Ashokarishta- uses, dose, side effects and ingredients

Ashokarishta is an Ayurvedic medicine. It is extensively used in Ayurvedic treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding and other gynecological complaints. It contains 5 – 10 % of self generated alcohol, which acts as medium for herbal active principles. This is also called as Asokarishtam. Asokarishtam uses: It is used in Ayurveda treatments for many diseases like Pain menstruation, heavy periods, fever, bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, bleeding hemorrhoids, inflammation, indigestion and lack of taste. Effects on Tridoshas: Balances Pitta Dosha. Note:  1. It is usually prescribed by many Ayurvedic doctors for treating menstrual irregularities. If you have severe bleeding then Ashokarishtam may be helpful for you, but if you do have irregular prolonged cycle, then it is not a good idea to take this product. It is only helpful in short menstrual cycle and in heavy menstrual bleeding. 2. Though it is used primarily in female complaints, it is also useful in many other diseases as mentioned above. 3. Ashokarisht contains about 5 – 10 % of self generated natural alcohol in it. This self generated alcohol and the water present in the product acts as a media to deliver water and alcohol soluble the active herbal components to the body. Other traditional uses of Ashokarishta – Asrigdhara – heavy menstrual bleeding Ruja – useful in dysmenorrhoea – painful periods Jwara – fever Raktapitta – bleeding disorders like nasal bleeding Arsha – bleeding hemorrhoids Mandagni – low digestion strength Aruchi – anorexia, lack of taste in food Ashokarisht side effects: If given for wrong complaints, as mentioned above, it may cause delayed periods and prolonged menstrual cycles. Dose: 5 – 10 ml, once or twice a day, after food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor. Those with irritation in the stomach can take this with equal quantity of water. Adjuvants: Pravala bhasma. How long to use? Based on doctor’s prescription, this medicine can be used for 4-8 weeks in cases of fever, anorexia etc. In heavy periods, it can be used during the periods, till the periods lasts. If the periods are very heavy, then it can be taken from one week before periods sets in till it lasts. Safe for kids? It is safe to use this medicine in lower dose, in children above 5 years of age. Pregnancy and lactation – During pregnancy, it is best to avoid this / take this only under medical supervision. During lactation period, it can be taken in lower doses, based on doctor’s advice. Asokarishtam ingredients:  Ashoka – Saraca asoka – Bark – 4.8 kg water for decoction – 49.152 liters Kashayam – decoction – 12.288 liters Guda – jaggery – Saccharum officinarum – 9.6 kg Prakshepa – Dhataki – Woodfordia fruticosa – flower – 768 g Musta – Cyperus rotundus – Rhizome – 48 g Shunti – Ginger – Rhizome – 48 g Ajaji – Nigella sativa – Fruit – 48 g Daruharidra – Berberis aristata – Stem – 48 g Utpala – Nymphaea stellata – flower – 48 g Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – fruit – 48 g Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellerica – fruit – 48 g Amalaki – Amla – Indian gooseberry – fruit – 48 g Amrasthi – mango seed – 48 g Jeeraka – cumin seed – 48 g Vasa – Adhatoda vasica – whole plant – 48 g Chandana – Santalum album (sandalwood) – 48 g Method of preparation The herbs mentioned are coarsely powdered and kashaya (water decoction) is prepared. The kashaya is strained and kept in the fermentation pot, vessel or barrel. Sugar, jaggery or honey, according to the formula, is dissolved, boiled, filtered and added. Drugs mentioned as Prakshepa  Dravyas are finely powdered and added. At the end, Dhataki puspa, if included in the formula, should be properly cleaned and added. The mouth of the pot, vessel or barrel is covered with an earthen lid and the edges sealed with clay-smeared cloth wound in seven consecutive layers. The container is kept either in a heap of paddy, so as to ensure that for the duration of fermentation, as far as possible, a constant temperature may impede or accelerate the fermentat