Mahathikthaka Gritham Capsule
Fortified gritham in soft gel capsules
Mahathikthaka Gritham Capsule is a poly herbal medicated ghee indicated in all types of skin disesase, anaemia and malabsporption syndrome. This capsule retains all the actives of the classical Mahathikthaka Ghritham in capsule form.
MahathiktakaGritham - Helps in the Treatment of Chronic Inflammation Related Conditions
MahathikthakaGritham (derived from “Thikhtaka” meaning bitter and “Gritham” meaning ghee) is an Ayurvedic preparation with a base of pure cow’s ghee. This is prepared by infusing ghee with a number of powerful bitter herbs that help to reduce excessive Vata and Pitta dosha in the body.
MahathikhtakaGritham is prepared by infusing the ghee with the prescribed herbs which are more than 30 in number, and also an herb-water decoction by boiling all the three together. The solid remnants are filtered out, leaving an oil and water soluble phyto-chemical preparation. The ghee serves a catalytic function, allowing the herbs to act more potently on the target.
The herbs contained in this ayurvedic blood purifier preparation all have cooling, detoxifying, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties that act directly on the blood and liver.
It can be consumed as prepared naturally, or in capsule form or as a preparatory medicine in Panchakarma and Snehakarma treatments and as an anti inflammatory ayurvedic medicine.
It has a soothing effect on the skin and can be used to help in the treatment of conditions like leprosy and leucoderma, apart from skin irritation, rashes, allergic skin problems, non-healing wounds and urticaria.
People who suffer from conditions like bleeding piles, anemia, menorraghia, herpes, gastritis, ulcers, jaundice, fevers and heart ailments may benefit from this preparation.
It has also been used to help treat mental illnesses like schizophrenia.
It has immense benefits for helping reduce heat in the system, strengthen liver function, cleanse the gastro-intestinal tract, aid in the healing of gastritis ulcer, help balance hormones and blood sugar levels, improve blood quality, reduce inflammation, improve arthritic conditions, promote skin health and beauty, heal sores and wounds, balance Pitta and reduce Kaphadosha.
This preparation is also taken routinely as a tonic during the hot season to give a cooling effect to the body.
Using this ayurvedic medicine as part of your IBS treatment improves not only your physical health, but also gives a sense of emotional well-being.
It can be used in its original form, melted in warm water, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach for cleansing and detoxification, improving liver function, blood and skin quality.
Used externally, it can be applied to the skin to help heal wounds and ulcers, as an anti-aging mask along with Triphala, and as a soothing ayurvedic aid in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome.
The herbs are taken in equal quantity:
Triphala: Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) and Amla (Emblicaofficianalis)
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Used to treat mouth and digestive system ulcers
- Has antioxidants and vitamins for general health
- Bitter herb used to treat skin diseases
- Improves digestion
- Promotes free flow in all channels of the body
- Wound-healing properties
- Controls diabetes
Ushira (Vetiveriazizanioidies) (Khus)
- Has cooling properties
- Blood purifier
- Reduces water retention, promotes heart health
- Nerve relaxant and used to treat brain disorders
- Improves skin glow and texture
- Manages acidity
Shampaka (Cassia fistula)
- Treats constipation
- Useful in the treatment of itching, dermatitis
- Helps offer relief in sore throat, cough, cold, bronchitis, mouth ulcer Tikhtarohini (Piccororhizakurroa)
- Mild laxative
- Helps control diabetes
- Helps in the healing process of liver
Musta (Cyperus rotunda)
- Reduces gut heat
- Promotes healthy liver and kidney function and metabolism
- Regulates menstrual cycle
- Promotes skin health, water balance
Ativisha (Aconitum heterophylum)
- Used in fever management
- Diarrhea control
- Malabsorption treatment
- Helps in treatment for respiratory infections
- Helpful in treating colicky pains, fever, vomiting, skin conditions
- Gives relief from cardiac pain, heartburn, breathing difficulties
- Used to combat certain poisons
- Removes excess fat
- Manages brain health
- Used in treatments of respiratory complications, piles, cornea problems
- Most powerful bitter herb
- Promotes skin and hair health, lung function
- Has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungual and anti-inflammatory properties
- Cleanses GI tract
- Balances blood sugar
Parpataka (Fumaria indica)
- Has cooling properties
- Used to combat burning sensation, Kapha/Pitta fevers
- Promotes appetite and reduces excessive thirst
- Used in the treatment of bleeding disorders, vomiting, intoxication, psychotic conditions, fatigue
- Used to combat worm infestation
- Management of diabetes
- Anti-inflammatory, has chemo properties in cancer treatments
- Lowers cholesterol
- Promotes liver health
- Mild sedative properties
- Has soothing, cooling properties
- Relieves fevers, burns, excessive sweating
- Reduces Pitta
- Used in the treatment of sunburn, skin diseases, sores, ulcers, acne, rashes
- Promotes skin beauty
- Disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, sedative
- Balances circulatory, nervous, digestive, respiratory systems
Gajapippali (Piper chaba)
- Helps to develop immunity
- Anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic
- Protects the heart
Pippali (Long pepper)
- Improves appetite and digestion
- Used in the treatment of stomach ache, heartburn, indigestion, gas, diarrhea, cholera
- Used in the treatment of lung and respiratory problems, cough, bronchitis
- Wonder plant in Ayurvedic medicine
- Antimicrobial and antibacterial
- Promotes immunity, joint mobility and health
- Antioxidant, anti aging
- Promotes digestion
- Used in the treatment of throat infections, fever
- Quells unhealthy craving
- Natural stimulant
Padmaka (Prunus podum)
- Treats skin diseases
- Promotes skin beauty
- Maintains uterine health
- Used in the treatment of renal stones, vomiting, nausea, gastritis
- Maintains health in pregnancy
- Used in the treatment of sweating, burning sensation, fevers
- Improves blood circulation
- Relieves pain and inflammation
- Used as a brain tonic to improve memory, and in the treatment of epilepsy
- Used in treatment of stomach ulcers, dysentery, diarrhea
- Used in the treatment of constipation, candida, bacterial infections, breast cancer, acne, cold and cough
Daruharidra (Berberis aristata)
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Promotes healing of wounds
- Used to cure spasmodic pains caused by menstrual problems
- Anti cancer properties
- Used for ear ache and ear discharge
- Fruits are appetizer and digestive
- Used in the treatment of constipation and piles
- Used for throat infections as a gargle
- Promotes voice modulation
The other herbs used in this preparation have various powerful qualities:
- Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
- Sariva (Hemidsemus indicus)
- Vatsakabija (H antidystentrica)
- Vasa (Adhatodavasica)
- Murva (Marsdeniatinescimia)
- Amruta (T cordifolia)
- Kiratatikta (S chiraita)
- Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
- Triamana (Gentianakurroa)
These herbs are mixed with water and extract of Amla and made into a paste, infused in the Ghrita (pure cow’s ghee) and heated till the MahathikthakaGritham is prepared.
People who suffer from chronic skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and frequent rashes, or liver disorders or various kinds of inflammation, ulcers, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), anemia and malabsorption syndrome may experience difficulties in getting the right, long-term treatment. Acute conditions like bleeding piles, hyper-acidity, frequent fevers, gout or jaundice may also occur and recur, causing physical and mental distress.
While allopathic interventions, treatments, prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications could provide relief from symptoms, these conditions could recur in the same or different forms if the underlying causes are not accurately diagnosed or treated.
Though these conditions appear to have no connection with each other, they arise from certain inflammatory conditions that require a particular kind of holistic treatment according to Ayurveda.
Causes of Certain Chronic Conditions
Inflammation is a natural process that the body uses to protect itself from infections, toxins and foreign bodies. As part of the body’s immune system, it produces white blood cells and other substances that defend the body against viruses, bacteria, etc. There is excess blood flow to the area, release of proteins and defensive antibodies. Characteristic signs of inflammation are pain, heat, redness, swelling and loss of function. These signs can last for up to a few hours to a few days.
When these signs last for long after the immediate causes have gone, the body remains in a fixed state of alertness, leading to chronic conditions caused by inflammation.
Medical conditions associated with inflammation are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gouty arthritis.
Untreated injuries and infections can result in chronic inflammation.
Being exposed to certain irritants over a long period of time such as industrial chemicals, polluted air, toxic substances etc is another reason for chronic inflammation.
Other conditions are based on the organs affected, such as fluid retention based on heart inflammation, shortness of breath caused by inflammation of small airways to the lungs, high blood pressure/kidney failure caused by kidney inflammation.
Some inflammations may occur as a result of medications being taken to treat certain other illnesses
Injury, accident and infections can also cause inflammation.
A person’s genetic inheritance plays a major role in causing these conditions.
Certain autoimmune disorders are another cause for chronic inflammation.
Ayurveda’s View on The Use of MahatikthtakaGritham
In the Ayurvedic system, there are five elements that exist in the human body: earth, air, water, fire and space. These elements combine in the form of three main doshas: Vata, Pitta, Kapha.
They are what characterize each unique person and they remain innate and changeless throughout the person’s lifetime, with one element being predominant. These biological energies govern physical and mental processes
Doshas are dynamically balanced and could fluctuate based on our actions, behaviors, thoughts, foods consumed, seasons, etc. This results in different states like balanced, increased or decreased influence of a particular dosha.
Any increase or decrease affects our physical and mental health and vulnerability to diseases.
Chronic skin and inflammatory conditions result from an excess of the Pitta element.
Along with treatment using MahathiktakaGritham, Ayurvedic physicians recommend the practice of certain dietary restrictions. This means that the patient must avoid consumption of chillies, tamarind and excess salt. Instead patients can increase consumption of ginger, rock-salt and green gram.