Ayurveda, the ancient science of health has dealt with almost all disorders and mentioned very precious medicines. Ayurveda has references to miraculous medicines and method of manufacturing. Ayurveda has categorized medicines mainly in two parts, viz Disease-specific medicines to compose the imbalance occurred in vital units of the body and for fitness which is especially anti-aging and rejuvenating medicines.

Forms Of Medicines

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    Gutika (Tablets)
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    Churna (Powder)
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    Swaras (Fresh juice)
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    Kalka (Fresh Paste)
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    Kwatha (Boiled Decocctions)
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    Hima (Cold decoctions)
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    Fant (Soaked decoctions)
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    Avaleha (Licking medicines like chyavanprash)
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    Ghrita (Medicated ghee)
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    Taila (Medicated oil)
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    Asavaarishta – Self fermented medicinal wines


Ayurveda medicines are herbal, herbo-mineral preparations. These medicines are manufactured after quality control regulation of raw material, laboratory analysis in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certified government authorized pharmaceutical companies under strict supervision to maintain the authenticity and quality of the medicines. There are a lot of misbeliefs about Ayurveda medicines because of a few quack practitioners and misperception of a few qualified people too.

Time Of Consuming Medicines

Ayurveda is very precise and keen about consuming medicines as the action of medicines depends a lot on its time of consumption as it has relation with biological clock of the body, environmental clock, and digestion of food. Time of consumption of medicine decides its target area and hastens the efficiency to attack aggravated toxins of the body.


Ayurveda medicine should be consumed with specific adjuvants. Unlike allopathy medicines, most of the medicines all medicines are not advised to consume with water. Specific adjuvants help to enhance the action of medicines.  Few examples are as follows –

  • Hot water – Common adjuvant except fermented medicines especially for soft gel capsules, ghee, oils, Guggulu, laxatives.
  • Warm water – Powders, avaleha, tablets.
  • Room temperature water – For fermented medicines
  • Honey – for disease related to ‘Kapha’ dosha and fat metabolism
  • Ghee – for disease related to nervous system, debility.
  • Milk – diseases related to ‘Pitta’ dosha and genital organs.
  • AsavArishta – For respiratory disorders, obesity, endocrinal disorders.


  • Morning Empty Stomach –Rejuvenation, for vital organs like liver, kidney, heart, brain, central nervous system.
  • Before Food – act on the lower part of bowels and body, bones and joints, peripheral nervous system.
  • After Food In The Day Time – Acts on the circulatory system, metabolism, peripheral nervous system.
  • After Food At Night – Acts on the respiratory system, head, neck, brain, sense organs.
  • Bedtime – Acts on Sense organs, brain, central nervous system.
  • In The Middle Of The Meals – Acts on digestion.
  • Along With The Food – Acts on sexual debility (Aphrodisiac), respiratory disorders.
  • Frequently – every one or every two hours – In critical illnesses and in respiratory disorders like asthma.