Talisadi churna or talisadi powder is a popular classical Ayurvedic formulation. Various renowned Ayurvedic texts like Charaka Samhita and Ashtanga Hridaya have mentioned talisadi churna. It is a complete herbal formulation and talisadi churna benefits are listed below.
Talisadi Powder + Vanshlochan (Wild Bamboo Resin)
Talisadi powder has been a significant medicinal formulation in Ayurveda for quite some time and is now gaining popularity in the west as well.
Vanshlochan is the main ingredient of talisadi churna. Vanshlochan is collected from a wild species of the bamboo plant. Such species of the bamboo plant discharge a siliceous resin that is known as vanshlochan.
Vanshlochan is known as bamboo silica or bamboo manna in English.
Nowadays, it is extremely difficult to source pure vanshlochan in the market because the quantity that can be extracted is very small. It is also it is very costly. Given its rarity, synthetic vanshlochan is used instead.
Vanshlochan is white-bluish in color, opaque, and found in irregular fragments.
Sitopaladi Churna Vs. Talisadi Churna
Unlike sitopaladi churna which is only available as a fine powder, talisadi churna is available in tablet form as well. The tablet form is called talisadi guti and is readily available. Guti means tablet.
Talisadi Churna Ingredients 1
- Talis patra or Abies webbiana
- Maricha or Piper nigrum
- Shunthi or Zingiber officinale
- Pippali or Piper longum
- Vanshlochan or Bamboo manna
- Ela or smaller cardamom or Elettaria cardamomum
- Dalchini or Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Method Of Preparation
Ayurvedic texts recommend the following measurements of ingredients and preparation method.
- Talis patra or Abies webbiana – 50g or 1.8oz.
- Maricha or Piper nigrum – 100g or 3.5oz.
- Shunthi or Zingiber officinale – 150g or 5.2oz.
- Pippali or Piper longum – 200g or 7oz.
- Vanshlochan or Bamboo manna – 250g or 8.8oz.
- Ela or smaller cardamom or Elettaria cardamomum – 25g or 0.9oz.
- Dalchini or Cinnamomum zeylanicum – 25g or 0.9oz.
- Sugar – 1600 gram or 1.6 kilogram or 56.4oz.
Make a fine powder of all the ingredients. Filter the powder through a fine soft cloth. Keep in an airtight container and store in a cool and dry place. The talisadi churna is then ready for consumption.
Talisadi Churna Tablets (Talisadi Churna Guti)
The talisadi churna used for making tablets must be extremely fine. Instead of adding powdered sugar, sugar syrup is added to Talisadi churna for making tablets. The syrup acts as a binding agent for making tablets.1
Traditionally, the powder is made with the help of mortar and pestle. This powder is then filtered through a fine soft cloth. This process of filtering and sifting through a fine cloth is called kapad chaan in Sanskrit.
The talisadi tablets are lighter in nature.1 They are also easier to ingest compared to the churna.
Dosage + Administration
Consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before using the churna, the guti (tablets) or any other Ayurvedic medicine. Diabetics should avoid this preparation as it contains sugar. Those who are or could be allergic to any of its ingredients should also avoid taking it.
Recommended Dosage: 1-4 masha of the churna should be taken.1
A masha is a unit of measurement in Ayurveda. One masha is approximately equal to 0.97g.
Method of Administration: According to the Ayurvedic medical texts, talisadi churna should be taken along with honey and desi ghee or clarified butter.1 The texts also mention that honey and desi ghee or clarified butter should not be taken together in equal amounts. Always take these in unequal amounts. Taking honey and ghrita in equal amounts can be toxic.
Talisadi Churna Benefits, Talisadi Churna Uses In Ayurveda 1
Talisadi churna or talisadi powder may be helpful in the following conditions. Check with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or health care provider before consuming Ayurvedic supplements.
- Asthma and other chronic respiratory problems
- Cough and cold
- Loss of taste
- Low metabolism or poor digestion
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Cardiac problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bloating and gas
Talisadi Powder Research
A clinical study done on 60 people showed that the churna is effective in anemia. The study showed how the ingredients of the powder were effective in reducing the severity of symptoms in Pandu roga or anemia.2
Consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner before using Ayurvedic formulations. Diabetics should avoid this particular preparation as it contains sugar. Those who are or could be allergic to any of its ingredients should also avoid taking it.
- Bhaishjya Kalpana Vigyan with hindi commentary, page no. 123-124, by Aacharya Sidhinandan Mishra, Chaukhamba Surbharti Prakashan, Varanasi, 1988.
- Nishad Vindesh Kumar Markandey, and Gunvant Hari Yeola. Study of Effect of Talisadi Churna in Management of Pandu Roga (Anemia). Nov. 2017, www.iamj.in/posts/images/upload/4016_4024.pdf.