Basant Kusumakar Ras acts as an alternative stimulant and tonic, indicated in deabetes mellitus, urinary problems, sexual debility, asthma and general debility. Also used as a tonic for heart and brain.
Basant Kusumakar Ras is an Ayurvedic medicine in tablet or powder form, used in treatment of diabetes, diseases related to urinary tract, memory loss etc. This medicine contains heavy metal ingredients, hence should only be taken under strict medical supervision.
Baidyanath Basant Kusumakar Ras is an ayurvedic herbal mineral medicine used as anti-hyperglycaemic, aphrodisiac and cardioprotective agent. It is famous for diabetes mellitus in which it is effective for normalizing and stabilizing the blood glucose level. In addition to diabetes, Vasant Kusumakar Ras is recommendable for men’s problems, urinary disorders, nervous disorders, and in geriatric diseases.
Benefits & Medicinal Uses
As per above list, Sutshekhar Ras has wide range of indications. Its main action is on Pitta and Vata dosha and can be used in all diseases with aggravation of Pitta and Vata that are related with following organs:
All organs of abdomen – stomach, liver, small intestine, large intestine, colon, pancreas, spleen, and gall bladder.
1-Heart and blood vessels
2-Brain and nerves
Here we will discuss benefits and medicinal uses of Sutshekhar Ras in detail for a few health conditions.
Gastritis, Hyperacidity, GERD, Heartburn, Acid Reflux
Sutshekhar Ras reduces the increased sourness and sharpness or penetrating powder of Pitta. These things are responsible for increasing acid production in the stomach and increasing the sensitivity of the gastric mucosa. The increased sensitivity leads to inflammation of the lining of the stomach, which is called gastritis. Same things occur in hyperacidity, heartburn, GERD or indigestion, but the mechanism may be different. For example, in heartburn and GERD, acid backs up into the food pipe due to irritated esophageal sphincter. The continuous irritation of the sphincter leads to its malfunctions. This irritation occurs due to increased sharpness of the Pitta dosha, according to ayurveda.
As Sutshekhar Ras acts on these things and restores the balance, so gives relief from all gastric diseases occurring due to this. Therefore, it is highly useful in hyperacidity, gastritis, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), or acid reflux. It soothes the gastric mucosa, and linings of the oesophagus, and esophageal sphincter, which helps to reduce their irritation and ultimately cures these problems.
Similarly, Sutshekhar Ras works to reduce the inflammation of the esophagus, as it works in gastritis. In this case, it should be used in the reduced dosage of about 65 mg along with Yashtimadhu, Shatavari, Giloy Satva, Praval Pishti and Mukta Pishti. This combination can provide relief in this condition within a few weeks. It reduces chest pain, epigastric tenderness, and pain or difficulty during occurring swallowing. It also prevents the leakage of stomach acids back into the esophagus.
Loss of Appetite
Sutshekhar Ras is a good remedy when loss of appetite is linked with Pitta conditions like heartburn, acid reflux, or hyperacidity as discussed above. It maintains and restores the natural balance in acid secretion and reduces gastric irritation. The second action also appears on the mind and improves the desire to eat.
Many people with liver disorders also reported poor appetite. If Pitta is the main condition in other associated symptoms, then Sutshekhar Ras is useful. If condition is likely to be Kapha, then Arogyavardhini Vati is more beneficial.
Motion Sickness (Travel Sickness)
Sutshekhar Ras is highly effective medicine for motion sickness. If it is taken half an hour before travelling, it prevents nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, feeling of restlessness, and dizziness.
In long journeys, it should be taken after every 4 to 6 hours in dosage of 250 mg for adults and 125 mg for children.
Primary Dysmenorrhea (Spasmodic Dysmenorrhea)
Sutshekhar Ras has antispasmodic action. It also regulates the muscle functions and balances the Vata and Pitta disturbances in the abdomen including pelvic region. It reduces sharp cramps in the abdomen and pelvis that occur at the start of menstrual flow. According to ayurveda, this type of pain is linked with mainly Vata, but also associated with Pitta, so Sutshekhar Ras is drug of choice for this in ayurveda. In acute cases, Praval Pishti should also be given along with Sutshekhar Ras.
Somniloquy (Sleep Talking)
According to ayurveda, disturbance in Vata and Pitta balance can cause aggressive types of dreams. High grade fever also causes similar symptom. However, in fever, Sutshekhar Ras Gold lowers body temperature and relaxes the mind, which gives relief from sleep talking in fever.
When Somniloquy occurs in sleep disorders, its most common cause is disturbed dreams, which are due to aggravated vata and pitta. Sutshekhar Ras pacifies Vata and Pitta, which helps in inducing soothing feeling, relaxes the mind, reduces stress and ultimately gives relief from the sleep talking and results in sound sleep.
Headache & Migraine
Sutshekhar Ras gives relief from headache and migraine. In particular, it provides relief from Vata and Pitta type headache characterized with following symptoms:
- Throbbing pain
- Pulsating pain
- Migrating pain from front to back of the head
- Shooting pain
- Burning pain
- Penetrating pain
- Burning sensation in head or eyes
- Pain worsen with hot sun, bright light or high temperature or by spicy food
Basant Kusumakar Ras Uses:
- It is an excellent rejuvenative and anti aging medicine.
- It is used in the treatment of memory loss, diabetes and diseases related to urinary tract.
- It improves memory, concentration, skin complexion, strength and immunity.
- It is also widely used to treat polyurea (frequent urination problem).
- It is indicated in cough, cardiac disorders, liver and kidney disorders.
Basant Kusumakar Rasa ingredients, how to make:
- Hataka – Swarna Bhasma – Bhasma of Gold – 20 g
- Chandra – Rajata Bhasma – Bhasma of Silver – 20 g
- Vanga Bhasma – Tin Calx – 30 g
- Ahi – Naga Bhasma – Lead Calx – 30 g
- Loha Bhasma – Bhasma prepared from Iron – 30 g
- Abhraka Bhasma – Purified and processed Mica – 40 g
- Pravala Bhasma – Bhasma (Calx) of Coral – 40 g
- Mukta Bhasma – Bhasma (Calx) of Pearl – 40 g
- Quantity sufficient of following liquids for grinding
- Godugdha – Cow milk
- Juice extract or water decoction of
- Ikshu – Sugarcanne – Saccharum officinarum
- Vasa – Malabar nut tree (root / whole plant) – Adhatoda vasica
- Laksha – Laccifer lacca
- Udeechya – Andropogan vetiveria
- Kadali – Banana tree – Musa paradisiaca
- Shatapatra – Lotus – Nelumbium speciosum
- Malati – Jasminum grandiflorum
- Mrigamada – Musk
Fine powder ingredients are triturated with each liquid separately and dried.
Vasant Kusumakar Ras has following healing properties.
- Anti-hyperglycemic & Anti-diabetic
- Rejuvenative agent
- Cardioprotective and cardiac tonic
- Haematinic (increases hemoglobin levels)
- Immuno-modulator (Due to Swarna Bhasma)
- Muscle relaxant
- Libido Stimulant
Basant Kusumakar Ras has significant anti-hyperglycaemic effects. It may also increase insulin levels in the plasma. The toxicity study indicated that kidney functions improved biochemically, but toxic effects appeared in kidney histopathology. Biochemically, total proteins, albumin and glomerular filtration improved. In histopathological study, inflammation occurred in kidneys, which was due to the heavy metal accumulation in the kidneys. Mercury accumulation in the kidneys activated the mononuclear phagocyte system and the immune response generated due to this caused kidney inflammation. Apoptosis (cell death) was increased in kidney tissue. This study was performed using 50 mg Vasant Kusumakar Ras per Kg body weight in Albino Wistar rats.
Basant Kusumakar Ras side effects:
Self medication with this medicine may prove to be dangerous, since it contains heavy metal ingredient.
Take this medicine in precise dose and for limited period of time, as advised by doctor.
Over-dosage may cause sever poisonous effect.
It is best avoided in pregnancy, lactation and in children.
Keep out of reach and sight of children. Store in a dry cool place.
Basant Kusumakar Rasa dosage:
125 – 25o mg once in the morning, before or after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor. It is traditionally administered along with honey, sugar or ghee.