Staying at home might be a boon for many, but it has caused a lot of people to slowly become the prey of sedentary lifestyle over the past two years. The poor eating and sleep timings, little to no exercise, addiction to snacking not only created a massive disturbance in the routine life of most people but also caused a lot of people to get diagnosed with conditions like quarantine constipation, indigestion, flatulence and acidity.
While many people seek solution from modern medications, there is also a vast populace who still prefer the age-old ayurvedic practice from alternative remedies sans any side effects. One such incredible digestive boon is Agnivardhak Vati.
What Is Agnivardhak Vati?
As the name suggests, Agnivardhak Vati is a traditional ayurvedic proprietary medication that kindles the stomach fire (i.e., agni). Formulated using 6 vital ayurvedic ingredients in accordance to the principles of churna, this classical medicine not only enhances digestion and stimulates metabolism in the body but also treats loss of appetite, improves gastric secretion and stimulates the liver for bile secretion.
Sanctified with strong carminative and digestive properties, Agnivardhak vati provides absolute remedy for indigestion, intestinal gas, bloating, abdominal lumps, flatulence, incomplete evacuation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gas, belching, sour eructation and abdominal distension. Additionally, it is also beneficial for treating diarrhoea, and reducing mucus from stool. Owing to the strong laxative and digestive qualities of this herbal product, consuming it in prescribed quantity does really help in improving digestion and provide relief from constipatory problems.
The holistic science of Ayurveda and several ayurvedic textbooks of Charaka Samhita and Sarangadhar Samhita, strongly vouch for this magical metabolizer as a remedy for Deepana (enhances stomach fire), Pachana (helps in digestion), Rochana (stimulates appetite), and Amahara (treats indigestion), Anaha (i.e. bloating), Shothahara (reduces inflammation), and Krimihara (relieves intestinal worms).
How To Prepare Agnivardhak Vati?
1 part Black Salt (Kala Namak)
1 part Black Pepper – Mirch
1 part Rubber Bush (Aak) – Calotropis Procera flower’s internal parts
1 part Ammonium Chloride – Nausadar
64 parts Nimbu Satva (Citric acid)
Lemon Juice (quantity sufficient)
Dry all the herbal ingredients separately till there is no moisture remaining
Put them together in a blender and make a powder of it
Add purified powdered ammonium chloride to the mixture and again blend together for a minute
Now again keep the powder under direct sunlight to remove the presence of moisture
Pass the entire powder through sieve no. 100 to remove any impurities or hard particles
Store it in air-tight containers for future use
Therapeutic Benefits Of Agnivardhak Vati
Thanks to the powerful digestive properties, Agnivardhak Vati facilitates in breaking down of food particles in the stomach and intestine, enhances the secretion of the digestive juices and thereby increase the absorption of essential nutrients through the intestines. Not only does it help to eliminate abdominal gas while diminishing abdominal distension, bloating and gaseous cramps but also pivotal in treating a host of gastrointestinal disorders.
Ayurveda, a centuries old practice strongly recommends the use of this herbal concoction in the treatment of constipation. It ardently increases secretion of bile by the liver, which in turn, triggers the peristalsis movement of the intestines and liver, thereby facilitating smooth passage of faecal matter from the large intestine. It also plays a pivotal role in minimalizing mucous and excess fat content in the stools and preventing them from sticking to the intestinal walls and thereby allowing easy movement.
IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) also known as Grahani in Sanskrit is mostly caused due to unhealthy dietary choices, excessive intake of food particles which are difficult to digest, intake of foods that cause allergy, or the ones that are low on nutrients, overeating, eating at irregular intervals, and other physical and mental factors. It can cause both diarrhoea and constipation. Thanks to the carminative quality of the incredible herbs in Agnivardhak vati, it is an absolute choice for treating this painful disease.
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which an individual suffers from self-starvation. It is also attached to mental health as the individual suffers from low weight issues, fear of gaining weight, lower self-esteem and an intense desire to reduce weight. The person also has a loss of hunger or desire to eat any food. Agnivardhak vati being a potent stimulant and appetizer aids in digestion of food, improves appetite and helps the person to eat.
Hallowed with powerful antispasmodic properties, Agnivardhak vati is extensively used for removing bacteria from the intestines that cause diarrhoea that occurs due to the accumulation of Ama (toxins of undigested foods) and other intestinal infections. This formulation not only removes the toxins from the body but also effectively reduces the frequency of stools.
The effective therapeutic dosage of Agnivardhak Vati may vary from person to person depending upon the age, severity, and condition of the patient. Consultation from an ayurvedic doctor is a must, as he or she will thoroughly examine the indications and prescribe the correct dosage for a specific time period. It is usually prescribed to be taken 2-3 times a day alongside water.
Although it is an absolute remedy for digestive anomalies, care should be taken to consume it with doctor’s consultation. Overdosage of the medicine or regular intake can result in developing loss of appetite in patients with GERD, acid reflux, and gastritis. It can also cause acid reflux, heartburn or gastritis (in cases of Pitta patients).
Although it can be consumed in prescribed doses by most adults, pregnant women should avoid ingesting it since it can stimulate contractions of uterus and cause fetotoxicity. Even lactating mothers and children should avoid taking this medicine without a green signal from the doctor.