Drakshasava – Uses, Side effects, Dose and Ingredients

Drakshasava is a liquid Ayurvedic Medicine, useful in cardiac disorders, hemorrhoids, fever etc. It contains 5 – 10 % of self generated 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.  
Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali  Arshoroga Chikitas 9/170-173, AFI, Part-II, 1: 1

Drakshasava dose: 
12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food.
If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water.

Drakshasava side effects: 
A very high dosage than the prescribed may cause loose stools and stomach complaints.
Drakshasava uses: Drakshasava is used in the treatment of piles, fistula, indigestion, bleeding diseases, intestinal worms, injury, wounds.
Drakshasava calms Vata and Pitta

Traditional uses:
Gudakeelaka – useful in hemorrhoids
Shoka – useful in anxiety and depressive disorders
Arochaka – useful in anorexia
Hrut – it is an excellent cardiac tonic
Pandu – useful in anemia
Raktapitta – useful in bleeding disorders such as menorrhagia, nasal bleeding etc
Bhagandara – useful in fistula in ano.
Gulma – abdominal tumors
Udara – Ascites
Krumi – intestinal worm infestation
Granthi – small tumors
Kshata – injuries leading to blood loss
Shosha – emaciation, weight loss
Jvara – fever
Balakrut – improves strength and immunity
Varnakrut – improves skin complexion.
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Pitta

Drakshasav ingredients; 
Draksha – Dry grapes – dried fruit – 4.8 kg
water for Kashayam – 49.152 liters boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters
Sharkara – sugar – 4.8 kg
Madhu – Honey – 4.8 kg
Prakshepa –
Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa) – flower – 336 g
Jati (Jasminum officinale) – flower – 24 g
Lavanga – Clove – Flower bud – 24 g
Kankola (Piper cubeba) – Fruit – 24 g
Lavali (Cicca acida) – fruit – 24 g
Chandana (Santalum album) – Heart wood – 24 g
Krishna – 
Long pepper fruit – 24 g
Twak – Cinnamon – bark – 24 g
Ela – cardamom – seed – 24 g
Patra (Cinnamomum tamala) – leaf – 24 g

Method of manufacturing:
Usually, Asava is prepared without making Kashayam. But, Draksasava is prepared by the Kashaya method only.
Raisins Kashaya is prepared by boiling it with the said amount of water, reducing it to a quarter part, filtered.
To it, sugar is added, dissolved, filtered.
To it, rest of the ingredients are added.
This mix is taken in a vessel, which is coated with ghee from inside.
It is sealed and fermentation is allowed to happen for 3 weeks.
Then it is taken out and filtered. The obtained Drakshasava is preserved.

Traditional reference:

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.

Manufacturers: Zandu, Dabur, Baidyanath, Arya Vaidya Sala, AVP.
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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  1. Can this help improve digestion and particularly absorption in high Vata+Pitta individuals? Any other parallel or better suggestions for such people?

  2. can i use baidynath drakshasava my 3 year kids or any other tonic available for below 5 year children which is i use.pl give details or name

    • Hi, this can be used in 3 year old kids in a very small dose of half a teaspoon in the morning, after food for a period of 3 months.

      • Sir,
        There are two variants of Drakshasava available in the market namely “Drakshasava” and “Drakshasava Special”. What is the difference between the two and which one is better and why? Please answer Sir.

  3. Pankaj Rane says:

    Is any season specific to give Drashasava for children.

  4. Chintan Joshi says:

    Can this be used as a replacement of Red wine? Like, Red Wine+Herbal Medicines = Great Alcoholic beverage which is actually good for body. Just curious.

    • Yes, but in a small dose of 30 ml per day only.

    • Dear sir/madam
      I am 32 years , associated with teaching profession.
      I have been suffering from stomach problems like earlier constipation for 7 yrs .though I take fruits. Veggie. water in ample quantity. Now a days my stomach inflates at that extent with gas It seems it will blast, I visited aiims , safderjung hospitals but it went in vain. I have severe probs of gas please suggest me something. I m at my wit’s end now.
      Please …… Suggest I will be highly thankful for this.

  5. Hello
    I have lost weight and I am thin from childhood, i am 22 with weight 38 kg! Can you please tell me if i can drink this? And what else should i take?

  6. Sir,
    There are two variants of Drakshasava available in the market namely “Drakshasava” and “Drakshasava Special”. What is the difference between the two and which one is better and why? Please answer Sir.

  7. Can I use Drakshasava for gain weight?

  8. can i use sandu drakshasava my 3 year kids or any other tonic available for below 3 year children which is i use.pl give details or name

  9. Hi,
    drakshasava can be useful for khasi,kaf,please advise me

  10. rammohan says:

    Is this beneficial for diabetics

  11. Abhishek says:

    There are two variants of Drakshasava available in the market namely “Drakshasava” and “Drakshasava Special”. What is the difference between the two and which one is better and why? Please answer Sir.

  12. I have hennariods and trying for baby can I take dhrakshasava

  13. Doctor
    You replied possitively for wieght gain question using this…
    Is it ok for obesity persons?
    Is it increase cholesterol?
    Is it ok for high BP persons?

  14. Maheshkumar says:


    I am suffering from heavy constipation where even laxatives like cramafin & polythin glycol are not working.Having problem of internal piles as well so it pains and irritates after passing stool. Shall I take Drakshasav or Abhayarishta ? and in how much quantity ?

  15. vinod rawat says:

    Hi is this useful for all age please recomend

  16. Can i give this to my 1 Year old son?

  17. dilip darodkar says:

    I am suffering from constipation with loose stool and loss of appetite also. Ayurvedic Vaidya says that it is due to big worms. He had given medicines but no result. Is drakshasava help in this problem or suggest me

    • what do you mean by constipation with loose stool? drakshasava definitely help in worms and loss of appetite and also in constipation. please contact your doctor once again and follow his advice regarding this.

  18. I am 6 month pregnant, I am having little problem of constipation ? Can I take this medicine?

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  20. Can it take with hot water??

  21. What is the difference between Drakshasav and Draksharishta? also what are the indications for both of these?

  22. Ashok Sharma says:

    Sir I am a patient of depression, Stress, and constipation/bowling function
    Please help me which drug is safe to me

  23. can i become fat using this product as iam too thin?

  24. i found this link under ‘ ayurvedic medicines to enhance complexion’ but in article no mention for use of skin. my hands r highly pigmented (not tanned)can i use this ?

  25. inderjit says:

    Drakshasava ans ashwagandharista safe for high blood pressure and heart

  26. hi doc
    Is this useful for sinus and liver disorders
    with thanks

  27. Any benefits in hiatusharinya

  28. Can we take drakshasava product as a general supplement for a period of 3 months??

  29. Can kidney failure (esrd) pateints take drakshasav side by side with hospital medicines also ???

    • Yes, as long as they are not diabetic.

      • Dr shrikant says:

        sir my mom is diabetic also suffered by chronic renal failuare…still one ayurvedic Dr started draksha syp along with kasani ark..and punarnava..but result is fantastic…improve swelling hb count …creatinine level…plz explain how prepare kasani ark…m also ayurveda student….thanks in advance..

  30. yeshwant vishwanath pagrut says:

    Is drakshasava helpful in ulcerative coloitis or healing wounds in larg intestine

  31. I am adict of alcohol does drakshasava special wil help to quit or reduce my dose (180 ml/day). can it be taken before meal?

  32. amit singh says:

    hi My mom is 55 years and suffering from High BP and Sugar now she has Piles is it advisable for her to take drakshasava, if yes then how can she take it?

    • Because of sugar content in Drakshasava, it is better to avoid.
      Himalaya pilex – 1 tablet 2 times a day after food for 2 months time can be more useful.

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