Hingwashtak churna helps to eliminate body toxins (ama) , strengthens agni (metabolism) and relieves indigestion. It contains 8 digestion improving herbs.
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What is Hingwashtak Churna
Hingvastak Churna or hingwashtak churna is a powdered form of eight herbs. Hingvashtak powder has innumerable benefits or uses. It is Hingu Ashtaka Churna that means hingwastak has eight ingredients or contents including hing or asafoetida. The contents of hingastak powder are easily available on kitchen shelves and useful in digestion.
This powder is used in problems of digestive system. According to ayurvedic texts “ama” or body toxins get accumulated due to indigestion of food. The body toxins block the path ways of nutrients and prevent them from reaching the target tissues. This causes the under nourishment of body and lowers the functionality of tissues. Accumulation of body toxins lower the body immunity and pave way for diseases. Hence the food consumed must be healthy and get digested well in time. A well digested food nourishes sapta dhatus or 7 dhatus or body tissues and boosts body health. A person who has good digestion is always devoid of health issues.
Benefits or Uses of Hingvastak or Hingvashtak churna or Powder:
All of us experience indigestion one or the other time. Such indigestions have to be tackled naturally. Ayurveda acharyas suggest a preparation called “Higvastak churna” to increase digestion and relieve indigestion. The hingwastak powder helps to digest the body toxin (ama) and prevents its accumulation. The contents of this powder are spices which are regularly used in kitchen.
Hingvashtak powder helps in indigestion and relieves constipation. Constipation can also cause erectile dysfunction, bloating and flatulance. These are relieved by using this powder.
Persons who have anorexia or loss of appetite can use this preparation. It kindles the appetite and helps in good digestion.
This ayurvedic formula balances Vata dosha and also helps in erectile dysfunction due to vata imbalance. (Read How vitiated vata causes erectile dysfunction in Men)
Ayurveda acharyas suggest this persons who suffer from joint pain or rheumatoid arthritis. These conditions are caused due to excess accumulation of ama and imbalance of vata. Hingwashtak churna address both issues.
Ingredients or contents of Hingwshtak churna or powder
This can be prepared at home easily by using ingredients available on kitchen shelves. Here is a method of preparing “hingvastak powder or churna”.
Dry ginger is used in this powder. Ginger has innumerable health benefits (Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Ginger ). It not only helps in digestion but also helps to normalise blood sugar level. It is a very useful herb in fighting obesity and initiate weight loss and PCOS. ( Read Ayurvedic Kitchen Herbs for PCOS and Weight Loss ). Ginger is one of the ayurvedic herbs for erectile dysfunction.
Long Pepper or Pippali –
(Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Long Pepper or Pippali )- Long pepper kindles appetite and sets right digestion. It is helpful in weight loss when used with honey and acts as a vajikarana food when used with milk. (Read Long Pepper with milk a vajikarana food)
Black pepper also has almost same health benefits like long pepper. It enhances the taste and clears throat and lungs.
Ajwain or Carom Seeds
Ajwain is widely used in Indian cuisine. It is used in various home remedy to ease indigestion and flatulance. Omam water is a well known home remedy for loss of appetite.
Rock Salt or Sendha Namak:
(Read ayurveda Health Benefits of Rock Salt or Sendha Namak )- Rock salt improves digestion and enhances the taste of food. It supplies minerals needed by our body.It is recommended in rheumatoid arthritis, indigestion and as a teeth whitener.
Cumin Seeds or Jeera
(Read Health Benefits of Cumin Seeds) – Cumin seeds help to reduce bloating caused due to indigestion. It balances vata and aids in easy digestion. Cumin seeds tea also help in weight loss (Read five effective ayurvedic tea recipes for weight loss )
Black Cumin Seeds or Kala Jeera
This spice also has almost same health benefits as regular jeera.
Pure asafoetida or Hing
(Read Ayurveda Health Benefits of Asafoetida or Hing ) Hing helps in indigestion, flatulence and bloating of stomach. Hence it is used in Indian cuisine to make the food easy for digestion. It increases appetite and promotes good circulation of blood.
How to Use Hinwashtaka Churna ?
Hingvasta churna has to be used with ghee ( Ayurveda health benefits of ghee or clarified butter ) along with hot rice. It should be used with first bolus. The recommended dose should not exceed 1- 3 gms per day. This can be taken in divided doses. This should be strictly taken under medical supervision. People suffering from ulcers of digestive system must refrain from using this.
- Dry ginger powder – 1 tea spoon
- Long pepper powder (pippali) – 1 tea spoon
- Black pepper powder – 1 tea spoon
- Ajwain or carom seed powder – 1 tea spoon
- Rock salt or Sendha Namak – 1 tea spoon
- Cumin seed powder or jeera powder – 1 tea spoon
- Black cumin seed or kala jeera powder – 1 tea spoon
- Pure asafoetida powder or hing powder – 1 tea spoon
Mix the above ingredients well. The prepared hingvastak powder can be stored in an airtight jar and can be consumed as required. It can be stored for 6 months. Consume ¼ tea spoon of higvashtak churna with equal quantity of ghee before consuming food. It is a boon for foodies who want to relish food without landing up in indigestion.
Hingwastak powder may cause exaggeration of piles in pregnant woman and may also cause acidity. Hence persons with hemorrhoids, peptic ulcer and pregnant ladies should use this under strict medical supervision.