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

Nilvembu also called Kalmegh in Hindi is an amazing herb that has wonderful medicinal uses. It’s botanical name is Andographis Paniculata and you can read about it 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 very famous as it widely used for treating dengue and chikungunya fever. Though it is called nilavembu powder | choornanam, it is not just made with just nilavembu herb. 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). Here are the medicinal uses of nilavembu kudineer: 1. For Fever:  Nilavembu powder has anti pyretic properties and helps reduce all kinds of fevers though it is famously used mainly for treating dengue and chikungunya. 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. 3. Reduces Pain (Analgesic Properties): Nilavembu kashayam also called nilavembu kudineer has amazing analgesic properties and greatly reduces body pain when we are suffering from fever. 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. 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 nilavembu kashayam, he has never got a cold or flu till date. 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. Nilavembu kashayam 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 Kashayam Dosage: For babies less than 5 years: 1 to 1.5 tsp, for children between the age of 5 to 12 years 1 to 1.5 tbsp, above 12 years : 40 to 50 ml. 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 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…

1. Take the measured out water in a bowl.

2. Take the required amount of nilavembu powder 

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

3. Let it boil till the mixture reduces in half.

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.


  • Don’t take this nilavembu kashayam more than the time mentioned.
  • Always consume it once made.
  • 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.



  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?!!

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