Herbal Preparation - Churnas (Herbal Powders)

Herbal Preparation and Use - Churnas (Herbal Powders)

Dried herbs are ground in a mortar and pestle or with an herb grinding machine; and strained into a fine powder. They are easily mixed with other herbs and have quick acting properties in the body. However, they stay in the body for only a few hours, and their shelf life is not as long as that of pills and other compounds.

Traditionally powdered mixtures used 20 or more different herbs per formula. Powders are best taken with ghee, raw sugar, or raw honey; which transport the herb’s energies to all seven tissue layers. The ratio of herbs to vehicle is 1:2. If milk or water is used as a vehicle, they are used in a ratio of 4:1 to herbs.

Powders work best for the gastrointestinal tract and on the plasma tissue (rasa dhatu); with the exception of rejuvenative herbs like  ashwagandha, triphala, shatavari,  etc., that work on all seven tissues. Traditional powdered (churna) formulas include lavan bhaskar, triphala, sitopaladi, hingwastak, and sudarshan churnas.