Ayurveda: Ashwagandharishta for neurological and mental disorders

Ashwagandharishta (Ashwagandharishtam, Asvagandharishtam, Aswagandharishtam) is Ayurvedic preparation that is nerving tonic used in neurological and mental disorders. It is a sexual stimulant.

The main ingredient of Ashwagandharishta is ashwagandha which is anti-ageing, adaptogenic, immunomodulatory, sexual stimulant and used to treat anxiety, depression, stress, cardiovascular protection, hypothyroidism etc.

ashwagandharishta uses details

Arishta are basically fermented decoction in Ayurveda that are prepared by boiling herbs in water and then allowed fermentation that give them better therapeutic properties and improved drug delivery when consumed.

Ingredients/ Formulation composition of Ashwagandharishta

Sr. Name Hindi Name Latin Name Part Quantity
1 Ashvagandha अश्वगंधा Withania somnifera Root 2.4 kg
2 Musali मुस्ली Chlorophytum tuberosum Root 960 g
3 Manjishtha मंजीठ Rubia cordifolia Root 480 g
4 Haritaki हरितकी Terminalia chebula Pericarp 480 g
5 Haridra हल्दी Curcuma longa Rhizome 480 g
6 Daruharidra दारुहल्दी Berberis aristata Stem 480 g
7 Madhuka (YashtiI) मुलेठी Glycyrrhiza glabra Root 480 g
8 Rasna रसना Pluchea lanceolata Root/Leaf 480 g
9 Vidari विदारी Pueraria tuberosa Root Trunk 480 g
10 Partha (Arjuna) अर्जुन Terminalia arjuna Stem Bark 480 g
11 Mustaka (Musta) मोथा Cyperus rotundus Rhizome 480 g
12 Trivrit त्रिवृत Ipomoea turpethum Root 480 g
13 Ananta (Shveta sarivaI) अनंत Hemidesmus indicus Root 384 g
14 Krishna sariva कृष्ण सारिवा Cryptolepis buchanani Root 384 g
15 Shveta Candana सफ़ेद चन्दन Santalum album Heart Wood 384 g
16 Rakta Candana लाल चन्दन Pterocarpus santalinus Heart Wood 384 g
17 Vaca वासा Acorus calamus Rhizome 384 g
18 Citraka चित्रक Plumbago zeylanica Root 384 g
19 Jala पानी for decoction Water 98.304 liter reduced to 12.288 liter
Prakshepa Dravyas
20 Makshika (Madhu) शहद Honey 14.4 kg
21 Dhataki धातकी Woodfordia fruticose Flower 768 g
22 Shunthi सोंठ Zingiber officinale Rhizome 96 g
23 Marica काली मिर्च Piper nigrum Fruit 96 g
24 Pippali पिप्पली Piper longum Fruit 96 g
25 Tvak दालचीनी Cinnamomum zeylanicum Stem Bark 192 g
26 Ela छोटी इलाइची Elettaria cardamomum Seed 192 g
27 Patra (TejapatraI) तेज पत्र Cinnamomum tamala Leaf 192 g
28 Priyangu प्रियंगु Callicarpa macrophylla Flower 192 g
29 Nagakeshara नाग केशर Mesua ferrea Stamen 96 g

Method of preparation

Take the raw materials of pharmacopoeial quality.

Wash, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 1 to 18 (Kvatha Dravya) of the formulation composition individually and pass through the sieve number 44 to obtain coarse powder.Clean, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 22 to 29 (Prakshepa Dravya) of the formulation composition individually and pass through the sieve number 85 to obtain fine powder. Add specified amounts of water to the Kvatha Dravya, soak overnight, heat, reduce to one eighth and filter through muslin cloth to obtain Kvatha. Allow to cool.

Transfer the filtrate to a clean container;add ingredient numbered 20, 21 of the formulation composition. Finally add the finely powdered Prakshepa Dravyas and seal the mouth of the container. Shift the container to the fermentation room and constantly check for the signs of completion of fermentation process. Filter the fermented material through a clean muslin cloth. Pack in air tight containers and allow for maturation.

Description: Clear, dark brown liquid without frothing and significant sedimentation; with astringent taste.

Storage: Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.

Benefits of Ashwagandharishta

  1. Its use gives ojus/vigour and vitality.
  2. It is a tonic/rasayan for whole body and mind.
  3. It is an excellent Ayurvedic medicine to treat Signs and Symptoms of Nervous Disorders.
  4. It is also used to strengthen the immune system.
  5. It improves appetite and digestion.
  6. It nourishes all dhatu.
  7. It has antioxidant properties.

Therapeutic use of Ashwagandharishta

Ashwagandharishta is used as memory enhancer, appetizer and to promote physical and mental health. It improves reproductive health and treats sexual weakness, seminal problems and erectile dysfunction.

– Physical, Mental and Nervine debility

– Used in nervous debility

– Vataroga (neurological disorders) and mental disorders

– Loss of memory, Unmada/mania/psychosis, senile debility

– Murcha (syncope), Apasmara (epilepsy)

– Erectile dysfunction, oligospermia

– Shosha (cachexia), Karshya (emaciation)

– Arsha (piles), Agnimandya (digestive impairment)

Dose of Ashwagandharishta

15 – 30 ml orally with equal amount of water after meals twice a day.

Ashwagandharishta is manufactured by Dabur, Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan, Sandu, Patanjali Divya Pharmacy, Shree Dhootapapeshwar Limited (Ashwagandharishta), Oushadasala (Aswagandharishtam), Kottakkal (Aswagandharishtam), Rajah Ayurveda (Aswagandharishtam), Kerla Ayurveda, and some other pharmacies.

Where to buy

You can buy this medicine online or from medical stores.

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