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 –
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

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

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