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Kumaryasava: Uses,Benefits,Side Effects & More!

By Dr Siddharth Gupta +2 more

Introduction: 

Kumaryasava is an Ayurvedic formulation, which has aloe vera as the main ingredient. Asavas are medicinal preparations prepared by soaking the drugs (decoction or powder) in a solution of jaggery or sugar for a definite period. It undergoes the fermentation process by producing alcohol, which facilitates the extraction of active constituents of drugs.1 

Kumaryasava is composed of Aloe barbadensis, Terminalia chebula, Ricinus communis, Myristica fragrans, Syzygium aromaticum, Woodfordia fruticosa, Piper cubeba, Nardostachys jatamansi, jaggery and water.2  As per the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, Kumaryasava should comprise not less than 5% v/v and not more than 10% v/v of self-generated alcohol.3  

kumaryasava uses

Phytochemical analysis of Kumaryasava showed the presence of saponins, phenolic compounds, tannins, and anthraquinone glycosides.1  

Did you know?

  • Kumaryasava has been found to have potential nephrotoxic effects. source: ResearchGate
  • Kumaryasava has been reported to cause liver damage in some cases. source: PubMed
  • Kumaryasava has been associated with cases of drug-induced liver injury. source: ResearchGate
  • A study reported that Kumaryasava can lead to the development of hepatocellular injury. source: PubMed

Nutritional Value 

The phytochemical screening of Kumaryasava showed the presence of carbohydrates in addition to phytochemicals.1   

Therapeutic Uses of Kumaryasava

  • The phytochemicals present in Kumaryasava, such as saponins, phenolic compounds, tannins, and anthraquinone glycosides, contribute to its various therapeutic uses.1
  • Kumaryasava is one of the most widely used over-the-counter products.
  • It is used as a health tonic for adults and children to treat weak digestion, urinary disorders, liver impairment, and cough.1  

Unlock relief and soothe stones of the urinary tract with Kumaryasava! This Kumaryasava might offer a natural remedy for stones found in the urinary tract.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, B.A.M.S, M.D (Ayu)

Benefits of Kumaryasava

As per Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, Kumaryasava is beneficial in managing various conditions like digestive impairment, duodenal ulcers, urinary disorders, bleeding disorders, epilepsy, worm infestation, loss of memory, weakness, diseases of the abdomen, and tastelessness.4 

Benefits of Kumaryasava as a Liver protective Agent  

  • Kumaryasava has been widely used because of its various benefits in managing liver disorders.
  • Kumaryasava provides protection against hepatotoxicity.
  • Its hepatoprotective activity is attributed to the many antioxidant phytochemicals present in it.
  • It is a useful hepatoprotective formulation.5  

Benefits of Kumaryasava in Treating Gastric Disorders    

  • Kumaryasava has many benefits in managing gastric conditions.
  • Kumaryasava helps in relieving discomfort due to gas and acidity.
  • It also relieves constipation.
  • Additionally, it helps by stimulating digestive enzymes.6 

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Benefits of Kumaryasava in Managing Painful Periods    

  • According to a study, the administration of Kumaryasava was found to be safe and effective in relieving the signs and symptoms associated with dysmenorrhoea (medical term for painful periods).
  • Kumaryasava could reduce the overall pain associated with dysmenorrhoea.7  

When it comes to unveiling the potential of Kumaryasava in relieving dysuria, it is believed that Kumaryasava may aid in coping with painful and difficult urination. Kumaryasava is known to have Aloe vera as its main constituent, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

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How To Use Kumaryasava? 

As per the Ayurvedic Formulary of India, Kumaryasava should be taken after meals and with water.8 It can be taken with water for managing indigestion and constipation.9,10 

The Ayurvedic Physician will prescribe you the form and dosage as per your health condition.

Did you know Kumaryasava is believed to aid in menopausal problems? This effect can be attributed to aloe vera as the major ingredient that helps to soothe the pain and difficulties associated with menopause.

Dr. Smita barode, B.A.M.S, M.S.

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Precautions to Take With Kumaryasava:  

Patients with ongoing medication for chronic diseases should consult a doctor before using Kumaryasava. Keep the following points in mind: 

During Pregnancy 

There is a lack of data related to the safe use of Kumaryasava in pregnant women. Therefore, use this medicine only after consulting the physician.  

During Breastfeeding 

There is not enough data to support its safe usage during breastfeeding. Therefore, kindly follow the doctor’s advice before using it.  

When it comes to unveiling the potential of Kumaryasava in health related disorders, it is believed that kumaryasava may solve the problem of decreased food appetite and diabetes. Kumaryasava is said to stimulate digestive enzymes.

Dr. Anuja Bodhare, B.A.M.S, M.D (Ayu)

Interactions With Other Drugs: 

As per the Essential drug list of Ayurveda, there are no specific contraindications associated with Kumarysava.8 However, notify your doctor regarding all the medicines and health supplements that you take before taking Kumaryasava.  

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Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is Kumaryasava?

Kumaryasava is an Ayurvedic herbal formulation composed of Aloe barbadensis, Terminalia chebula, Ricinus communis, Myristica fragrans, Syzygium aromaticum, Woodfordia fruticosa, Piper cubeba, Nardostachys jatamansi, jaggery and water.  

What are the ingredients used in Kumaryasava?

Kumaryasava is composed of Aloe barbadensis, Syzygium aromaticum, Terminalia chebula, Woodfordia fruticosa, Myristica fragrans, Nardostachys jatamansi, Ricinus communis, Piper cubeba, jaggery, and water.2 Kumaryasava should comprise not less than 5% v/v and not more than 10% v/v of self-generated alcohol, as per the Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia of India.3  

Is Kumaryasava safe during pregnancy?

There is a lack of data related to safety in pregnant women. Therefore, use this medicine only after consulting your physician.  

Can I use Kumaryasava during breastfeeding?

There is not enough data to support its safe usage during breastfeeding. Therefore, kindly follow the doctor’s advice before using it.  

Can I take Kumaryasava for gastric discomfort?

Kumaryasava can relieve discomfort due to gas and acidity, stimulate digestive enzymes, and relieve constipation.6 Kindly consult your ayurvedic physician before using it.

Are there any side effects associated with Kumaryasava?

There is no information available related to the side effects of Kumaryasava. This Ayurvedic formulation should be taken under the supervision of a physician. 

Can I take Kumaryasava for dysmenorrhea? 

According to a study, administration of Kumaryasava was found to be safe and effective in relieving the signs and symptoms associated with dysmenorrhea. Kumaryasava is found to reduce the overall pain associated with dysmenorrhea.7 Though there are reported benefits of Kumaryasava in relieving some symptoms of dysmenorrhea, it should not be used as a stand-alone treatment or as a way to replace conventional medicines.  

Can I use Kumaryasava for treating liver disorders? 

Kumaryasava has been widely used because of its health benefits in managing liver disorders.5 Though there are reported benefits of Kumaryasava in liver ailments, it should not be used as a stand-alone treatment or as a way to replace conventional medicines. You should consult your Ayurvedic physician for guidance. 

Is there alcohol present in Kumaryasava? 

Asavas, such as Kumaryasava, are Ayurvedic formulations, which are prepared by soaking the drugs (powder or decoction) in a solution of sugar or jaggery for a certain period till it ferments. Through the fermentation process, alcohol is produced, which facilitates the extraction of active constituents present in the drugs.1 So, it does not contain added alcohol, but alcohol is self-generated during the manufacturing process. 

Can I take Kumaryasava to treat polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? 

Consult an Ayurvedic physician before using Kumaryasava. They will guide you about the possible uses of Kumaryasava based on the diagnosis made. Kumaryasava cannot treat PCOS. It might provide relief from the pain associated with menstruation7, but it should not be used as an alternative to conventional medicine. Consult a gynaecologist for advice on PCOS. They will tell you the best course of action. Always avoid self-medication as it might worsen the condition. 

Also Read: Cranberry – Uses, Benefits & Precautions

References  

1. Elamthuruthy AT, Shah CR, Khan TA, Tatke PA, Gabhe SY. Standardization of marketed Kumariasava – An Ayurvedic Aloe vera product. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis [Internet]. 2005 Apr 29 [cited 2022 Feb 11];37(5):937–41. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7874865_Standardization_of_marketed_Kumariasava_-_An_Ayurvedic_Aloe_vera_product

2. Selvan PS, Sanmuga Priya E. Determination of ethanol content in ayurvedic formulations kumaryasava and mustakarista by gas chromatography. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences [Internet]. 2015 Jan 1 [cited 2022 Feb 11];77(1):120. Available from: https://www.ijpsonline.com/articles/determination-of-ethanol-content-in-ayurvedic-formulations-kumaryasava-and-mustakarista-by-gas-chromatography.html 

3. Jagdish Manwar RM, Satish Padgilwar MV. Effect of Preparation Method on Antioxidant Activity of Ayurvedic Formulation Kumaryasava. Journal of Homeopathy & Ayurvedic Medicine. 2012;01(04). Available from: https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Effect-of-Preparation-Method-on-Antioxidant-of-Manmode-Manwar/306c7e970a553ce38c2a7932b4cf8fedd6acb07a 

4. The ayurvedic formulary of India | Part 1. Second Edition. Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia Committee. Government of India. Available from: https://pcimh.gov.in/show_content.php?lang=1&level=1&ls_id=56&lid=54  

5. Khan MA, Gupta A, Sastry JLN, Ahmad S. Hepatoprotective potential of kumaryasava and its concentrate against CCl4-induced hepatic toxicity in Wistar rats. Journal of Pharmacy & Bioallied Sciences [Internet]. 2015 Oct 1 [cited 2022 Feb 15];7(4):297. Available from: /pmc/articles/PMC4678989/ 

6. Motghare KP, Yeokar V. A Review on Traditional Ayurveda Formulations and their Therapeutic Importance. Journal of Drug Delivery and Therapeutics [Internet]. 2019 May 15 [cited 2022 Feb 15];9(3):650–3. Available from: http://www.jddtonline.info/index.php/jddt/article/view/2663 

7. Lal P, Lal SK, Garg S. A Clinical Comparative Evaluation of Efficacy and Safety of Kumarsavya and Rajahpravartani Vati in the Management of Prathmik Kastartava W.S.R. to (Primary Dysmenorrhoea): A PROSPECTIVE OPEN LABEL SINGLE CENTER STUDY. undefined. 2017.  

8. Essential Drugs List (EDL)_Ayurveda | Department of Ayush Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Available from: https://arogya.maharashtra.gov.in/Site/PDFs/EDL_Ayurveda.pdf 

9. Ajirna (Indigestion) | National Health Portal of India [Internet]. [cited 2022 Feb 11]. Available from: https://www.nhp.gov.in/ajirna-indigestion_mtl 

10. Constipation (Vibandha) | National Health Portal of India [Internet]. [cited 2022 Feb 11]. Available from: https://www.nhp.gov.in/constipation-vibandha_mtl

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