Ayurvedic Medicine Ahiphenasava

Ahiphenasava is poly-herbal Ayurvedic medicine. It is referenced from Bhaishajya ratnavali, and is indicated in Atisara Rogadhikar. Asava are Ayurvedic medicines that contain self-generated alcohols. Asava are prepared from cold infusions or juice of medicinal herbs without using heat. The fermentation is done by burying sealed pots in the ground or husk for a period of one month followed by filtration. The self-generated alcohol during fermentation extracts the active principles from the ingredients and also acts as preservative.

The main ingredient of Ahiphenasava is Ahiphena/Aaphuuka/ opium (Papaver somniferum) or afyum. The extract of opium seeds has highly significant antisecretory (antidiarrhoeal activity) against E. coli.

Here is given more about this medicine, such as indication/therapeutic uses, ingredients and dosage.

Key Ingredients of Ahiphenasava

  1. Madhuka madya (Madhuka) (Fl.) 4.800 l
  2. Ahiphena (Exd.) 192 g
  3. Mustaka (Musta) (Rz.) 48 g
  4. Jatiphala (Sd.) 48 g
  5. IndraYava (Kutaja) (Sd.) 48 g
  6. Ela (Sd.) 48 g

Madhuca or Mahua are fermented with water and Madya is distilled.

In Madhuka madya drugs from 2 to 6 are added and allowed to remain in a closed pot for a month before use.

Uses of Ahiphenasava

  1. Severe Diarrhoea
  2. Severe gastro enteritis, cholera
  3. Dysentery

Dosage of Ahiphenasava

5 to 10 drops or as directed by physician.

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