Vasavaleha is polyherbal Ayurvedic preparation which is used to treat productive cough, cold, asthma and many other bleeding disorders. It is an Ayurvedic Avaleha in semi-solid form. For preparing Vasavaleha, first Vasaka decoction is prepared by boiling its Swaras in water. Vasa decoction is filtered and sugar is added. This combination is cooked and thickened. Then it is removed from stove and Pippali churna and Ghee are added to get Vasavaleha It is generally taken by licking.
Ingredients of Vasavaleha
Vasavaleha is prepared from five ingredients. It contains Vasa or Arusa (Adhatoda vasica) Swaras/ fresh leaves juice (768 grams);Sita or Sugar (384 grams), Pippali (96 grams);Madhu or honey (384 grams) and Gau Ghrita or Ghee (96 grams).
Uses of Vasavaleha
Vasavaleha is a combination of five natural ingredients which are well known for treating respiratory problems. Arusa or Vasa has expectorant and bronchodilator action. Ayurveda recommends it use for difficult berating, Asthma, and cough. Arusa leaves contains chief quinazoline alkaloid vasicine which is a bitter bronchodilator, respiratory stimulant, hypotensive, cardiac depressant, uterotonic and abortifacient. Pippali or long pepper fruits contain alkaloid Piperine. Piperine has antiseptic and expectorant properties. Honey has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Honey and Misri gives sweet taste to the medicine. Cow’s milk ghee has also great therapeutic value.
Vasavaleha is useful medicine for treating any type of coughing, respiratory illness, chronic cough. It gives relief in swelling (inflammation) in the airways. It is more useful in chronic respiratory illness. It is also given to children in a dose of 1.5 grams with honey, 3-4 times a day, in kukkur khnasi or Whooping cough.
Vasavaleha is also useful in the treatment of Raktapitta (Bleeding disorder), Rajayakshma (Tuberculosis), Raktapradar, Bleeding piles, Bloody dysentery.
Other conditions in which Vasavaleha is indicated are Angina pectoris and Parshva shula (Intercostal neuralgia and pleurodynia).
The Dosage of Vasavaleha
The recommended dose of Vasavaleha is 6-12 grams. Take this medicine with Honey, Warm milk or water.