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Agnitundi Vati

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Agnitundi Vati is a classical Ayurvedic medicine that is famous for its digestive stimulant action. It is a polyherbal compound advised generally for indigestion and fever. The ingredients present in Agnitundi Vati are purified Strychnine for human use and Gallic acid which are the main crystalline alkaloids. Gallic acid is commonly used in pharmaceutical preparations and it has cytotoxic activity against cancer cells and it can be used to treat albuminuria and diabetes. Purified strychnine for human use is a bitter alkaloid which affects the motor nerve which control muscle contraction.

Composition of Agnitundi Vati:

Ingredients in this formulation are:

  • Suta (Parada) – Shuddha form 1 part
  • Visha (Vatsanabha) – Shuddha form (Rt. Tr.) 1 part
  • Gandha (Gandhaka) – Shuddha form 1 part
  • Ajmoda (Fr.) – 1 part
  • Haritaki (P.) – 1 part
  • Bibhitaki (P.) – 1 part
  • Amalaki (P.) – 1 part
  • Svarjikshara – 1 part
  • Yava kshara (Yava) (Pl.) – 1 part
  • Vahni (Chitraka) (Rt.) – 1 part
  • Saindhava Lavana – 1 part
  • Jiraka (Shveta jiraka) (Fr.) – 1 part
  • Sauvarcala Lavana – 1 part
  • Vidanga (Fr.) – 1 part
  • Samudra Lavana – 1 part
  • Tankana (Shuddha) – 1 part
  • Vishamusti (Shuddha) (Sd.) – 16 parts
  • Jambiramla (Jambira) (Fr.) Q.S. for Mardana

What are the ingredients of Agnitundi Vati?

The action of main ingredients of Agnitundi Vati are:

  1. Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica): Chitrak is known as Leadwort in English.  This herb is quite hot in nature and balances Vata and Kapha It is useful in reducing the symptoms of fever, pain, inflammation and eliminating the excess gas from stomach and intestines.
  • Master Charak has classified this herb among the group of herbs that improves appetite and digestion strength, group of herbs that relieve abdominal colic pain, group of herbs having scraping property and group of herbs used in treating piles.
  1. Ajmoda (Apium graveolens): Ajomoda aids in the elimination of excess gas from the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).
  • It is hot in potency and balances Kapha and Vata doshas.
  1. Kuchla (Strychnos nuxvomica): Kuchla is a famous Ayurvedic herb which has many health benefits and it is used in Ayurvedic treatments since the time of Master Sushruta. This herb is light to digest, hot in potency and balances Vata and Kapha doshas.
  • Kuchla is useful in controlling pain and it is useful in reducing inflammation caused due to an injury or infection.
  1. Suhaga (Borax): According to Ayurveda, it helps in controlling bloating as it improves digestive fire by its ushna (hot) property.
  • It improves the process of digestion and food absorption and useful in treating acidity and heartburn.
  • Suhaga is anti-inflammatory, carminative, digestive stimulant, diuretic, fat burner, anti-microbial, expectorant, emmenagogue and expectorant in nature.
  1. Triphala: Triphala is a simple combination of Amla, Harad and Baheda. It has many health benefits. The reference of Triphala is found in Charak Samhita and Sushrut Samhita (ancient Ayurvedic texts).
  • It soothes the stomach and improves digestion. It is laxative in nature and helps in getting rid of constipation as well. Triphala helps in improving pH levels of the stomach and arrests the growth of bacteria.
  1. Vatsnaabh (Aconitum ferox): Vatsnaabh is quite effective in reducing the symptoms of fever, pain and swelling in an inflammatory response.

Ayurvedic Properties of Agnitundi Vati:

  • Amadosha har: Removes toxins
  • Deepan: Kindles digestive fire
  • Pachana: Digests ama (toxins) but does not increase appetite
  • Anuloma: Removes excess Vata dosha and mild laxative
  • Ruchikarak: Improves taste
  • Kaphahar: Pacifies Kapha dosha
  • Svedana: Promotes perspiration
  • Vatahara: Pacifies Vata dosha
  • Vishaghan: poison destroying

What are biomedical actions of Agnitundi Vati?

  • Anti-catarrhal: Removes excess mucous from the body.
  • Antispasmodic: Relieves spasm of involuntary muscles.
  • Carminative: Prevents the formation of flatulence.
  • Anti-cough: Reduces cough
  • Emmenagogue: Stimulates or increases menstrual flow in females.
  • Hypertensive: Increases blood pressure
  • Nervine: Acts as tonic for nerves.
  • Stimulant: Raises levels of physiological or nervous activities in the body.
  • Digestive: Aids in digestion of food.

What are the therapeutic uses of Agnitundi Vati?

Agnitundi Vati is mainly indicated in Agnimandya (low digestion strength), amajwara (fever due to indigestion). It is mainly used in indigestion, stomach related disorders, anorexia, gas, bloating, constipation and neuropathic pain.

Dosage of Agnitundi Vati:

  • The dosage should be taken under medical supervision. The recommended dosage is ½-1 tablet (62.5-125 mg) in a day.
  • It should be taken with lime juice or warm water or as directed by the physician.

Contraindications:

  • Avoid this medicine in heartburn with high Pitta, profuse sweating and ulcers.
  • Don’t use this medicine in high blood pressure.
  • Agnitundi Vati is contraindicated in nasal haemorrhage, burning urination, urinary incontinence, hyperacidity.

Warnings:

  • It contains heavy metal ingredients so it should be taken in medical supervision only.
  • Do not use this medicine during pregnancy without consulting the doctor.

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