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Ashokarishta- uses, dose, side effects and ingredients

Ashokarishta is an Ayurvedic medicine. It is extensively used in Ayurvedic treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding and other gynecological complaints. It contains 5 – 10 % of self generated alcohol, which acts as medium for herbal active principles. 

Asokarishtam uses: It is used in conditions like Pain menstruation, heavy periods, fever, bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, bleeding hemorrhoids, inflammation, indigestion and lack of taste.

Note: 
1. It is usually prescribed by many Ayurvedic doctors for treating menstrual irregularities. If you have severe bleeding then Ashokarishtam may be helpful for you, but if you do have irregular prolonged cycle, then it is not a good idea to take this product. It is only helpful in short menstrual cycle and in heavy menstrual bleeding.

2. Though it is used primarily in female complaints, it is also useful in many other diseases as mentioned above.

3. Ashokarisht contains about 5 – 10 % of self generated natural alcohol in it. This self generated alcohol and the water present in the product acts as a media to deliver water and alcohol soluble the active herbal components to the body.
Other traditional uses of Ashokarishta -
Asrigdhara – heavy menstrual bleeding
Ruja – useful in dysmenorrhoea – painful periods
Jwara – fever
Raktapitta – bleeding disorders like nasal bleeding
Arsha – bleeding hemorrhoids
Mandagni – low digestion strength
Aruchi – anorexia, lack of taste in food

Ashokarisht side effects: If given for wrong complaints, as mentioned above, it may cause delayed periods and prolonged menstrual cycles.
Dose: 5 – 10 ml, once or twice a day, after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
How long to use?
Based on doctor’s prescription, this medicine can be used for 4-8 weeks in cases of fever, anorexia etc.
In heavy periods, it can be used during the periods, till the periods lasts.
If the periods are very heavy, then it can be taken from one week before periods sets in till it lasts.

Safe for kids?
It is safe to use this medicine in lower dose, in children above 5 years of age.
Pregnancy and lactation -
During pregnancy, it is best to avoid this / take this only under medical supervision.
During lactation period, it can be taken in lower doses, based on doctor’s advice.

Asokarishtam ingredients: 
Ashoka - Saraca asoka - Bark – 4.8 kg
water for decoction – 49.152 liters
Kashayam – decoction – 12.288 liters
Guda – jaggery – Saccharum officinarum – 9.6 kg
Prakshepa -
Dhataki – Woodfordia fruticosa – flower – 768 g
Musta - Cyperus rotundus - Rhizome – 48 g
Shunti – Ginger – Rhizome – 48 g
Ajaji – Nigella sativa – Fruit – 48 g
Daruharidra – Berberis aristata – Stem – 48 g
Utpala – Nymphaea stellata – flower – 48 g
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – fruit – 48 g
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellerica – fruit – 48 g
Amalaki – Amla – Indian gooseberry – fruit – 48 g
Amrasthi – mango seed – 48 g
Jeeraka – cumin seed – 48 g
Vasa – Adhatoda vasica – whole plant – 48 g
Chandana – Santalum album (sandalwood) – 48 g

Method of preparation
The herbs mentioned are coarsely powdered and kashaya (water decoction) is prepared. The kashaya is strained and kept in the fermentation pot, vessel or barrel. Sugar, jaggery or honey, according to the formula, is dissolved, boiled, filtered and added. Drugs mentioned as Prakshepa  Dravyas are finely powdered and added. At the end, Dhataki puspa, if included in the formula, should be properly cleaned and added. The mouth of the pot, vessel or barrel is covered with an earthen lid and the edges sealed with clay-smeared cloth wound in seven consecutive layers. The container is kept either in a heap of paddy, so as to ensure that for the duration of fermentation, as far as possible, a constant temperature may impede or accelerate the fermentation.

After the specified period, the lid is removed, and the contents examined to ascertain whether the process of fermentation has been completed. The fluid is first decanted and then strained after two or three days. When the fine suspended particles settle down, it is strained again and bottled.

Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali Streeroga context 114-116
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Original Sanskrit verse describing the formula
अशोकस्य तुलामेकाञ्चतुर्द्रोणे जले पचेत्।
पादशेषे रसे पूते शीते पलशतद्वयम्॥
दद्याद् गुडस्य धातक्याः पलषोडशिकं मतम्।
अजाजी मुस्तकं शुण्ठीं दार्व्युत्पल पलत्रिकम्॥
आम्रास्थि जीरकं वासां चन्दनं च विनिक्षिपेत्।
चूर्णयित्वा पलांशेन ततो भाण्डे निधापयेत्।
मासादूर्ध्वं च पीत्वेनमसृग्दर रुजां जयेत्॥
ज्वरं च रक्तपित्तार्शो मन्दाग्नित्वमरोचकम्।
मेहशोथारुचिहरस्त्वशोकारिष्ट सज्ञित:॥aśokasya tulāmekāñcaturdroṇe jale pacet|
pādaśeṣe rase pūte śīte palaśatadvayam||
dadyād guḍasya dhātakyāḥ palaṣoḍaśikaṃ matam|
ajājī mustakaṃ śuṇṭhīṃ dārvyutpala palatrikam||
āmrāsthi jīrakaṃ vāsāṃ candanaṃ ca vinikṣipet|
cūrṇayitvā palāṃśena tato bhāṇḍe nidhāpayet|
māsādūrdhvaṃ ca pītvenamasṛgdara rujāṃ jayet||
jvaraṃ ca raktapittārśo mandāgnitvamarocakam|
mehaśothāruciharastvaśokāriṣṭa sajñita:||

Expiry date: 10 years from the date of manufacture.
Storage: Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Lecturer, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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Comments

  1. I am taking dabur ashokarisht about a month. I didnt saw any effect on menstual bleeding instead my periods got delayed by 2days .my stomach also get upset( loose motions) . Please tell me how should i use ashokarisht in a better way to treat my problem of less bleeding. Should i stop using it,or take it.

    • Hi, Ashokarishta does not help if the bleeding is less. If only the bleeding is more, then it helps to reduce it. It does not help to reduce the number of days in a menstrual cycle. If someone has a shorter menstrual cycle, it helps to prolong it. Hence, in your case, it makes sense to stop it.

  2. Does it help relieve PMS and dysmenorrhea?

  3. Does it helps in ovulation and conceiving, can i take it for weakness and improving strength and stamina of the body.

  4. Can i take it as a tonic for good health. In what quantity should i take it in a day , with cold water or hot water?

  5. i am using ashokarishta since three months.I have severe menstrual pains and bleeding .
    Prior to three months ,blood clottage was also a serious problem but now it has reduced to some extent.so shall i continue to take ashokarishta?will ashokarishta help me in reducing my pains and bleeding?

    • It appears that Ashokarishta is help you. Hence, you may continue it. But it is better to consult an Ayurveda doctor once, for the right dosage and for additional medicines, if any required.

  6. can it be a reason for menstrual again within 15 days
    ?

  7. what about if some one has scanty periods but regular cycles-for middle aged women.

  8. Sir, i have having irregular periods, often with a gap of 10 or 15 days. Bleeding continues for 5-7 days. Will Ashokarishta be helpful for me? If not, then plz suggest some effective aryurvedic medicine for the same.
    Thank you

  9. s.mamatha
    i am 47 years old. i have a fibroid in the uterus and irregular menses, heavy
    bleeding.Can i use ashokarishta,tonic for women

    • Ashokarishtam might not be the complete remedy for the fibroid issue. But as a general tonic, if you are not diabetic, you can use it in a dose of 2 teaspoons 2 times a day, after food for 6 weeks. regards

  10. Mamatha S says:

    Very very thankful for your advice. please suggest a suitable medicine for my problem.

  11. pradarantaka rasa
    usheerasava 3tsps
    kanchanara guggulu

    from may’13 to nov’13 i have taken the above medicines twice. from nov’13 i am advised to take them once daily.manoll malt 1tsp daily from may’13.

    after taking the above medicines my periods got delayed i.e. 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 months and heavy bleeding. my doctor advised to take amystop-g until the bleeding stops.
    fortunately my bleeding stopped within 5 days.

    i have already spent a lot of money for monthly visits and medicines.
    kindly give me a second opinion on this and oblige.
    thank you.

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