Nilavembu Kashayam (Nilavembu Kudineer) Recipe Benefits, Dosage & Side Effects

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Nilvembu kashayam made using nilavembu leaves is a famous Siddha formulation used popularly for treating dengue and diabetes. Nilavembu is the tamil name for plant, it is also called Kalmegh in Hindi.

It is an amazing herb that has wonderful medicinal uses and health benefits. It’s botanical name is Andographis Paniculata and you can read about all the health benefits of nilavembu in detail here. Nilavembu has anti pyretic properties and has been used in traditional medicine for long time to treat all kinds of fevers.

It also reduces blood sugar levels and is good for diabetic patients. Here in Tamil Nadu, nilavembu kashayam | nilavembu kudineer is very popular and is used both as a preventive medicine and as a treatment for dengue and chikungunya fever.

Nilavembu Kashayam Ingredients:

Though it is called nilavembu kashayam, it is not just made with just nilavembu powder alone. It is an amazing Siddha formulation that is a mixture of 9 herbs and nilavembu is just one herb in the mixture. The 9 herbs used in nilavembu kashayam are Nilavembu | Kalmegh (Andrographis Paniculata), Sukku | Dry Ginger, Vetiver (Vetiveria Zizanioides), Korai Kilangu | Nagar Motha, Milagu (Pepper), Sandhanam (Sandalwood), Vilamichai Ver (Plectranthus Vettiveroides) and Parpadagam (Mullugo Cerviana).

Nilavembu Kashayam Medicinal Uses:

1. For Fever, Cold & Sinus Infection:

Nilavembu powder has amazing anti pyretic properties and helps reduce all kinds of fevers though it is famously used mainly for treating dengue and chikungunya. To use it for treating fever, take a cup of nilavembu kashayam daily once in the suggested dosage. Nilavembu kashayam can also be taken for treating cold and sinus infection.

2. For Reducing Inflammation:

Nilavembu kashayam has anti inflammatory properties and treats all the inflammation really well. You can read the study that proves it here.  If you are suffering from any kind of inflammation, drinking a cup of it for three days will greatly help.

3. Reduces Pain (Analgesic Properties):

It has amazing analgesic properties and greatly reduces body pain when we are suffering from fever. People who are suffering from headaches and body aches during fever will benefit drinking a cup of nilavembu kashayam, it will also bring down the fever quickly.

4. Anti Bacterial & Anti Viral Properties:

Nilavembu kudineer has both anti bacterial and anti viral properties so it can be used for treating viral fevers very effectively. When we drink nilavembu kashayam, it protects our body from all bacterial and viral infections.

5. Improves Immunity & Detoxes The Body:

Nilavembu kashayam is great for improving immunity and helps detoxify the body naturally. One of my uncles mentioned that after he took  a dose of nilavembu kashayam for a period of three days, he has never got a cold or flu till date. This is because it helps improve the body’s ability to fight off infections very very effectively. It also helps detoxify our body naturally.

6. For Diabetes:

Nilavembu kashayam is good for diabetic patients as it lowers blood sugar levels but I would kindly suggest taking it under medical supervision as taking both nilavembu kashayam and diabetic medications together might lower blood sugar levels drastically.

It is especially useful for dengue fever and chikungunya as it helps reduce the fever and the pain greatly due to it’s anti inflammatory and anti pyretic properties. But please remember, since nilavembu kudineer chooranam is a Siddha formulation, the dosage and duration is very important.

nilavembu kudineer Nilavembu Kashayam Dosage:

The dosage for babies less than 5 years is 1 to 1.5 tsp. For children between the age of 5 to 12 years, 1 to 1.5 tbsp is the suggested dosage. For children above 12 years 40 to 50 ml is the suggested dosage. For adults 50 to 60 ml is the suggested dosage.

For prevention take it in the mentioned dosage once in empty stomach for 5 days. If you have fever, you can take it 3 times a days for 2 to 3 days but I would suggest consulting a doctor immediately. This formulation is not recommended for babies below 1 year. Nilavembu kashayam during pregnancy and breast feeding is best taken under medical supervision.

Nilavembu Kashayam Side Effects:

Nilavembu kashayam as the name suggest is bitter and if you overdose, it might cause stomach irritation and diarrhea. If you are suffering from sever stomach ulcers, it is best to take it under medical supervision. You can get nilavembu kudineer chooranam | nilavembu powder easily in Tamil Nadu, even departmental stores stock them. You can also order it online…

Where To Get Nilavembu Kudineer Chooranam?

You can buy nilavembu kudineer chooranam in almost all the departmental stores in Tamil Nadu. If you don’t find it in departmental stores, you will definitely find it nattu marundhu kadai (herb shops). When buying nilavembu kudineer choornam make sure to specifically ask for it as we get both pure nilavembu powder and nilavembu kudineer chooranam.

Pure nilavembu powder contains only nilavembu whereas nilavembu choornam contains the 9 ingredients that I have mentioned before. Though pure nilavembu is also effective for treating dengue fever and chikungunya fever, nilavembu chooranam is even more effective.

How To Make Nilavembu Kashayam From Powder?

1. Take the measured out water in a bowl.

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2. Take the required amount of nilavembu kudineer chooranam depending on the age. You can get nilavembu chooranam easily in all departmental stores.

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2. Add in the nilavembu kudineer chooranam to the water and bring to a boil.

how to make nilavembu kashayam

3. Let it boil till the mixture reduces in half and the color of the water changes.

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4. Strain and add honey if you prefer. Drink it immediately, if you are not able to drink immediately, drink it at least within an hour of making it.

nilavembu kashayam for diabetesNOTES:

  • Don’t take this nilavembu kashayam more than the amount mentioned.
  • Usually nilavembu kashayam is suggested once daily for a period of three to five days.
  • Always consume nilavembu kashyam once made for best results.
  • This drink is very bitter, so children might refuse drinking it and some children even vomit it. You can dilute the mixture in some more water and add honey for them.

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  1. Unknown
    September 30, 2017 / 7:35 am

    I see that the article mentions "For prevention take it in the mentioned dosage once in empty stomach for 5 days". How long does this dosage help in prevention (6 months or 1 year ?)

    • Raja
      October 14, 2017 / 2:45 am

      6 months

  2. Unknown
    November 27, 2017 / 4:25 am

    whether itching would happen when we consume the nilavembu kashayam?!!

  3. andrew sathish
    November 27, 2017 / 4:27 am

    whether itching would happen when we consume the nilavembu kashayam?!!

  4. Ramya (Wildturmeric)
    June 21, 2018 / 11:57 am

    No, unless you are allergic to any of the ingredients in nilavembu kashayam, usually you don’t experience itching. You can also try buying a different brand of nilavembu chooranam and see whether you experience itching with it too…

  5. Shraddha
    June 1, 2021 / 9:05 am

    Where will we get this powder in mumbai

  6. Shraddha
    June 1, 2021 / 9:10 am

    We have to take this for 5 days in 6 months or in a year

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