Dashmoolarishta is a liquid Ayurveda medicine, used in the treatment of anemia, after delivery care of mother, cold, cough, digestive disorders etc. Dasamoolarishtam contains about 5 – 7 % 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. Also called as Dasamularishtam.
Dashmoolarishtam 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. Can also be taken in repeated doses.
What is the maximum dose of Dashamularishta per day?
30-40 ml per day. But for this high dose, one should consult an Ayurveda doctor directly. Self medication with such a high dose can lead to severe complications.
Adjuvant: Musk or Vayugulika is taken by mixing with this.
How long to use?
Based on doctor’s prescription, this medicine can be used for several months.
- Indigestion, lack of taste, respiratory conditions, fistula, in diseases of Vata imbalance, vomiting, anemia, liver diseases, skin diseases, haemorrhoids, urinary tract conditions, cough, jaundice.
- It is used as a general health tonic.
- Dasamoolarishta is also used for ladies having problem with conception and pregnancy.
- It improves immunity and strength.
- It is usually known for digestive, carminative, anti flatulent, anti inflammatory and analgesic benefits.
- It is the reason the formulation is widely used by the practitioners in body ache, joint pain, abdominal pain, gaseous distention of abdomen etc.
Dasmularist for arthritis:
It is very good anti inflammatory medicine. Hence, it is useful to reduce pain and swelling related with osteo arthritis.
For Rheumatoid arthritis –
RA is considered as Amavata in Ayurveda. Here, digestion and metabolism correction is required along with joint care.
Dashamoolarista boosts digestion and metabolism. Not only that, it also helps to keep the joints (and whole body) warm. It improves flexibility of joints. Hence, it is ideal to use it for treating Rheumatoid arthritis.
Can Dashamularist be given to children below 3 years age?
Doctor’s prescription is needed for its administration below 3 years. If it all prescribed, it is below 2 – 3 ml mixed with 5 – 10 ml water per day.
Taste – sweet, bitter, astringent, pungent
Qualities – strong, piercing, hot, light (laghu, ushna, teekshna guna)
Vipaka – after digestion taste conversion – Ushna – Katu – pungent.
Veerya – potency – hot.
Deepana (carminative), Pachana (digestive),
Ruchya (appetizer), Vatanulomana (anti flatulent),
Shoolahara (anti spasmodic), Grahi (absorbant), Balya(tonic) etc.
Does it increase immunity?
Yes. It improves digestion strength, body strength and immunity (Ojas). This is the reason, it is prescribed to new mothers, after child birth.
Can it be used in Pitta persons?
If the doctor has suggested this, then yes. In a Pitta person, it may increase body heat and heart burn symptoms. Hence, it is diluted with equal amount of water, before administration.
Can it be taken for scanty periods and delayed periods?
Yes, usually it is advised for regularizing periods.
Traditionally, this vedic medicine it is used in the treatment of following diseases.
Grahani – Malabsorption syndrome, IBS
Aruchi – Anorexia
Shwasa – respiratory diseases, wheezing, asthma
Kasa – cough, cold
Gulma -bloating, abdominal tumor
Bhagandara – anal fistula
Vatavyadhi – Vata imbalance disorders, neurological disorders
Kshaya – tissue depletion, chronic respiratory disorders
Chardi – vomiting
Panduroga – anemia
Kamala – liver disorders, jaundice
Kushta – skin disorders
Arsha – piles
Meha – urinary disorders, diabetes
Mandagni – low digestion strength
Udara – ascites
Sharkara – urinary gravels
Ashmari – urinary calculi
Mutrakrichra – difficulty in urination
Dhatukshaya – in emaciated, lean and weak person
Krushaanaam pushtijanana – improves nourishment in lean and weak.
VandhyaanaaM garbhada – useful in female infertility
Shukraprada – Improves sperm and semen quality and quantity
Balaprada – improves immunity, strength
Dasamoolarishtam side effects:
High dose may cause burning sensation, stomach disturbances.
Excess dose or in some cases, taking without adding water may cause hemorrhoids or constipation due to spices in this formulation.
The formulation is not well recommended in Diabetes patients and with those who complaint of Pitta features like burning sensation, burning of the eyes, hot flushes etc. In case of profuse bleeding conditions also this is not advised
Is Dasamoolarishtam good during pregnancy?
Dashamoolarishtam is not prescribed as a tonic during pregnancy. However, if it is prescribed as a medicine for a particular disease during pregnancy, it can be taken under medical supervision. But as a rule of thumb, lesser the medicines during pregnancy, better. Usually only iron and calcium supplements are administered and all other medicines are best avoided during pregnancy.
Can it cause constipation?
Usually it does not cause constipation. Some patients have observed worsening of piles with this medicine, when taken in very high dose.
Expiry date: 10 years from the date of manufacture.
Q: I have acidity problem, can i use dasamoolarishtam as a medicine for that?
If you have bloating, gas, heaviness of stomach, low digestion strength, without burning sensation in stomach, then you can take Dasamoolarishtam – 10 ml, mixed with 10 ml water 2 times a day after food for 6 weeks time.
Dashamularishta after delivery (childbirth) to the mother:
It is recommended in initial 15 days to 3 months after delivery. In few of the cases it can be continued even for 4-5 months of delivery.
It helps to relieve pain and inflammation. In addition, it boosts the immunity. It also prevents from the common complaints like cold, fever, indigestion, loss of appetite and hunger etc.
Read related: Ayurvedic after delivery care of the mother
How long does it take to start showing results?
Depends on the dosage and other products suggested with this. Usually 1 – 2 weeks time.
Can this product be taken along with Allopathic medicines (English medicines)?
It may react with some medicines. Consult your doctor for the right advice. When English and Ayurvedic medicines are advised together, it is best to take English medicine first, give a gap of half an hour and then take Ayurvedic medicines.
Can it be used in people with diabetes?
Yes. But an eye should be kept on the blood sugar level. Your doctor should help you in this regard. This product can alter blood sugar levels.
It is sold in plastic bottles. Is it fine?
If the quality of the bottle material is very good, it should not be problem, if stored for a short period of time.
Can this be taken without consulting a doctor?
No. In many cases, this product alone might not work. More often this is given in combination with a few Ayurvedic medicines. Your Ayurveda practitioner will be the best judge to decide on those things.
Can one take non vegetarian food while taking this medicine?
Yes, unless your practitioner has asked to avoid it.
Is there any Pathya (diet rules to be followed while taking this product?
No product specific diet is mentioned. If the practitioner has advised diet control based on disease, one has to follow that.
Avoid excess spicy foods, junk foods, aerated drinks, frozen and canned foods
Can this be taken while taking multivitamin tablets?
Yes, generally. Your consulting doctor will be good judge on this topic.
Bilva (Bael), – Aegle marmelos – root / stem bark – 48 grams
Shyonaka (Oroxylum indicum) – root / stem bark – 48 grams
Gambhari (Gmelina arborea) – root / stem bark – 48 grams
Patala (Stereospermum suaveolens) – root / stem bark – 48 grams
Agnimantha (Premna mucronata) – root / stem bark – 48 grams
Shalaparni (Desmodium gangeticum) – root / whole plant – 48 grams
Prishnaparni (Uraria picta) – root / whole plant – 48 grams
Brihati (Solanum indicum) – root / whole plant – 48 grams
Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum) – root / whole plant – 48 grams
Gokshura (Tribulus) – Tribulus terrestris – root / whole plant – 48 grams
(Dashamoola drugs are altogether anti inflammatory, analgesic, stimulants, tonic , anti pyretic, and Vatakapha pacifiers.)
Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica) – Root – 240 grams
Pushkaramoola (Inula racemosa) – Root – 240 grams
Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa) – stem bark / root – 192 grams
Guduchi (Indian tinospora) – stem – 192 grams
Amla – Indian gooseberry – fruit – 154 grams
Duralabha (Fagonia cretica) – whole plant – 115 grams
Khadira (Acacia catechu) – Heart wood – 77 grams
Bijasara (Pterocarpus marsupium) – heart wood – 77 grams
Pathya (Terminalia chebula) – Fruit – 77 grams
Kushta (Saussurea lappa) – Root – 19 grams
Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia) – Root – 19 grams
Devadaru (Cedrus deodara) – Heart wood – 19 g
Vidanga (Embelia ribes) – Fruit – 19 grams
Madhuka (licorice) – Root – 19 grams
Bharngi (Clerodendrum serratum) – Root – 19 g
Kapittha (Feronia limonia) – Fruit powder – 19 g
Bibhitaka (Terminalia bellirica) – fruit – 19 g
Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) – Root – 19 g
Chavya (Piper retrofractum) – Stem – 19 g
Jatamansi (Nordostachys jatamansi) – Rhizome – 19 g
Priyangu (Callicarpa macrophylla) – Flower – 19 g
Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus) – Root – 19 g
Krishnajeeraka (Carum carvi) – Fruit – 19 g
Trivrit (Operculina turpethum) – Root – 19 g
Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) – Seed – 19 g
Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) – Leaf – 19 g
Pippali (long pepper) – Fruit – 19 g
Puga (Betel nut) – Seed – 19 g
Shati (Hedychium spicatum) – Rhizome – 19 g
Haridra (Turmeric) – Rhizome – 19 g
Shatapushpa (Anethum sowa) – Fruit – 19 g
Padmaka (Prunus cerasoides) – Stem – 19 g
Nagakesara (Mesua ferrea) – Stamen – 19 g
Musta (Cyperus rotundus) – Rhizome – 19 g
Indrayava (Holarrhena antidysenterica) – seeds – 19 g
Karkatashrungi (Pistacia integerrima) – Gall – 19 g
Jivaka (Pueraria tuberosa) (Official substitute) – Root – 19 g
Rishabhaka (Microstylis wallichii) – Root – 19 g
Meda (Polygonatum cirrhifolium) – Root – 19 g
Mahameda (Asparagus racemosus) (Official substitute) – Root – 19 g
Kakoli and ksheerakakoli (Withania somnifera) (Official substitute) – Root – 19 g
Rddhi & Vriddhi (Dioscorea bulbifera) (Official substitute) – Root – 19 g
Water for decoction – 20 liters. Boiled and reduced to 5 liters.
Draksha (Raisins) – Dried fruit – 600 grams
Water for decoction – 2.45 liters boiled and reduced to 1.84 liters
Honey – 307 grams
Guda (Jaggery) – 3.8 kg
Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa) – Flower – 290 g
Kankola (Piper cubeba) – Fruit – 19 g
Jala (Coleus vettiveroides) – Root – 19 g
Chandana (Santalum album) – Heart wood – 19 g
Jatiphala (Myristica fragrans) – Seed – 19 g
Lavanga (clove) – Flower bud – 19 g
Tvak (Cinnamon) – Stem bark – 19 g
Ela (Cardamom) – Seed – 19 g
Patra (Cinnamomum tamala) – Leaf 19 g
Kataka Phala (Strychnos potatorum) – Seed – quantity sufficient.
(Chavya-Krishnajeeraka etc act as carminatives, anti pyretic and cholegogues; Pippali, Shati, Karkatakashringi etc expectorants and broncho-dilators)
Method of manufacturing –
two Kashayams – one with the first set of herbs and second with raisins. filter and keep them ready.
dissolve the jaggery, and filter it.
To it, add the rest of the ingredients. one after the other. Keep in air tight container for fermentation. Once after completion of fermentation, it is clarified with kataka seed and stored in air tight containers.
Q: It is being said that roots of ten plants are the main ingredients of Dasamoolarishtam. But, a large number of plants are listed here. The name itself proclaimes that ‘ I am an Arishta of ten roots’. How it happened?
Main ingredient of Dasmularisht is the group of ten herbs. but it also contains other ingredients that are mentioned above.
Bio activity study was done on aqueous extract of Dasamoolarishtam. It exhibited no inhibition to the growth of PPR and Reo virus in vero cell line.(1)
Anti-microbial screening: Dashamularishta was screened for antibacterial activity against Shigella flexneri, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, etc. Maximum efficacy of ethyl acetate extract was showed against Aspergillus niger(18mm)and Shigella flexneri (25mm).
Reference: Dashamularishta: Phytochemical and antimicrobial screening against effect of environmental pollution, Sudhanshu, Sandhya Mittal et al. Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Applied Sciences, JECRC University 2, Jaipur-22, Rajasthan, India,
Published in international journal of pharmaceutical sciences and research
Phytochemical screening has proved the presence of reducing sugars, Flavonoids, Tannin, saponins.
Different references of Dashamularishta:
Sharngadhara samhita-Asavarishtha vijnaneeya adhyaya,
This is the most commonly used Dashamoolarishtha.
2. Sushruta samhita-Chikitsa sthana 6th Chapter
A variant of Dashamoolarishtha containing minimum number of ingredients like Dashamoola,Danti,Chitramoola and Hareetaki; the classical formulation does not contain musk in it.
Brihat nighantu ratnakara-Kshaya roga chikitsa
Yogaratnakara 7th chapter
This formulation even though referred as Asava (Dashamoolasava) infact it is prepared by the same method of Arishtha(by boiling the drugs-decoction method).This formulation is also possessing musk. In addition, this has the seeds of Dhattura (Datura metel).So such formulations should be prescribed with utmost caution as some may be susceptible for allergic manifestations or adverse reactions.
This is a simple recipe of Dashamoolasava and possesses less number of ingredients.In fact this has this formulation even though contains Chitraka like any other Dashamoolarishtha or Dashamoolasava formulations,amount of Chitraka is less in this recipe and hence mild in action.
Among the above said references most commonly practiced one is the preparation referred in Sharngadhara samhita.
Kasturi (musk) mixed Dashamoolarishtha or Dashamoolarishtha special etc are quoted in the formulations now a days most of the pharmaceutical companies do not add Kasturi(Musk).
Even though few of the license holders who are rearing the musk deer sell the product directly to the ayurvedic pharmaceutical companies judging the genuineness will be very difficult for a common man. However a physician who practices the preparation in routine can identify the genuineness of the product my its smell, taste and action.
Otherwise purchase of such formulations with ‘heavy cost’ may not be justifiable.
Usually available Dashamoolarishtha do not possess Musk; inspite of that if all the ingredients are added good result can be expected.
Dashamoolarishtha referred with Sootika roga are also available in market. As such no classical recipe is present with this name. Instead, these are modified praparations of Dashamoolarishtha. In such preparations additional Jeeraka or Ajamoda or both ares added while preparimng the product.Few of the firms add 50% Jeerakarishtha for the above specified Dashamoolarishtha and advertise it as Dashamoolarishtha-Sootikarogartha.
In few south Indian states Balantha khada (indicated in Sootika roga – post delivery care) is added to Dashamoolarishtha and it is prescribed as specific Dashamoolarishtha recommended for puerperal period.
Read related: After Delivery Care Of Mother For First Three Months By Ayurveda
My experience with this formulation – Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
I use Dashamoolarishtha in several conditions where Vata-kapha doshas are in dominance. Also the formulation is of utmost use in Vata –Kapha predominant seasons and individuals.
In generalized body ache this is my drug of priority. Especially when the patients approach with the complaint of work exhaustion or body ache caused after heavy work this medicine alone is useful; in adults this can be given in the larger doses like 50-60 ml also, which will not cause any adverse reactions. But, are recommended to take the medicine with large amount of water.In severe muscular pain the condition can be managed by Dashamoolarishtha alone or along with Yogaraja guggulu or Navajeevana rasa etc.
Lower abdomen pain, pain in the flanks and Low bach ache can be well managed with the combination of Goksuradi guggulu or Punarnavadi guggulu followed with Dashamoolarishtha.
Neuro- muscular pain and abdominal distention are effectively treated by the combination of Mahadhanvantara vati followed with Dashamoolarishtha.
But any Vishatinduka (nux vomica) containing formulation is to be administered along with this Arishtha it is always better to keep a gap of at least 10-15 minutes as in few cases warmth is complained by the patients and it is due to the heat generated due to the combination. However, if Kamadugha or Sootashekhara are associated this cannot be experienced by the patients.
Vatavidhwamsa rasa in combination with Dashamoolarishtha is effective in joint pain conditions.
Sitopaladi choorna followed with this arishtha helps to expel out the phlegm very well.
Distention of abdomen and heaviness of the head or head ache felt immediately after the heavy food can be managed by Dashamoolarishtha followed by Dhanvantari vati. In association with Chitrakadi vati it reduces the complaint of abdominal bloating and loose stools.
In pedal edema and pain in the lower limbs the formulations acts well along with Chandraprabha vati or Punarnava mandoora.
Sandu pharmaceuticals Ltd, Alva Pharmacy Mijar,
Doothpapeshwar, Vaidyaratnam, AVN,
Ashoka pharmaceuticals, Arya Vaidya Shala Kottakkal,
SNA Oushadhasala Pvt Ltd, Sitaram Ayurveda Pharmacy,
Nagarjuna, Dabur, Baidyanath, Divya pharmacy etc.