Ashwagandharishta is a liquid Ayurveda medicine used in the treatment of sexual disorders, depression etc. Ashwagandharishta 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. This is also called as Asvagandharishtam.
Aswagandharista 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.
Traditional dose is – 24 ml.
Aswagandharishtam is used in the treatment of feeling tired all the time psychiatric conditions, dullness, loss of memory, sluggishness, epilepsy, stomach problems like low digestion power, emaciation, Piles and Vata imbalance diseases. This increases ojas, nourishes all dhatus.
It is also used as a nervine tonic.
Traditional uses of Indian medicine – Aswagandharist
Murcha – recurrent fainting, episodes of unconcsciousness
Apasmara – epilepsy
Shosha, Karshya – emaciation, leanness, weight loss
Arsha – hemorrhoids
Mandagni – weak digestion
Vataroga – Vata induced disorders – neurological disorders, arthritis,
hemiplegia, palsy, headache, vertigo, lack of sleep.
Lumbar spondylosis, cervical spondylosis, neck pain, low back pain – In these conditions, it relieves inflammation and improves strength of joints, tendons and ligaments.
Sexual weakness, low libido, oligospermia, male and female infertility.
Depression, anxiety, insomnia, fibromyalgia
Feeling tired all the time, fatigue, tiredness, lethargy,
Lassitude, heaviness of the body, sluggishness
Lack of focus, lack of alertness, lack of physical agility.
Autoimmune Hypothyroidism, Hypothyroidism
Low immunity, recurrent fever, cold, cough
Anxiety, nervousness, nervous weakness, depression.
Perimenopausal symptoms (PMS)
Parkinson’s disease, tremors – Useful along with combination of other products, to improve muscle and nerve strength. Not very effective as a standalone medicine.
Some advice this for improving testosterone level in men and for beard growth.
Even in women, it is advised to influence secretion of growth hormone.
In tuberculosis, to improve liver activity and to improve body strength and appetite, this is advised as a supplementary product.
Weak memory – if caused by depression, lack of sleep and anxiety, then it is useful.
Doctors also use this for the treatment of
Ashwagandharishta for heart:
Ashwagandha is a very good good anti oxidant and acts as a heart tonic. It can also be useful in high BP and to relieve stress. But it is not a very effective medicine for hypertension. Hence, usually not used as a standalone anti hypertensive product.
For weight loss –
Generally it is used in doses above 10 ml for weight gain. But in a dose below that, it can even be used for weight loss. Obese people are suggested this medicine in low dose so that, their fatigue and body weaknesses are taken care and they are encouraged to take up exercise.
So, along with exercise, this can be a very good medicine for weight loss, in low dose for 1 – 2 months time.
For arthritis –
It is useful for strengthening tendons and ligaments and by reducing swelling and inflammation.
Is it advised only for men?
No. It is recommended for both men and women.
Ashwagandhadyarishta side effects: A very high dose of 50 ml or more may cause stomach irritation.
Some people observe increased body warmth with this product. They can mix equal quantity of water, just before taking.
People with very high Pitta and sensitive stomach may experience constipation, acidity and sore throat problem
One person has reported nausea with this medicine. In that case, it should be taken strictly after food.
Can it be used in people with diabetes?
If only sugar is under good control, this product is prescribed by the doctor for other health benefits, mentioned above.
How long to use?
Based on doctor’s prescription, this medicine can be used for 2 weeks to 4 months.
Can it be taken for a very long time?
Only if your doctor suggests it, in low dose of less than 5 ml per day.
Safe for kids?
It is safe to use this medicine in lower dose, in children above 5 years of age.
Q: Should I store Aswagandharista in fridge?
There is no need to refrigerate any Arishta or asava, including Ashwagandharishta. Shelf life is 10 years from the date of manufacturing, even while it is stored at room temperature. Self generated alcohol and honey act as preservative in them. Read more about Asava – arishta dosage forms
Q: How is it useful in arthritis and spondylosis?
By strengthening tendons and ligaments and by reducing swelling and inflammation.
Can it cause liver problems, as it has alcohol?
The self generated alcohol acts as a medium and solvent for the active principles of the herbs. It already contains many liver protective herbs such as Rubia cordifolia, Cyperus rotundus etc. Hence, there is no chances of it causing liver problems, if taken in the prescribed dose for the suggested time.
Can it be used by normal people?
Based on doctor’s advice, it can be used for a few weeks time, even in normal persons, without any health issues.
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 to strengthen lower back and uterus.
Effect on Tridosha –
Overall, it balances all the three Doshas, mainly kapha and Vata Dosha.
Ashwagandharishta Vs Ashwagandha powder or capsule:
In people with very weak digestion and metabolism, Asgandh powder / capsule is not very effective. In them, Ashwagandarisht is better. Some people experience increased anxiety with just Ashwagandha. Such a phenomenon is not usually seen in case of this Arishta. The multiple herb synergy nullifies the adverse effects of each other.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – Root – 2.4 kg
Mushali (Chlorophytum tuberosum) – Root – 960 g
Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia) – Root – 480 g
Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) – Fruit – 480 g
Nisha – Turmeric – rhizome – 480 g
Daruharidra (Berberis aristata) – Stem – 480 g
Yashtimadhu – Licorice – Root – 480 g
Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) – Root / leaf – 480 g
Vidari (Pueraria tuberosa) – Root – 480 g
Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) – stem bark – 480 g
Mustaka (Cyperus rotundus) – Rhizome – 480 g
Trivrit (Ipomoea turpethum) – Root – 480 g
Sariva (Indian sarsaparilla – Hemidesmus indicus) – Root – 384 g
Krishna Sariva (Cryptolepis buchanani) – Root – 384 g
Shweta Candana (Santalum album) – heart wood – 384 g
Rakta Candana (Pterocarpus santalinus) – heart wood – 384 g
Vacha (Acorus calamus) – Rhizome – 384 g
Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica) – Root – 384 g
water for decoction – 98.304 liters
Boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters.
Madhu – Honey – 14.4 kg
Dhataki Woodfordia fruticosa – Flower – 768 g
Shunti – Ginger – Rhizome – 96 g
Maricha – Pepper – fruit – 96 g
Pippali – Long pepper – 96 g
Twak – Cinnamon – 192 g
Ela – Cardamom – 192 g
Patra (Cinnamomum tamala) – leaves – 192 g
Priyangu ( Callicarpa macrophylla) – Flower – 192 g
Nagakeshara (Mesua ferrea) – Stamen – 96 g
Method of manufacturing:
The coarse powder of first set of herbs is added with water, boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters, filtered. It is added with honey and prakshepa powders are added and kept in an air tight container for one month for fermentation. After a month time, it is filtered and preserved.
Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali – Murcha Rogadhikara 13-17, AFI Part I
Manufacturers: Baidyanath, Dabur, AVN, AVP, Vaidik Herbs, Kottakkal
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.
Total ash content 0.2 g
Acid insoluble ash – 0.23 g
water insoluble ash – 0.11 g
Thin Layer Chromatography – Benzene : EthylAcetate Rf value – 0.8 (1)
Study on anti microbial activity was noted against Staphylococcus aureus (2)
Cardio-protective activity of this product, prepared with traditional and modern methods were studied. Experimental study was conducted with isoproterenol (ISO) induced myocardial infarction (MI) in albino rats. The test showed improved serum lipid profile (3)
Can this product be taken along with Allopathic medicines (English medicines)?
Usually it is well tolerated with allopathic medicines. However, 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.
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.