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6+ Ayurvedic Acne Treatment Remedies in India

ayurvedic herbal cure for acne in India

ayurvedic remedies for treatment of acne in India

Ayurveda has some potent remedies for treatment of acne from the inside out. Ayurvedic treatment of acne usually works on reducing the pitta dosha in the body.

Although there are lots of ayurvedic home remedies, it is difficult to stick to them because of 2 reasons:

  1. You have to regularly prepare fresh stock of the powder or churna you want to use.
  2. You have to make sure that you are consuming the right (read enough) amount of the ayurvedic home preparation.

An alternative is to use ayurvedic treatments or supplements available in the market. We have compiled some of the best ready-made ayurvedic treatments for acne. These ayurvedic supplements help heal acne and pimples from within.

Himalaya Herbal Liv-52

liv-52 reviewIt has been long believed that toxin overload can hamper the liver’s ability to flush out toxins. We consume toxins everyday in the form of pesticides in vegetables, lead, mercury, smoke, pollution and other environmental toxins. Although not directly recommended for acne, Liv-52 can be your aid in cleansing the liver. Liv-52 is considered one of the best liver detoxifying ayurvedic medicines in the world. Liv-52 has often been reported to clear acne prone skin.

We prefer Liv-52 tablets instead of Liv-52 syrup as the syrup is loaded with sugar. This much sugar doesn’t bode well for acne or for general health. Be aware that Liv-52 syrup and tablets both contain parabens.

Liv-52 is available at Indian medical stores and online. You do not need a doctor’s prescription to use Liv-52. To be on the safe side you can still consult a general physician. You can also get a liver function test done to know if your liver is over-loaded. The liver function test, done at blood testing labs, indicates the level of liver enzymes. The higher the liver enzymes, the more over-loaded the liver.

The price of Liv-52 is Rs. 65 for 100 tablets.

Baidyanath Rakta Shodhak Bati

Rakta Shodhak Bati (bati means tablet) is an ayurvedic medicine from Baidyanth Ayurveda. This is a fast-acting ayurvedic acne treatment in the form of tablets. The secret of its effectiveness for acne is purified sulphur. Sulphur, either applied topically or taken internally, dries up pimples and excess oil. Apart from the blood purification action, Baidyanath Rakta Shodhak Bati seems to dry up excess oil from the skin surface, possibly because of sulphur. The effect can usually be seen within a day in terms of oiliness of the skin.

Rakta Shodhak Bati can be purchased from ayurvedic medical stores and online. The price of Rakta Shodhak Bati is Rs. 77 for 50 tablets.

A sulphur based spot treatment for pimples is the Proactiv Sulphur mark available from proactiv.in.

Himalaya Herbal Purim tablets

Fortified with liver detoxifying and digestion regulating ingredients, Purim tablets are designed for acne prone skin. Among its other ingredients, turmeric and neem stand out. Both neem and turmeric are anti-septic and anti-acne. Does Purim cure acne? From the research papers given on Himalaya Herbal Healthcare website (now moved or removed from their website), one would think so. No one can give a 100%  guarantee that a single medicine will cure everyone’s pimples and we should take all research with a pinch of salt, but seeing that some research has gone into this product is comforting.

Purim tablets are available in Indian ayurvedic stores and online. The price of Purim tablets is Rs. 75 for 60 tablets.

Humdard Safi

safi for pimples review does safi workSafi is not an ayurvedic but a Unani (Greek) medicine. Known as a blood purifier, Safi is an herbal remedy for acne and pimples. It claims to cleanse the blood of toxins mainly by way of kick starting a sluggish digestion and the functioning of liver and kidneys. Notice how often liver detoxification is mentioned in natural acne remedies?

Now Safi has been mired in controversy. If you go by this Canadian report on the presence of heavy metals in Safi, it raises some doubts about the safety of Safi. For their part, the makers of ayurvedic supplements say that these medicines contain “detoxified” versions of heavy metals. But questions are being raised about how complete and how safe this “detoxification of heavy metals” is.

Safi is loaded with sugar that does little to mask the horribly bitter taste. Those who are regular users of Safi swear by how it cleared their acne and brought a glow to the skin. It has to be used for at least a month for noticeable difference.

Safi is available in Indian grocery stores, medical stores and online. The price of Safi is Rs. 43 for 100 ml and Rs. 150 for 500 ml.

Baidyanath Surakta syrup

With neem, tulsi (holy basil), turmeric and manjishtha among other blood purifying ingredients, Surakta is the ayurvedic cousin of Safi. Surakta claims to regulate the functioning of the bowel, liver and kidneys for internal detoxification. This detoxification in turn is supposed to clear the skin.

Surakta has 1-2% alcohol, so if you were wondering why you feel drowsy or sluggish after taking it, now you know. Safi likely has alcohol as well.

The price of Baidyanath Surakta tonic is Rs. 74 for 200 ml and is available at Indian medical stores and online.

Divya Kayakalp Vati for Skin Disease, Acne and Pimples

ramdev-divya-kayakalp-vatiDivya Kayakalp Vati purifies blood with its mix of precious herbs like Bakuci / Bavachi, Panavad, Nimba (neem), Triphala (a combination of Haritaki, Bibhitaki & Amalaki), Khadira, Manjishtha, Katuki, Amrita, Kirata-tikta (Chirayata), Candana, Deva-daru, Haridra (Haldi), Daru-haridra, Ushba, Drona-pushpi, Laghu-kantakan, Krishna-jiraka (Kalajiri), root of Indrayana and Karanja seeds.

Each bottle contains 40 grams of Divya Kayakalp Vati made by Swami Ramdev’s Divya Pharmacy. You get about 170 tablets per bottle.

Skinelle capsules from Charak Pharmaceuticals

Aimed at premenstrual and hormonal acne vulgaris, Skinelle tablet claims to be a safe and herbal ayurvedic remedy for acne. It works by way of blood purification and suppressing the activity of acne causing bacteria. There is also a cream version of Skinelle for topical application.

The price of Skinelle capsules is Rs. 30 for 20 capsules. Skinelle capsules can be bought online, but nonavailability in stores can be a problem.

Neem Guard capsules from GoodCare Pharma

A mix of neem, giloy and triphala, Neem Guard capsules claim to be a safe, natural and effective treatment for acne. Triphala itself is a combination of 3 ayurvedic herbs including amla or the Indian gooseberry. All these ingredients work to, you guessed it, detoxify blood and enhance body’s immunity in general. Neem is one of the most powerful blood purifiers and detoxifiers in the ayurvedic system of medicines.

The price of Neem Guard capsules is Rs. 81 for 60 capsules. You can find Neem Guard in Indian medical stores.

Ayurvedic and Homeopathic Sulphur supplements

Sulphur is a potent anti-acne treatment that dries up pimples, reduces redness and swelling and keeps the pores unclogged. Read all about using sulphur for acne and sulphur products in India here.

Ayurvedic herbs and supplements are available in single ingredient formulas as well. Ayurvedic companies often sell neem capsules and turmeric capsules. Other herbal supplements such as Triphala, Manjishtha and Aloe Vera can also be used for acne.

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37 Responses to 6+ Ayurvedic Acne Treatment Remedies in India

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    sanu May 22, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    I used to take safi before(a year back). But bcos of its extreme bitter taste i stopped it. Am planning to go for a diff one from the list above. Pls suggest which is the best solution for acne vulgaris, dryness and dark marks? Baidyanath suraktha or rakhtha shodak bati or Liv 52???

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      AM May 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      The thing is, no one can really tell you what will work. This list is a list of options and you have the information available with you. All I can say is you’ll just have to give them a shot one by one to see which one works for you. They are all meant for acne prone skin.

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    Ibrahim June 7, 2013 at 8:31 am #

    Where can i find ‘ Baidyanath Rakta Shodhak Bati’ ? Do you know any particular store in Mumbai ,where i can find it ?

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    TejuPriya June 7, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    u mostly get in ayurveda shops and some pharmacies

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    Ibrahim June 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Tejupriya,can u please be more specific? Is it available online or should i try at Apollo pharmacy?

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      TejuPriya June 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm #

      Ibrahmin i actually searched online but its not available..you will get in apollo pharmacy..also homepathy and ayurvedic stores..

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    ashu6074 June 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    I bought this one yesterday – http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/browse/sku_detail.jsp?id=O3-1021#.UdBJrzu1Fsk

    Let me see how it works.


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      AM July 1, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

      Ashu, do come back and share your experience with everyone. If you can manage to write 300 words about it, you know what to do – rush it over to editor@acnemantra.com. :)

  6. jimmi July 7, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    there are a pleny of capsules or medicines descripted above. can i use any one of them or i have to use specific one?

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    Priyan March 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    Is Liv 52 effective for ladies? Which is good liv-52 or liv-52 ds

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      AM March 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      Liv-52 works well to resolve acne as a liver detoxifier. If the problem is related to reproductive hormones such as PCOS etc. then Liv-52 isn’t as effective. Some people have reported their skin clearing up with Liv-52. I took it for 3 months because my liver enzymes were higher than normal. It did bring them back to normal levels, but acne wise I didn’t see any major effect. I did not experience any side effects from it though.

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    nerd March 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    @acnemantra Which of these are safe for long-term consumption?
    Baidyanath Rakt Shodhak shows any side effect if used for long-term?

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      AM March 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Nerd, since these are dispensed as ‘ayurvedic medicine’ I’d rather not use them for the long term. Even with herbal / ayurvedic ingredients, they are after all highly concentrated remedies and long term use may result in other imbalances. Of course, this is not particular to any single remedy listed here, but my general thinking.

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    nerd March 21, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

    Hii @acnemantrahttp://easyayurveda.com/2009/12/15/pancha-nimbadi-vati-an-ayurvedic-wonder-product-for-a-wide-range-of-skin-conditions/ I would like you to see to it, may be research on it. :)

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      AM March 23, 2014 at 7:09 am #

      Hi Nerd, this sounds interesting. I did see complete clearing up of the skin with Baidyanath Rakta Shodhak Bati, although I didn’t continue with it for the long term, I do believe that Ayurveda has some powerful solutions. Let me look into this Pancha Nimbadi Vati and see if it can be helpful for the community. You’re a gem – I like how you are delving deeper into some of the natural solutions and coming up with great ideas. :)

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    SandyTheCat March 22, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    Hi AM, I had digestion problems as well. Two years back I visited a gastro-entrologist and he gave me tablets. I did not have pimples at that time. My pimple problem started recently due to eating junk food everyday, I guess.

    My skin is of combination type. So any tablets that will strip of oils will make my skin very dry as it is already dry due to sebamed facewash, ahaglow and kaya soothing gel will be a no-no.

    Which one will be a good start for me?

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      SandyTheCat March 22, 2014 at 11:50 am #

      And the only two pimples I have now are premenstrual types. So Please consider this too – “digestion problems+ dryness + premenstrual pimples = what product” ? :)

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      AM March 23, 2014 at 7:13 am #

      Hi Sandy, Baidyanath Rakta Shodhak Bati tablets are known to make the skin very dry. :) This has been the general community experience. Once, Suresh had checked with an ayurvedic practitoner about the safety of these tablets and they were deemed safe for use. It has sulphur and other detoxifying ingredients that should help with overall health, including digestion.

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      SandyTheCat March 23, 2014 at 10:57 am #

      AM, since Baidynath Rakta Shodak makes skin very dry, I have to think twice before going to it. Will Himalaya Liv or Purim be drying on skin?

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    nerd March 23, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    @acnemantra @catonthewall Hello!

    Amla would be beneficial to you. The best thing about it is its is a universally beneficial food (and medicine). There are besically 3 doshas in everyone’s bodies (u must have known, Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and the best thing about AMLA is it is a TRIDOSHA BALANCING FOOD. It benefits every dosha, though helps in pitta dosha somewhat more!

    Also, it is very beneficial for reproductive system of both men and women. For women, to reduce the menstrual disorders and for men in sperm count and other potency relate issues!

    It is EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL for skin problems (EXTREMELY HIGH VITAMIN C) and is beneficial for LIVER DETOXIFICATION (U r having digestion problems right? Hmm….) and helps in indigestion, constipation, heart burn etc. too.

    In fact it has other many benefits too which you can easily find anywhere!

    ALMOST NO side effects it has. If while using it for cough and cold your condition worsens, then you may stop it. (Actually it is very goo for cough and cold, it IS really helpful for cough, cold an other RESPIRATORY problems, BUT it has a slightly cooling effect, so in that way, it could rather affect adversely).

    I was also thinking to recommend TRIPHALA to you BUT since Triphala is NOT AT ALL recommendable to lactating and pregnant women (it has downward energy, which may even cause abortion) , that why i did not recommend it, given the fact that you are a woman.

    Also, Triphala is not a TRIDOSHA BALANCING , its more Pitta and Vata balancing. And it MAY INCREASE DRYNESS.

    So, Amla seems to be very good solution for u. Read what i said about amla here – acnemantra.com/questions/any-inputs-on-blood-purifiers/#answer-30112 .

    Now, how to take it. The best way would be to have RAW Amla or amla homemade items (pickles, murabba, candies) everyday in your diet!!!!!
    Its not that for your problems only, you should have it, but it is such a great beneficiary food item that one must have it for good maintenance- it is helpful in functioning of liver, kidney, respiratory system, reproductive system, digestive system; a blood purifier, A MILD LAXATIVE an so on…….. (Ver helpful in hair related problems like Hair fall etc. too.)

    It is beneficial in hormonal problems as well (An thus indirectly helps in Reducing excessive boy heat, hair related (hair fall) and skin related (acne-pigmentation) problems very well.

    But if you don’t or can not have Amla in this way, the best way would be Amla Capsules in your diet. (Amla powders too could be used but capsules are safer in terms of PROCEDURE OF INTAKE. Powder may not be convenient and you may ALSO DISTURB THE PROPER AMOUNT TO BE TAKEN). So, Amla Capsules can be taken.

    Amla, even for a common man, should be taken for a long period like a habit. But since you are using capsules, even then you can safely use it for a long period! (UNLESS YOU SEE ANY SIDE EFFECT). Mostly, using amla capsules from a good brand is safe. Safe for long use also.

    A good brand to have amla (amalika) capsules would be – ORGANIC INDIA AMALIKA CAPSULES. You can easily buy it here – https://www.google.co.in/search?q=Buy+organic+india+amalaki+capsules&oq=Buy+organic+india+&aqs=chrome.2.69i57j69i60j69i59l2j69i60l2.6014j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8 .

    You can have 1 amla capsules DAILY before food. AFTER 1 week, if everything goes right, you can include it two times a day, both times before the food. :)

    You can have FREE SHIPPING and DISCOUNT “BOTH “here – shopping.indiatimes.com/health-beauty/natural-medicines/organic-india-amalaki-capsules/11303/p_P14902 :P (150 ki capsules, 120 me! free shipping ke saath :) )

    Also, over the time, i have realised that SOUND SLEEP, ENOUGH WATER and SIMPLE FOOD can give you a really very good health!! So, nt forget to have more an more water. :)

    Another good brand is Himalaya Herbals AMLA CAPSULES. It is good but i would recommend ORGANIC INDIA Capsules. :)

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    SandyTheCat March 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Nerddddd :claps: :bows: thank you :)

    You have given a superb overview and I have never thought of Amla for acne cure.
    From what you said, it sure seems like a good cure for digestion and it has vit C (I totally forgot that biology lesson :D )

    Yes, I have heart burn sensation too, its very horrible at those times :(

    I have seen a friend using whole amla dipped in honey, its sold by khadi or some similar brand. I will search for that in my town (because as always, can’t wait to start :) ) or else will buy organic India capsules from Indiatimes… Boy free shipping is great, I will probably use it for buying green tea too!
    This should have been a good day for me, knowing a lot of good substitutes and food cures for acne like ayurvedic capsules, Amla, fish oil and Vit B6 :)

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    nerd March 23, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    @catonthewall First of all, i dint know you r a woman. :P I always thought u r a male. Lolz!

    Next, U know, most of the time, one doen’t have any 1 kind of body type (Vata only/Pitta only or Kapha only), it is combination type. Thats y i suggested you to take it as its for ALMOST everyone.
    Read this – http://easyayurveda.com/2013/01/17/amla-benefits-dose-usage-side-effects-complete-ayurveda-details/

    I gave the second link because of your mentioning about ur friend who takes it with honey.

    Though I would suggest you to take amla with water only at first!! THAT TOO NOT WITH POWDER BUT WITH CAPSULES. :)

    Google the ayurveic shops near your area in your cities. THEY WILL EFINITELY HAVE THEM. Before actually going for shopping, just google the ayurveic shops (I think it coul be there in the BIG normal MEDICINAL shops also) and then find the nearest one and CALL THEM and ask them if they have the ORGANIC INDIA AMALAKI CAPSULES. And then try other shops if the first one doesn’t have any! :)
    It will save time.

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    SandyTheCat March 23, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    LOL why is that so :lol: :roll:
    But see “If you want to achieve Pitta balance, if you have digestion problems, or some skin related issues like acne, you can have Amla along with ghee (clarified butter). ” This is mentioned in the link you have shared. I think it would be better since it will address acne, why are you using it with water, any other reasons?
    Amla with honey I have seen in Nilgiris, More etc. Will google more about that :)
    Have you tried fish oil? Am eyeing on that too, because AM speaks of it giving happiness and glow :)

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    nerd March 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    One should always try with the safest measure! :) The particular method is to be done with POWDER!
    And i recommended you to use CAPSULES because you may disturb the powder amount.

    Dnt do soooooo many things simultaneously. :)

    Fish oil? No……. Not yet!
    I am finding my happiness in AMLA CAPSULES and SOUND SLEEP and 8 GLASS OF WATER as of now. :)

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    SandyTheCat March 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

    Hmm I agree :) currently I am suffering due to too many products introduction same time :(

    Hey the product that I am telling is amla jamun, why I am still interested is it is a whole amla fruit and it would b tastyy too due to honey :)

    And AM has told fish oil will aid sleep actually, does amla give you that or you have set such a routine and stick to it?

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    nerd March 24, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    I think i have said enough. Stick to a particular thing.
    Too much experiment may not give you the proper result and you will be at the starting position again.

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      SandyTheCat March 24, 2014 at 11:00 am #

      Cool nerd, that is why I am trying to understand what effects it had on you.

      “I am finding my happiness in AMLA CAPSULES and SOUND SLEEP and 8 GLASS OF WATER as of now.”

      See, I am just confused if you mean amla capsules give you sound sleep or it is just sound sleep is aiding your happiness.

      Also, the main benefits I am seeing in fish oil is could relieve me of stress and give me sleep, which is a very important thing I need right now.

      Again, thanks for your answers :)

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    nerd March 24, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    I meant that i have sound sleep which akes me happy.

    By the way, read Amla helps in REDUCING STRESS and TREAT SLEEPING DISORDERs like INSOMNIA too :) here – http://goo.gl/0WcjPN and http://goo.gl/55m48Z .

    So, it will help you in getting proper sleep, reducing your stress too. :)

    I just can comment on how amla is and it could be useful for you. I have no knowledge on fish oil. I am happy for you that fish oil is giving you relief.

    Stick to few things, be less stressful. :)

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    SandyTheCat March 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    I have ordered from indiatimes site, fingers crossed :)

    I have not yet used fish oil, I will definitely give it a try after its available in healthkart or after @acnemantra is spotting a good replacement for natures bounty!

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    rohit_r March 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Twinlab 1000 mg fish oil capsules are better than Nature’s Bounty in terms of DHA & EPA values (the interesting stuff in fish oil for acne prone people). I am taking it for the time being. Also it is cheaper than Nature’s Bounty.

    100 capsules for 1130 Rs – Twinlab.
    60 capsules for 1000 Rs (aprox) – Nature’s Bounty.

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    SandyTheCat March 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Hi rohit_r, thank you :) Please share your thoughts on the below..

    1. does it give fishy burps?
    2. Any other side effects like gas?
    3. Benefits you see till date?

    I saw your comment in anuja’s post, but I did not wanna get fishy burps, that’s why double checking with you :)

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    rohit_r March 25, 2014 at 12:14 am #

    No fishy burps, no gas problem…in fact nothing on the negative side I can think of. It’s only been one week or so I am on it so can’t say much on the positive side also. My soap that I am currently using for bacne tends to leave my back scaly and dry but with these capsules I have noticed it gets back to normal sooner than it used to without them, also there is a slight brightning effect on my face (seriously, my skin has lot scope for improvement so I can easily make a difference) and adequate mosturization after about 15 minutes of using super drying facewashes. Maybe slightily warm temperature in M.P. these days is contributing too but fish oil is doing it’s bit regardlessly I believe.

    One can benefit more if take in suggested dose. I am only taking one capsule a day.

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    SandyTheCat March 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Thanks Rohit, seems like its very good alternative, please do update us when you feel any like any changes positive or negative :) I am gonna buy this totally!

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    nerd April 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    @acnemantra Baidyanath Raktshodhak Bati works on pigmentation and dark marks too?

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      AM April 24, 2014 at 8:38 am #

      I’m not sure about this, but one sees flaking of the skin normally with this preparation, so at least by way of mild exfoliation …

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    nerd April 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    @acnemantra Baidyanath Rakt Shodhak is required to be taken WITH WATER or without it? I mean, looking at it, i thought it is needed to be taken like we have Hajmola :P – Just sucking, thats all. I am taking it with water though.

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      AM April 24, 2014 at 8:36 am #

      What you want eventually is to see that it dissolves inside the stomach. One way to test it out is to place a bati in a glass of water. Then check after 15 minutes if it has indeed dissolved fully. If so, then you can just gulp it down with water. Otherwise, you will need to help it along by dissolving (sucking) in your mouth like lozenges.