Drakshasava is a liquid Ayurvedic Medicine, useful in cardiac disorders, hemorrhoids, fever etc. It 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 Arshoroga Chikitas 9/170-173, AFI, Part-II, 1: 1
It is also called Mridwikasav / Mridwikasavam.
12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food.
If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water.
Drakshasava side effects:
A very high dosage than the prescribed may cause loose stools and stomach complaints.
Drakshasava uses: Drakshasava is used in the treatment of piles, fistula, indigestion, bleeding diseases, intestinal worms, injury, wounds.
Drakshasava calms Vata and Pitta
Gudakeelaka – useful in hemorrhoids
Shoka – useful in anxiety and depressive disorders
Arochaka – useful in anorexia
Hrut – it is an excellent cardiac tonic
Pandu – useful in anemia
Raktapitta – useful in bleeding disorders such as menorrhagia, nasal bleeding etc
Bhagandara – useful in fistula in ano.
Gulma – abdominal tumors
Udara – Ascites
Krumi – intestinal worm infestation
Granthi – small tumors
Kshata – injuries leading to blood loss
Shosha – emaciation, weight loss
Jvara – fever
Balakrut – improves strength and immunity
Varnakrut – improves skin complexion.
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Pitta
Draksha – Dry grapes – dried fruit – 4.8 kg
water for Kashayam – 49.152 liters boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters
Sharkara – sugar – 4.8 kg
Madhu – Honey – 4.8 kg
Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa) – flower – 336 g
Jati (Jasminum officinale) – flower – 24 g
Lavanga – Clove – Flower bud – 24 g
Kankola (Piper cubeba) – Fruit – 24 g
Lavali (Cicca acida) – fruit – 24 g
Chandana (Santalum album) – Heart wood – 24 g
Krishna – Long pepper fruit – 24 g
Twak – Cinnamon – bark – 24 g
Ela – cardamom – seed – 24 g
Patra (Cinnamomum tamala) – leaf – 24 g
Method of manufacturing:
Usually, Asava is prepared without making Kashayam. But, Draksasava is prepared by the Kashaya method only.
Raisins Kashaya is prepared by boiling it with the said amount of water, reducing it to a quarter part, filtered.
To it, sugar is added, dissolved, filtered.
To it, rest of the ingredients are added.
This mix is taken in a vessel, which is coated with ghee from inside.
It is sealed and fermentation is allowed to happen for 3 weeks.
Then it is taken out and filtered. The obtained Drakshasava is preserved.
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.
Storage: Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.
It is in fact good for sexual health and it does not decrease sperm count.