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Castor oil is used both externally and internally in Ayurvedic treatment. Its usage in mentioned in a variety of disorders.
Effect on Tridosha:
Castor oil balances Vata and Kapha Dosha.
It is highly beneficial in the below said conditions:
Castor oil is sweet in taste, heavy, increases Kapha and balances Vata, Raktagulma (a type of abdominal tumour specially in females), heart disease, indigestion and fever. – Charaka Sutrasthana.
The dose depends upon the severity of disease, patients gut health and age.
For the purpose of regular treatment (not Panchakarma), the dose is – half to one teaspoon – 2.5 – 5 ml, once a day.
For children, maximum advised dose per day is usually 2.5 ml.
For the purpose of purgation (Virechana treatment), Castor oil is administered in a dose ranging between 30 – 120 ml, based on doctor’s discretion. But such a high dose, without medical supervision will be very dangerous.
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