Talsida Churna

Talsida Churna

Annie Sharma July 26, 2021

Talisadi churna is an herbal powder formulation. It is mainly used in the treatment of respiratory and digestive disorders. Its reference is found in Charaka Samhita Chikitsa sthana 8/145-148 and Sharnghadhara Samhita Madhyama khanda 6/130-133. It is also mentioned in Ashtanga hrudaya in the context of Rajayakshma Chikitsa. 

Is Talisadi churna used only as a cough remedy? 

Being a very good remedy for non-productive coughs, if administered with ghee, it is always known to be a cough remedy. But indications of Talisadi churna go beyond that. By analyzing its action on respiratory and digestive systems it can be administered in many ailments related to respiratory systems like cold, cough, allergy, asthma, bronchitis etc. and also in digestive ailments like vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, anorexia etc. 

Reference of Talisadi churna in Sharangadhara  Samhita: 

तालीसं मरीचं शुण्ठी पिप्पली वंशलोचनं । 

एकद्वित्रिचतुः पञ्चकर्षैर्भागान्प्रकल्पयेत् ॥ 

एलात्वचोस्तु कर्षार्धं प्रत्येकं भागमाचरेत् । 

द्वात्रिंशत्कर्षतुलिता प्रदेया शर्करा बुधैः ॥ 

तालीसाद्यमिदं चूर्णं रोचनं पाचनं स्मृतम् । 

कासश्वासज्वराहरं छर्द्यतीसारनाशनम् ॥ 

शोषाध्मानहरं प्लीहाग्रहणीपाण्डुरोगजित् । 

पक्त्वा वा शर्करां चूर्णं क्षिपेत्स्याद् गुटिका ततः ॥ 

                                (शा.सं.म.ख. १३०/134) 

 

tālīsaṃ marīcaṃ śuṇṭhī pippalī vaṃśalocanaṃ | 

ekadvitricatuḥ pañcakarṣairbhāgānprakalpayet || 

elātvacostu karṣārdhaṃ pratyekaṃ bhāgamācaret | 

dvātriṃśatkarṣatulitā pradeyā śarkarā budhaiḥ || 

tālīsādyamidaṃ cūrṇaṃ rocanaṃ pācanaṃ smṛtam | 

kāsaśvāsajvarāharaṃ chardyatīsāranāśanam || 

śoṣādhmānaharaṃ plīhāgrahaṇīpāṇḍurogajit | 

paktvā vā śarkarāṃ cūrṇaṃ kṣipetsyād guṭikā tataḥ || 

                                 (śā.saṃ.ma.kha. 130/134) 

Ingredients: 

  • Talisa patra (Abies webbiana) – 12 grams 
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum) – 24 grams 
  • Shunthee (Zingiber officinale) – 36 grams 
  • Pippali (Piper longum) – 48 grams 
  • Vamshalochana (Bambusa arundinaceae) – 60 grams 
  • Ela (Elettaria cardamomum) – 6 grams 
  • Twak (Bark of Cinnamomum zeylanicum) – 6 grams 
  • Sharkara (Sugar) - 384 grams 

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Method of preparation: 

All the above-mentioned ingredients are taken in mentioned quantities and made into fine powder form separately, then filtered with cloth and all the ingredients are mixed together uniformly. Then it should be packed in airtight glass containers. It is stored in a place away from direct sunlight and moisture. 

Major chemical constituents of ingredients used in the preparation of Talisadi Churna: 

INGREDIENT 

BOTANICAL NAME 

PART USED 

MAJOR CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS 

Talisa 

Abies webbiana 

Leaf 

Essential Oil & Alkaloid 

Marica 

Piper nigrum 

Fruit 

Alkaloids (Piperine, Chavicine, Piperidine, Piperetine) & essential oil 

Sunthi 

Zingiber officinale 

Rhizome 

Cineole zingiberol, sesquiterpene like zingiberene, 

bisobolene and sesqui phellandrene,

gingerosol in the oleo-resin 

Pippali 

Piper longum

Fruit 

Piperine, Piperlongumine, 

Piperlonguminine, Essential Oils 

Vamsha lochana 

Bombusa bambos 

Exudate 

Cyanogenic glucoside taxiphyllin. 

Ela 

Elettaria cardamomum 

Fruit 

Essential oil 

Tvak 

Cinnamomum zeylanicum 

Stem bark 

Essential oil, tannin and mucilage 

Sarkara 

Sugar 

- 

Sucrose

Action of Talisadi churna: 

  • Increases appetite 
  •  Alleviates fever 
  • Gives relief in cough and Asthma 
  • Gives relief in coryza 
  • Prevents, or relieves an allergy 
  • Treat or prevent asthma attacks 
  • Remove excess mucus from the body 
  • Effective against fever 
  • Causes widening of the bronchi, for example, any of those taken by inhalation for the alleviation of asthma. 
  • Preventing the formation or causing the expulsion of flatulence 
  • Promote sweating 
  • Digestant 
  • Promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, used to treat coughs 

Effect on Tridosha:

Most of the ingredients of Talisadi Churna are spices. Spices are useful to relieve cough, cold, weak digestion strength, that are caused by aggravated Kapha Doshas.  Talisadi Churna also contains sugar, which is useful to balance down Vata Dosha. Hence, it is effective in balancing Vata and Kapha doshas. 

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Anupana (Co-drink/adjuvant): 

It is usually given along with honey. 

In dry cough (non-productive cough) it can be taken with Ghee. 

Dosage

Dosage of Talisadi churna is 1 - 3 grams, administered once or twice a day, before or after food, as directed by an Ayurvedic doctor.   

Method of consumption

½ - 1 teaspoon of Talisadi churna should be mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey. Made into paste form. And this should be swallowed with a cup of water. 

It is also available in tablet form. 

Also, some pharmaceutical companies manufacture Talisadi tablets with the same ingredients of Talisadi churna. This tablet can be consumed in the dosage of 1-2 tablets two to three times a day or as directed by an Ayurvedic physician. 

How long this medicine can be consumed

This can be consumed for a period of 1 - 2 months only under the supervision of an Ayurvedic physician. 

Talisadi Churna benefits: 

Talisadi churna has mainly respiratory and digestive benefits. 

It can be used in the treatment of cough, cold, asthma, bronchitis, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, vomiting, side and chest aches, anemia, and spleen diseases. 

Alcohol consumption: 

According to Ashtanga Hrudaya, Chikitsa Sthana, 7/85, 

If Talisadi churna is consumed before the intake of wine, it increases the rate of absorption. Hence it increases the pleasure generated out of wine. 

Talisadi churna with allopathic medicines: 

It is always better to seek your doctor’s advice if you have to consume Talisadi churna along with any western medicine/s. As some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with allopathic medicines, there is a chance for interaction between Ayurvedic medicine and allopathic medicine if consumed together. So, it is always better to keep a gap in between the consumption of medicines of two systems.  

Side Effects:

If Talisadi churna is consumed in more than recommended dosage, it may cause burning sensation in the stomach and lead to gastritis. 

It may worsen blood sugar level if consumed by a diabetic patient without monitoring from a qualified Ayurvedic physician, as it contains sugar as one of the ingredients. 

Proper advice should be taken in case of pregnant, lactating women and children while administering this medicine. 

Contra indications: 

  • Persons with sensitive stomachs and complaints of gastritis should not take this medicine in large doses. 
  • It should not be taken without a doctor's prescription. 
  • It is best to avoid Talisadi churna by diabetes patients as it contains sugar. If the control over blood sugar level is very good, it can be taken for very minimum days under the supervision of a doctor 

Role of Talisadi churna in digestive and respiratory ailments: 

According to Ayurveda all the diseases manifest due to derangement of ‘Agni’ or digestive fire. As Talisadi churna contains pepper, long pepper and ginger, definitely it should have action on digestive fire. As all these three ingredients are pungent in taste and hot in potency, they tend to activate digestive fire. 

Talisadi churna with other medicines: 

The below are the commonly used combinations. Consult your doctor before trying any of the below-mentioned combinations. 

In cough - Talisadi churna along with Vasarishta 

In asthma - Talisadi churna along with Kanakasava 

In anorexia - Talisadi churna along with Chinchadi lehya 

In diarrhea - Talisadi churna along with Kutajarishta 

In allergy - Talisadi churna along with Agastya rasayana 

In vomiting - Talisadi churna along with Drakshadi kashayam 

In splenomegaly - Talisadi churna along with Roheetakarishta 

Reference 

Talisadi churna reference: 

 Charaka Chikitsa Sthana 8/145-148 

 Sharangdhara Samhita Madhyama Khanda 6/130-133 


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