Ek pyali chai, paani kum: The story of Indian KADHA

Every Indian home is familiar with KADHA. It is a very effective Ayurvedic home remedy that protects us, makes us stronger from within, and helps in fighting seasonal infections. Kadha or ‘karha’ is generally an Ayurvedic drink made with a number of herbs and spices boiled in water to extract it’s nutritional benefits.

In monsoons and winters, many things may be enjoyable but it also has a downside as it comes with a dip in immunity levels and slow metabolism, digestion and can also cause problems like constipation and diarrhea. It combines a variety of whole spices, ingredients and herbs which are easily available in an Indian household. The history of kadha is as old as that of Ayurveda. The decoction is considered to be one of the oldest forms of medicine invented by humanity. Kadha is basically prepared with ingredients that can’t be juiced like dry spices and herbs, examples of which are Giloy or Guduchi. The best way to extract the benefits and medicinal qualities is to make a decoction along with other natural immunity boosters like ginger, honey and tulsi.


A kadha can be made in many ways and it can be a combination of many ingredients. It is an age-old grandma’s recipe so every household has a different version of it.

Ingredients of the kadha

Some common ingredients used in making this drink are the readily used kitchen spices and herbs like tulsi, ginger, neem leaves, cinnamon, cloves, long pepper and regular pepper.

The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 might have just shifted the focus on this medicinal drink and it’s value but it has been in the scene for ages and proved it’s usefulness every time. The daily consumption of this ayurvedic herbal drink was recommended by the Indian Ministry of Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, unani, siddha and homeopathy as a very trusted way to boost the immune system. Though the benefits of this drink have not been backed by western medicine yet, the potential of all the individual ingredients that go into it has been acknowledged by modern science. If you are looking for a natural way to build up your immunity then you should include kadha in your everyday routine as a successful start to a better health of both mind and body.

Benefits of kadha

Kadha is considered to be a big immune booster because of it’s many components. It is a kind of a herbal tea and is a rich source of natural bioactive compounds or antioxidants like carotenoids, phenolic acids, flavonoids, alkaloids, saponins, terpenoids, polyacetylenes, coumarins etc. By having the right amount of antioxidants in the body one can reduce the risk of all types of diseases because these antioxidants improve the antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antithrombotic and vasodilatory actions of the immune system. And kadha helps to improve the amount of antioxidants in the body.

Drinking kadha keeps the quality of skin better and works as a natural anti-ageing agent also. Kadha is also called Kashayam which is a generic term to denote many types of medicinal teas in Ayurveda. It means a water-based decoction or water extract of a single herb or a group of herbs that can be used for ailments like indigestion, cough, and the common cold. It is an ancient form of medicine that has been used for a long time. The drink is dark colored. And in some other places in India it is also called Kwath or Kadha.


To maintain the body’s immunity and keep it charged and up a cup of kadha does magic. It is an age-old traditional Ayurvedic medicine and has innumerable nutritional benefits which are prepared from natural spices and herbs easily found in every Indian kitchen. It provides a state of bliss, is really beneficial in fighting cough and cold, and gives us a feeling of overall contentment and well being. So we must surely know how to make kadha and enjoy it’s goodness whenever, wherever we can. Because it’s totally perfect and comes with a lot of taste, needed warmth, and no side effects.

Published by ambikajha

I am Ambika Jha.I like to write on different topics.I feel life is too short for anything.So let us work our best in the given time and let life's music be in rhythm and rhyme.So be your best and never stop to learn and write.

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