Ashwagandharishta (Aswagandharishtam) is Ashwagandha based ayurvedic liquid preparation used in a variety of aliment and general debility. It is also a health tonic, which helps restoring strength after a long-standing disease and improves overall health.
Generally, Ashwagandharishta is beneficial in all VATA predominance diseases, according to ayurvedic science. It also a good remedy for men’s health problems including infertility and impotency. It helps people suffering with depression, mental disorders, dementia, etc.
Some of the herbal ingredients of this medicine are
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
- Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)
- Musli (Chlorophytum tuberosum)
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
- Daruharidra (Berberis aristata)
- Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata)
- Vidari (Pueraria tuberosa)
- Mustak (Cyperus rotundus)
- Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna)
- Sariva (Indian sarsaparilla)
- Shweta Candana (Santalum album)
- Trivrit (Ipomoea turpethum)
- Rakta Candana (Pterocarpus santalinus)
- Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica)
- Vacha (Acorus calamus)
Ashwagandharishta (Aswagandharishtam) is helpful in following health problems.
- Physical weakness
- Psychological problems
- Sadness and drowsiness
- Anorexia nervosa
- Sleeplessness or insomnia
- Neurological disorders
Chronic headache or migraine
- Dementia or memory loss
- Brain Atrophy
Muscle, Joint & Bone disorders
- Ashwagandharish helps to lower joint inflammation and swelling.
- It is also beneficial to build up bone mass with combination of Hadjod, calcium and mineral supplement.
- Osteoporosis or decreased bone mineral density (supportive therapy for strengthening bones and joints and avoiding fractures).
- Fibromyalgia or muscular cramps.
- Male infertility
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of libido
- Post partum depression (along with saraswatarishta).
- Loss of libido.
- Uterine weakness.
- Recurrent miscarriages.
- Female infertility of unknown origin.
Medicinal Uses & Health Benefits
Ashwagandharishta provides strength to body and it is helpful in dealing with physical weakness. The withanolides present in the Ashwagandha are responsible for this action. It brings strength in the body and acts as antioxidant as well as adaptogenic.
Ayurvedic doctors frequently use Ashwagandharishta in fatigue. It gives relief and provides vitality. It deals with tiredness and fatigue by increasing the ability of the body to handle the physical as well as mental stress.
Ashwagandharishta supports the adrenal gland and improves its functions. The too stressful life is underlying cause of adrenal fatigue and adrenal gland becomes unable to produce enough amount of cortisol stress hormone to cope with the stress.
Ashwagandha, the main ingredient of Ashwagandharishta, has ability to improve the functions of adrenal gland and to lower physical, mental and emotional stress. Ultimately, it lowers stress and improves adrenal functions. Ashwagandharishta helps in following symptoms.
- Feeling difficulty in the morning to get out of the bed
- Feeling tiredness even after waking up in the morning
- Trouble to think clearly
- Inability to concentrate on tasks and finish the tasks within time limits
Aswagandharishtam helps improving body weight and muscle mass. It improves appetite too, which also helps gaining weight fast.
Some people suffering with anxiety have symptoms such as feeling uneasiness, trouble sleeping, cold hands or feet, restlessness and tingling sensation in hands or feet. In all these symptoms, Ashwagandharishta works well. According to ayurveda, all these symptoms occur due to VATA and PITTA imbalance in the body. Ashwagandharishta works on VATA type anxiety with above symptoms. In PITTA type anxiety, people have palpitation, burning or heat sensation in hands or feet and restlessness. In such condition, Brahmi (bacopa monnieri), licorice, shankhpushpi, mukta pishti (pearl calcium) and praval pishti (coral calcium) should be taken with Ashwagandharishta.
Ashwagandharishta has antidepressant properties. It relaxes the mind and increases the serotonin level in the brain. Thus, it improves interest in daily activities, corrects sleeping patterns, irritability and increases energy level.
Sleeplessness or insomnia
The calming action of Ashwagandharishta helps people with insomnia. It relaxes the mind andlowers mental fatigue. The common cause of insomnia is excessive thinking during the night or some disturbed thoughts floating in the mind. In such condition, Ashwagandharishta cannot work alone. In this case, patient require following combination.
Some psychotically factors may play a role in development of anorexia nervosa. These include.
- Anxiety or mental stress
- Feeling trouble handling stress
- Excessive worrying
Ashwagandharishta has ability to overcome all these precipitating factors. Secondly, it is prepared through the fermentation process. This method provides it a digestive stimulant characteristic, which ultimately improves feeling for eating something.
Ashwagandharishta is a good remedy for all types of men’s problems. It increases fertility and improves libido.
Uterine weakness, recurrent miscarriages & Female infertility of unknown origin
According to ayurveda, uterine weakness is the main cause of recurrent miscarriage and infertility of unknown origin. Ashwagandharishta improves uterine health and strengthens uterine muscles. Thus, it decreases chances of miscarriages and improves fertility. However, Ashwagandha powder with cow’s milk has better results than Ashwagandharishta in the remedy of recurrent miscarriages and infertility. Aswagandharishtam is given when patient also has loss of appetite and feel difficulty to digest the Ashwagandha with milk.
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.
How long to use
Based on doctor’s prescription, this medicine can be used for 2 weeks to 4 months.
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.
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.
Caution & Side Effects
Ashwagandharishta is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people. Some patients have reported heartburn and acidity after taking Ashwagandharishta. Generally, these side effects occur in people with history of gastritis, GERD or ulcer. Therefore, it is also contraindicated in following diseases.
- Acidity or hyperacidity
- Mouth ulcer
- Sour mouth or throat