A Study On Medicinal Plants Used In 'Karkidaka Kanji' : The Ayurvedic Medicine

Authors(1) :-Gloria Maria Winnie

‘Karkidaka kanji’ is an ayurvedic medicine and is advised to take during the month of ‘Karkidaka’ (July- August) in the Malayalam calendar. People of Kerala practices this as a health tonic. It provides a wide range of health benefits due to the medicinal properties of its ingredients. ‘Karkidaka kanji’ is a rice gruel made of Njavara along with few herbs and spices like Boerhaavia  diffusa, Ciccus quadrangularis, Cuminum cyminum, Elettaria cardomomum, Sida cordifolia ,  Syzygium aromaticum, Trachispermum ammi, Trigonella foenum  graecum and Strobilanthes ciliates. This work reviews and discuss the medicinal values of  ingredients of  this traditional ayurvedic medicine and also analyse why it is advised to take during the month of ‘Karkidaka.’


  • To investigate the medicinal properties of herbs and spices used in the preparation of ‘karkidaka kanji’ which are responsible for the health effects.
  • To analyse why this ayurvedic medicine is advised to take during the month of ‘Karkidaka’.

Methodology: This study has developed as a descriptive one. Journals, magazines, newspapers were used as a secondary source of data collection. The present study focus on the analysis of medicinal properties of herbs and spices used as ingredients in ‘Karkidaka kanji’.

Authors and Affiliations

Gloria Maria Winnie
Department of Botany, St. Berchmans College Changanacherry, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Karkidaka kanji, ayurvedic medicine, medicinal plants, medicinal properties

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 4 | Issue 9 | July-August 2018
Date of Publication : 2018-07-30
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 303-309
Manuscript Number : IJSRSET184966
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099

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Gloria Maria Winnie, " A Study On Medicinal Plants Used In 'Karkidaka Kanji' : The Ayurvedic Medicine , International Journal of Scientific Research in Science, Engineering and Technology(IJSRSET), Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099, Volume 4, Issue 9, pp.303-309, July-August-2018.
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