In Ayurveda, Churna refers to any mixture of powdered or mixed herbs and or minerals, used as a medicinal treatment for illness or disease. To make Churna, specific ingredients are cleaned properly, dried thoroughly, pulverized and sieved. The resulting powder will retain its potency for up to one year if stored correctly in an airtight container.
Churna is generally favorable as medicine due to its particle size, since the smaller the particle, the greater the absorption rate in the gastrointestinal tract.
Churna is essentially any powdered compound that is used for Ayurvedic medicine. Examples of Churna include:
Triphala – a mixture of three fruits; Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki, used to enhance immunity and digestion.
Kayam Churna – a non-traditional Ayurvedic medicine for constipation.
Sitopaladi Churna – containing sugar, Tabasheer, Piper longum, Elettaria cardamomum and Cinnamomum zeylanicum and used to treat respiratory conditions.
Trikatu Churna – used for indigestion, dyspepsia, cough and other jugular diseases.
Drakshadi Churna – a mixture of 23 different herbs along with raisins and sugar, used to treat digestive symptoms.
Sudarshana Churna – used to treat fever and achieve tridoshic balance.