Kshar chikitsa types of kshars and uses :

  • Kshar chikitsa or alkaline therapy in has been in practice since 500 BC.
  • Kshars or alkalis are the herbal extracts of plants like Euphorbia nerifolia,
  • Cassia fistula, Holarrhena antidysentrica, Adhatoda vasica, Caltropis
  • giganteo, Alstonia scholaris, Achyranthus aspera, and Sesamum indicum.
  • An kshar can be a compound or mixture of many herbs or may be from
  • single herb like Moolika kshar, Til kshar, Yavakshar etc.

TYPES of kshars

There are 2 types of kshars

  • 1. Paniya kshar: kshar for internal use
  • 2. Pratisarniya kshar: for external use only
 The pratisarniya kshar is further divided into 3 types
  • 1. Mridu: mild in action
  • 2. Madhya or modest: stronger
  • 3. Teevra: strongest in action


Internal use:

 Ayurvedic doctors are using the paniya (drinkable) kshars to treat
 many diseases like malaria, jaundice, urinary tract infections,
indigestion, obesity, tumors, inflammation, flatulence, infections
and cysts. Kshars have a very rapid action and safe to use. 

External use:

 The external or pratisarniya kshars are widely used to manage hemorrhoids,
 warts, corns, fistulae, sinuses, polyps and many skin problems.
External kshars are a reliable and safe alternative to a number of
modern medical surgeries. Therefore they are the first choice of
Ayurvedic surgeons. 

 Kshar sutra or the medicated thread and its role in hemorrhoids will
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