Thirikadugam / trikatu churna ( திரிகடுகம் ) is a wonderful Siddha & Ayurvedic medicine which can be prepared in our home. Last year, we saw a telecast programme on "Siddha & Ayurvedic medicines" titled as "parambaria maruthuvam"(பாரம்பரிய மருத்துவம் ) in Zee T.V Tamil channel by a well qualified & experienced Doctor Sri.Sakthi Subramanyam. He is continuing it in Sun T.V Tamil channel in the morning 8.30 am - 9 a.m slot. His daughter, also professionally qualified like him, assists him in the demonstration.We thank these two doctors ,who are giving a wonderful demonstration (practical) as well as the remedies for many diseases. They show every herb used in the preparation of the medicines & how to prepare these medicines. A lot of people asks remedies for many diseases- like diabetic, removal of kidney stones, liver related problems like jaundice.In addition to this,they have also discussed the reason for delay in conceiving babies & related problem to both men & women. For all these problems, they show us the herbs normally available in our gardens or open grounds & how to use them. They stress the importance of permanent & preventive cure without any side effects.Taking this improves our immunity.
We have prepared "thiri kadugam" medicine shown in this telecast & using it daily as per their advice. This is quite effective in preventing common cold , throat infection & cough.We have been taking this herbal medicine from July 2014 for the past one year.Our son's family including my grand daughter (8 years) is also taking this .This dry powder (5 gms for adults) can bee taken with honey or in warm water inthe empty stomach before break fast.We take it at least half an hour earlier before break fast or tea.We always take it in a small container,when we leave for other places. Some times if we feel sore throat or nose blocking, we immediately take 5 gms in hot water( during long travel or change of drinking water , extreme change of climate) using of this has helped us,once again thank those 2 doctors.
This medicine is a combination of "pepper,dry ginger & arisi thippili (available in herbal medicine shops). Take these in equal quantity.Slightly fry this in a pan(without any oil) in the gas stove for one or two minutes .Very light frying, should not be darkened, just to remove if there is any moisture.(வாணலியில் இட்டு இலேசாக சில நிமிடங்கள் வறுக்கவும். ஓரிரு நிமிடங்களில் இறக்கி விட வேண்டும்.எண்ணெய்விட வேண்டாம் ).
For trial basis, you take 100gms each.After frying it, grind each one separately in a mixie.( better to pound it in a grinding stone & then grind it)- உரலில் சிறிது இடித்து போட்டால் மிக்ஸ்சியில் எளிதாக அரை படும். இதனை சல்லடையில் நன்றாக சலித்து ,பொடியாக எடுத்து மூன்று பொடியையும் சம அளவில் கலந்தால் திரிகடுகம் தயார்.
After grinding,sieve it in a sieve,take equal quantity ,mix it,now thirikadugam medicine is ready.
Store it in an air tight container or bottle. Take a pinch using your thumb, forefinger & ring finger ,that is equal to 5 gms. For children,dosage is half of this.This medicine is also available in branded medicine manufacturers, like Adayar IMCOPS(Indian medicine co operative), Kottakkal Ayurvedha , Dabur. If you want, you consult any Siddha or Ayurvedic doctor before taking this medicine.If you buy from herbal medicine shop the herbs, you have to be sure ,you are purchasing the right herb.We will also tell you how to prepare decoction with this with 2 other easily available herbs for cough & cold.Photos from top:first - dry ginger, second - pepper, third - Arisi thippili(in Tamil)
Dry ginger, is hand pounded to ensure the mixer is not spoiled.
Black pepper seen below
Arisi thippili seen below
Powdered and sieved
Sukku is slightly roasted to make it easy for powdering.
Thirikadugam powder, trikatu churna is ready!