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?

    • It helps in improving digestion and absorption in Vata Pitta individuals. A combination of bitter-digestives like Giloy, neem etc along with raisins and/or ghee is good for the said purpose in the said 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.

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

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