What is Ayush Kwath
Ayush Kwath is a strong Ayurvedic formulation that boost natural immunity and protects you against common health problems.
It is prepared from Basil leaves (tulsi), Cinnamon bark (dalchini), Dry ginger (sunthi), and Black pepper (kali mirch). Ayush kwath is also known as Ayush Kadha.
Health Benefits of Ayush kwath
Ayush Kwath is enriched with all the goodness of basil, cinnamon, dry ginger, and black pepper.
All these herbs and spices are well known to build immunity. Regular intake of these herbs and spices would help you to stay secured and immune from diseases. The health benefits of Ayush kwath include:
- It increases natural immunity and protects you against several common health problems.
- It improves respiratory health, boosts digestion, and is beneficial in relieving cold and cough.
This age-old Ayurvedic recipe for enhancing immunity can make you stronger and more immune to seasonal infections.
Ayush kwath: Why you Should Take It
In the outbreak of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, whole humanity over the world is in distress. Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Symptoms of the disease are influenza-like and include fever, cough (initially dry), shortness of breath, headache, diarrhoea, and shivering.(1)
Experimental vaccines for the virus are still under development. Therefore, the only alternative to fighting against the virus is to take preventive measures. The first line of precautions is to wash your hands frequently and keep your work area clean by wiping out down with an alcohol solution.
Experts from all over the world reported that the virus is fatal mostly for people with a weak immune system. They feel that improvement of immunity may help in reducing the effects of the infection and fight against the virus. If you have a strong immune system, then only you can fight against this deadly disease.
Considering the importance of a strong immunity booster, AYUSH Ministry, Government of India recommends ‘Ayush kwath’ to take regularly. It can protect you against the infection by enhancing your immunity. (2)
Ayush Kwath Powder Compositions & Formulation
- Holy Basil leaves (Ocimum Sanctum): 4 parts
- Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum): 2 parts
- Dry Ginger (Zingiber officinale): 2 parts
- Black pepper (Piper nigrum): 1 part
All these compositions in powder form are mixed to formulate the Ayush kwath.
Each composition in Ayush Kwath has specific health benefits. These are all supported by ancient Ayurvedic literature and modern scientific publications. Let’s check out their health benefits.
Holy Basil: Mother Medicine of Nature
Basil contains several bioactive compounds like eugenol, ursolic acid, β-caryophyllene, linalool, and 1,8-cineole. (4) Below are the health benefits:
Basil can assist with your body’s internal housekeeping that gives you protection from toxic free radicals generated during metabolism. These functions are credited to basil’s high content of phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties. (5)
Basil also helps to prevent cancers by reducing DNA damage and promoting cell death in precancerous and cancerous cells. Thereby it reduces the growth of tumors and enhances survival. (6)
Holy basil can improve lipid profiles, prevent weight gain, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, and insulin resistance. It protects your organs and blood vessels from atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of your arteries). (7)
Basil can prevent your liver, kidney and brain injury caused by pesticides, pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals. It exerts radio-protective actions that can help you protect from toxic effects of radiation. (8, 9)
Due to its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activities, basil may help you to treat urinary tract infections, gonorrhoea, skin and wound infections, acne, and herpes. It is also helpful to treat pneumonia, tuberculosis, typhoid as well as mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, and filariasis. (10)
You can use basil as an herbal mouth wash for treating tooth decay, bad breath, gum disease, and mouth ulcers. It is as effective as 0.2% Chlorhexidine and Listerine in reducing bacterial infection (13, 14, 15)
Basil’s unique combination of antibacterial antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic activities makes it useful in wound healing and ulcer-healing activity. (16)
Cinnamon: The Sweet Wood
The primary bio-active compounds present in cinnamon are some vital oils and other derivatives, such as cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and cinnamate. Here are the health benefits:
Cinnamon can reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disorder, high cholesterol, diabetes, and cancer. Regular use of may improves blood glucose, triglyceride, and total cholesterol levels in your blood. (18, 19)
Cinnamaldehyde present in cinnamon has antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties. Because of this it can strongly reduce the growth and spread of almost all kinds of cancer cells. (21)
Cinnamon has gastroprotective properties. It can help you to prevent or relapse of gastritis, duodenal ulcer, as well as gastric lymphoma. (22)
Cinnamon has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral actions. It is useful to treat the influenza virus and highly effective against HIV as well. Cinnamaldehyde and eugenol are responsible for their antibacterial effects. (23)
Bark of cinnamon has been used in toothpaste and tooth powder because of its antibacterial actions. It helps you to kick off the oral bacteria and maintain oral hygiene. (24)
Cinnamon powder has a beneficial effect against neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases in elderly person. (25)
Ginger: The Healing Spice of Ayurveda
Gingerols, shogaol, and paradols, are the main bioactive compounds present in ginger. Both fresh and dried ginger has almost identical medicinal qualities.
The major compounds in fresh ginger are Gingerols, while shogaols are the major compounds in dry ginger. (26) Health benefits of ginger include:
Ginger is often helpful for the treatment of nausea and vomiting. It can relieve nausea due to morning sickness, chemotherapy, and post-operative nausea as well. (27)
Ginger has beneficial effects on lowering blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Furthermore, laboratory studies revealed that the anti-diabetic action of dried ginger is superior to garlic. The effects may be due to bioactive compound 6-gingerol. (28)
Ginger has antioxidant properties that can protect your vital organs against free radicals, the main cause of several diseases. Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions, it can be used to treat ulcerative colitis. Dried ginger exhibit the strongest antioxidant activity than fresh ginger, due to the higher content of phenolic compounds. (32,33)
Ginger has a long history of use for the treatment of rheumatic conditions because of its broad anti-inflammatory actions. It can decrease inflammation, swelling, and pain associated with arthritis, muscle pain, and pain due to menstruation. (34)
Ginger is beneficial for digestive system disorder. It aids digestion, reduces gas, and gives relief from constipation. (35)
Black pepper: The Sun Fruit
Its name in Sanskrit, Marich, refers to the Sun. Being hot and pungent; it is believed that Sun’s energy is trapped in the fruits of black pepper.
The main bio-active compound present in black pepper is piperine. Here are the health benefits:
Pepper exhibits a high degree of stimulating and carminative properties that increases the secretion of gastric juice and improves your appetite. It can speed up the digestion process and prevent gas, diarrhea, dysentery, or constipation.(36)
Black pepper has the potency and effectiveness against cancer. Piperine present in Black pepper counteracts cancer development directly thereby reducing the chances of tumor progression.(37)
Black pepper also reduces pain and swelling of osteoarthritis, rheumatism. The antioxidant capacity of phenolic compounds present in black pepper was shown to be better than its synthetic equivalent butylated hydroxytoluene (39)
Pepper is a good remedy for respiratory problems due to its expectorant, as well as strong anti-inflammatory properties. It acts as a stimulant and helps in getting rid of frequent fever such as malaria. Pepper also provides relief from sinusitis and nasal congestion. (40)
It has diuretic (promotes urination) and diaphoretic (promotes sweating) properties. The outer layer of the peppercorn stimulates the breakdown of fat cells, which can make you slim and energized. (41)
Black Pepper helps to cure vitiligo, a skin disease that causes some areas of skin to lose its normal pigmentation and turn white. The piperine content of pepper can stimulate the skin to produce melanocyte pigment.(42)
How to Take Ayush Kwath
Take 3gms (1/2 teaspoonful) of powder and boil in 150ml water for 3-5minutes. Strain and add jaggery, raisin, or lemon as per taste.
Drink at least once or twice a day.
Several brands of ready-to-use Ayush kwath are out there in the market.
Several modern scientific studies, now well established that ayurvedic herbs and their formulations have tremendous pharmacological properties. These can help you to enhance your health and well being. Regular use of these herbs with a healthy balanced diet and exercises you can bring back the spice of life.