15 Top Benefits, Uses & Side Effects of Nilavembu (Kalmegh | Siriyanangai)

nilavembu medicinal uses

Kalmegh | Nilavembu | நிலவேம்பு is a small plant that has got wonderful medicinal uses and is especially used for treating diabetes and dengue fever. Here in Tamil Nadu, nilavembu kashayam | nilavembu kudineer is very very famous as it widely used for treating dengue and chikungunya fever.

Nilavembu has been used in home remedies and ayurvedic medicine for a really long time. It is commonly called King Of Bitters all over the world, Kalmegh in most parts of India and Nilavembu in Tamil. Nila means soil and vembu means neem, the name literally means a herb that grows close to the soil and is as bitter as neem, nilavembu is very very bitter just like neem!

The first thing that will come to anyone’s mind after hearing the word nilavembu is dengue fever, nilavembu is best known for it’s use in treating and preventing dengue. Here in Tamil Nadu I am sure many will be aware of nilavembu as even doctors advise us to use nilavembu for dengue treatment. The word nilavembu has become synonymous with dengue treatment that we forget it’s other wonderful uses.

Nilavembu Plant Description:

The botanical name of kalmegh is Andrographis Paniculata and it belongs to the family Acanthaceae and genus Andrographis. Kalmegh is an annual, branched herb that grows up to half to a meter high.

The best way to identify this amazing herb is by it’s unique flowers and fruit capsules. The plant produces plenty of small flowers that are white in color with specks of purple.

The plant is native to India and Srilanka and it is also found in Southeast Asia, China, America and West Indies.  The aerial parts of the plant and the root are used for medicinal purposes.

Nilavembu Common Names:

It is called king of bitters in English, Nilavembu or Siriyanangai in Tamil, Kariyatu in Gujarati, Kirayat in Hindi and Kalmegh in Bengali, Chooraita in Punjabi, Kadu Kirayata in Marathi, Kariyatu in Gujarati, Kalamegha in Sanskrit, Nelabevu in Kannada, Nilavepp in Malayalam, Nela Vemu | Nelavepu in Telugu, Bhuinimba in Oriya, Kiratin in Konkani and Chirota in Assamese.

Nilavembu Traditional Uses:

It has been traditionally used for cancer, stomach ache, diabetes, high blood pressure, allergy, bronchitis, fever, flatulence, colic, dengue fever, intestinal worms, wounds, skin diseases, malaria and cancer. It is also used as an antidote for snake bites and insect bites traditionally.

Nilavembu Chemical Constituents:

Many bio active compounds have been isolated from kalmegh plant. The most notable among them is terpenoids followed by flavonoids, noriridoides, polyphenols, xanthones and trace elements. Of the terpenoids isolated from kalmegh plant, andrographolide is the most prominent compound that exist in large quantities.

Other than andrographolide, neoandrographolide, andrograhoside, 14-deoxyandrographolide are other prominent terpenoids and they are mostly found in aerial parts. Other than these compounds certain miscellaneous compounds also have been isolated from the roots.

Nilavembu Kashayam | Nilavembu Kudineer:

Nilavembu kudineer is very famous in Tamil Nadu for its use in treating dengue fever but nilavembu can be used to treat all kinds of fever, for blood purification, for treating diabetes, skin diseases and allergies. Nilavembu plant is also used to ward off snakes and mosquitoes. Any preparation with nilavembu is very very bitter but it really does wonders.

The fresh herb grows in all types of soil easily and here in Tamil Nadu it is not very commonly found everywhere, but of late many have started growing this plant after the dengue campaign. If you don’t get fresh nilavembu leaves, you can also use pure nilavembu powder. But please remember that nilavembu kudineer is not made with plain nilavembu herb, it is a siddha formulation in which nilavembu is just one ingredient.

Siriyanangai Health BenefitsNilavembu Medicinal Uses:

1. Anti Microbial Properties:

Nilavembu has powerful anti bacterial and anti viral properties making it a wonderful home remedy for treating many skin diseases. Here in our place, we grind the whole plant into a fine paste and apply as a poultice on skin rashes. The decoction of the plant can also used to wash the wounds, it will help heal the wounds faster.

2. For Respiratory Tract Diseases:

Nilavembu has been traditionally used for treating cough, cold and sore throat and this use has been proven through research, you can read the research that supports this claim here. In the study, consuming nilavembu shortened the duration of sickness greatly. Here in Tamil Nadu, we consume nilavembu kashayam (a blend of nilavembu and other herbs) for improving immunity.

3. Anti Inflammatory Properties:

Nilavembu has anti inflammatory properties and treats all the inflammations really well both when consumed internally and applied externally. You can consume the water decoction of the whole plant for treating any kind of inflammation. Since it has analgesic properties, it relieves both pain and inflammation.

4. Antioxidant Properties:

Our antioxidant defence system can only prevent oxidative damage to a certain extent that is why we are always advised to consume antioxidant rich foods on a regular basis. Consuming synthetic antioxidants has worse side effects instead it is best to consume natural antioxidants like nilavembu to prevent oxidative damage. Consuming nilavembu also improves our immunity and prevents common diseases like cold, cough and flu effectively.

5. Anti Diabetic Properties:

Nilavembu has anti diabetic properties and greatly helps reduce blood sugar levels. Here in our place, nilavembu is traditionally used for reducing blood sugar levels. Andrographolide and 14-deoxy- 11,12-didehydroandrographolide are the two main compounds responsible for the reducing blood sugar levels. Both water extract and freeze dried material of kalmegh showed significant anti diabetic properties. You can read the study that supports this claim here. 

6. Insecticidal & Anthelmintic Properties:

Nilavembu has wonderful insecticidal properties, it has both larvicidal (ability to destroy the larvae) and ovicidal (ability to destroy the eggs) properties. Nilavembu is not only used to treat dengue fever, it also kills the mosquitoes that causes dengue fever. When we consume nilavembu internally, it kills and helps dispel intestinal worms.

7. Anti Cancer Properties:

Andrographolide has been clinically proven to have potent cytotoxic properties against various cancer cells. Andrographolide has been proven to be arrest the proliferation of cancer cells and is proven to be effective against breast cancer, lung cancer, leukemia and melanoma cells. It also effectively arrests tumor growth.

8. Hepato & Reno Protective Effect:

Nilavembu has a protective effect on our liver and kidney. Nilavembu has been used in Ayruveda both as a hepato protective and hepato stimulant. It is used in many formulations that has a protective effect on the liver including ones that are effective in preventing hepatitis B. It also has a protective effect on our kidneys and will greatly prevent renal failure if consumed in the proper dosage.

9. Anti Pyretic Properties:

Nilavembu is a very popular traditional remedy for various fevers as it has wonderful anti pyretic properties. It has been used as a remedy for malaria, dengue and chikungunya from ancient times and here in Tamil Nadu, if you ask anyone a remedy for dengue and chikugunya fever, the first thing they will mention is nilavembu. You will find nilavembu kudineer (which is a Siddha formulation and is a blend of nilavembu with other herbs) sold in almost all the departmental stores for treating fever.

10. Anti Diarrhoeal Properties:

Nilavembu also is very effective for treating diarrhoea. Andrographolide present in nilavembu is very effective against treating all infections that cause diarrhoea. Nilavembu extract has been proven to be 88 % effective in all bacillary diarrhea and more than 91 % effective in treating diarrhea caused due to gastroenteritis.

11. Anti HIV Properties:

Nilavembu surprisingly is wonderful for HIV patients too. One of the big problems HIV patients face is the increasing number of drug resistant HIV strains. So research is going on to find new herbs and drugs that are effective in treating HIV. Andrographolide present in nilavembu has been proven to be very effective in preventing infections in HIV patients and it also improved the lymphocyte count.

12. Anti Malarial Properties:

Since nilavembu has anti pyretic properties it is very effective in treating many kinds of fever including malaria fever. Both the whole plant extract and isolated compounds from nilavembu are effective in treating malaria fever. Just a simple decoction of nilavembu kashayam I have mentioned below will greatly help treat malaria fever.

13. Anti Viral Properties:

Nilavembu has wonderful anti viral properties and is very effective against so many virus infections including HIV. It is so effective against viral infections that in a study done on 6 medicinal herbs for treating dengue fever, nilavembu proved to be the most effective. You can read the study here.

14. Heart Protective Properties:

Consuming nilavembu also has an other amazing benefit, it reduces triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. Arterial constriction caused by eating highly processed, high fat diet diminished when nilavembu was consumed thus proving it’s heart protective and fatty liver preventing properties.

15. Anti Allergy Properties:

Nilavembu has amazing anti allergy properties and I have personally witnessed the amazing ability of nilavembu to cure acute allergy. Two days back my mother had a sudden allergic attack. She has never got any allergic attacks before and I was very surprised when she called me about her allergic attack.

Her whole body had started itching and she didn’t know the cause for it and the itching was getting unbearable. There is an old person in our village who is an expert in herbs and treats everyone in the village. What moves me the most is that although she is not well off, she will not accept money from anyone and does it for the good of others.

She gave a pea sized herbal paste and asked my mom to swallow it, immediately the itching started to diminish. When I asked her what herb she used, she said a name I didn’t recognize and when I asked her to show the herb, it was nilavembu | kalmegh. The main problem with herb identification is the multiple names for one herb even in the same locality.

But I am looking forward to learning a lot from her and hopefully with god’s grace I will be able to record all of those treasures in the blog for everyone to benefit. After seeing first hand the effect of kalmegh in treating allergies, I think it will be the first herb that I will pick for allergies from now on.

nilavembu kashayamWhere To Buy Nilavembu Powder?

We can easily get nilavembu powder in most herb shops or you can order it through online shops. You can also make your own nilavembu powder by sun drying fresh nilavemu leaves till crisp and then powdering it in a dry mixer. Fresh nilavembu plant can be got from nurseries, most nurseries stock nilavembu plant as it is very famous.

In Tamil Nadu, if you ask for nilavembu powder, we are usually given a blend of ingredients called nilavembu kudineer choornam used for making nilavembu kudineer. It is not pure nilavembu powder so if you want only nilavembu powder, make sure to ask specifically for it. We also get nilavembu tablets, they are usually sold as kalmegh tablets. We get kalmegh syrup or kalmegh drops too, nilavembu is made into a syrup and sold.

But kalmegh syrup is not usually just made with kalmegh alone, it contains other ingredients like papaya, milk thistle, etc and is generally recommended for gastric and liver problems. Finally we get kalmegh juice, it is usually made with only kalmegh leaves. You can take nilavembu in any one of these forms but make sure to follow the dosage.

Nilavembu Dosage:

The general dosage suggested is 1 to 2 teaspoons of fresh nilavembu leaf juice, 1/2 tsp of nilavembu powder and 1 to 2 tbsp of the water decoction. These are general recommendations, if you are on any medication and would like to consume nilavembu for long duration’s of time, I would suggest consulting a physician first.

Nilavembu Side Effects:

Nilavembu has low toxicity and in one study done on HIV patients, 5 mg per kg was given for 3 weeks followed by 10 mg per kg for 3 more weeks and only one patient experienced some adverse effects which was also solved by the end of the trial.

a. Nilavembu Side Effects For Men:  

Nilavembu has anti fertility properties (only for men) which is reversible once you stop taking it. The anti fertility effect also depends on the dosage.

b. Nilavembu Side Effects For Pregnant Women:

Nilavembu is best avoided by pregnant women. If at all you want to consume nilavembu during pregnancy do so only under expert guidance. It is also best to avoid it while breast feeding too.

c. Nilavembu Drug Interactions:

Nilavembu might interact with pressure, immunosuppressant and anticoagulant medications so if you are any of these medications please practice caution.

d. Nilavembu Side Effects For Children:

For children, it is best to give nilavembu under medical supervision. Since nilavembu is very bitter it might cause minor gastro intestinal problems if the correct dosage is not given.

5 Top Medicinal Uses & Health Benefits Of Nilavembu | Kalmegh 

1.Kalmegh | Nilavembu for Diabetes, Arthritis, Liver & Cancer:

nilavembu for diabetes

Nilavembu is one of the most important herbs that is rightly called a sarva roga nivarani, meaning cure for all diseases. It lowers the blood sugar levels and is excellent for treating diabetic patients. But it is best done under medical supervision as diabetic patients have to lower the diabetic medicines that they are already taking.

Kalmegh prevents cancer cells from forming and it is a powerful cancer preventive medicine. Kalmegh decoctions is a liver tonic. Many things affect the liver like too much alcohol consumption, powerful medications, eating foods sprayed with pesticide and consuming kalmegh is one of the best ways to keep the liver functioning properly.

Kalmegh has got anti inflammatory properties making it ideal for treating arthritis and gout. A simple decoction made by boiling 15 to 20 leaves of fresh or dried kalmegh leaves in a cup of water till it is reduced in half can be used for treating all the above said diseases. The decoction is very very bitter and can be consumed along with palm candy or with honey.

2.Kalmegh | Nilavembu for Allergies:

Nilavembu For Skin

This was the paste that was given to my mother for her allergies. Fresh kalmegh leaves are ground in a mortar and pestle along with very little water to get a smooth, thick paste. Take a pea sized amount of paste, make a ball and swallow it along with water. The bitterness might linger in the tongue for sometime.

If you find it very uncomfortable, just take a tiny amount of honey. This has to be taken in an empty stomach for 3 days continuously. This remedy is a very good remedy for allergies that gives very good results immediately. You can also try it with good quality kalmegh powder that is sold in the shops…

3.Kalmegh | Nilavembu Kashayam For Treating All Kinds of Fever:

nilavembu side effects

Kalmegh is a natural antibiotic that can be used to treat all kinds of fever, though it is best known for it’s use in treating dengue fever. For treating fever, we make a decoction by pounding a tiny bit of turmeric, 4 to 5 peppercorns and 10 kalmegh leaves coarsely in a mortar and pestle and then boiling it in a cup of water till it is reduced in half. This decoction can be given to children and adults. For children around 2 tbsp of this decoction can be given, for adults around 3 to 4 tbsp will work well.

4. Kalmegh | Nilavembu Kudineer for Dengue Treatment:

nilavembu kudineer for dengue fever

Here in Tamil Nadu we get a herbal powder made out of 9 herbs in which nilavembu is the main ingredient for treating dengue. After the dengue outbreak this drink is getting very popular as it is considered the most effective remedy for dengue. This powder is sold under the name of nilavembu kudineer chooranam and you can easily order it online.

If you don’t want to eat the chooranam, there is an other effective preparation that is very effective and that can be easily made at home. My uncle taught me this remedy: Take 1 part of a single papaya leaf, 10 kalmegh leaves, 5 peppercorns and 1 tbsp of palm candy powder, pound it once in a mortar and pestle and boil till it is reduced to half a cup. Drink it for 3 days in an empty stomach, for children reduce it by half.

Both kalmegh and papaya leaves are very effective in treating dengue fever and this decoction works very well. An article written about this treatment in a journal made me smile, it was written that finally a grandmas remedy has been proven to be the most effective for treating dengue and has been approved even by medical community. If only we listen to our grandmas, I think we will lead a much healthier life…:)

5. Kalmegh | Nilavembu for Cold & Cough: 

nilavembu for cold and cough

Nilavembu can be used for treating all cold related problems.The fresh juice when taken internally is the best remedy for treating cold related problems. The only problem with nilavembu concoctions is the bitterness. There are a few things that we can follow while drinking bitter kashayam.

Drink it at a go without even tasting it and drink little bit of water immediately. You can also immediately take a spoon of honey after drinking the decoction. With the nilavembu paste the bitterness lingers longer, so tilt your head up, pop in the paste and immediately swallow it with water.

For treating cold, collect fresh leaves, wash them well and take them in a blender along with little boiled water, grind well and strain. You can also pound it in a mortar and pestle to get the syrup. For adults 1 tbsp can be taken and for children 1 to 2 tsp will work well. Remember to always drink the juice immediately after making it.

Kalmegh medicinal uses


  1. Madhu Mohideen
    April 15, 2015 / 1:42 am

    Please let me know…can nilavembu powder can be used if we don't get leaves and can it be taken daily for diabetes and how much powder can be taken daily.please let me know. Thank you

    • P V Krishna
      April 26, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Nila vembu may be effective!! But I had the juice for the last 2/3 months for diabetic in the morning. It generated heat and acute cough and has affected my weight n appetite!! I had to stop n recouping now? The juice was not much! In short it's ok for winter n rainy n on daily basis no!! Dengue must be good!!

    • Unknown
      August 22, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      Yes we can use powder ..per day 1 teaspoon for one person. .

    • Santhiya Rajaram
      September 18, 2016 / 1:08 pm

      HiCan Nilavembu tablet taken monthly twice continuously as a precaution? please confirm

    • Venkat
      October 23, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      For diabetes you recommend Nila Vembu or Nila Vembu Kudineer?

  2. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    April 17, 2015 / 9:24 am

    Hi Sir, You can use nilavembu powder too. For diabetics, the dosage is around 5gms mixed with water every morning in an empty stomach. But the powder is best taken under medical supervision. Especially if you are all already taking medicines for diabetics, it might lower it even further so close supervision is very, very essential….

    • Any
      October 28, 2016 / 7:55 am

      Ma'am pl tell I realize that after taking I got constipation. Pl guide.I took it after meals

  3. Kannan
    June 30, 2015 / 5:38 am

    I am diabetic and I have been taking Nilavembu kudineer and drinking it for the past two months. Earlier I never believed such herbs would keep my glucose at normal level. However, after continuing this for two months my glucose level improved very much and came to normal though I still took tablets. I also had itching which also stopped. This is really a great herbal medicine. Though it is very bitter I got used it after couple of days and started drinking it every day. I however have a doubt, can we continue using this or should we stop it after sometime? Not sure if using it continuously would lead to any other complication even if it is herbal medicine. Please advise.

    • Madhu
      October 30, 2015 / 12:02 pm

      Kannan,From what i know, nilavembu is the best detox agent. Pls experiment taking it alternate days, as there is belief that body needs time to detox..However, you are diabetic & i want you decide what is best by listening to your body. But yes nilavembu doesnt have any side effects. So, pls dont hesitate to experiment on what dosage suits you best.

  4. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    July 3, 2015 / 6:00 am

    Hi Sir, It is great to hear that your glucose level has improved. A study conducted for the toxicity of the herb in 2005 showed no adverse effects on diabetic patients after using the herb for 12 weeks and it only lowered the blood sugar levels. As far as I researched, it is a safe herb with very little side effects but please don't overdose on it as it might cause stomach problems….

    • Unknown
      August 24, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      Thanks for your reply. I did consult an ayurvedic doctor and she advised to use it only once a week now as I have continuously taken it for more than two months as it may lead to stomach complications. The allopathic medicines I take has so much side effects but still I am taking it for several years. I fail to understand why ayurvedic medicine should not be taken continuously when allopathic medicine can be taken continuously with all their side effects.

    • Shankar
      October 1, 2015 / 6:09 am

      Would you share that 2005 study please. Any link to that study will be much appreciated

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2015 / 7:48 am

      vanakkam, my son is taking insulin.( also , taking Glycomet tablet once a day) could you please advise whether he can drink Nilavembu kudineer regularly.Thanks for you reply.krishnan.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 31, 2015 / 3:39 pm

      Vanakkam, nilavembu does reduce the blood sugar levels but the problem is when he is taking nilavembu and his insulin medications, his blood sugar levels should be monitored closely. I would strongly suggest you do it only under medical supervision…

    • babu
      November 2, 2015 / 9:04 am

      Hi madam,Myself and my wife had viral arthritis fever last month and we took english medicines for the fever and within 3 days fever came down and till date we have pain in the joints and ankles.Many of my relatives have suggested to take nilavembu powder…and from the past three days i'm taking 5gms mixed with hot water…and take it in empty stomach.My question how long should i take this and i'm 35 years old and in what way this will be helpfull if i take this for longer period

    • Unknown
      November 6, 2016 / 11:08 am

      Nela Vemu powder best in diabetic patients, am already using nelavemu, my blood sugar level now normal. who ever using insulin. stop insulin and use nelavemu with normal medicines

  5. Sriram
    July 7, 2015 / 11:37 am

    Namaste! For treatment of Diabetes, it was suggested to me that Nilavemby be taken with equal quantities of Karun Thulasi and Vilva powder. Three or four pinches mixed in water and in empty stomach. Is this correct or should I restrict only with Nilavembu?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 10, 2015 / 8:08 am

      Namaste Sir! Both holy basil and vilva like nilavembu are effective for diabetes but I haven't heard of the combination you mentioned. I would suggest you take the combination like advised in the empty stomach as these herbs are quite safe but please monitor the sugar levels closely…

  6. Raj Surana
    July 13, 2015 / 3:01 am

    Hello..my immune system had crashed due to medication given by a doctor for a minor stomach ailment,,as it was that medicines side effect…due to which am suffering from common cold for the past 9 months,, I 've tried all sorts of medication,,but in vain. Am just Fed up now…I just wanna know,, will this herb help restore my immune system,,or any other better medicine YOU know..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 19, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      Hi, I am very sorry for the late reply. I would suggest drinking turmeric milk for some days using organic turmeric powder (recipe in the blog). Also try to take an amla everyday for a few months. Both are very good for improving the immunity. Also try tulsi tea instead of regular tea, it will treat the cold and will improve the immunity too.

    • Madhu
      October 30, 2015 / 12:11 pm

      Raj,Regulat Oil pulling brings out phlegm in the body.. Phlegm is also considered as an excrement and should come out lest it lines the respiratory and digestive track. Eating cooked food all the time contributes to phlegm in digestive tract. Recommend going on 7 days fruit juice or 7 days raw diet. You might get a fever at the end of 7 days which is a sign of detox (a good sign). After 7 days have cooked food for lunch and 2 times raw food .Gradually introduce 2 times cooked food and 1 time raw food only if you cant stick to 2 times raw food.

  7. aparna
    July 28, 2015 / 11:17 am

    Hi RamyaJust came across your site and am inspired. Thanks for your wonderful tips! I have just recently been having raised BP levels and want to lower it naturally. I came to know that having water boiled with coriander seeds and a pod of garlic, first thing in the morning and also chewing on a vilva leaf daily will help. Is that so? Are there any other natural remedies to bring down BP levels naturally ? Kindly advise. Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 3, 2015 / 3:52 pm

      Hi, Garlic is said to lower the pressure levels but I haven't researched into it still. You can try hibiscus tea as it has been proven through research to lower pressure levels. But please monitor the pressure levels closely when taking hibiscus tea (you can read about hibiscus tea in the blog)…

  8. Kalpana
    July 30, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    Hi…I am a female of 37 years old…I had fever last January…the fever lasted only for 3 days..but after that my ASO Titer levels increased to 250 and I had severe inflammation and pain in all my joints..Doctors say that it could have been Rheumatic fever…but no results proved..presently my ASO Titer levels are 200..all other test values are normal except for this ASO Titer…will you please suggest some remedy to get this to normal range…Thanks in advance…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2015 / 6:01 pm

      Hi, I am so very sorry for the late reply. Please try turmeric and ginger tea regularly for a few days. Both ginger and turmeric have got anti inflammatory properties and will help in easing the inflammation…

    • Unknown
      June 28, 2016 / 3:53 pm

      Namaste, I have a problem of small mosquito bite like allergy formation due to aso titre of 300, also uric acid is 6+.pls suggest me some natural medicine

    • `gaurav` chattopadhyay
      June 28, 2016 / 3:55 pm

      Namaste, I have a problem of small mosquito bite like allergy formation due to aso titre of 300, also uric acid is 6+.pls suggest me some natural medicine

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 13, 2016 / 8:14 am

      For reducing uric acid you can try tart cherry juice from the blog (you can read about it in the blog). For the allergy, you can apply a paste of fresh holy basil juice, it will treat the allergy well…

  9. Anonymous
    August 9, 2015 / 5:47 am

    Hi … im a 52 year old female. I am suffering from severe lowback pain which extends upto the toe. I have tried all sorts of treatment but can't come out of this pain. I would like to get your suggestion/remedies to manage/reduce the pain im suffering from.Thanks in advance

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2015 / 5:45 pm

      Hi mam, I am very very sorry, I somehow missed answering your question. You can try a gentle massage daily with pirandai thailam from ayurvedic medical shops, it is one of the effective home remedies for all joint related pains and generally gives good relief….

  10. Rameshbabu Prakash
    September 7, 2015 / 7:49 am

    Hi,My son has got skin allergy in his hands started with red rashes with itching. Now it is better but want to cure and prevent it. Even he has in his forehead. We have consulted allopathy medical doctor and given ointment and it is better now but want to prevent it. Also antibiotic tablets. Now want auyurvedic medicines. Please can you suggest. At times we are pasting neem/kuppameni leaf pastes on the patches.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 11, 2015 / 3:13 am

      Try applying neem + kuppaimeni+ turmeric paste continuously for him everyday for a few weeks, this combination will give good relief. Regular application is necessary to see results…

  11. Teju
    September 7, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    Hai Ramya Thank You so much

  12. Teju
    September 7, 2015 / 1:40 pm

    HiThanks for your valuable suggestion. Will try that and update youthanks

  13. Shibu
    September 17, 2015 / 11:06 am

    Hi To reduce sugar level how to prepare nilavembu khashayam

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 21, 2015 / 4:51 pm

      Nilavembu kashayam for diabetes can be made by boiling the nilavembu leaves in water like mentioned in the post or using store bought nilavembu powder (follow the instructions in the packet). But please remember not to consume it for longer duration's…

    • sasi upadrasta
      September 30, 2015 / 3:14 am

      Namasthey Ramya, just wanted to share that I have been drinking nilavembu kashayam whenever I catch cold or get fever and it has cured both. This is an amazing herb as you mentioned and should be embraced by everyone. I feel bitterness is only a state of the mind and we can get used to it easily. Great herb to promote for all kinds of fevers and cold related issues.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2015 / 3:42 pm

      Thanks a lot sir for sharing this information..

  14. Unknown
    September 18, 2015 / 4:13 am

    Hi i'm in confused state as i'm not sure whether i'm pregnant or not but I hav severe cold and cough and also has vesing which makes it difficult to breathe.please tell me can I drink nilavembu asap

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 22, 2015 / 3:24 am

      Please don't use kalmegh leaves, try other natural remedies like ginger tea or ginger with honey (method in the blog) along with a homemade steam…

  15. GJ
    September 22, 2015 / 5:35 am

    Hi Ramya,I'm suffering from motion problem (tight and not regular & easy) as well gastric problem. After having a coffee or food, automatically my gas got released with bad foul smell. I will smell without my sense of gas release and also my stool also will small bad. Please suggest any natural medicine for this.

  16. Sundar R
    September 28, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Hi RamyaMy gallbladder got removed 2years back due to stones… Now I don't have any complaints other than gastric trobule tat to very rarely it occurs… But my friend ask me to drink this nellavembu kashayam every day… Is it good to have every day??? I just took some from him.. He said it has 18 different muligai in it…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2015 / 3:15 pm

      Nilavembu kashayam is very good but I would suggest drinking nilavembu kudineer for a period of 2 weeks and stop. If planning to take it daily for longer duration, I would suggest talking to a siddha doctor….

  17. Anonymous
    September 28, 2015 / 9:51 am

    Hi,I have nilavembu powder pocket only. But they didnt mention, how to prepare for diabetic. Please advise.If i consume monthly twice it is OK.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2015 / 3:26 pm

      Usually the dosage is around 3 to 5 grams of nilavembu powder mixed in warm water. Take it for a period of 2 weeks and stop. If you are planning to take the kashayam on long term basis I would suggest consulting a siddha doctor about it as he will be able to guide you better…

  18. Anonymous
    September 29, 2015 / 4:47 am

    Vanakkam madam en athaiku vayathu 50. Kidney veekkam matrum kidneyil kirumi ullathaga doctor solgirar. Itharku theervu unda solungal please

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 5:38 am

      Vanakkam Sir, I am sorry, I don't know any remedy for kidney veekam…

  19. Vinoth Kumar
    October 8, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    Hi Ramya,My baby suffered from dengue fever. Her age is one and half years. Based on her blood test report, doctor said its begining only, so we can cure it.But until now they didn't start any treatment. can i use nilavembu kashayam?..Please reply me faster..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 8, 2015 / 5:54 pm

      You can give her nilavembu kashayam but please give the dosage correctly like mentioned. Also give her plenty of water throughout the day. My nephew (16 years old) got dengue fever recently and he took nilavembu powder and plenty of water through the day, he is alright now. Since it is just starting she will be fine very soon…

  20. Vinoth Kumar
    October 9, 2015 / 8:10 am

    Thanks for your reply ramya.i will try and let you know

  21. Anonymous
    October 9, 2015 / 10:48 am

    Hi mam,I got viral fever two months back, I have taken English medicine for that. But still m suffering from severe joint pains. So, my uncle suggested to take NILAVEMBU KUDINEERU CHOORNAM as kashaya in empty stomach.My question s please let me know s there any side effects like kidney problems may occur or other problems??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 14, 2015 / 3:14 pm

      Take the nilavembu chooranam for 2 weeks in the dosage mentioned in the packet, there won't be any side effects. But if planning to continue for longer duration, please consult a siddha doctor he will precisely guide you on the dosage…

  22. Ashwin Arora
    October 11, 2015 / 9:56 am

    hi Ramya, Very informative blog. It is heartening to see that nature has given us the cure for everything and wonderful souls like you are doing great service to mankind by sharing it. I have a few queries. Kindly advice. My dad heart's LVF ( heart muscle strength – pumping ) has come down to 20 to 25 % from 55 % ( for a normal human being) since 5 yrs and he has been taking allopathic medicines for it which also affect his liver functioning since these medicines must be leaving toxins. Question 1 Kindly suggest if you know of some medicine with which his heart pumping can be increased. Also he has started to get diabetic since last 3 months ( After food reading is 270 ). We have started with his alopathic medicine for diabetes since last 3 days only. Mom also has got diabetes since 1 year ( After food reading ranges between 130 to 200 ). She is not taking any alopathic medicines but sometimes takes neem or some ayurvedic medicine for it. She gets a lot of small boils on her back and hands which is also because of diabetes. Question 2. Kindly suggest if both mom and dad can be given Kalmeg powder with warm water first thing in the morning? I have been trying to see what is the duration that this powder can be taken but did not find the duration anywhere. Saw some people mention they have been taking for 2 months and I think you said 12 weeks without any side effects. Question 3. Kindly clarify for how long should one take for diabetes. Question 4. We live in Mumbai. Can you suggest which brand of Kalmegh powder would be the best? You may kindly share the store or the online store and brand from where I can purchase it. Thanking you in advance. Regards, Ashwin

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 14, 2015 / 5:06 pm

      Hi, I am sorry I don't know any remedy in which the heart pumping can be increased. As for blood sugar levels, kalmegh does reduce the blood sugar levels and can be given daily in the morning for 2 weeks (to be on the safer side) but please monitor their blood sugar levels closely especially if they are taking alopathy medicines along with kalmegh. I would also suggest fenugreek tea as it can be consumed without any side effects for longer duration and is equally effective in bringing the blood sugar down (you can read about it in the blog). I haven't bought kalmegh powders from the shops as I prefer to use the fresh leaves but I would suggest buying a powder that has only kalmegh as the ingredient (usually it is sold mixed with other herbs)…

  23. Ashwin Arora
    October 16, 2015 / 6:52 am

    Thank you Ramya. Though mom nd dad havent started taking kalmegh, I have started taking it. I have been suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and bloating since long I feel very relieved. Can you confirm if Swertia chirayita can be taken instead of Kalmegh and does it have the same effect on the body? My mom is afraid of taking Kalmegh since we get it in loose from the ayurvedic shop and not in any branded packing but we get chirayta in branded packing.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 21, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      I don't have much experience with Swertia Chirataya but I did some researching on both the plants and I found this research paper for you that describes kalmegh is better than swertia chirataya for reducing the blood sugar levels, please read it: http://www.ijppsjournal.com/Vol5Issue3/6906.pdf

    • Bhuvana
      February 10, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      Hi ramya…My kid was diabetic type 1 her age was 5 yrs and taking insulin 3 times a day… How to give this powder either in empty stomach…have to take daily.. Plz advise… Does this suits for type 1

  24. Unknown
    October 21, 2015 / 8:17 am

    Hi sir,i would like to buy nila vembu powderwhr i can get it?im in Malaysia

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 27, 2015 / 5:20 pm

      You get nilavembu powder in amazon (It is sold as kalmegh powder)

  25. Unknown
    October 23, 2015 / 3:18 am

    Dear ramyaToday I read your blog and much impressed.Please let me know how to improve wbc count for my grand daughter which has come down to 2800 level after malaria

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 27, 2015 / 5:42 pm

      Guduchi (You can read about the herb in the blog) is very effective in increasing the wbc but I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage and duration…

  26. Anonymous
    October 25, 2015 / 3:32 am

    Hi Ramyaji i got one doubt about nilavembu – eating of raw nilavembu leaves may cause any side effects?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 31, 2015 / 3:50 pm

      No, eating raw nilavembu in the proper dosage will not cause any side effects…

  27. Kk Bala
    October 28, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Dear Ramya, Interesting to read your blog on hearing about Neela Vembu herbal plant and powder. Am based in chennai , i have Diabetes for many years now started taking Accupuncture treatment for the last 4 months. all halopathic medicines stopped .. the treatment supposed take out all toxins and slowly bring the sugar level to normal. I have continous thirsty feelings and regular urination.. Morning tiredness is there. sugar level last read was 360 fasting.. Iam now thinking of taking this Neela vembu decoction .. Kindly advise.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 2, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      Hi Sir, Nilavembu has been proven scientifically to reduce the blood sugar levels but the side effects of long term use of nilavembu is still not known (as far as I know). If planning on taking for long term, I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician, he will be able to precisely guide you….

  28. renganath kumar
    October 28, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    Can we use nilavembu daily

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 2, 2015 / 2:58 pm

      We can use nilavembu daily but it is suggested that one take a break after 2 weeks of regular daily consumption…..

  29. Unknown
    October 30, 2015 / 11:28 am

    hi ramya,my kid is 16 months old can i give this nilavembu juice ? If yes how much should i give?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 9, 2015 / 5:15 am

      I know that nilavembu juice can be given for babies but I would kindly suggest asking an ayurvedic practitioner for the correct dosage for children…

  30. Unknown
    October 31, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Hi mamMy son Was coughing past 15days .when I consult doctor she said that he has allergic cough and she gave medcine delopomat for one month.WHen I noticed he was coughing only if we go outside,so I thought he must have got dust allergic.Now please advice how can I recover from this..is neelveembu can be given to 3.7 years old kid..please advice me what shall I do for this.

  31. Anonymous
    October 31, 2015 / 2:42 pm

    Hi mamI my son 3.7years old has allergic cough for past one month.he is under medicine delpomont for one month,he is better now.he is allergic to dust it seems.pls tel me how to recover him…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 9, 2015 / 5:22 am

      Nilavembu and peimirrati are the two herbs known to treat allergies and peimirati is safe for treating allergies in children. You can use nilavembu too and the general dosage recommended for kids above 4 years old is around 2 grams per day but I would kindly suggest asking an ayurvedic practitioner for the correct dosage…

  32. Parveen Rameez
    November 2, 2015 / 8:06 am

    Hello mam.. My son's immunity is too low due to tonsils.. Every 3 weeks he gets with fever or cough .. I am fed up of giving him too many medicines.. At present i am giving him septilin and u fell after giving this his immunity hs stabilized to some extent.. My sin is 8 yrs old .. Can I gv him nilavembu powder stuffed in any capsule every week to enhance his immunity still.. Can it be consumed in powder frm.. Becoz i hd tried nulavembu kudineer.. He juz vomits it due to bitterness so I thought of giving him in powder form filled in any capsule…? Pls reply

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 27, 2015 / 12:56 am

      You can give him nilavembu in capsule form and you do get good quality nilavembu capsules itself (search for kalmegh capsules online). Since he vomits nilavembu kudineer (which is a blend of nilavembu with other herbs) he will find it extremely hard to take nilavembu straight in powder form, I would suggest searching online for good quality nilavembu capsules…

  33. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    What are the basic side effects of taking raw/powdered Nilavembu | Siriyanangai, Ramya. Your reply appreciated, thanks.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 26, 2015 / 8:39 am

      Nilavembu has low toxicity especially if the correct dosage is taken, it does not cause any side effects but consuming large doses for longer duration might lead to certain side effects like intestinal upset, headaches, fatigue and ulcers…

  34. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 / 4:59 pm

    Hi.. We have dengue fever widely spreading in our area. As a preventive measure everyone are advised to have Nilavembu Kudineer . I am currently breastfeeding my 4 month old baby. Can I have it ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 26, 2015 / 3:53 pm

      Actually not enough is known about the use of nilavembu for breast feeding women so it is usually advised to best avoid it. But since in nilavembu kudineer it is mixed with other ingredients, the amount we are consuming in a single dosage is very less than if we consume it as a single herb. But I would kindly suggest seeing a siddha physician for the correct dosage….

  35. suresh kamal
    November 2, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    Hi mam,This is sureshFrom yesterday am suffering from high fever i consult doctor and put injection, some times my body gets cold and sometimes my body gets hot and feel lik body pain, pain behind the eyes and cold,i jus told my mother about this my mom given me a nilavembu mixed with hot water and am following from yerterday, at the same time am following doctors medicine a side..i feel like am suffering from dengu fever, i need to get out of this prbm, help me mam Thanx in advance

  36. suresh kamal
    November 2, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    hi mam,this is suresh. from yesterday am suffer from high fever and i went to doctor and put injection and i followed the tablets which doctor has given, from today morning i feel lik am having body pain, pain behind eyes and cold am feeling like that am having dengue i informed my mom about this matter and she buyed nilavembu and she is giving me, does it cure my prbm , plz help out this mam, this in advance.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 4, 2015 / 6:00 pm

      Hi Suresh, you can take nilavembu kashayam and drink lots of water. My nephew got dengue recently and he took only nilavembu kashayam and he was also asked to drink lots of water, he is fine now. Please confirm whether you have dengue first by taking a blood test and continue monitoring closely under medical supervision….

  37. Anonymous
    November 3, 2015 / 12:28 am

    Is it good to take nilavembu daily as a cancer prevention aide? Also, I am having high cholesterol with low good cholesterol.. Will nilavembu help improve this through better liver performance?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 27, 2015 / 1:10 am

      Nilavembu has been clinically proven to be effective against cancer cells and it can be taken in general to improve our immunity against many diseases. Nilavembu prevents fat deposits in adipose tissues and above all improves insulin sensitivity so it can be taken for cholesterol too…….

  38. Unknown
    November 3, 2015 / 11:10 am

    get pure natural nilavembu powder from myrightbuy.com

  39. Anusha Suressh
    November 4, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    Hi ramya, I am feeding my Lil daughter who is 6 months, can I drink nilavembu kashayam…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 26, 2015 / 3:54 pm

      Actually not enough is known about the use of nilavembu for breast feeding women so it is usually advised to best avoid it. But since in nilavembu kudineer it is mixed with other ingredients, the amount we are consuming in a single dosage is very less than if we consume it as a single herb. But I would kindly suggest seeing a siddha physician for the correct dosage….

  40. ranganathan
    November 6, 2015 / 4:09 am

    Hi mam, I saw an article of Nilavembu for diabetic.As I am staying in bangalore,I enquired in 2 or 3 shops and I could not get.I saw online advt but I am not really sure from which company I will get good nilavembu.Please suggest some companys so that i can get it by post or courier

  41. Nelofer ansar
    November 6, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Hello mam. Is it safe to give my 1 year old baby nilavembu kudineer churan powder mix to prevent any fever.. And also can you suggest the dosage to be given

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 26, 2015 / 3:34 pm

      Hi, I am very sorry for the late reply. Usually nilavembu kudineer is given in the dosage of 10 ml for 3 to 5 years and around 20 ml from 5 to 12 years. So you can give around 5 ml of the kudineer for your baby but I would still kindly suggest consulting a siddha physician for the correct dosage…..

  42. sabarikumar s
    November 7, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    Hello,Can I take nilavembu kudineer daily? And what qty?I have a kid 3.5 years old, can I give this to her. If yes what qty and frequency Pl suggest

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 1:23 pm

      Usually the suggested daily dosage for adults is 50 ml once a day for 5 days, don't drink nilavembu kudineer more than the advised duration. Nilavembu kashayam can be given to kids too, the daily suggested dosage is around 10 ml once a day for 5 days…

  43. Latha Sundaram
    November 8, 2015 / 5:56 am

    Hi Ramya,My name is Latha, I have skin allergic, I have consulted many skin doctors but the problem not cured yet. It start from itching, then changed to red circle finally after few days it ll change to dark black color circle. I have this problem in neck and hands.. the black color circle stays for last 2 to 3 years in same level and no improvement. Can u please advise which medicine help me for this. Also please share me which medical place is best to contact for recovery. Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 27, 2015 / 12:34 am

      In general for most skin diseases a mixture of turmeric and neem leaf paste will work well. Try applying the paste regularly once for 2 weeks and please tell me whether you see any improvement. Also you can also apply Aloe Vera oil from the blog regularly on the area too (the oil stinks but gives good relief)….

  44. nithya shree
    November 8, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    my sister's age is 11.and she got diabetes for past 3 years.she is taking insulin twice in a day.so,can i suggest her to drink nilavaembu. any side effects will occur. whether it will be cured????give me a good result as fast as u can……

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 9, 2015 / 4:12 am

      Hi Nithya, nilavembu lowers the blood sugar levels very effectively but it is best done under medical supervision as correct dosage is very important…

    • Unknown
      November 15, 2015 / 7:24 am

      Hi MamCan Nilavembu be taken as a prevention for dengue ? My mother in law suggests taking the powder in warm water for 3 days, to prevent occurence of dengue. Is there any basis fr this ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 26, 2015 / 3:50 pm

      Hi, nilavembu (nilavembu kudineer) can be taken for period of 1 week in the correct dosage and it will greatly prevent dengue. Clinical research also has been done on nilavembu kudineer and it has been proven without doubt to have antipyretic, anti inflammatory and analgesic properties…

  45. Siva Suriyan
    November 9, 2015 / 10:30 am

    Can you plz tell where original nilavembu powder is available???

  46. Vinothini Kannan
    November 14, 2015 / 2:07 pm

    Hi mam…Am breastfeeding my 2 months baby. Can i take nilavembu concoction?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 27, 2015 / 12:23 am

      Actually not enough is known about the use of nilavembu for breast feeding women so it is usually advised to best avoid it. But since in nilavembu kudineer it is mixed with other ingredients, the amount we are consuming in a single dosage is very less than if we consume it as a single herb. But I would kindly suggest seeing a siddha physician for the correct dosage….

  47. sengottuvel
    November 15, 2015 / 3:15 am

    Hi Ramya. I am sengottuvel age 55,how to prevent dengu

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 27, 2015 / 12:27 am

      Nilavembu (nilavembu kudineer) can be taken for a period of 1 week in the correct dosage and it will greatly prevent dengue…..

  48. Anonymous
    November 22, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Namaskaram ramya mam I'm 35 yrs women I'm having fsh level high. Hw can I reduce my harmone level and getting normal periods

  49. Swaminathan Marris
    November 27, 2015 / 7:23 am

    Hello Ramya,As a precautionary measure for Dengue, can I give my family members Nilavembu before get affected with Dengue?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 6, 2015 / 12:38 pm

      Hello Sir, I would suggest taking nilavembu kudineer (a mixture of 9 herbs) instead of nilavembu alone as it is more effective in increasing the immunity…..

  50. porkodi
    November 27, 2015 / 5:05 pm

    hi for two year baby how much level nila vembu kasayam we can give to prevent dengue fever..daily we can give?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 6, 2015 / 12:41 pm

      Usually nilavembu kudineer is given in the dosage of 10 ml for 3 to 5 years and around 20 ml from 5 to 12 years. So you can give around 5 ml of the kudineer for your baby….

  51. Jayapriya Ramas
    November 29, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Hi Ramya! Can u plz tel me if I can give nilavembu kudineer for my 9 month baby and if yes what is the dosage? What is the dosage for adults and how long can we take this for prevention/ treatment of viral fever with body pain?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 4:49 am

      Usually nilavembu kudineer is given in the dosage of 10 ml for 3 to 5 years and around 20 ml from 5 to 12 years. So you can give around 5 ml of the kudineer for your baby. Taking nilavembu kudineer will treat both the fever and body pain. If in doubt about the dosage you can also consult a siddha doctor too…

  52. ashok kumar
    November 30, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Hi mam, I am 46 years old,57 kg weight,diabetic(200+after food),not taking medicine regularly,but managing with food . is it possible to increase my weight to some extent.suggest me suitable remedy. I am in Chennai. Please..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 4:51 am

      You can try ashwagandha, it will greatly help… (you can read about ashwagandha in the blog)

  53. Thiyagarajan
    December 1, 2015 / 4:42 am

    hi ramya, my wife is having imbalance not able to walk, cervical spine x-ray says osteophyte at c5/c6. is there any medicine for imbalance due to neck stiffness , which is happening due to ostephyte. Please guide us.

  54. Anonymous
    December 1, 2015 / 8:27 am

    Hello Ramya,Very informative website. My daughter is diagonized with ANA positive in her blood test. When she is exposed to sunlight, she would get red rashes in her body. It aggravates itching. She is taking medicines to keep the allergy in control. For the past one year, she is under treatment. Allergy is under control under medication and even if she forgets to take the medicie, her allergy is aggravated. She is 17 years Old. Is it advisable to take this nilavembu? Or if you have any herbs also please suggest. Would be helpful if you reply for my question?

  55. Anbu Ganesamoorthy
    December 3, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    Dr Whether pregnant woman can comsume?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 1:10 pm

      Hi sir, I am not a doctor 🙂 (you can read about me in the about me section). The herb nilavembu is best avoided during pregnancy as it has abortifacient properties. But if you are asking about nilavembu kudineer | nilavembu kashayam which is blend of 9 different herbs, I would suggest taking the correct dosage under a siddha doctors guidance…

  56. Ramesh Ramakrishnan
    December 7, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    i am heart patient to put 2 stent and also short ness of breath. i have to drink nilavembu kudineer is any affect?

  57. Ramesh Ramakrishnan
    December 8, 2015 / 5:30 am

    nilavembu kudineer heartla stent vacha patients and shortness of breath patient kudukalama?kudineer kudikum pothu allopathy medicine aspirin,clopidogrel medicine stop pannanumma?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      Hi sir, nilavembu kudineer is actually safe in the mentioned dosage suggested by siddha doctors even for heart patients. But since it is a siddha medicine I couldn't find any research on drug interactions, usually allopathy medicines can be taken along side nilavembu kashayam (mentioned by siddha doctors). But to be on the safer side I would suggest asking your physician for the correct dosage. Since nilavembu kashayam is very very famous in Tamil Nadu any doctor can help with the dosage

  58. Prakash
    December 8, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    Doctor iam diabetic for past 15 years ans now iam 45 years old. i have started taking nilavembu powder and nilavenmbu kudineer mixed for two times a day..is it ok for diabetics.my blood pp reads 330.pl suggest

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 2:00 pm

      Nilavembu powder and nilavembu kudineer are both different. Nilavembu powder is just pure nilavembu herb dried and powdered whereas nilavembu kudineer is a siddha medicine which is a blend of 9 ingredients. Nilavembu kudineer should be taken no more than a week in the correct dosage. Nilavembu powder can be taken for few weeks together but it will drastically bring down the blood sugar levels especially if you are taking both diabetic medications and nilavembu powder together. I would strongly suggest taking nilavembu only under medical supervision…

  59. vids
    December 9, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    Hi Ramya! i didnt get nilavembu powder instead i got that dried stems/sticks of nilevembu sticks.plz guide me how to use it.I have one child of 11 yrs only and my dad is a diabetic and i have blood preesure.Plz guide me accordingly.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 2:08 pm

      Nilavembu kudineer is a blend of 9 herbs in which nilavembu is one ingredient. It is a siddha medicine and only nilavembu kudineer is proven to be effective for treating and preventing dengue. I would suggest drinking nilavembu kashayam instead of just nilavembu alone…

  60. sathishkumar
    December 10, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    HI ramya, i have infected with skin tubercluosis bacteria for past one year. so i have took treatment for my local hospitals but not yey cures later i went to chettinad hospital they told infected with skin tubercluosis bacteria in initial stage and they adviced to take antibiotics tablets for 6 months, so am panic can u suggest me is there any alternative solutionm in sydha or nilavembu kashayam . pleas help me

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 2:23 pm

      Nilavembu kashayam will definitely improve the immunity and it has anti bacterial properties too But I am not sure how effective it will be for treating cutaneous tuberculosis…

  61. Anonymous
    December 10, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Hi i'm a chain smoker, I tried to quit smoking but i wasn't successful. I heard about nilavembu from my colleagues. So i started drinking nilavembu water on empty stomach by daily basis in the morning. My doubt is by any chance does nilavembu prevents cancer? If not is there any other herb which works best against cancer??

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Nilavembu does have anticancer properties, here is the link to the study that proves it: study

  62. NIKHIL
    December 15, 2015 / 6:07 am

    Can nilavembu cure migraine headaches

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Yes nilavembu can cure migraine, here is a study that proves it: study

  63. uma N
    December 15, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    Hi , i delivered baby by ceserean .fever vittu vittu varudu ,can i drink nilavembu kasayam

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 2:38 pm

      Breast feeding mothers can drink nilavembu kashayam too but please drink the correct dosage (suggested dosage by siddha doctors is 30 to 60 ml)and don't drink more than 5 days. But since you are already getting fever I would suggest consulting a doctor immediately, he will determine the correct dosage..

  64. Krishnan
    December 23, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    Hello, I am a high dieabtic patient with over weight/obessic. Will there be any advantage in weight getting reduced due to Nilavembu other than control of diabetic. You please send your reply to my mail id also

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 2:45 pm

      I am not aware of nilavembu's use for aiding weight loss. I couldn't find any research paper that proves it too….

  65. Anonymous
    December 23, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    Hi,my son is 5 and has this chronic nasal congestion…. Can I give him this nilavembu…if so how and howmuch

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 25, 2015 / 5:00 am

      You can give him nilavembu kashayam. Usually nilavembu kudineer is given in the dosage of 10 ml for 3 to 5 years…

    December 26, 2015 / 4:15 am

    i have itching in my scalp can i apply siriyanangai over it

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 8, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      I have not used nilavembu on my hair so I don't how effective it is. For itchy scalp I would suggest applying fresh neem leaf paste, it gives good results…

  67. Ganesh Babu
    December 29, 2015 / 6:37 pm

    Hi Sir,Greetings!I do not have any fever, cold nor diabetic. Can I still take nilavembu kashayam weekly once in small quantities?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Usually nilavembu kashayam is advised to be taken for 5 days in the proper dosage. Though weekly once in smaller amount will not cause any harm, to be effective I would suggest taking it in the way suggested….

  68. Anonymous
    January 9, 2016 / 9:06 am

    Hello one of my relative has got Herpes (also called as " Nageen " in Marathi) around the back & chest with pain, any Herbal cures for this ? – Thanks in advance

  69. Anonymous
    January 9, 2016 / 9:10 am

    Andrographis Paniculata – is this Kadu Kirayata or Kalmegh ? In Pune Kadu Kirayata powder @ Rs.60 for 50 gms (stores says sourced from Nepal) & Kalmegh powder @ Rs.10 fpr 50 gms (stores says source local) ?

  70. Jenifer Jenu
    January 10, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    hi mam i am 7 month pregnant now but i have diabetic and viral fever can i take nilavembu kashayam? no one giving solution for this it will affect my baby or not? can u give me a solution fo this please mam…..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Pregnant women should consume nilavembu kashayam only under medical supervision. Since you have fever I would strongly suggest consulting a doctor immediately they will decide on the correct dosage to take….

  71. thirumurugan srinivasan
    January 16, 2016 / 8:14 am

    What would be the side affects if nilavembu is taken during pregnancy ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      Nilavembu at certain dosage is said to cause abortion…

  72. Mohan Kothandasamy
    January 16, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Dear Madam,Greetings.My sincere thanks to you for publishing detailed treatment for various diseases.I am from Coimbatore area, currently living in the USA. Many members of my family are taking medications for diabetes. I want to recommend Nilavembu treatment for them. Before that I would like to talk to someone who has benefited from Nilavembu. Is there anyone I can talk?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 4:04 pm

      Many have benefited from nilavembu, you can read about others experience in the rest of the comment section. Nilavembu has wonderful anti diabetic properties but when taking nilavembu and diabetic medications together, it can lower blood sugar levels way too much. So careful monitoring of blood sugar levels is necessary. Here is the link to the link that proves this use here : study

    January 20, 2016 / 8:23 am

    Hi mam I am taking 12 leaves per day for last 2 months will it lead to any side effects if I continue taking this leaf

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      The usual recommended dosage of nilavembu is 5 to 6 grams of the leaves, over consumption of nilavembu for long periods of time can cause headaches, stomach problems and fatigue. In my humble opinion using any herb for long duration's is best done after consulting an ayurvedic doctor as they will determine the correct dosage depending on the body type…

  74. Lekha Venugopal
    January 21, 2016 / 5:52 am

    Hi Ramya, My daughter s 6 months old and she has mild fever (99.8•F) and my mother n law gave nilavembu kudineer. She said she added 2 pinches to a small tumbler of water and gave a 2 table spoon to my daughter. Is it safe to give to infants ?? Please advice. Also am a brestfeeding women. I was also given a glass of nilavembu kudineer to drink. Is it safe ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      Usually nilavembu is not advised for infants so please give her nilavembu only after consulting a doctor. Since you are pregnant I would advise the same to you too as the dosage and the duration of taking the kashayam is important….

  75. Lekha Venugopal
    January 21, 2016 / 5:54 am

    Hi Ramya 'mam,My daughter was given nilavembu kudineer 2 spoons without my knowledge for she had mild fever. Is it safe ? She s 6 months old

  76. Ramachandran S
    January 22, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Dear madam, can nilavembu kashayam be taken continuously for 30 days?.is it has any effects on stomach? please advice. Ramachandran.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      Ni sir, nilavembu kashayam should not be had continously for 30 days. It is a siddha formulation and it is best we take it how we were advised to by siddha doctors (once everyday for a week). Too much of nilavembu kashayam will affect the stomach…

  77. michaelpremkumar
    January 25, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Mam can I take nilavembu powder along with medicines for a week and check sugar levels. I am diabetic

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      Siddha doctors have advised that we can take it with allopathy medicines and like you mentioned it will be best to check sugar levels at the end of the time too…

  78. Mohan Kothandasamy
    January 28, 2016 / 2:10 am

    Dear Madam,Greeting. Thank you very much for sharing detailed information.I have lot of family members having diabetes issues. I am looking for natural treatments to control the diabetes. Can someone having experience with treating diabetes with the methods suggested in this blog share their experience?

  79. kowsalya b
    January 28, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Hi ramya mam past one month I have severe headache and pain behind my eyes also joint pains whether I can take this nilavembu drink and it will help me

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      Yes sir you can take nilavembu kashayam, it will definitely help improve immunity…

  80. Sam
    February 3, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Hi,I am having dust allergy and it is worse during these cold months.I'm my home I have nilavembu is it good for this allergy. Besides allergy I'm suffering from internal piles also will nilavembu worsen it.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 4:19 pm

      Nilavembu is a wonderful anti allergen and will improve immunity and I would suggest you take it in the proper dosage. Since it has anti inflammatory properties it will help with piles too. But please take it in the proper dosage for the correct duration…

  81. Unknown
    February 15, 2016 / 5:38 am

    Hello Ramyaji.First of all, many thanks for sharing such wonderful details about our traditional herbs. Appreciate your commitment and service.I am diabetic and have started taking Nilavembu kashayam for the past 3 days. Planning to continue this for the next 2 weeks as I've a cataract surgery scheduled on 1st week of March and need to bring down by sugar level to less than 200 before then (currently it is at around 298-PP). Is it better to drink the kashayam on empty stomach or after breakfast? Is it enough if I drink once per day in the morning?Second issue is – My daughter is 12 years old and has started getting lot of pimples on her forehead. Could you please suggest some herbal remedy to reduce the pimples and to get a cleaner skin?Thanks a lot in advance.~ Vijay Anand ~

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 4:24 pm

      Hello sir, there is no specific time suggested for drinking nilavembu kashayam but I would suggest drinking it in between meals. Also since you are diabetic please monitor your sugar levels closely and take it once a day in the suggested dosage.For pimples, since she is very young I would suggest applying pure homemade sandalwood paste or fresh Aloe Vera gel from the plant for acne…

  82. Sivani
    February 25, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Hi ramya My mom is renal patient with tb now… what herbs is safe for her… as she is facing lots of side effects due to tb drugs… and now she is in temp dialysis too…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      For renal patinets the herb punarnava will help (you can read about it in the blog) but I would strongly suggest taking it only under medical supervision to determine the correct dosage…

  83. gmchitra alagar
    February 26, 2016 / 4:18 am

    Hi mam, I m 36 yrs old lady. I have a spine inflammation. Vil it be cured by nilavembu kasayam. I have nilavembu powder. If so, how long I have to take. Kindly guide me

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Nilavembu has anti inflammatory properties and will definitely help ease the inflammation but I am not sure about completely curing it. Take it once a day for about a week…

  84. lagulesh
    March 2, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    இன்று தான் சிறியநங்கைச் செடியின் இன்னொருப் பெயர் தான் நிலவேம்பு என்று அறிந்தேன். கடுமையானக் கசப்பு கொண்ட கஷாயத்தை வாரம் ஒரு முறை குடிப்பதே நல்லது. கனையக் குறைபாடு காரணமாக சர்க்கரை வியாதி இருப்போருக்கு என் பரிந்துரை உணவிற்கு முன் 15 – 20 பச்சைக் கருவேப்பிலை தான்.இலகுவாக மென்று உண்டு விட்டு உணவருந்துவது நல்லது. என் சொந்த அனுபவத்தையே பகிர்கிறேன்.நன்றி

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Thank you for taking your time to comment…

  85. Unknown
    April 4, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Hi Ramya, my nieces aged 5,6 & 8 are suffering from intestinal worms and have been giving them nilavembu poweder everyday. Please advise if it can be given everyday. Also, please let us know for how many days it can be given and how much should be given.Thanks, Sumathi.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Pure nilavembu has anthelmintic properties (destroys parasite worms) and will definitely help. I would suggest giving 1/2 tsp of nilavembu powder for about a week.

  86. Jeevitha Krish
    April 7, 2016 / 9:11 am

    Hi mam, I have a thyroid problem due to this weight is gained and not able to concentrate on the activities. Can you please suggest any ayurvedha medicine for this.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      For thyroid, kanchanar guggulu is supposed to help. It is an ayurvedic formulation with guggul as a base that has to be taken only under medical supervision(you can read about guggul in the blog)..

  87. பொன்ஸ்~~Poorna
    April 11, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Hi Ramya, is there a dosage recommended for kids ? the 2 tbsp that you suggested for small kids for fever, is it for per day or per 8 hours basis ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 4:39 pm

      For children it is 1.5 to 2 tbsp once a day for a period of 1 week as a preventive measure. If we have fever it is advised to take three times a day but I would suggest seeing a doctor immediately if there is fever and then take the medicine…

  88. Anonymous
    May 4, 2016 / 4:54 am

    hi mammy pp sugar was 145 and i started taking nilavembu powder boiled in water morning(empty stomach) and in the night before going to bed for the past 15 days and my random sugar now 105 how many days can i continue with the powder / give break off for a week or ten days and continue again give me your suggestion and i dont take any medicine

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 5:03 pm

      Kalmegh has low toxicity and when taken in the proper dosage it is very safe. But I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician once to determine the correct dosage for your body type and the correct duration to be taken as both are crucial for long term usage…

  89. Anonymous
    May 28, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Can this herb be used for chronic inflammation of the liver? Biopsies, ultrasound and CAT scans show nothing. ALT is high, though. Liver is slightly smaller than normal.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 5:06 pm

      Kalmegh has both anti inflammatory and hepatoprotective properties so it can be taken for chronic inflammation of the liver in the proper dosage under a doctors guidance…

  90. Priya Sudha
    May 30, 2016 / 4:47 am

    Hi i am Priya i am having sugar problem last 1 year i am taking medicine but now i am having frozen shoulder last 4 months i am not above do any work i am working in private concern i want take care of job also i did physio theraphy also. kindly suggest any ayurvedha medicine and how it will work the nilavembu

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 5:09 pm

      Nilavembu will reduce blood sugar levels and improve immunity. It also has anti inflammatory properties which will help ease the inflammation. I would suggest taking nilavembu in the proper dosage…

    June 7, 2016 / 6:09 am

    Hello Madam i am having a hole in heart from birth. past two years I am getting fever HB level 22.3 platelet count coming decrease to 64000 I checked doctors fever will take 2 months or more to cure. Doctors also saying a 1MM some clot or infection near hole. Madam whether nilavembu can cure fever increase platelet count . madam give me how to HB level.

    June 7, 2016 / 6:26 am

    Hello madam I have a hole in heart so that blood HB level 22.3 platelet count 64000 only so I am getting fever past two years I am getting problem how can cure fever and I reduced HB level and increase platelet count . madam my wt also 43kg only . whether nilavembu can cure fever and platelet count please help me madam

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Hi Sir, I am very very sorry for the late reply. Nilavembu has anti pyretic (fever reducing) properties and it also increases platelet count. So it will help if you take nilavembu but I would suggest consulting an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage and the duration it has to be taken….

  93. Gopinath Damodaran
    June 13, 2016 / 2:43 am

    Can pregnant ladies take nilavembu kashayam? My wife has just conceived and it is just the beginning of 2nd month

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 3:25 pm

      Hi sir, it is best for pregnant ladies to consume nilavembu kashayam only under medical supervision as the dosage is important…

  94. Mala
    July 7, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Hi ms Ramya,Thank you so much for your wonderful work.My daughter 5 years old has eczema, could you please suggest the ways to treat eczema. Thanks.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 7:26 am

      I would suggest using the Aloe Vera oil from the blog, it is a very good remedy for eczema. The oil stinks badly but it gives amazing results, try using it everyday for few weeks to see results…

  95. raja r
    July 11, 2016 / 9:26 am

    hi my friend has hepapitis b virus.. is these leaves are good for treatment?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 15, 2016 / 8:54 am

      I would suggest keelanelli for hepatitis, you can read about keelanelli in the blog. The root of the plant is taken along with buttermilk for 48 days but I would suggest taking it under medical supervision…

  96. Archita
    July 27, 2016 / 8:36 am

    Dear Ramya ,Thanks for all your wisdom and advice. Can you please suggest something to help with my 10 year old son's asthmatic cough and wheezing. A viral cold triggers off the asthma.Many thanks,Archita

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 13, 2016 / 4:42 am

      Take equal quantities of licorice root, long pepper and bibhitaki | thandrikai in Tamil (after removing the seed) and powder it as finely as you can. Now take about 2 tsps of the powder and boil it along with 500 ml of water till it reduces to about 300 ml. Give about 100 ml of this decoction 2 times (morning and evening). This remedy is a very good remedy for asthmatic cough.

  97. Anonymous
    July 28, 2016 / 1:49 am

    Can I take nilavembu powder mixed with warm water on empty stomach daily? My BP and sugar levels are normal.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 13, 2016 / 5:22 am

      Nilavembu can be taken safely in the proper dosage daily for a few weeks. Give a small break and start takin again. But in my humble opinion taking herbs for long duration is best done after consulting an ayurvedic physician….

  98. Anonymous
    July 28, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Can pregnant women consume nilavembu kashayam having fever or with out fever?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Pregnant women should consume nilavembu kudineer only under medical guidance to determine the correct dosage…

  99. Anonymous
    July 28, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Can pregnant women consume nilavembu kashayam having fever or with out fever?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 13, 2016 / 6:22 am

      Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers should consume nilavembu kudineer only under medical supervision…

  100. Unknown
    August 3, 2016 / 3:32 am

    Hello mam! Can my grandfather of age 87 take kalmegh! He is a diabetic! He also has parkinsens , a nerve disorder for almost years together! He has a problem with swallowing. He is currently administered with naso-gastric tube. He suddenly started getting seizures, somethong like fits due to reduced sodium level. So we are giving him medicines to maintain the blood sodium level also. He also has phlegm secretion! So can ve give nilavembu to reduce that secretion? Will there be any after effects or will it affect him in any other way? I heard that nilavembu when used continuously will weaken the nerves…is that true? Kindly reply mam…

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 21, 2016 / 3:23 pm

      Hello, I would suggest taking kalmegh only under medical supervision as it will reduce blood sugar levels and since he is a diabetic, his blood sugar levels has to be closely monitored. And since he is also getting treated for multiple problems there is the danger of drug interactions too. I would kindly suggest giving kalmegh only after consulting an ayurvedic physician…

  101. Unknown
    August 9, 2016 / 1:40 am

    Hi madam, Can we use nilavembu powder for sinus

  102. Unknown
    August 9, 2016 / 1:41 am

    Hi madam, Can we use nilavembu powder for sinus

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      Yes, nilavembu choornam will be helpful for sinus…

  103. Raju M
    August 9, 2016 / 5:30 am

    Hi madam, Can we use nilavembu powder for sinus

  104. Anonymous
    August 10, 2016 / 3:49 am

    Hi mam, I am taking nilavembu boiled in hot water to reduce my sugar levels to get pregnanat for my second baby. can i continue the same wen i get pregnanat also.Roopa

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 4:40 pm

      Don't consume nilavembu while you are trying to conceive or when pregnant as it has anti fertility properties…

  105. Ankit
    August 15, 2016 / 10:20 am

    hii have a real bad digestive problem : any outside food becomes very painful to digest plus there is a foul smell in the stool and sometimes stomach doesnt vbecome completely empty every morning. is kalmegh the solution for this.?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 4:49 pm

      No kalmegh will not help for the problems you mentioned, instead try this home remedy: remedy

  106. Ramya -
    August 19, 2016 / 5:45 am

    Hi,i m Ramya(25).i m waiting for a baby.in this time,starts sugar,so i m taking nila vembu kasayam for 2 times every day.but i have a doubt,it may avoid pregnancy???? Pls advice me…..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 4:45 pm

      Don't consume nilavembu while you are trying to conceive or when pregnant as it has anti fertility properties…

  107. Ramya -
    August 19, 2016 / 10:18 am

    Hi mam… i need ur help.my mom suffering from dizziness(thalai sutral).can u pls tell me the natual treatment for tis…i m excepting ur replay….pls help me..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 4:46 pm

      Ramya can you tell me whether your mom has blood pressure?

  108. Anonymous
    August 19, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    I am diabetic since 34 yrscan I use nelavemu choornam

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 20, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Nilavembu chooranam will reduce blood sugar levels significantly so the dosage should be carefully monitored especially if you are taking both diabetic medications and nilavembu choornam. I would kindly suggest taking it under medical supervision…

    • vyshnava
      January 16, 2017 / 3:13 am

      HiCan we boil nilavembu along with milk instead of water? One of siddha doctor said if I have ulcer I can do this to avoid increasing ulcer. Pls let me know ur opinion..ThanksVyshnava

    • Madhu Mohideen
      November 28, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      Can it be taken daily…..some say it is not advisable to take daily..

    • Madhu Mohideen
      November 28, 2017 / 5:17 pm

      Can it be taken daily…..some say it is not advisable to take daily..

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  109. kavithaeaswari
    August 28, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    Hi Ramya..my husband is having fever last 5 days,cold,cough and throat infectionn.. He is having little stomach pain also..did appendix operation 4 months before.. will nilavembu kashayam help curings this or i have to try something else to get it cured..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 28, 2016 / 5:37 pm

      Hi, I would suggest giving him nilavembu kashyam as it has anti pyretic (fever reducing) properties and it also increases immunity. But I would kindly suggest consulting a doctor too along with drinking nilavembu kashayam to find out the cause as he has both stomach pain and fever..

  110. Anonymous
    August 29, 2016 / 11:12 am

    Hi Madam,My Sugar leave before food was 260, its not controlling. I am 32 yrs old. My dad and mom both have Sugar. I am having siriyanangai leaf daily. Is that good. Pls advice me how to control. Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      August 29, 2016 / 3:05 pm

      Siriyanangai | nilavembu can be had daily for a few weeks regularly and it does bring down the blood sugar levels, you can also read the study that proves it here. But to reduce the blood sugar levels you have to take the correct dosage which in my humble opinion is best determined after consulting an ayurvedic physician or a local herbalist. You can also try fenugreek tea from the blog, it also reduces blood sugar levels drastically, but the blood sugar levels have to be monitored carefully…

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2016 / 4:42 am

      Thanks a lot Mam

  111. Belal
    September 5, 2016 / 12:00 pm

    Hi,,,Somebody told me that the juice is helpful in getting over pimples…Which i had a lot in my face…Will it be helpful????

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 6, 2016 / 2:46 pm

      Nilavembu juice has been proven clinically that helps treat pimples, applying nilavembu juice will be helpful for pimples…

  112. Abhijit
    September 12, 2016 / 7:04 am

    Hello ma'am, my mom(age:53) is suffering from knee pain(arthritis) can u suggest any herbs,oil, etc for this?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      September 15, 2016 / 3:22 pm

      I would suggest mudakathan keerai, you can fully read about it here: mudakathan

  113. S o m A
    September 18, 2016 / 4:20 am

    Dear madam,good day to you.Thank you very much for sharing your extensive knowledge about the herbs for others and wish and pray you and family have a healthy and happy life.i have been looking for a good village doctor (naatu marunthu) for my prolong skin problem.after going the story the local doctor in your village may help.if you provide the address of the doctor will really helpful for me to consult her in person.Many thanks in advance for your kind help and noble work.Thanks and regards,Somasundaram RChennaiMail id – rsoma23@gmail.com

  114. Menaka Manoj
    September 21, 2016 / 8:04 am

    Hi Ramya, after taking nelavembu for 3 days, should we maintain any interval to consume next time.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 7, 2016 / 3:23 am

      If what you are referring to is nilavembu kashayam | kudineer(a blend of 9 herbs) which is siddha formulation, the duration suggested by siddha doctors is 5 days. For pure nilavembu, it can be taken for up to 2 weeks in the proper dosage….

  115. Shabbeer Ali Baig
    October 8, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    Hi Sir now I have to product diabetic capsule siddah I have add 1mg sriyanangai 1mg sirukurunjan and 1mg avarampoo 1mg navapbalam kottai powder mixe bit vendiya powder allso I have to give so mony Besant's diabetics problem solved blood sugar levels is nor mal that combination also wait redusig capsule I have to give so money Besant good result my name was shabeeralibaig 9597700877villuppuram tamilnadu email shabeer ale@yahoo.com

  116. Unknown
    October 25, 2016 / 2:55 am

    Hi.. madam…as I have positive ANA in blood…and leg pain nd sometimes bodypain,under sever mental depression….kindly suggest mi nilavembu wil help…

  117. geethanjali pv
    October 25, 2016 / 2:57 am

    Hi.madam I hav positive ANA in blood…this nilavembu can help mi

  118. Pandiarajan. A Rajan
    October 29, 2016 / 6:14 am

    Jai Ramya mam happy Deepavali to u and allPl tell me nilavembu powder with water to be boiled and take or just powder & water .once in a day or twice a day

  119. Srinivasan N
    November 9, 2016 / 3:39 am

    Great article.. I have siriyanangai in my home.. But now only am coming to know both siriyanangai and nilavembu are same.. I thought those are 2 different plants

  120. Hariom Gupta
    November 15, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    क्या कालमेघ को चिरायता के नाम से भी जाना जाता है हरीओम गुप्ता कासगंज यूपी

  121. Anonymous
    November 25, 2016 / 10:35 am

    Hi Ramya,Can you plz suggest around 4 year old kid attacking cold too much in this winter season when starts with cold,then fever to avoid all these Can I use Nilavembu powder 1 spoon with honey in empty stomach daily or any suggestions plzThanks,

  122. Manjari Chauduri
    November 27, 2016 / 2:05 pm

    Does it improve the immunity in child? My daughter gets allergic sneezing very often, along with running nose and cold.

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  125. Krishna Mohan
    December 26, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    namaskaram madammy name is ramachandra murthyI am suffering from chronic Epididymitis-anda vruddi, now I'm 42 suffering for the last 18 years, there is pain and growth at right side of scrutom and also recently developed a growth to the left scrotum I have used antibiotics like ofloxacin 400 as doctors prescribed but no use even I tried homoeopathy, here homoeopathy people may't diagnose, the tests become small and lost the growth and become small I'm feeling pain, could I get permanent relief and is it possible the epididymitis growth can be removed and cured permanently. I learnt that nilamegh might be used with athimadhuram or muleti with bhooamla could please clear. it will be useful for my life.

  126. G&G
    January 8, 2017 / 3:41 am

    Hi,I am suffering from swelling & itchy all over my body (hives), especially my both legs. It started in Oct 2016 during a trip to cool climate country. Upon return it started and till today 7 Jan 2017 it didnt go off. I was taking mild doze anti-histamine medicine and now dose has been increased to the max. Can this leaf help to cure my problem. Please help as with medication its not getting in control.

  127. Thangamani
    February 11, 2017 / 11:24 am

    Hi Ramya ji I want nilavembu leaves / plant to grow in my garden ,cud you pls let me know anything of these are available in bangalore

  128. naripagol
    February 18, 2017 / 11:58 am

    HI! I am from Bangladesh. I have acute erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation problem. Please give some advice.Regards…

  129. Bunny
    February 19, 2017 / 6:34 am

    Hi Ramya GaruI am suffering with asthma is it work effectively for allergic problems what is the dose I want to take please respond to me

  130. Anonymous
    March 5, 2017 / 7:11 am

    I tried Nilavembu drink today. Since then I have had throat irritation and feel like a cold/throat infection is coming on. Is this a possible side effect?

  131. Anonymous
    March 9, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Hi ramya mam We are married for past 25 years we have tried many allopathic and ayurveda medicine but to vain we have no issue This type of allopathic medicine has lead to many harmonal problems for me Lost hair growth Lost my immune Lead to to weak bodyPls tell me how can that be treated with ayurved

  132. Leks
    April 10, 2017 / 2:50 am

    should I use the leaf or flower of Kalmegh plant? Does the flower of this plant have extra benefits?

  133. gay
    April 10, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I am frm Malaysia. My son 7 years old having dengue fever. I bought Nilavembu Kudineer. I have to give it mix with papaya leaves juice or can gv only the kasayam. Will it increase the platelet level he is now 150lakh only platelet. Tq

  134. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    will this cause weightloss??thankue

    May 9, 2017 / 6:39 am

    Hello madam, i have been following wild turmeric for long time, its been fantastic ! thanks for your extraordinary work you put here.recently i have got tinnitus (sound in ear) its really difficult to cope with life. any herbal remedies available?

  136. Gowri Shankar
    June 24, 2017 / 1:39 am

    Hello I'm in US and I wanted Nilavembu here. Can anyone suggest a website where I can buy ?

  137. vasantham
    July 17, 2017 / 11:41 am

    How long Can I store nila vembu powder in my home?

  138. Anonymous
    July 27, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Hi Ramya, I am Priya. I stumbled on your site when I was searching for resources regarding Nilavembu. Recently, I was infected with Lyme and in one of the popular herbalist in the USA, suggest Andrographis/nilavembhu/kalmegh as the front fighter antibacterial agent. So, I thought I should start with this herb, got the banyan botanicals leaf powder and try to swallow it by making it into a small ball. Expecting to see changes. Indian tradition including medicinal ones like Ayurveda, yoga have so much value that even western people want to follow. Feeling proud of our ancestors. Do you see any side effect given that I have hypothyroid and take synthyroid tablets.

  139. Sharan
    July 31, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    Hello mam,I am taking treatment for stomach disorder of ulcer for past 6weeks…I having a tablet rabiprazole daily .. so now here full season of Dengue..So I myself took nilavembu powder and prepared it and drunk for 1 day ..But I felt some stomach disorder like loose motion…Can I continue the medicine (nilavembu)…Also one more doubt mam,can we use nilavembu veYr also same as powder?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      July 31, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Nilavembu is very bitter so taking it can aggravate the ulcers, try to reduce the dosage. Also fresh nilavembu plant decoction and nilavembu powder sold in Tamil Nadu are not same, nilavembu kashayam is a blend of 9 herbs, it is a siddha formulation. If straight nilavembu decoction does not agree with you, take nilavembu kashayam (siddha formulation) for treating dengue, it will not cause any stomach irritation but take only the mentioned dosage…..

  140. Mendeleff Siva
    August 14, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    How to buy nilavembu power? Im from Malaysia

  141. Mendeleff Siva
    August 14, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    How to buy nilavembu power? Im from Malaysia

  142. Ramya Venkateshwaran
    September 21, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Give the nilavembu kudineer separately, you don't have to mix it with papaya leaf juice. Also make sure that he drinks plenty of water….

  143. shambavi
    September 24, 2017 / 4:04 am

    hiI'm suffering from rashes on the skin for the last one and a half years, have seen 2 homeopaths, 2 dermatologists and 2 allopathy doctors. It's diagnosed as Urticaria and the blood test for detection of allergies IGE test has shown up a reading of 1010 as against a normal range of less than 100. I'm already on regular medication for high BP and Diabetes. Despite taking CEtrizine daily for more than a month, rashes would appear everyday and when it became severe, I was given a steriod injection. Please tell me if Nilavembu kashayam will be of any help for this rash problem. And what side effects may be there given my BP and Diabetes conditions. I don't want one problem vanishing and another one starting.'

  144. Anatha rao Rao
    September 26, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Hey,I'm Rao here, you have any remedy for skin problem – Psoriasis. If any plz suggest with details.

  145. Ganesh Kumar
    October 4, 2017 / 10:31 am


    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      October 5, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      I would suggest consuming a dose of nilavembu kudineer, it will greatly help improve immunity and will go a long way in preventing cold…

  146. Anonymous
    October 12, 2017 / 7:13 am

    Hi Namasthe,I have a blood clot in my brain and under treatment. Iam taking blood thinner for past 5 months. Doctors suggested me to avoid taking Vitamin K food items which may reduce the blood thinner power. In this case is it good for me to drink Nilavembu kashayam, kindly please suggest me.Thanks.

  147. Venkat
    October 24, 2017 / 12:54 am

    Do you recommend Nila Vembu or Nila Vembu Kudineer ( Combination of multiple drugs) for diabetes?

  148. Unknown
    November 4, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Hi mam,I am giving my four year old son nilavembu kudineer to prevent fever like dengue….how long can I give him…can it be given daily.? And I heard it has anti fertility problems …will it affect my son in future…

  149. Madhu Mohideen
    November 27, 2017 / 11:07 am

    For diabetes what u mean is the nilavembu kudineer chooranam has to be made into kashayam or jus the nilavembu powder whuch u get gteen chooranam which is only nilavembu alone….which has to be taken mam….either nilavembu kudineer chooranam or nilavembu powder alone…and they say this should not be taken for a long period ..js it true….

  150. Madhu Mohideen
    November 27, 2017 / 11:09 am

    For diabetes what u mean is the nilavembu kudineer chooranam has to be made into kashayam or jus the nilavembu powder whuch u get gteen chooranam which is only nilavembu alone….which has to be taken mam….either nilavembu kudineer chooranam or nilavembu powder alone…and they say this should not be taken for a long period ..js it true….

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 13, 2017 / 3:04 pm

      Nilavembu kudineer is a Siddha formulation which is a blend of 9 herbs, I would suggest using plain nilavembu powder. You can also use nilavembu tablets sold online under the name of kalmegh (Hindi name)…

  151. Anonymous
    December 10, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    Hello madam. I am 35yr old and I get repeated mouth ulcers. I am not a spoke or I drink. But still I am suffering with ulcers all the time. Can you please suggest since I fear allopathy has side effects

  152. Sreenath
    February 16, 2018 / 6:00 pm

    Hi Ramya..I have a daughter aged 7 yrs & she is suffering from sever skin problem. The dermatologist says it is psoriasis. I'm worried a lot. Can you please help suggest a remedy to treat psoriasis ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      February 17, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Hi, One of the best remedies for psoriasis is neem oil. I would suggest buying high cold pressed neem oil online and mix it with equal quantities of virgin coconut oil and apply it for her daily…

  153. Kanchan Saraswat
    February 17, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    hii sir my mother is suffering from Hepatitis C and D so i want to know that the nilavembu is worked for this diseases and plzz tell me how can i gave this medicine plzz i need ur reply and is it really work? my mom will get soon after taking this medicine?

  154. Unknown
    April 18, 2018 / 2:13 am

    My daughter has got fever a week before and i gave nilavembu kashayam and she got cured again after a week she got fever now. Neighbours say it's vilayattu ammai. Burning sensation all over the body without any rashes. Ca. I give nilavembu kashayam again in the same month ? I mean second dosage ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 18, 2018 / 2:27 pm

      Nilavembu cures fever very well and it is also an anti allergen so you give an other dose. But I would highly suggest finding out what the cause for fever is as it keeps reoccurring as soon as possible…

  155. Devi S
    June 17, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    Hi ramya,
    Does nilavembu help to conceive? I mean will it regulate our hormones? I do know that one who is pregnant must not take nilavembu decocotion and men’s sperm count reduces if taken in large doses. But will it affect the our chances of conceiving a child? if not, how long can we use the nilavembu drink. my periods cycle is regular with 26 days. Kindly advise! Thanks

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      June 21, 2018 / 9:52 am

      Hi Devi, As far as I know nilavembu has anti fertility properties only for men but to be on the safer side, I would suggest not consuming nilavembu while trying to get pregnant. It is also best to consult an ayurvedic physician for the correct dosage if you want to consume nilavembu for long durations of time. When you are mentioning nilavembu drink are you mentioning nilavemu kudineer (blend of 9 herbs which is a Siddha formulation) or pure nilavembu kashayam?

  156. Devi
    June 21, 2018 / 10:04 am

    Pure kashayam (1 tsp of nilavembu -powdered roots) boiled in 250ml water reduced and consumed 30ml consumed once a day on empty stomach

    • Ramya (Wildturmeric)
      June 21, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Nilavembu has amazing antioxidant properties and helps improve immunity but if you are trying to get pregnant, I would suggest to stop consuming it regularly.

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