Ushirasava – Uses, Ingredients, Side effects and Dose

Ushirasava is a liquid Ayurveda medicine used in treating bleeding disorders, skin diseases etc. It contains about 4 – 9 % 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.  

Ushirasavam 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.

ushirasav uses: Bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding, skin diseases, intestinal worms, inflammatory conditions and piles.
Benefits as per traditional reference –
Raktapitta – bleeding disorders such as rectal bleeding, nasal bleeding etc.
Pandu – Anemia, early stage of liver diseases
Kushta – skin diseases
Prameha – urinary tract disorders and diabetes
Arsha – piles
Krumi – intestinal worms
Shotha – inflammation
Effect on Tridosha – it balances Pitta.
Usheerasava side effects:  A very high dose of 50 ml or more may cause stomach irritation.
If given for wrong complaints, as mentioned above, it may cause delayed periods and prolonged menstrual cycles.

Usirasavam ingredients: 
Ushira (Vetiveria zizanioides) – Root – 48 g
Hribera (Coleus vettiveroides) – Root – 48 g
Padma – Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) – Flower – 48 g
Gambhari (Gmelina arborea) – Root / stem bark – 48 g
Neelotpala (Nymphaea stellata) – Flower – 48 g
Priyangu (Callicarpa macrophylla) – Flower – 48 g
Padmaka (Prunus cerasoides) – Stem – 48 g
Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa) – Stem bark – 48 g
Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia) – Root – 48 g
Dhanvayasa (Fagonia cretica) – Whole plant – 48 g
Patha (Cissampelos pareira) – Root  /whole plant – 48 g
Kiratatikta (Swertia chirata) – whole plant – 48 g
Nyagrodha – Vata (Ficus benghalensis) – Root / stem bark – 48 g
Udumbara(Ficus racemosa) – Root / stem bark – 48 g
Shati (Hedychium spicatum) – Rhizome – 48 g
Parpataka (Fumaria parviflora) – whole plant – 48 g
Pundarika – Kamala (Nelumbo nucifera) – Flower – 48 g
Patola (Trichosanthes dioica) – Leaf / whole plant – 48 g
Kanchanara (Bauhinia variegata) – Stem bark – 48 g
Jambu (Jamon seeds – Syzygium cumini) – Stem bark – 48 g
Shalmali (Salmalia malabarica) – Exudate – 48 g
Draksha – raisins – 960 g
Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa) – flower – 768 g
Water – 24.576 liters
Sharkara – sugar – 4.8 kg
Kshaudra – honey – 2.4 kg
Jatamamsi (Nardostachys jatamansi) and Maricha (black pepper) – fine powder – quantity sufficient. 

Method of manufacturing:
A mud pot is taken. It is fumigated with the powders of Jatamansi and Maricha. Pure water in the said quantity is taken in the vessel, added with the powders of the rest of the ingredients, sugar and honey. The contents are kept closed air tight for one month period, for fermentation. After a month time, it is filtered and preserved.
Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali Raktapitta Rogadhikar 137-141

How long to use?
Based on doctor’s prescription, this medicine can be used for 2 weeks to 4 months.
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.

Sanskrit verse describing the formula –
ushirasava
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.
Manufacturers: Baidyanath, Dabur, AVN, AVP, Kottakkal

 

 

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

  1. This mecdicine is very useful in nightfall. I ws very herted of nightfall and used this for ten days as directed by patanjali ….it was awesome …….put lock on nighfall

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