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Avipattikar Churna and Avipathi Choornam

Avipattikar Churna and Avipathi Choornam are both Ayurvedic medicines in herbal powder form. Both have a similar set of ingredients. But there are substantial differences between them, in terms of indication, method of administration and so on.

Reference

Avipattikar Choorna is mentioned in Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Amlapitta Chikitsa 25-29.
Avipathi Choornam is mentioned in Sahasra yoga Choorna yoga prakarana.

Use in practice

Avipattikar is used in Ayurvedic treatment in North India.
Avipathi is used more commonly in South India, since Kerala Ayurveda practice is based more on Sahasra yoga.

Indication

Avipattikar is used in treating a wide variety of disorders, which range from gastritis, urinary tract disorders, constipation and so on.
Avipathy is used in treating Pitta imbalance disorders such as burning sensation, gastritis, migraine, etc.

Administration
Avipattikar Churna is administered just before food and in between food.
Avipathi Choornam is administered before or after food. It is mixed with little quantity of honey, made into a tablet or soft small ball and then it is administered to the patient.

Effect on Tridosha
Avipattikar Churna is targeted towards all the three dosha.
Avipathi choornam is targeted mainly to achieve Pitta balance.

AVIPATTIKAR CHURNA

Avipattikar Churna an Ayurvedic herbal powder mix, usually used in the treatment of constipation. It is one of the very effective medicines of Ayurveda.

Ingredients in Avipattikar Choorna 

  • 10 grams of each of the three pungent substances in trikatu, which are
    • Black pepper, maricha
    • Long pepper, pippali
    • and ginger, shunti
  • The three Ayurvedic fruits, Triphala, which is the best anti-oxidant combination. These three are:
    • Chebulic Myrobalan fruit rind, Terminalia chebula, haritaki
    • Belliric Myrobalan fruit rind, Terminalia bellirica, bibhitaki
    • Indian gooseberry fruit, Emblica officinalis Gaertn, amalaki
  • Nut grass (root), Cyperus rotundus, musta, which is one of the most commonly used herbs in urinary tract disorders
  • Vida salt, vida lavana 
  • False black pepper, Embelia ribes, vidanga, a useful anti-microbial herb
  • Cardamom, Elettaria cardamomum, ela, relieves pain and inflammation
  • Cinnamomum tamala, patra, relieves pain and inflammation
  • Clove, Syzigium aromaticum, lavanga. 110 grams, anti oxidant
  • Operculina turpethum, trivrit. 440 grams
  • Sugar, sharkara. 660 grams.

There are twenty types of Prameha is a group of urinary tract disorders. The downward wind, Apana Vata is mainly vitiated in them. All the ingredients are directly or indirectly useful in urinary tract health. Hence, it is useful in Prameha.
Also, in any condition, including Prameha, where daily detox / daily purgation, Nitya Virechana is required, 5 – 10 grams of Avipattikar Churna is administered, as it is mild, usually does not cause twitching abdominal pain and is easier to consume.

Reference
Bhaishajya Ratnavali Amlapitta Chikitsa 25-29.
There are many companies that manufacture this product, such as: Dabur, Baidyanath, Swadeshi, Baba Ramdev (Divya Avipapttikar Churna), Dhanvantri and so on..

Benefits of Avipattikar churna 

  • It helps to relieve gastritis very quickly, amlapittam nihanti aashu.
  • It helps to relieve constipation and difficulty in urination, vibandham malamootrayoho.
  • It helps to relieve indigestion, agnimandya
  • It is used in treating diseases of urinary system, prameha.
  • It is used even in chronic conditions, durnama nashanam.

In clinical practice, it is widely used in liver disorders and alcoholism.

Dose

1 – 5  grams. Suggested to be taken at the starting of meals and in between meals.

Side effects  of Avipattikara Choornam 
It may cause diarrhoea, watery stools, abdominal pain and dehydration with a few people.
If the patient is diabetic and has uncontrolled blood sugar levels, better to avoid this product, due to the sugar ingredient.

People with diabetes, hypertension, sensitive stomach, ulcerative colitis, diarrhoea, should exercise caution while taking Avipattikar Choorna.

It is dangerous to take this medicine without prescription from an Ayurvedic doctor.
It is not advisable for pregnant ladies and for children below 12 years, unless a doctor prescribes it.

AVIPATHI CHOORNAM

Ingredients in Avipathi Churna (Sahasra Yoga)

  • Black pepper, maricha
  • Long pepper, pippali
  • Ginger, shunti
  • Indian gooseberry fruit, Emblica officinalis Gaertn, amalaki
  • Nut grass (root), Cyperus rotundus, musta
  • Vida salt, vida lavana 
  • False black pepper, Embelia ribes, vidanga
  • Cardamom, Elettaria cardamomum, ela
  • Cinnamomum tamala, patra, twak
  • Clove, Syzigium aromaticum, lavanga. 
  • Operculina turpethum, trivrit
  • Sugar, sharkara

with the proportion of Clove (lavanga), trivrit and sugar being different in the two medicines

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