Saraswatarishta – Uses, Dose, Side effects and Ingredients

Saraswatarishta is an Ayurvedic medicine used in many health conditions. It is a liquid Ayurvedic medicine. Saraswatarishta 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 active herbal components to the body.

Reference:Bhaishaja Ratnavali, Rasayana – 178-191
Saraswatarishtam dosage: 12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food. If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water. It is advised to drink a cup of milk after taking this medicine.
Traditionally it is administered for one month time period.

Saraswatarishta benefits – 
Saraswatarishta is a anti aging herbs tonic.
It is a good memory tonic. It is good for people of all ages, improves immunity, voice tone and strength.
It is also used in mental conditions, and to improve quality of semen and sperms.
Traditional benefits of Sarasvatharishtam
For the benefits of students, this medicine has been specially formulated by Lord Dhanvantari.
It improves –
Ayu – life expectancy,
Veerya – potency, sexual capacity
Smruti – memory
Medha – intelligence
Bala – immunity, strength
Kanti – skin complexion and shine,
Vak vishuddhikara – it improves pronunciation, it helps to relieve all pronunciation mistakes
Hrudya – acts as cardiac tonic, good for heart
Rasayanavara – one of the best among all medicines of rejuvenation
Very useful in children, youngsters and old people, men and women.
Param Ojaskara – improves Ojas. (source of immunity)
Relieves voice hoarseness, speech problems
improves voice,
Rajodosha hara – useful to detoxify uterus and related organs, hence useful in female infertility
Shukradoshahara – cleanses and detoxifies semen. Hence useful in male infertility
Sarvadoshahara – balances all the three Doshas.
Ideal for one who read and sing for long periods of time
Good for people having depleted memory, strength and immunity

Saraswatarishta side effects:  In prescribed dosage, it is not having any side effects.
Saraswatarishta ingredients: 
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) – whole plant – 960 g
Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus – Root – 240 g
Vidari (Pueraria tuberosa) – Tuber – 240 g
Abhaya – Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) – Fruit rind – 240 g
Usheera (Vetiveria zizanioides) -Root – 240 g
Shunti – Ginger – Zingiber officinalis – Rhizome – 240 g
Mishi – foeniculum vulgare – Fruit – 240 g
Water for Kashaya – 12.288 liters,
Boiled and reduced to – 3.072 liters
Makshika – Honey  – 480 g
Sita – sugar candy – 1.2 kg
Prakshepa – 
Dhataki – Woodfordia fruticosa – Flower – 240 g
Renuka – Vitex Negundo – Seed – 12 g
Kana – Long pepper – Piper longum – Fruit – 12 g
Trivrit – Operculina turpethum – Root – 12 g
Devapushpa – Clove – Syzigium aromaticum – Flower bud – 12 g
Vacha – Acorus calamus – Rhizome – 12 g
Kushta – Saussurea lappa – Root – 12 g
Vajigandha – Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera – Root – 12 g
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellerica – Fruit rind – 12 g
Amruta – Guduchi – Giloya – Tinospora cordifolia – Stem – 12 g
Ela – Cardamom  -Elettaria cardamomum – 12 g
Vidanga – Embelia ribes – Fruit – 12 g
Twak – Cinnamon – 12 g
Gold leaf – 12 g

Method of manufacturing:
The first set of herbs in coarse powder form is added with water, boiled and reduced to a quarter part to prepare Kashaya. Filtered. It is added with the rest of the ingredients. Taken in a golden vessel or mud vessel. It is added with a thin gold leaf of 12 grams.
The contents are kept sealed for a month time. After observing proper taste, (completion of fermentation) and after confirming that the gold leaf has disintegrated in the liquid, the contents are filtered and stored in a vessel smearedwith ghee.

Text 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 avoided.
It can be taken during lactation period, under doctor’s advice, for a short period of time.
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, Arya Vaidya Sala etc

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  1. Should we take Saraswatharishta in empty stomach…
    Pls reply soon

  2. After stopping taking the tonic iz thr any defects to memory power

  3. I am having ashwagandha capsules, can I also take sarswatarista

  4. How long can this be taken?

  5. dear sir after taking a saraswatarishta sleeping is not coming na and how many days the output will be getting after taking saraswatarishta

  6. please give a good alternative of saraswatarishta in ghee or tablet or powder form. my psychiatrist has asked me not use any alcohol containing medicine.

  7. Andrew Srikanth says:

    Is it okay to continue as a daily tonic instead of one month

  8. Pradeep Saluja says:

    after how long it starts its effefts

  9. for how long one need to take sarswatarista

  10. ambuj kumar says:

    can hyperacidity patient take sarswatarista ? or it causes burning sensesion .because I am feeling

  11. Can I give saraswatarisht to my 1.5 year old baby doll?

  12. tanishq says:

    is it good for schizophrenia??

  13. which ayurvedic frim produces this medicine??

  14. my daughter has completed 18 years,can I give her saraswatarishtam, if so how much in a day and when,with or without water water and for how long.

  15. sh we ta says:

    Does this help to cure stammering in kids? My son is 4.5 yrd old. .. He has started stammering suddenly. .. For the past 3 months. … pl reply. .. kindly mention dosage also.

    • It helps in stammering. General dose for 4.5 year old is – half a teaspoon with half a teaspoon of water, once or twice a day. Please consult an Ayurvedic doctor for treatment. Seeking online advice for a kid’s health is not good.

  16. There is a Saraswatarishta available without the Gold in it. Is it OK to buy that considering that it costs less due to the absence of Gold. How significant is the action of the Gold in it? What is the benefit of the Gold in some Ayurvedic medicines? Isnt Gold an inert metal?

  17. Hello doc,
    Can this be taken for vertigo ?

  18. Hello Doctor,

    I had sleeping disorder after night shift for a month in January’14. I could only sleep for four hours or so. I started taking Sandu’s Sarsvatrishta and I am able to sleep properly now.

    Can I continue taking this? How long can I continue with this? Because if I don’t take it , sometimes I am not able to sleep properly.

    Thank you

    • Saraswatarishta is a very healthy, non-harmful, peaceful brain tonic. You can continue it for another 2 – 3 months, then you can start reducing the dose gradually. Do not stop it abruptly. As per my knowledge, it is non habit forming and there are no withdrawal symptoms with this.

  19. Nishi kumari says:

    I have so many pimples and dark spots on my face. Is Saraswatarishta beneficial for my skin problem ?

  20. sir can this be mixed with other asava or arishta and taken together?

  21. Sir sir can it be used for chronic insomnia, are there any diet restrictions

    • It can be used in treating chronic insomnia. It may not directly induce sleep. But it will calm mind, improve memory, concentration and reduce mental irritation. Because it also has rejuvenating and anti aging properties, it will eventually help to sleep better. There are no much diet restrictions. Having food rich in Vitamin E and A helps.

  22. Is Sandu Saraswatarisht is good…. or any other brand..

  23. Sir my husband wants to quit drinking but he needs something to put him to sleep. Will this medicine work? If so how should he take it?

  24. Hello sir
    My daughter who is 5 year old cerebral palsy kid with speech delay has been advised 10 ml sarawatharistam twice a day and 2 spoon of saraswatha gritam both Avp products for a month.kindly advice.

  25. Srinivas says:

    For my hyperacidity my doctor has adviced Saraswatarishta for 15 days. 3 tea spoon morning and evening after food. Is it fine ?

  26. Can I eat non-veg when I i’m under this medication? Do I have to avoid any specific food items? I already started this medication a week back and I’m a bit scared to take all the food I wish.

  27. Do I have to avoid non-veg or any other food while I’m in this medication? I started taking this a week back but I’m not sure what food to avoid.

  28. Aradana says:

    I have hypothyroidism..can I use this ?Is this good for black spots in the cheeks which spreads due to sun expose? Is this same as Saraswata Ghrita?

    • It is slightly different than Saraswata ghrita (ghee medicine).
      It is useful for skin health. But you may also have to use Kumkumadi taila – external application for the black spots.

  29. Hi Sir , can i use Medha Vati with Saraswatarishta…

  30. sir, can I take saraswatarista along with my regular allopathy depression and insomnia tablets, and for how long the combination runs??

  31. I am filling hadec and giddiness from last 2-3 year’s, now I have consulted an patanjali doctor. He said to me you have sirvical spondylitis and he has given to me, – aswagandharist and saraswatarista 3+3spoon 2time, medha bati 2tab, etc.
    I am taking these medicine from one week, but I can’t feel any improvement,

  32. Hi sir my son is 3 yrs old can i give him satswatarist n how much also give him mansyadi kavas

  33. Shweta sharma says:

    Is this arisht ushna virya?

  34. srinivas says:

    is sarswathi lehya and saraswathi aristha are same?
    my son aged about 2.10 not taking complex scripts like ilaa randi ,alaa pondi.
    would i use this problem?

  35. Bhupesh says:

    Can I use it for life time

  36. hi sir i am 24 yrs of age .. i am suffering from mental disorder (ocd) and taking saraswatarist along with medhawati and aswagandha per advised by ayurvedic doctor .. after taking these 3 combination for 8 months now i am 80% ok.. my question is can i take this for whole life as i am feared of quitting these 3 combination.pls help me……

  37. sir can i take saraswatrist with medhawati for whole life.. i have mental disorder

  38. Gurinder Singh says:

    Dear Sir,
    Thanks for giving your time to all of us.
    I’m suffered with Tinnitus in back side of head (sound like frequency waves) (from almost 2 years), cervical spondylosis (may be sound due to cervical spondylosis) & alot of anxiety, so one of doctor suggested me Saraswatarishta with gold. but i did not start it due to afraid that it can do side effect to me, i have problem of alot of acidity & something feeling on & under the tongue, doctor asking it’s due to anxiety. Can you please suggest me medicines ? Thanks in advance.

    • it does cause gastric irritation only in high or over doses. otherwise it is good for your problem. for more information please contact your near by Ayurveda doctor.

  39. Sir can Saraswatarishta and Ashwagandharishta be mixed together and taken? Will it have better result or be harmful?

    Many Thanks :-)

  40. Can i take Saraswatarishta in empty stomach in morning sir plz tell me

  41. farah shadab says:

    Is there difference between saraswatharisht gold n asava….i got asava…is it also effective for my 6 yr old daughter….pl reply soon…as i have to start to give her….

  42. Rekha nayak says:

    After the course of medicine is completed and stopped, will the problems reappear again? I mean once it serves the purpose whichever is the case.

  43. hai sir, my son is 6 years old , and he facing some memory problems and risk to talking some tough words so can i give to saraswarista or any other medicine to added. please suggest me

  44. can a person (me) with daily drinking habit (age : 25 yrs) take saraswatarishta?? what dose? and for how much time ?… will it be fruitful ?? plz tell me

    thank you

    • if you are agreeing that you have drinking habit then you also agree that it harms your body and mind. if at all you stop your habit or taper your habit to stop definitely it will help you to combat withdrawal symptoms.

  45. Raj 22 sir can I take brahmi ghrit from baidynath for memory support s. Please tell me is it contain bacopa monneri or gotu kola

  46. Doctor ji my haklata hu iska koi elaj hai?

  47. abdul hameed says:

    Can i give sarawataristha to my 5 year old son?he is having speech delay and less clarity speech.kindly let me know the dosage?many thanks

  48. Hi I’m romila ,my daughter she is 41/2 yr old she can talk but not so clearly ,can I use this medicine for my kid ,I live in PARIS.give me a suggestion is it works or not.

  49. sumona roy says:

    Sir, my mother is suffering from diabetics , BP , thyroid .. can this be taken and I’d yes then how much dose. She is 62 yrs.
    Also I am 34, no health problem. But I Have weak memory and concentration and poor eyesight . Can I take this medicine. Also can you suggest any other medicine..
    Please help!!
    thanks jn advance ..

    • hello,
      diabetic patients cannot take this as this contain sugar and honey in it. you can take but not more than 1 month, better to start under medical supervision.

  50. My son has epilepsy, 10 years old. I’ve heard this drug is good for epi. Please advice, thank you

  51. I am preparing for an exam and I am facing concentration problem. Will Saraswatarishta help me?

  52. vallabh kulkarni says:

    Hello sir,

    Should i take one time after dinner?

    Thank you

  53. Hello sir,
    I am a student can I use it to increase the memory power and concentration

  54. Dear sir,

    Is it ok to take saraswatharishta + ashwagandha churna in the night for sleep problems? Also, in the morning I’m taking brahmarasayan + ashwagandha churna as general supplements. Is this combination ok, or does it present any problem? Thanks.

  55. Sir I have anxiety disorders and also psychological problems. I have mental irritation, head burning, racing thoughts, very less memory, less concentration, less focus, less esteem, irritation, angry, frustation, sometimes numbness in head, frequent victim of body pains, no mental clarity. Can I use saraswatharista if ok suggest me dosage.

  56. Sir I have anxiety disorders, mental irritation,racing thoughts, head burning, fear, tension, depression, very low memory, low concentration, low focus, low esteem, angry, no mental clarity, irritation, frustation. Can I take saraswatharista if ok suggest me dosage and time period.

    • yes you can take this. default dose is 12-24 ml once or twice daily preferably for one month duration.
      along with medication you may need yoga, pranayama and dhyana for your problem.

  57. Sincere thanks to all the doctors on this form for their relentless contribution. Also may I suggest that patients who have had benefits using these medications to kindly mention the same so that it is reassuring to others.

  58. Pradeep, I’m not a doctor but I can, to a very good extent, empathize with what you are going through as I have witnessed similar difficulties. From my experience I have felt that there is benefit is going for walking meditations in addition. If you are near a beach in the evening and wetting your feet in the waters as you walk can be good too.

    And if possible try to remember that this moment ‘now” is usually pleasant except for our memory of the past or anticipation of the future…yes sometimes there can be headaches in “this moment” but if possible just see it and let it be. Like a guest, let it come and let it go. Wish you luck.

  59. Was advised to take Saraswatharista 1 tbsp at night by an ayurvedic Dr -for concentration for daughter 15 yrs preparing for exam. Yet to start Saraswatharistam – kindly advise when is the best time to start as the exam will start in March.

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