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
- Madhuka madya (Madhuka) (Fl.) 4.800 l
- Ahiphena (Exd.) 192 g
- Mustaka (Musta) (Rz.) 48 g
- Jatiphala (Sd.) 48 g
- IndraYava (Kutaja) (Sd.) 48 g
- 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
- Severe Diarrhoea
- Severe gastro enteritis, cholera
Dosage of Ahiphenasava
5 to 10 drops or as directed by physician.