Jadwar (Delphinium denudatum) is a herb that belongs to Ranunculaceae (buttercups) family. It is also known as Nirvisha or Nirvishi that has earned immense value in the Ayurvedic system of medicine for its potent neuroprotective and cardioprotective activities. This herbal medicine pacifies Vata disorders such as hemiplegia, facial paralysis and convulsions owing to its neuroprotective action. While it works as a digestive stimulant clearing Ama from the system and improving appetite and digestion. This classic formulation is valuable in treating gastrointestinal disorders caused due to Kapha and Ama dosha.

The term nirvisha means one that reverses the effects of poison. In traditional medicine, it is used in Vatsanabha poisoning, toxicity and snake and the spider bites. For treating animal bites (snake, insect, or spider) jadwar is given internally as well as externally. The roots of jadwar are used extensively in Ayurveda for several medicinal and therapeutic purposes.
Jadwar plants

Common Names

Jadwar is clad by several vernacular names such as Larkspur, Nirvishi and Nirvisha. It is known as Jadwar in Hindi, Avisha, Nirvisha and Vivisha in Sanskrit.

Effects On Dosha

Jadwar is known to balance Tridosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha), while it reduces Kapha dosha and pacifies Vata dosha when taken along with ghee or milk. It is beneficial in removing Ama dosha and detoxifying the body. Furthermore, this herb improves the functioning of the brain, heart, stomach liver and nervous system.

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Healing Medicinal Properties Of Jadwar Are:





Cardiac stimulant


Digestive stimulant

Cholagogue (promotes the secretion of bile)


Depurative (helps in purifying blood)




Lithontriptic (eliminates kidney stone)


Health Benefits

Promotes Digestion

Jadwar is found to be extremely effective in reducing inflammation and treating gastrointestinal woes with Kapha dominance. Being a strong digestive stimulant, it aids the secretion of digestive juices thereby improving appetite and digestion.

Augments Heart Health

The cardioprotective activity of jadwar root plays an incredible role in improving blood circulation through the arteries and optimises cardiac functions. It also diminishes the levels of bad cholesterol and improves the good cholesterol levels, thereby lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.

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Boosts Cognitive Functions

Jadwar is an effective brain tonic that acts as a cognitive enhancer and improves memory, focus and attention. While it is also used to treat epilepsy, hysteria, tremors, migraines, and conclusions in infants.

Heals Insect Bites

This classic herbal medicine is used widely in healing insect and animal bites. It is also used in treating Vatsanabha poisoning. The paste of jadwar roots is mixed with water and applied on an insect bite, snake bite, spider bite, and any bite from animal origin to heal the wound and speed up the recovery.

Remedies Infection

Studies strongly advocate the use of jadwar in treating infections like common cold, cough, flu, jaundice, and asthma. It is also beneficial in treating arthritis, rheumatism, toothache, and skin disorders.

Therapeutic Dosage

The therapeutic dosage may vary from person to person depending upon the age, health condition and effect of dosha. It is always best to consult an ayurvedic doctor or practitioner, as he or she will thoroughly examine the person and prescribe the correct dosage.

The dosage of Jadwar is as follows:

Children     10 mg per Kg of body weight

Adults        500 to 1000 mg

Maximum Possible Dosage  2000 mg per day

How to Take Jadwar?

In people with Vata dosha, jadwar is mixed with ghee and milk and consumed

In people with Kapha dosha, it is blended with honey and consumed.

It should be taken after meals twice daily.

Side Effects

Jadwar is safe and well-tolerated in most healthy adults when taken accordingly to doshas and within it’s recommended dosage. However, when taken in excess amounts it can increase Pitta Dosha and can lead to a burning sensation, hyperacidity, and restlessness.