Draksharishtam is a liquid Ayurvedic medicine, used mainly in the treatment of respiratory and intestinal disorders. Draksha refers to Raisin (Dry grapes), which is the main ingredient of this product. Draksharisht 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 the active herbal components to the body.
Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali 14/73-76, Sharangdhara Samhita Madhyama Khanda 10/69-72.5
It is also known as Mridwikarishtam. Kottakkal sells this product in this name.
12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food.
If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water.
Draksharishta is used in respiratory diseases like cold, cough, COPD, chest injuries.
Draksharishta is one of the rare Ayurvedic medicine which improves strength and at the same time useful in respiratory diseases. Increases digestive power and promotes bowel movements.
Draksharishta also helps in intestinal cleansing. It is useful in relieving gastritis and hyperacidity.
It is also used in the treatment of skin diseases of Pitta origin.
Urakshata – useful in chest injury
Kshaya – tuberculosis, chronic respiratory diseases, weight loss
Kasa – cold, cough
Shwasa – Asthma
Galamayan – throat infection / throat disorders
Balakrut – improves strength
Malashodhana – cleanses intestines.
Raktapitta (bleeding disorders),
Krimi (worm infestation),
Kushtha (skin diseases),
Pandu (anemia), Akshiroga (eye disorders),
Shiroroga (diseases of the scalp), Galaroga (throat disorders),
Shopha (oedema), Gulma (gaseous tumors), Shosha (emaciation), Jwara (fever) etc.
Draksharishtam side effects and precautions:
Over-dosage is best avoided.
Store in a cool dry place.
Pregnant ladies should seek medical advice before taking this medicine.
Diabetes mellitus patinest should avoid this preparation as it is rich with jaggery.
The patients with gastric irritation and ulcer should avoid this as it may increase the irritation due to the hot and deep penetrative qualities of self fermented alcohol.
Excess intake may cause gastric irritation. Also if large amount of water is not taken along with this Arishtha it may cause mouth ulcers.
How long to use?
Based on doctor’s prescription, this medicine can be used for 2 weeks to 4 months.
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.
Dry grapes – 2.4 kg
water for Kashayam – 49.152 liters
Boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters, filtered.
Jaggery – 9.6 kg
Twak – Cinnamon – Stem bark – 48 g
Ela – cardamom – 48 g
Patra – (Cinnamomum tamala) – leaf – 48 g
Nagakeshara (Mesua ferrea) – Stamen – 48 g
Method of manufacturing:
Raisin decoction is prepared with water, filtered and taken in a clean vessel.
To it, the jaggery is added and dissolved, filtered.
Rest of the ingredients are added and kept closed till fermentation is completed.
Filtered and preserved hygienically.
Manufacturers: The Arya Vaidya Nilayam, Ashoka pharmaceuticals, Arya Vaidya Sala Kottakkal, SNA Oushadhasala Pvt Ltd, Sitaram Ayurveda Pharmacy, Nagarjuna Ayurvedic Group, Dabur, Baidyanath,Divya pharmacy, Sandu pharmaceuticals ltd,Alva Pharmacy Mijar,Doothpapeshwar ,Vaidyaratnam etc.
Expiry date: 10 years from the date of manufacture.
My experience with this formulation – Dr MS Krishnamurthy:
Draksharishtha is a good rejuvenator. I recommend this formulation to the non diabetic debilitated and anemic patients. In dry cough this is having good benefit when administered along with Sitopaladi choorna.
In the anemic patients who are having severe exertional dyspnoea if this arishtha is administered along with Dhatri loha or Punarnava mandoora within 14-21 days good benefits are observed.
In children who are not willing to have the food due to anorexia or tastelessness if this is administered in the dose of 10-15 ml twice or thrice a day preferably 15-20 minutes before the food, with equal water their hunger and thirst is improved and start getting interest in the food.
In post jaundice period (after pacification of the major symptoms), this can be administered along with Dhatri loha or Navayasa loha by that there will be significant improvement in the overall health of the individuals. In eye diseases and menopausal syndrome also same combination holds good.
In throat irriataion and mild pharyngitis Draksharishtha is administered and there after Lavanagadi vati or Khadiradi vati is adviced to chew.If burning sensation is associated along with laryngitis or pharyngitis Eladi vati holds good.
To improve the stamina and musculature Draksharishtha is advised followed with Drakshavaleha or Kooshmanda avaleha.
In chronic pin worm cases of children, Draksharishtha is advised followed with Krimimudgara rasa orArogyavardhani vati.