Apamarga Kshara Therapeutic Uses & Side Effects

Ayurveda is the 50 centuries old science of healing lives and treating diseases with the gifts that nature has conferred upon us. From simple healing to complex surgeries Ayurveda has mastery in all.

Apamarga is one of the most powerful ayurvedic herbs used to prepare a special medicine called kshara. Apamarga Kshara is potash-rich alkaline ashes of Apamarga plant and is used extensively in surgical procedures to treat fistula and as oral medicine for obesity, tumors etc.

Therapeutic uses of Apamarga Kshara

Apamarga Kshara has sharp, hot, slimy, smooth, pain relieving properties. It has laxative, diuretic and antacid properties. Some of its medicinal uses include:

  • Abdominal lump
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Malabsorption syndrome
  • Gastro-enteritis with piercing pain
  • Dyspepsia
  • Tastelessness
  • Distention of abdomen due to obstruction to the passage of urine and stool
  • Piles 
  • Ear diseases and leucoderma
  • Fistula in ano
  • Gravel in urine
  • Calculus
  • Helminthiasis
  • Hernia
  • Asthma
  • Cold, cough and other respiratory diseases

Research on Efficacy of Apamarga Kshara

Clinical study of Apamarga Ksara for corn and warts

In a clinical study, it was found that Apamarga kshara showed great improvements in treating corns and warts. Use of this medicine helped in the reduction of pain, burning sensation, discharge and complete regression of lesion among the patients.

The role of Apamarga Kshara in the treatment of Arsha (Piles)

Several studies stated Apamarga Kshara as the best treatment option for piles as per convenience, adoptability, cost-effectiveness and curative results. In a clinical study, apamarga kshara was applied directly on the different sizes, shapes and degrees of Piles, to discover its effectiveness. It was concluded that the pile masses shrunk out without complete disappearance. Hence, it could be stated that Apamarga kshara was an effective method for the treatment of 1st and 2nd degree piles. The study also highlighted that no side effects or adverse effects were reported after the treatment.

Role of Apamarga Kshara in surgical practice

Several case studies and research on Apamarga Kshara used in different surgical diseases revealed its effectiveness thus proving that Apamarga Kshara has an important role in surgical practice.

Apamarga Kshara for infertility

A study was done to understand the effect of apamarga kshara in the management of infertility w.s.r. Tubal blockage and it was concluded that the trial drug Apamarga kshara gave highly significant results.

Apamarga kshara in fistula- in -ano

A clinical study was done on efficacy of Apamarga Kshara in the management of Fistula – In – Ano and it was concluded that median healing time was 7 weeks for Kshara with a recurrence rate of 0.0 percent. The study concluded that Apamarga Kshara is appropriate for healing of the fistulous tract with minimal complications. In Kshara therapy the cutting and healing of fistulous track happens simultaneously.

Apamarga Kshara side effects:

Apamarga Kshara is generally termed safe when taken under medical prescription. Self medication with this medicine is strictly discouraged.

This medicine is best avoided in pregnant ladies and infants.

Long term use of this medicine might affect the quality and quantity of sperm.


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