Ashwagandharishta – a liquid Ayurveda medicine used in the treatment of sexual disorders, depression etc. Ashwagandharishta 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. This is also called as Asvagandharishtam.
Aswagandharista dosage: – 12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food.
If needed, equal quantity of water can be added before consumption.
Traditional dose is – 24 ml.
Light pathya rules are adequate.
Aswagandharishtam is used in the treatment of feeling tired all the time psychiatric conditions, dullness, loss of memory, sluggishness, epilepsy, stomach problems like low digestion power, emaciation, Piles and Vata imbalance diseases. This increases ojas, nourishes all dhatus.
It is also used as a nervine tonic.
Traditional uses of Indian medicine – Aswagandharist
Murcha – recurrent fainting, episodes of unconcsciousness
Apasmara – epilepsy
Shosha, Karshya – emaciation, leanness, weight loss
Arsha – hemorrhoids
Mandagni – weak digestion
Vataroga – Vata induced disorders – neurological disorders, arthritis, hemiplegia, palsy.
Ashwagandhadyarishta side effects: A very high dose of 50 ml or more may cause stomach irritation.
Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali – Murcha Rogadhikara 13-17, AFI Part I
How long to use?
Based on doctor’s prescription, this medicine can be used for 2 weeks to 4 months.
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.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – Root – 2.4 kg
Mushali (Chlorophytum tuberosum) – Root – 960 g
Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia) – Root – 480 g
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) – Fruit – 480 g
Nisha – Turmeric – rhizome – 480 g
Daruharidra (Berberis aristata) – Stem – 480 g
Yashtimadhu – Licorice – Root – 480 g
Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) – Root / leaf – 480 g
Vidari (Pueraria tuberosa) – Root – 480 g
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) – stem bark – 480 g
Mustaka (Cyperus rotundus) – Rhizome – 480 g
Trivrit (Ipomoea turpethum) – Root – 480 g
Sariva (Indian sarsaparilla – Hemidesmus indicus) – Root – 384 g
Krishna Sariva (Cryptolepis buchanani) – Root – 384 g
Shweta Candana (Santalum album) – heart wood – 384 g
Rakta Candana (Pterocarpus santalinus) – heart wood – 384 g
Vacha (Acorus calamus) – Rhizome – 384 g
Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica) – Root – 384 g
water for decoction – 98.304 liters
Boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters.
Madhu – Honey – 14.4 kg
Dhataki Woodfordia fruticosa – Flower – 768 g
Shunti – Ginger – Rhizome – 96 g
Maricha – Pepper – fruit – 96 g
Pippali – Long pepper – 96 g
Twak – Cinnamon – 192 g
Ela – Cardamom – 192 g
Patra (Cinnamomum tamala) – leaves – 192 g
Priyangu ( Callicarpa macrophylla) – Flower – 192 g
Nagakeshara (Mesua ferrea) – Stamen – 96 g
Method of manufacturing:
The coarse powder of first set of herbs is added with water, boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters, filtered. It is added with honey and prakshepa powders are added and kept in an air tight container for one month for fermentation. After a month time, it is filtered and preserved.
Manufacturers: Baidyanath, Dabur, AVN, AVP, Vaidik Herbs, Kottakkal
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.
Q: Should I store Aswagandharista in fridge?
There is no need to refrigerate any Arishta or asava, including Ashwagandharishta. Their shelf life is more than 10 years. Alcohol and jaggery acts as preservative in them. Read more about Asava – arishta dosage forms