For majority of women, it is quite common to experience some or the other hormonal or emotional aberrations during their menstrual cycle. Right from menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, irregular periods, leucorrhea, menstrual cramps, skin issues like acne, pimples, patches etc, mood swings, irritation, discomfort, and abdominal pain, the list goes on. Even in the twenty-first century, discussing gynaecological woes and period problems is still considered a taboo and hence some of these problems often get neglected and untreated.
While there are plenty of modern medications to back up, if you prefer the natural holistic route, then look no further, the timeless approach of Ayurveda is here for your aid. Imbued with the goodness of incredible ayurvedic herbs, Pushyanug Churna is the absolute answer to all your menstrual worries.
What Is Pushyanug Churna?
Pushyanug Churna is a polyherbal Ayurvedic proprietary medication that is primarily used for the treatment and management of all Stri-rogadhikar or gynaecological conditions such as painful periods, excessive bleeding, absence of bleeding mid-cycle bleeding, and heavy bleeding.
According to Ayurvedic scriptures, Pushyanug Churna has powerful Pitta balancing and Kashaya (astringent) traits which extensively help in dealing with menorrhagia, a condition that causes excessive bleeding. Its dominant astringent characteristic along with stambhana (stopping) disposition helps reduce the irritation associated with leucorrhea. It also helps provide solace from burning sensation and pain and inflammation during piles owing to its Kashaya (astringent) and Sita (cold) qualities. Additionally, it also helps control excessive loss of water through stool by making it thick due to its Grahi (absorbent) and Kashaya (astringent) traits.
How To Prepare Pushyanug Churna?
1 part each of:
Patha Cyclea peltata (Rt.)
Jambu-bija majja Eugenia jambolana (Enm.)
Anra-bija majja Mango (Enm.)
Dhataki Woodfordia fruticosa (Fl.)
Mulethi Glycyrrhiza glabra (Rt.)
Arjuna Terminalia arjuna (St.Bk.)
Pashan bheda (Rz.)
Vahlika (Kumkuma) Crocus sativus(Stl./Stg)
Ativisa Aconitum heterophyllum (Rt.Tr.)
Ambasthaki Cissampelos pareira (Rt.)
Mocharasa (Shalmali) Salmalia malabarica (Exd.)
Padma kesara (Kamala) Nelumbo nucifera (Adr.)
Rakta candana Pterocarpus santalinus(Ht.Wd.)
Katvanga (Araluka) Oroxylum indicum (St.Bk.)
Vatsaka (Kutaja) Holarrhena antidysenterica (St.Bk.)
Ananta Hemidesmus indicus (Rt.)
Wash and sun-dry the herbs properly
Ground them separately into a powder
Subject the powdered herbs to direct sunlight for 3-4 days until there is no remaining moisture
Mix 1 part of each of the 7 herbal powders into a homogeneous powder
Pass the powdered mixture through sieve no. 100 to get a fine powder and to remove impurities and hard particles
Store it in airtight containers for future use
Ayurvedic Indications Of Pushyanug Churna
Ayurvedic scriptures and journals have mentioned this polyherbal formulation for treating menstrual anomalies and other health issues time and again. Some of its indications include:
- Garbhaprada (treats infertility)
- Sangrahini (treats diarrhoea)
- Arsha (treats piles)
- Vamana (prevents nausea and vomiting)
- Deepana (enhances stomach fire)
- Pachana (helps in digestion)
- Rochana (stimulates appetite)
- Sonisthapana (treats bleeding)
- Chakushya (treats eye problems)
- Vamanopaga (treats emesis)
- Mehahara (treats urinary tract disorders)
- Varnya (improves complexion)
- Amahara (treats indigestion)
- Dahahara (relieves burning sensation)
- Prameha (manages diabetes)
- Trutahara (relieves excessive thirst)
- Hikkanigrahana (controls hiccups)
- Triptighno (relieves pseudo-satiation)
- Rasayani (rejuvenates the whole body)
- Vayasthapana (prevents ageing)
- Balya (improves muscle strength)
- Gulmajit (useful in abdominal tumours)
- Kustha (treats skin disorders)
- Krimihara (relieves intestinal worms)
- Krichra (treats painful micturition)
- Pushtida (gives nutrition)
Health Benefits Of Pushyanug Churna
Cures Menorrhagia And Metrorrhagia
In most women, the menstrual cycle continues for 3-5 days, but in case the bleeding stretches beyond this, then this condition is referred to as Menorrhagia. Also known as Raktapradar in Ayurveda, it characterizes heavy menstrual bleeding. Moreover, when a woman bleeds or has another menstrual flow at any time in between two menstrual cycles, then it is referred to as Metrorrhagia, a condition in which the periods repeat after 10-15 days of the earlier cycle. According to Ayurvedic scriptures, both these menstrual woes are known as Asrigdara and they primarily stem due to a worsened Pitta dosha within the body. Pushyanug Churna having Sita (cold) and Kashaya (astringent) qualities equalize the abnormal Pitta Doshas and manage both menorrhagia and metrorrhagia.
Leucorrhea, a.k.a Sweta Pradara in Ayurveda is a condition that causes a discharge of thick, white mucus from the female genitals. According to Ayurveda, an imbalance in the Vata Doshas usually results in leucorrhea. Ayurveda demonstrates Pushyanug Churna, as a herbal remedy with powerful astringent quality which plays a critical role in the treatment of leucorrhea. It helps to regulate exacerbated Kapha and lessen the symptoms of leucorrhea. Apart from vaginal discharge, it also holds high importance in regulating periods, dealing with postnatal ailments, and even treating excessive abdominal pain/bleeding.
The powerful anti-bacterial and anti-diarrhoeal properties of Pushyanug Churna are vastly used for eliminating bacteria from the intestines that cause diarrhoea and other intestinal infections. When ingested alongside rice-washed water, it can be used for treating a type of diarrhoea known as AMA ATISARA i.e., acute diarrhoea characterised by slimy, sticky bowel, which is full of mucus and emits a foul odour. This formulation not only wipes out the toxins from the body but also effectively lessens the quantity and frequency of stools.
Augments Uterine Health
Prized as a powerful female-friendly formulation, Pushyanug Churna is a boon for treating numerous hormonal troubles. Not only does it assist in treating endometriosis (i.e., inflammation of the lining of the uterus) but also regularizes the levels of FSH and LH within the blood. This action helps in supervising overall body development, pubertal maturation, and growth strengthens the female reproductive parts, regulates the menstrual cycle, triggers timely ovulation (i.e., it boosts the ovaries to produce eggs that mature into follicles) and also supports the development of the corpus luteum. Being a significant uterine tonic, regular use of this herbal formulation even improves fertility when an individual is trying to conceive. It also plays an exemplary role in dealing with postnatal ailments and secondary health issues associated with the monthly menstrual cycle.
Being a powerful laxative compound, Pushyanug Churna is considerably used for staving off and treating piles, a.k.a Arsha in Ayurveda. It plays a pivotal role in softening the stool and stimulating the easy passage of it through the intestines. Owing to its Shita quality, it diminishes the burning sensation and discomfort arising due to piles. It also provides comfort from the strain on the lower portion of the intestines and thereby impedes the formation of anal fissures, bleeding or protrusion of a mass from the anus. It also improves the resilience of the intestines and helps in cleaning the colon.
Pushyanug Churna is innately blessed with the following Ayurvedic traits:
Rasa (taste): Kashaya (astringent), Katu (pungent), Madhura (sweet) and Tikta (bitter)
Guna (physical trait): Ruksha (dry), Laghu (light), Teekshna (piercing
Virya (potency): Ushna (hot)
Vipaka (metabolic property after digestion): Katu (pungent)
Effects on Doshas
It harmonizes all three Doshas mainly Vata (air), Pitta (fire and air) and Kapha (earth and water). Owing to the fundamental properties and doshas, Pushyanug Churna has a positive impact on the various Dhatus (i.e., body tissues) which are Rasa (i.e., Plasma), Rakta (i.e., Blood), Mamsa(i.e., Muscles) and Shukra (i.e., Reproductive Fluids).
Pushyanug Churna Dosage
The absolute remedial dosage of this herbal powder may vary from one person to another depending upon their age, severity of the disease, and potential of the patient. One must talk to an ayurvedic doctor or practitioner, as he or she will cross-examine the indications and prescribe the exact dosage for a specific time.
Adults: 2-3 grams, along with Tandulodak (water extracted after washing rice), once or twice a day, preferably after meals or as directed by the treating doctor
Pushyanug Churna Side Effects
Sanctified with potent bioactive components of the herbs in use, this traditional herb displays no recorded side effects when used in the correct proportion. However, if taken for long periods without medical supervision, it may lead to irregular menstruation and intense discomfort in the abdomen.
Being warm, Pushyanug Churna may cause bleeding during pregnancy and may lead to abortion or foetal anomalies, hence it is suggested that pregnant women should avoid using this humble herbal formulation without medical supervision. Also without proper knowledge of the effects of Pushyanug Churna during the lactation period, it is strictly suggested that breastfeeding mothers should avoid using it without the approval of the lactation specialist or treating doctor.