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 Ayurveda treatments for many diseases 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.

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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.

  12. hye i am diagnosed with pcod and i am having heavy periods for 8 days my frd who is an ayurvedic doctor advised this can i use this

  13. Hello sir. Does it helps and conceiving, can i take it for weakness and improving strength and stamina of the body.can i take it to have good health.

  14. Ratnamala says:

    I mam suffering from heavy bleeding since last two months it has not stopped, if I take medicines like Pause or Resistance then it stops againg withing a week it starts suggest me whether ashokarishta would be helpful for me or not

    • Yes it will be helpful to give a temporary relief. But you need to consult a doctor to understand the real cause for heavy bleeding and address the root cause.

  15. uma

    how it helps after menopause. will it be right to take it to maintain healthy uterus after menopause.

  16. My wife have irregulor menses can you please suggest which is the best medicine for this problem

  17. IS IT HELPFUL FOR PCOD?

  18. Namarata says:

    Dear dr what is ashokarishta (ashokamrita )special by baidyanath ! Is it different from ashokarishta ? I have long cycles but a lot of headaches and hormonal imbalance due to pcos !

    • Hi, Ashokamrita is a proprietary product of Baidyanath, it is different from Ashokarishta. Please note that both the products will not help if you have long cycles. They will only help if you have prolonged bleeding (menorrhagia) and if you want to stop it.

  19. Hello Doctor

    I am trying to conceive. My periods are not regular and my left tube is blocked. Should I take Dabur Ashokarishta to regulate my periods. Any other medicine for that? Last year I also done 4 clomid cycles for ovulation induction. I need to regulate my ovulation please help me. I am suffering with pocs and my age is 30.

    I am also taking fenugreek seeds, black pepper. hot lemon water,

    Few months ago I was taking Saafi and ovacare tablets. Please guide me.
    Thanks in advance.

  20. trishala says:

    i have irregular periods … not getting my periods until i take a tablet to get my periods… i am over weight nd have pcod pblm… i have been suggested to take dabur ashokristha and dabur amrithristha to regularise my periods…. will it help me out to regularise it… plz help me….

  21. monica says:

    I have heavy bleeding with clots and pain. Ultrasound is normal. At times I also have spotting in between menstrual cycle, like on 15th or 20th day. can I take Ashokarisht? is there any difference between dabur and baidyanath brand?

  22. I am a mother of 2month old child, I was advised to take ashokarist every alternative day.I also read that this contains 5 to 10% of alcohol. Will this effect the baby as I am breast feeding the baby

  23. prathibha says:

    how ashokarishtam affect on PCOS?

  24. Hi Iam suffering from heavy bleeding n excessive pain during my period cycle n this frm vry long time Iam facing. Will ashokarisht help me in this to reduce

  25. Hello Sir, i used Ashokarishta four years back for irregular periods(peroids lasts for 20 + days heavy flow) and after using it it was fine. and now for past 2 months having same problem again. Can i continue the same ? Please advise..

  26. I have cyst…is this product is useful for me

  27. Can I get pregnant while having dabur ashokarishta regularly

  28. Hi Sir, i have irregular periods like there is always 2 months gap between menstrual cycles. I have started using the Ashokarishta for the past few days (around 2 weeks), I m having heavy bleeding after taking this. Can you suggest me whether i can continue with it or do i need to consult any doctor. I have spend lots of money in consulting a doctor for my periods problem. Can you help me our in this. pls.

  29. sir it is helpful for planing a chil yes or no

  30. sir, 2 times i got abortion doctor suggested me to take this now is that help for me for my next pegnency

  31. Hello sir im suffering from pcod and irregular periods…can I take ashokarishta to get my periods regular?

  32. My daughter is 13 year old…is it fine for have her to have ashokarisht…as she faces menses twice in a month…what is the proper dosage for her?

  33. Hello, i have thyroid problem beacuse of which i had irregular periods. I am taking medicine since 4 months an dmy periods are regular now but little scanty. Should i use ashokarishta for this ?
    Please suggest and advise

    Thanks

  34. Sandeep says:

    Hi Doctor,
    My mother have done Uterus Removal Operation (Complete Hysterectomy) due to Fibroids and urine issues. But she is suffering the urine problem now also.After consulting with a doctor, she is using ashokarishtam (15 ml) and parthyadyarishtam(15 ml) along with 30 ml water after food.Is there any dange by taking this medicines after Hysterectomy.She is also using Varanadi kashayam. Thanks in Advance.

  35. Sheriiden says:

    Hello…. i have been diagnosed with Pcos ..my gynac asked me to consume Regestrone 5 mg (a hormonal tblet to induce periods) for 5 days if the periods do not come within 3 months… i have heard abt ashokarishta and himalaaya evecare… Do these products help me to make my periods regular???/.//// please i need a reply..i am so dispapointyd.

  36. hi,i hv a prob of irregular periods…should i take this???

  37. After 1 month of delivery can i take ashokarist or dasmularist. plz suggest me my periods continued after delivery.

  38. Hi my periods is not stopping , its 18 days now.can I take ashokarishta

  39. Can I take ashokarist.because my date has gapped arond 2 month

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