Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam) Uses, Benefits, Side Effects, Dosage, Warnings

The main ingredient of Amritarishta medicine is Amrita or Guduchi. Guduchi is very well-known, effective and commonly available herb. It is considered Rasayan/Tonic in Ayurveda which cures diseases and gives youthfulness. Giloy juice Medicinal uses

Amritarishta (Amritarishtam, Amruthsrishta) is an Ayurvedic medicine prepared from Giloy, Dashmul, Trikatu and many other ingredients and is useful medicine for treating any type of fever such as chronic fever, typhoid fever, and fever due to other reasons. It also helps in weakness caused by fever and other related problems associated with fever and weak immune system.

It boosts immunity to fight against diseases. Body immunity protects person from the disease by fighting off the invading germs such as bacteria, viruses, and other germs. Amritarishta works as it improves the immunity and has alterative, antiperiodic, bitter tonic, diuretic and febrifuge properties.

Amritarishta is a fermented liquid medicine made with the ingredients as given in classical Ayurvedic text. It contains not more than 10 per cent, and not less than 5 per cent of alcohol that is self-generated in the preparation over a period of time.

The chief ingredient of this medicine is Amrita or Guduchi. Guduchi is very well-known, effective and commonly available herb. It is considered Rasayan/Tonic in Ayurveda which cures diseases and gives youthfulness. Scientific studies have proven, how this herb protects the liver, one of the most important organ of human body, during viral and bacterial infections. It is effective in treatment of malaria, dengue, chikungunya etc. It reduces the blood sugar level in blood. It is bitter in taste. But this bitterness is due to its medicinal properties.

This medicine is very effective in any type of fever. Here is given more about Amritarishta such as Indications of Amrutarishta

Therapeutic uses of Amrutarishta

Ingredients of Amrutarishta, dosage etc.

  • Reference Text: Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Jvaradhikara ; 690-692
  • Synonyms: Amrutharishtam, Amrutarishta, Amritarishtam
  • Availability: Online and at medical stores
  • Type of medicine: Classical Medicine
  • Main Indication: Fever, liver diseases, low immunity
  • Dosha Effect: Reduces Vata and Kapha

Amritarishta Composition

Ingredients present in this formulation are given below:

  • Amrita (Guduci) Tinospora cordifolia Stem 4.8 kg
  • Bilva Aegle marmelos Stem Bark 480 g
  • Shyonaka Oroxylum indicum Stem Bark 480 g
  • Gambhari Gmelina arborea Stem Bark 480 g
  • Patala Stereospermum suaveolens Stem Bark 480 g
  • Agnimantha Premna mucronata Stem Bark 480 g
  • Shalaparni Desmodium gangeticum Plant 480 g
  • Prishniparni Uraria picta Plant 480 g
  • Brihati Solanum melongena var. Indicum Plant 480 g
  • Kantakari Solanum surattense Plant 480 g
  • Gokshura Tribulus terrestris Plant 480 g
  • Jala for decoction Water 49.152 liter reduced to 12.288 liter
  • Guda Jaggery 14.4 kg

Prakshepa Dravyas:

  • Ajaji (Shveta Jiraka) Cuminum cyminum Fruit 768 g
  • Raktapushpaka (Parpata) Fumaria parviflora Plant 96 g
  • Saptaparia Alstonia scholaris Stem Bark 48 g
  • Shuithi Zingiber officinale Rhizome 48 g
  • Maricha Piper nigrum Fruit 48 g
  • Pippali Piper longum Fruit 48 g
  • Nagakeshara Mesua ferrea Stamen 48 g
  • Abda (Musta) Cyperus rotundus Rhizome 48 g
  • Katvi (Katuka) Picrorrhriza kurroa Rhizome 48 g
  • Prativisha (Ativisha) Aconitum heterophyllum Root 48 g
  • Vatsabija Indrayava Holarrhena antidysenterica Seed 48 g

Method of preparation

Take the raw material of pharmacopoeial quality.

Wash, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 1 to 11 (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 14 to 24 (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 fourth and filter through muslin cloth to obtain Kvatha.

Add the ingredient number 13 of the formulation composition to the Kvatha, allow to dissolve and filter through the muslin cloth.Transfer the filtrate to a clean container;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.

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.

Know the Ingredients of Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam)

Giloy

Giloy or Guduchi is extensively used in Ayurveda because of its which has antiperiodic, antipyretic, alterative, antioxidant, adaptogenic, tonic, rejuvenative, diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. The chief indication of Giloy include liver diseases, fever, skin diseases and Prameha or urinary disorders.

Giloy is beneficial in fever (due to various reasons, dengue, chikungunya, malarial fever, chronic fever, viral fever etc.), urinary disorders, dyspepsia, general debility, rheumatism, gout, low immunity, jaundice, and other liver conditions.

It has very important hepatoprotective activity which helps to protect the liver from damage in case of viral or bacterial diseases.

Guduchi is astringent, bitter, and pungent in taste (Rasa), sweet after digestion (Vipaka), and is hot in effect (Virya). It is an Ushna Virya herb. Ushna Virya or hot potency herb, subdues Vata (Wind) and Kapha (Mucus) and increases Pitta (Bile).

  • Rasa (taste on tongue): Kashaya (Astringent), Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter)
  • Guna (Pharmacological Action): Laghu (Light), Snigdha (Unctuous)
  • Virya (Action): Ushna (Heating)
  • Vipaka (transformed state after digestion): Madhura (Sweet)
  • It is a Katu Vipak herb. Vipak refers to post-digestive (effect after digestion / cooking of Rasa) effect of tastes after its mixing with digestive juices. It is the long-term effect of herb.

It has very interesting energetics. It is bitter, astringent, pungent, yet heating and also sweet post-digestively. Its bitter and astringent quality clears pitta and Kapha, its heating energy burns ama, while its enduring sweet effect regulates Vata and gives it an aphrodisiac quality that nourishes reproductive fluids.

  • Dosha effect: Balances Vata-Pitta and Kapha, primarily reduces Vata and Pitta
  • Dhatu (tissue): Plasma, blood, muscle, fat, nerve, reproductive
  • Srotas (channel): Circulatory, digestive

Dashmula

Dashmula is combination of ten roots (Bilva, Agnimantha, Gambhari, Shyonak, Patala and Shalparni, Prishniparni, Brihati, Kantkari, Gokhru). It is extensively used in Ayurveda for treatment of variety of diseases including inflammation. It has significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Dashmoola have a balancing action on Kapha, Pitta and Vata Dosha, and useful especially for Vata-Vikar. Its intake reduces inflammation and pain.

Dashmula is especially effective in inflammatory conditions in body or Vata Roga. It is given in form of decoction in osteoarthritis, rheumatism, arthritis, joint pain and swelling, after delivery, and chikungunya.

Cuminum cyminum

Shveta-jiraka, Ajaaji are names of White Cumin seeds or Cuminum cyminum Linn. It is carminative, antispasmodic and used in dyspepsia and diarrhea. It is stimulant, diuretic, antibacterial, emmenagogue and galactagogue.

Trikatu

Trikatu is combination of dry ginger, black pepper and long pepper (Sonth + Pippali + Kali mirch). It is effective for burning Ama (metabolic waste and toxins) which is the prime cause of all disease. It supports better digestion and cures constipation. It stimulates the liver to secrete bile which is vital for fat digestion and absorption. It also balances Kapha. Trikatu is combination of spices and is hot in potency. Its excess intake can cause burning sensation.

Indrayava

Indrayava is dried seeds of Holarrhena antidysenterica Wall. Its Ayurvedic Synonyms are Bhadra Yava, Kalinga abd Shakra. The seeds manily contains Alkaloids -Steroidal Alkaloid, Conessine etc., Fats, Tannin and Resin. Indrayava is bitter and pungent in taste (Rasa), pungent after digestion (Katu Vipaka), and is cool in effect (Virya). It is Laghu and Rukhsha (Drying) in Guna. The Pradhan Action / Karma of the tree are Dipana, Sangrahi and Tridosh Shamak (Pacifies Vata, Pitta and Kapha).

Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam)’s Ayurvedic Action / Karma

  • Amapachana: Removing toxins.
  • Amavataghna: Reliever of gout/arthritis.
  • Ayushyaprada: Promotes life.
  • Balya: Increases strength.
  • Daahaprasamanam: Relieve burning sensation
  • Dipaniya: Increases appetite.
  • Jvarahara: Reduces fevers.
  • Raktashodhana: Cleanses the blood.
  • Rasayani: Rejuvenate the cells and extend life.
  • Trishnanigrahanam: Relieve thirst.

Biomedical Action of Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam)

  • Anti-allergic: Prevents or relieves an allergy.
  • Antibacterial: Active against bacteria.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Reducing inflammation by acting on body mechanisms.
  • Antioxidant: Neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals and other substances.
  • Antipyretic/antifebrile/febrifuge: Effective against fever.
  • Anti-viral: Effective against viruses.
  • Cholagogue: Promotes the discharge of bile from the system, purging it downward.
  • Diuretic: Causing increased passing of urine.
  • Hepatoprotective: Prevent damage to the liver.
  • Immunomodulatory: Modifies the immune response or the functioning of the immune system.
  • Nervine: Used to calm the nerves.
  • Tonic: Restore or improve health or well-being.

Amritarishta Health Benefits

  • It is a bitter general tonic and stimulant.
  • It reduces Vata and Kapha inside body.
  • It is neither hot nor cooling in nature.
  • It improves appetite.
  • It is useful in liver and spleen complaints.
  • It is an appetizer. It improves digestive strength by stimulating secretion of pitta/bile.

Amruthsrishta Therapeutic Uses

Amruthsrishta is especially beneficial in all type of fever, chronic fever, malaria, recurring fevers and accompanying complaints of enlarged liver of spleen or digestive disturbances, night sweating, and weakness. It is a bitter tonic and stimulant especially beneficial in debility. It improves appetite. It is useful in liver and spleen complaints.

  • Chronic Fever
  • Fever after child-birth/delivery (Postpartum Fever)
  • Fever due to diseases of spleen or liver
  • Malarial fever
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Visham jvar (fever that repeats after every 1 or 2 or 3 days) Chikunguniya

Also useful in:

  • Allergy sinus
  • Anemia
  • Chronic Pruritus
  • Enlargement of spleen (Splenomegaly) and liver (Hepatomegaly)
  • General tonic & appetiser
  • Gout
  • Hepatitis
  • Indigestion
  • Jaundice
  • jaundice
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sujak gonorrhoea
  • Weakness of urinary bladder

In case of Chikungunya, Amrita Guggullu (2 tablets twice daily), Sudarshana Churna (2 g twice daily) and Amritarishta (30 ml twice daily) can be given.

Amritarishta and Yogaraj guggulu (2 tablets thrice daily) with milk is also used as both prophylactic and curative measure.

Amritarishta Dosage

  • It is Asava-Arishta type of medicine of Ayurveda.
  • It is taken in dose of 12 ml to 24 ml twice daily.
  • It is taken after mixing with equal amount of water.
  • It can be taken after having breakfast and dinner.
  • Or should be taken as directed by doctor. Or take as directed by doctor.

Suggestions

  • Effectivity of herbal medicine depends on many factors. A medicine suitable for one person may not essentially give same result in another person.
  • Exact dose depends on the age, strength, digestive power of the patient, the nature of the illness, the state of the viscera and humours, and the properties of individual drugs.
  • Do check the list of ingredients and their contraindications to avoid any side effects.
  • If symptoms do not improve or worsen, consult doctor.
  • This medicine is more suitable for people with aggravated Vata and Kapha Dosha.
  • People suffering from Pitta roga, hyperacidity, bleeding disorders and ulcers should take it cautiously

Contraindications

Specific contraindications have not been identified.

Drug Interactions

Please maintain a gap of at least an hour between intake of any allopathic drug and Ayurvedic medicine to avoid drug interaction, if any.

Do not use many different medicines for the treatments of same disease.

Side-effects of Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam)

There are no known side-effects for this medicine.

Warnings

  • Do check the list of ingredients and their contraindications to avoid any side effects.
  • Do not use any medicine during pregnancy without consulting doctor.

Storage

  • Store in a cool and dry place in tightly closed containers, protected from light and moisture.
  • Keep away from the sight and reach of children.
  • Shake well before use.
  • Keep bottle cap closed after every use.

Pharmacies Making Amritarishta

  • You can buy this medicine online or from medical stores. Since it is a classical medicine, it is manufactured by many Ayurvedic pharmacies.
  • Name of some of the Ayurvedic Pharmacies manufacturing this medicine are given below:
  • Amritarishta is manufactured by Dabur, Shree Baidyanath Ayurved Bhawan, Shree Dhootapapeshwar Limited (Amrutarishta), Kottakal (Amritarishtam) and some other pharmacies.

FAQs About Amruthsrishta

What is Arishtha?

Arishtha is medicated spirituous liquors prepared by fermentation. The decoction of herbs, and Dhataki Pushpa are soaked in a solution of Jaggery or Sugar or Honey for specified period of time in wooden vessels. The soaking causes fermentation which generates alcohol which in turn extracts the active constituent of medicinal herbs. The self-generated alcohol also helps in better and rapid absorption of drug in body. Arishtha are stomachic, stimulant, astringent and tonic.

Is it safe to take Amritarishta?

Yes, it is safe to take Amritarishta in recommended dosage.

What is the Chief Indication of Amritarishta?

Fever, low immunity, cold & malaria.

What is Effect on Vata-Pitta or Kapha?

  • Vata Reducing.
  • Pitta Increasing.
  • Kapha Reducing.

Does it contain non-herbal ingredients?

No.

How long can I take this medicine?

You may take it for 1-2 months.

What is the Best time to take Amritarishta?

It should be taken after meal. Try to take at same time daily.

Is Amritarishta a habit-forming medicine?

No.

Is it safe to drive while taking Amritarishta?

Yes.

Can I take it during periods?

It can be taken. Avoid during periods, if you feel any effect on bleeding pattern.

Can I take it during pregnancy?

It is hot in potency. So, do not take until advised by doctor.

Can a diabetic person take it?

It contains jaggery. Hence not suitable. Please consult doctor.

Can I give it to children?

For children above the age of 3, you may give this medicine on lower dose. BUT it is always recommended to consult doctor to know the exact health issue and correct dose.

What happens in case of overdose?

It increases Pitta. So, overdose can cause burning sensation, gastritis, and other Pitta related problems.

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