Kwatha or decoction therapy appears to be very simple and domestic type of remedy in terms of its mode of preparation and use. However, deeper investigations of the experts of herbal medicine and Ayurveda
are clearly reflected in its excellent healing effects without any risk or side-effects. It is therefore often referred as "Simple Cure for Complex Diseases". We proceed in continuation of two earlier articles that introduced the readers to the fundamentals of this therapy, general methods of preparations of kwatha, and the ingredients and mode of use of nine important types of herbal kwathas. Here we present the constituents and methods of preparation and use of special Ayurvedic decoctions for treatment of some major types of diseases.
1. Kwatha for Curing the Diseases due to Vat Dosha
Its ingredients are: (1)Rasna leafs– 200 gms (2) Vasa– 50 gms, (3) Erandmula Chhala– 50 gms, (4) Devdara– 50 gms, (5) Nagarmotha – 50 gms, (6) Punarnava– 50 gms, (7) Giloya– 50 gms, (8) Amaltasa Pulp– 50gm, (9) Shatavara– 50gm, (10) Ashwagandha– 50gm, (11) Atisa– 50gm, (12) small Goksharu– 50gm, (13) Vidhara– 50 gms, (14) Saufa– 50gm, (15) Kata Saraiyya– 50gm, (16) Small Kantakari– 50gm, (17) Big Kantakari– 50 gms, (18) Dhaniya– 50gm, (19) Chhoti Pippali– 50gm, (20) Sontha– 50gm, (21) Harada– 50 gm, (22) Chavya– 50gm, (23) Bacha, (24) Kachura– 50gm, (25) Bala root – 50gm, (26) Dhamasa– 50gm, (27) Dashamula– 100gm, (28) B—ahat Vat Chintamañi or Yogendra Rasa– 1gm (29) B—ahat Shutashekhar Rasa– 1gm (30) Mukta Pishti– 2gm (31) Prabala Pishti– 4gm.
Method of preparation and use: Take the herbs (plant medicines) listed in Sr. No. (1) to (27) above in prescribed quantities and make a coarse powder of all. For a dose of one day – soak about 5 to 6 teaspoon (about 30gm) of this mixed powder in half-liter water, a night before. Warm up this solution of soaked herbal mixture on mild heat (on feeble flame of the gas burner for instance,) till it boils…. Stir the solution from time to time and continue the steady heating till it concentrates to about one-fourth of the original volume. After this, put off the burner (heater) and let it cool naturally to normal drinkable temperature. Then filter out carefully – with the help of a clean thin cloth piece – the coarse particles, if any. The filtered solution (decoction) is now ready for use. An average dose for an adult patient is: half of this decoction in the morning around 8 to 9 am and remaining half in the afternoon, sometime between 4 to 6pm.