Panchasara Panaka is a coolant fruit juice drink mentioned in Ancient Ayurvedic text book – Ashtanga Hrudaya. The word Pancha refers to five. Sara refers to essence – fruit essence. This drink is prepared with 5 fruit extracts.
Draksha – Raisins
Madhuka – Madhuca longifolia – Butter tree fruit / mahua / Mahva
Kashmari – Gambhari – Gmelina arborea – yellow coloured fruit of English beechwood, gmelina, goomar teak, Kashmir tree, Malay beechwood, white teak, yemane / Gamar
Kharjura – Dates
Parushaka – Falsa fruit
Each of the above – 1 part.
Karpoora – Camphor
The above fruit juices are extracted, mixed together. Sugar candy or jaggery is added based on taste.
100 ml, once or twice daily.
Vrushya – aphrodisiac, improves vigor
Daha – burning sensation, as in gastritis, neuropathy, burning sensation in eyes etc
Trushna – excessive thirst
The original reference in Ashtanga Hrudayam Sutrasthana 3rd chapter mentions adding cinnamon leaves, cinnamon and cardamom. But later authors such as Kaiyadeva have altered it to add only Camphor.
Syononyms: panch sar Panak, Panchsar Panak, Panchasara Panakam.