Tannins and  
  6. Phytosteroids 1 

Asthishrinkhala Root powder contains various mineral resources including:4 

Calcium  39.5 mg 
Iron  7.5 mg 
Potassium  67.5 mg 
Zinc  3.0 mg 
Sodium  22.5 mg 
Copper  0.5 mg 
Lead  3.5 mg 
Cadmium  0.25 mg 
Magnesium  1.15 mg 

Therapeutic Uses of Lakshadi guggul: 

  1. It’s used to treat bone illnesses like fracture , low bone density, and joint pain. 3 
  2. Uncomplicated & new cases of osteoarthritis can be managed using lakshadi guggul.4 
  3. Ladshadi guggul contains all of the above mentioned components helps in calcium deposition, promoting bone healing and reducing osteoporosis. 5 

Based on some research and my observations, Lakshadi guggul might be beneficial for managing skin ailments. Lac is present as one of the ingredients that might help in wound healing by stopping bleeding from injuries. Also, it might aid in the healing process of ulcers.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, MD

Benefits of Lakshadi guggul: 

Benefits of  Lakshadi Guggul for Bones: 

  • Lakshadi guggul has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in bone healing and deposition of calcium on bone.
  • It also prevents bone degeneration and hence possesses anti-osteoporotic effects.6 

Benefits of  Lakshadi Guggul for Inflammation: 

Laksha, ashwagandha, and arjuna found in Lakshadi Guggul possess anti-inflammatory properties and help in reducing swelling in rats in cases of fractures, osteoporosis, arthritis. 6 

Benefits of  Lakshadi Guggul for Arthritis: 

  • Laksadhi guggul has anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant i.e., free radical scavenging effects.
  • It helps in bone rejuvenation and calcium deposition. This helps relieve arthritis. 2,6  

Benefits of  Lakshadi Guggul for fractures: 

  • Guggulu: Guggulu has Bhagna Sandhanakara (fracture healing) along with Shothahara (anti-inflammatory) properties. 
  • Laksha: Laksha has properties like Rakta Stambhaka (Hemostasis – stops bleeding), Bhagnasandhana (Bone healing), and Vranaropaka (Wound healing) – all of these together aid in recovery form fractures. 
  • Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha constitutes the properties of Rasayana, Balya, Vedanasthapana which are rejuvenating, immunity boosting and anti-inflammatory respectively.  
  • Nagabala: Nagabala is having Madhura (sweet), Guru, Snigdha, Kashaya Rasa (causing skin cell contractions), and Pichchhila Guna, Shheta Veerya and Madhura Vipaka and Rasayana (rejuvenating) properties. 
  • Arjuna: Arjuna is beneficial in treating fractures, ulcers, heart diseases, tiredness, intrinsic hemorrhages, tumors, inflammations, liver cirrhosis, and hypertension. 
  • Asthishrinkhala: Antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and anti-microbial properties are some of the beneficial effects of Asthishrinkhala. It contains natural hormones and vitamins, making it ideal for bone mending in early stages. 

So, without any multivitamins or calcium, Lakshadi Guggul can be used for bone mending benefits.2 

Also Read: Triphala Guggulu – Uses, Benefits & Side Effects

Lac present in Lakshadi Guggul is quite beneficial and exhibits various medicinal properties. For instance, it might be useful for weight reduction, heart rate reduction, provides bone strength, relief from bone pain, making dentures, etc.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

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How to Use Lakshadi guggul? 

Lakshadi guggul is available in the form of a tablet in the markets and it can be taken as a whole with water.3 

Your physician will prescribe you the appropriate dosage based on your individual needs.   

Side Effects of Lakshadi guggul: 

The tablets of lakshadi guggul are well-tolerated and do not show any major toxicity or side effects in the patients.5 

Precautions to Take with Lakshadi guggul: 

Lakshadi guggul is known to increase calcium levels of the body. Hence, use with caution in case of hypercalcemia, as it can further increase the serum calcium levels. 2,5,6 

Also Read: Lavender – Uses, Benefits & Side Effects

Interaction With Other Drugs: 

Lakshadi guggul may synergistically work along with calcium supplements and increase the calcium levels of the body and may cause hypercalcemia. Consult a doctor before co-administration of lakshadi guggul and calcium supplements. 2,5,6 

Also Read: Manjistha – Uses, Benefits & Side Effects

Frequently asked questions: 

How does lakshadi guggul plaster help in fractures?

Lakshadi Plaster can be used as a splint. The principal ingredient is Laksha, which contains Kashaya Rasa and Sheeta Veerya, which provide a soothing effect due to their Vedanasthapaka (painkiller) and Shothagna (anti-inflammatory) characteristics. Aside from that, Lakshadi Plaster is a suitable splint for immobilizing and stabilising damaged bones, which is essential for fracture healing.2 6

What are some of the therapeutic effects of Asthishrinkhala?

Some of the uses of Asthishrinkhala are diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, allergies, cancer, malaria, stomach upset, asthma, wound healing, painful menstrual periods, peptic ulcer disease, bone fractures, weak bones (osteoporosis), and bodybuilding supplements, as an alternative to anabolic steroids. 
Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis are all treated using this plant. 
Bone fractures are treated with the roots and stems. 
Asthma is treated with a stem paste. 
The powdered herb is used to treat hemorrhoids and certain bowel infections. 
Scurvy, debilitating menstruation diseases, otorrhoea, and epistaxis are all treated using stem juice. 
Cattle are fed the herb to increase milk production.4 

What are some of the uses of guggul? 

Guggul is used to treat ailments and has a significant role in Ayurveda, India’s traditional medicinal system. Guggul is a fat-burning herb that is also used to align bones. Arthritis, atherosclerosis (cholesterol in the artery wall), obesity, hyperlipidemia (increased cholesterol), rheumatism, haemorrhoids, urinary issues, skin diseases, neurodegeneration, Parkinson’s illness, Mongolism are some of the other beneficial effects of guggul. 7 

Can lakshadi guggul be used for hair and skin?

There isn’t enough scientific data to support the usage of Lakshadi Guggul for hair and skin. An Ayurvedic practitioner can help you find the right dose for your hair problems. 

What are some of the uses of ashwagandha?

The leaves of ashwagandha are used for blood purification, and the whole plant is utilised as a diuretic and antibiotic, especially in the treatment of gonorrhoea. Ethiopians, in particular, are said to utilise ashwagandha to treat cough, asthma, epilepsy, eye infections, scabies, and paralysis, as well as bad eyes and evil spirits. Furthermore, the Zay people of Ethiopia have been documented exclusively using ashwagandha to cure chest pain and typhoid. 8 

Also Read: Shallaki – Uses, Benefits & Precautions

Reference: 

1. Upadhyay A, Singh R, Badal R, Yadav P, Prajapati PK. QUALITY ASSESSMENT OF LAKSHADI GUGGULU VATI: A POLYHERBAL FORMULATION [Internet]. Vol. 8, Certified Journal │ Upadhyay et al. European Journal of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2021. Available from: www.ejbps.com 

2. S DT, D M v, K GS, Professor A, Professor A. Efficacy of Lakshadi Plaster and Laksha Guggulu in the Management of Bhagna (Stable Colle’s Fracture) Case Report. International Journal of Ayurvedic Medicine [Internet]. 2012(2):124–9. Available from: http://ijam.co.in 

3. Namana H, Basavaraj G, Janaki K v. Int J Ayu Pharm Chem Comparative Analytical Study of Lakshadi Guggulu. Greentree Group  © IJAPC Int J Ayu Pharm Chem [Internet]. 2018;8:3. Available from: www.ijapc.com 

4. Bupesh G. A short review on pharmacological activity of Cissus quadrangularis. Bioinformation. 2020 Aug 31;16(8):579–85.  

5. Rajoria K, Singh S, Sharma R, Sharma S. Clinical study on Laksha Guggulu, Snehana, Swedana & traction in osteoarthritis (knee joint). AYU (An International Quarterly Journal of Research in Ayurveda). 2010;31(1):80.  

6. Samarasinghe RM, Kanwar RK, Kumar K, Kanwar JR. Antiarthritic and chondroprotective activity of Lakshadi Guggul in novel alginate-enclosed chitosan calcium phosphate nanocarriers. Nanomedicine. 2014;9(6):819–37.  

7. Bhardwaj M, Alia A. Commiphora wightii (Arn.) Bhandari. Review of Its Botany, Medicinal Uses, Pharmacological Activities and Phytochemistry. Journal of Drug Delivery and Therapeutics. 2019 Aug 15;9(4-s):613–21.  

8. Afewerky HK, Ayodeji AE, Tiamiyu BB, Orege JI, Okeke ES, Oyejobi AO, et al. Critical review of the Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal: ethnobotany, pharmacological efficacy, and commercialization significance in Africa. Bulletin of the National Research Centre. 2021 Dec;45(1).  

Also Read: Punarnavadi Mandoor – Uses, Benefits & Side Effects

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