Herb of the Season: Chandraprabha

Chandraprabha (also called Chandraprabha Gulika and Chandraprabha Vati) is an Ayurvedic classical medicine used for the treatment of a very wide variety of diseases of kidneys, bladder, urinary tract, pancreas, bones, joints, and thyroid gland. It is also recommended in the management of diabetes, male and female reproductive issues and mental disorders.

Chandraprabha is beneficial in difficulty in urination, kidney stones, frequent urination, urinary incontinence, benign prostatic hyperplasia, male infertility, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, dysmenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, amenorrhea, polycystic ovarian disease, anxiety, the effects of mental stress, and depression.

Chandraprabha is used as total health tonic and supplement for reducing general debility and increasing physical strength. The effects are due to the presence of shilajit and loha bhasma. It reduces fatigue and revitalizes the body. Its effects usually appear most expeditiously when it is taken with cow’s milk. Chandraprabha increases the excretion of harmful toxins like creatinine, urea and uric acid from the body. It corrects the natural functions of kidney and helps to eliminate the excess uric acid. However, it may not have effect on uric acid production, but it can reduce uric acid level by stimulating excretion of uric acid through kidneys. Chandraprabha is also useful in low backache, spinal arthritis and knee osteoarthritis. It has potent anti-inflammatory and mild analgesic characteristics. It reduces pain and inflammation in joint disorders. The name Chandraprabha (moon-glow) is given due to the effects of Chandra - the moon – as this medicine is said to be as calming and effective as the aura of moon.

It acts as Yogavahi – acts as catalyst for other herbal ingredients to deliver swift therapeutic action.


Karpura – Camphor – Cinnamomum camphora
Vacha – Acorus calamus
Musta – Nut grass (root) – Cyperus rotundus
Bhunimba – The Creat (whole plant) – Andrographis paniculata
Guduchi – Indian Tinospora (stem) – Tinospora cordifolia
Daruka – Himalayan cedar (bark) – Cedrus deodara
Haridra – Turmeric rhizome – Curcuma longa
Ativisha – Aconitum heterophyllum
Daruharidra – Tree Turmeric (stem) – Berberis aristata
Pippalimoola – Long pepper root – Piper longum
Chitraka – White Lead Wort (root) – Plumbago zeylanica
Dhanyaka – Coriander – Coriandrum sativum
Haritaki – Chebulic Myrobalan fruit rind – Terminalia chebula
Vibhitaki – Belliric Myrobalan fruit rind – Terminalia bellirica
Amalaki – Indian gooseberry fruit – Emblica officinalis Gaertn.
Chavya – Java Long Pepper – Piper chaba
Vidanga – False black pepper – Embelia ribes
Gajapippali – Java Long Pepper (fruit) – Piper chaba
Shunti – Ginger Rhizome – Zingiber officinalis
Maricha – Black pepper – Piper nigrum
Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum
Makshika Dhatu Bhasma – Purified Copper Iron Sulphate
Yava Kshara – Kshara of Barley – Hordeum vulgare
Swarjika Kshara
Saindhava Lavana – Rock salt
Sauvarchala Lavana – Sochal salt
Vida Lavana – Vida salt
Trivrit – Operculina turpethum
Danti – Baliospermum montanum
Patra – Cinnamomum tamala
Twak – Cinnamon – Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Ela – Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
Vamshalochana – bambusa bambos
Loha Bhasma – Iron Bhasma
Sita – Sugar
Shilajatu – Asphaltum – 96 g
Guggulu – Indian bedelium – Commiphora mukul – 96 g

Its traditional applications include:

Prameha – urinary tract disorders, diabetes
Mutrakrichra – dysuria, difficulty to pass urine
Mutraghata – urinary obstruction
Ashmari – urinary calculi
Vibandha – constipation
Anaha – bloating, gaseous distension of abdomen
Shoola – abdominal colic
Meha – urinary tract disorders, diabetes
Granthi – tumor, fibroid
Arbuda – cancer
Andavruddhi – orchitis
Pandu – anemia, initial stages of liver disorders
Kamala – jaundice
Haleemaka – liver cirrhosis
Antravruddhi – hernia
Kati shoola – low back ache
Shwasa – asthma, respiratory disorders involving difficulty in breathing
Kasa – cold, cough
Vicharchika – eczema
Kushta – skin diseases
Arsha – hemorrhoids
Kandu – itching
Pleehodara –splenomegaly, enlarged spleen
Bhagandhara – fistula in ano
Dantaroga – teeth disorders
Netraroga – eye disorders
Artavaruja – painful periods, menorrhagia
Shukra Dosha – semen, sperm anomalies
Mandagni – low digestion strength
Aruchi – anorexia, lack of interest in food
Balances vata, pitta and kapha dosha
Vrushya – aphrodisiac
Rasayani – anti aging, rejuvenative

Doshic effect: KPV=

Dosage: (500 mg tablet) 1 – 2 tablets 1 – 2 times a day, before or after food

Side effects and cautions: People with hypertension should take this medicine only under medical supervision, since this medicine contains salt as ingredient. Over-dosage may cause slight burning sensation in abdomen.

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