Ashokarishta is an Ayurvedic medicine. It is extensively used in Ayurvedic treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding and other gynaecological complaints. It contains 5 – 10 % of self-generated alcohol, which acts as a medium for herbal active principles. This is also called as Asokarishtam.
Asokarishtam uses: It is used in Ayurveda treatments for many diseases like Pain menstruation, heavy periods, fever, bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, bleeding hemorrhoids, inflammation, indigestion and lack of taste.
Effects on Tridoshas: Balances Pitta Dosha.
1. It is usually prescribed by many Ayurvedic doctors for treating menstrual irregularities. If you have severe bleeding then Ashokarishtam may be helpful for you, but if you do have irregular prolonged cycle, then it is not a good idea to take this product. It is only helpful in short menstrual cycle and in heavy menstrual bleeding.
2. Though it is used primarily in female complaints, it is also useful in many other diseases as mentioned above.
3. Ashokarisht contains about 5 – 10 % 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.
Other traditional uses of Ashokarishta –
Asrigdhara – heavy menstrual bleeding
Ruja – useful in dysmenorrhoea – painful periods
Jwara – fever
Raktapitta – bleeding disorders like nasal bleeding
Arsha – bleeding hemorrhoids
Mandagni – low digestion strength
Aruchi – anorexia, lack of taste in food
Ashokarisht side effects: If given for wrong complaints, as mentioned above, it may cause delayed periods and prolonged menstrual cycles.
Dose: 5 – 10 ml, once or twice a day, after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor. Those with irritation in the stomach can take this with equal quantity of water.
Adjuvants: Pravala bhasma.
How long to use?
Based on doctor’s prescription, this medicine can be used for 4-8 weeks in cases of fever, anorexia etc.
In heavy periods, it can be used during the periods, till the periods lasts.
If the periods are very heavy, then it can be taken from one week before periods sets in till it lasts.
In case of heavy periods nearing menopause or fibroids, Asokarishtam is advised for as long as 4 – 5 months time.
If I have heavy periods for 5 -7 days but if my cycle is regular with 30 days, should I take it all through the month or only during periods?
In this particular case, to control heavy bleeding and to take care of menstrual symptoms such as stomach pain, cramps, vomiting sensation etc, only during period days, Asokarishtam can be taken.
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.
Using Ashokarishta while using other medicines:
Asokarist can be used by person taking other medicines for periods related problems or infertility treatment – such as Folic acid, Metformin, Intra uterine devices (IUD) etc.
Ashoka – Saraca asoka – Bark – 4.8 kg
water for decoction – 49.152 liters
Kashayam – decoction – 12.288 liters
Guda – jaggery – Saccharum officinarum – 9.6 kg
Dhataki – Woodfordia fruticosa – flower – 768 g
Musta – Cyperus rotundus – Rhizome – 48 g
Shunti – Ginger – Rhizome – 48 g
Ajaji – Nigella sativa – Fruit – 48 g
Daruharidra – Berberis aristata – Stem – 48 g
Utpala – Nymphaea stellata – flower – 48 g
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – fruit – 48 g
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellerica – fruit – 48 g
Amalaki – Amla – Indian gooseberry – fruit – 48 g
Amrasthi – mango seed – 48 g
Jeeraka – cumin seed – 48 g
Vasa – Adhatoda vasica – whole plant – 48 g
Chandana – Santalum album (sandalwood) – 48 g
Method of preparation
The herbs mentioned are coarsely powdered and kashaya (water decoction) is prepared. The kashaya is strained and kept in the fermentation pot, vessel or barrel. Sugar, jaggery or honey, according to the formula, is dissolved, boiled, filtered and added. Drugs mentioned as Prakshepa Dravyas are finely powdered and added. At the end, Dhataki puspa, if included in the formula, should be properly cleaned and added. The mouth of the pot, vessel or barrel is covered with an earthen lid and the edges sealed with clay-smeared cloth wound in seven consecutive layers. The container is kept either in a heap of paddy, so as to ensure that for the duration of fermentation, as far as possible, a constant temperature may impede or accelerate the fermentation.
After the specified period, the lid is removed, and the contents examined to ascertain whether the process of fermentation has been completed. The fluid is first decanted and then strained after two or three days. When the fine suspended particles settle down, it is strained again and bottled.
Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali Streeroga context 114-116
Manufacturers: Baidyanath, Dabur, AVN, AVP, Kottakkal
Original Sanskrit verse describing the formula
अशोकस्य तुलामेकाञ्चतुर्द्रोणे जले पचेत्।
पादशेषे रसे पूते शीते पलशतद्वयम्॥
दद्याद् गुडस्य धातक्याः पलषोडशिकं मतम्।
अजाजी मुस्तकं शुण्ठीं दार्व्युत्पल पलत्रिकम्॥
आम्रास्थि जीरकं वासां चन्दनं च विनिक्षिपेत्।
चूर्णयित्वा पलांशेन ततो भाण्डे निधापयेत्।
मासादूर्ध्वं च पीत्वेनमसृग्दर रुजां जयेत्॥
ज्वरं च रक्तपित्तार्शो मन्दाग्नित्वमरोचकम्।
मेहशोथारुचिहरस्त्वशोकारिष्ट सज्ञित:॥aśokasya tulāmekāñcaturdroṇe jale pacet|
pādaśeṣe rase pūte śīte palaśatadvayam||
dadyād guḍasya dhātakyāḥ palaṣoḍaśikaṃ matam|
ajājī mustakaṃ śuṇṭhīṃ dārvyutpala palatrikam||
āmrāsthi jīrakaṃ vāsāṃ candanaṃ ca vinikṣipet|
cūrṇayitvā palāṃśena tato bhāṇḍe nidhāpayet|
māsādūrdhvaṃ ca pītvenamasṛgdara rujāṃ jayet||
jvaraṃ ca raktapittārśo mandāgnitvamarocakam|
Expiry date: 10 years from the date of manufacture. Once after opening, it is best to empty the bottle within 4 months time.
Storage: Store in a cool place in a tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.