Abhayarishta (Abhayarishtam)

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Abhayarishta (Abhayarishtam) is most common medicine found in ayurvedic prescriptions. It is used for mild to moderate constipation, reducing hard stools in piles and anal fissures. It is also helpful in gas, flatulence, abdominal distension and dysuria. It increases appetite and improves digestion.

Ingredients (Composition)

INGREDIENTSQUANTITY USED FOR MAKING DECOCTION
Decoction Ingredients:
Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula5 Kg
Munakka (Raisins) – Vitis Vinifera2 Kg
Vaividang – Embelia Ribes400 grams
Madhuca Indica – Mahua/Madhuka flowers400 grams
Water41 litres
The decoction for Abhayarishtam is prepared using these ingredients and reduced to 1/4th i.e. about 10 litres.
Ingredients Added after making and cooling the Decoction
Jaggery (GUR)5 Kg
Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris)80 grams
Nishoth (Trivrit or Turpeth) – Operculina Turpethum80 grams
Dhania (Coriander)80 grams
Dhataki – Woodfordia Fruticosa80 grams
Indravaruni (Colocynth) – Citrullus Colocynthis80 grams
Chavya – Piper Cuba80 grams
Saunf (Fennel Seeds) – Foeniculum Vulgare80 grams
Sonth – Zingiber Officinale80 grams
Dantimool – Baliospermum Montanum80 grams
Mochrus – Bombax Malabaricum80 grams
These ingredients are mixed in the Abhayarishtam’s decoction and kept for about a month for natural fermentation. After a month, the liquid is filtered and stored in glass jars or food grade plastic bottles.
Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali

Medicinal Properties

  1. Laxative
  2. Digestive Stimulant
  3. Mild Diuretic
  4. Peristalsis stimulation inducer

Abhayarishta (Abhayarishtam) has mild laxative action, and mild diuretic characteristics. It promotes proper peristaltic movements of intestine and helps in easier defecation. It is also used as intestine detox to eliminate toxins from the alimentary canal.

Therapeutic Indications

  1. Piles (Haemorrhoids)
  2. Constipation – mild to moderate
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Abdominal heaviness after food
  5. Intestinal gas
  6. Flatulence
  7. Abdominal bloating
  8. Anal Fissure

Abhayarishta Benefits & Medicinal Uses

According to classical text, Abhayarishta (Abhayarishtam) is indicated in all types of haemorrhoids, all types of abdominal diseases, and constipation and difficult micturation (dysuria). It increases digestive fire and improvement in digestive fire helps proper digestion of food particles, which ultimately reduces toxins accumulation and increases their elimination.

Piles (Haemorrhoids)

Piles (Haemorrhoids) are a main indication for using Abhayarishta. Abhayarishtam reduces pressure in the lower section of the large intestine, which helps reducing swelling of veins (hemorrhoids). Secondly, the most common cause of piles is constipation. It also works on peristalsis movement, improves bowel movement and removes constipation. In bleeding piles, Abhayarishtam should be used along with Arshoghni Vati. In non-bleeding piles, it can use be along with Kankayan Gutika.

Anal Fissure

The most common cause of anal fissure is constipation and hard stool. In such case, Abhayarishta is very useful for eliminating constipation and reducing habit of hard stools. In such case, cow’s ghee or almond oil should be consumed in dosage of 1 teaspoon with warm water 30 minutes before taking it. This remedy has excellent results in reducing occurrence of hard stools.

Local application for anal fissure is also necessary. Jatyadi Oil is best for local application because is promotes quick recovery and faster healing of fissures. Additionally, patent medicines like Pilex Ointment (Himalaya) or Pilief ointment (Charak) are efficacious for reducing anal itching, burning and discomfort.

In severe cases of anal fissures, patient may also require additional internal medicines like Gandhak Rasayan, Rajat Bhasma  and Praval Pishti.

Constipation

In mild constipation, Abhayarishtam alone works very fine. It can be used on regular basis for 2 to 4 weeks for complete relief from mild constipation. Fibre rich diet should also be included in diet to avoid future difficulty with defecation and proper bowel movement.

Cow’s ghee or almond oil should be taken with warm water or warm milk 30 minutes before taking it in case of hard stools.

It provides long-term relief from constipation because it also acts on peristalsis movement of intestines and liver additional to its laxative action. It increases secretion of bile from the liver and bile induces peristalsis movement, which helps in easier bowel movement.

Some people may not have hard stool, but experience difficulty in bowel movement. Generally, stool becomes sticky and passes in very small quantity. In such cases, Abhayarishtam is beneficial for reducing excess fats and mucus content in the stools, which produces stickiness and foul smell. In such cases, it should be used alone or along with a pinch of Trikatu.

Abdominal bloating

People with abdominal bloating feels gaseous or uncomfortably full abdomen. Abhayarishtam contains Haritaki as a main ingredient, which reduces intestinal gas, flatulence, and gaseous cramps in the abdomen. It promotes proper elimination of excess gas from the intestines and checks it further production. In mild cases, it alone works well and no other medicine is required, but in chronic cases, Arogyavardhini Vati and Lasunadi Vati can also be used along with it.

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Abhayarishta (Abhayarishtam) is as follows.
Infants (Age: Up To 12 Months)0.5 ml
Toddler (Age: 1 – 3 yrs)1 ml
Preschooler (3 – 5 yrs)2.5 ml
Grade-schooler (5 – 12 yrs)5 to 10 ml
Teenager (13 -19 yrs)15 to 20 ml
Adults (19 to 60 yrs)30 ml
Geriatric (above 60 yrs)20 ml
Maximum Possible Dosage60 ml Per Day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with equal amount of water
When to Take: Immediately After Food

Safety Profile

Abhayarishta contains simple kitchen ingredients and it is considerably safe for short-term as well as long-term use.

Side Effects

No side effects reported with recommended dosage of Abhayarishta. In very rare cases, it can cause loose stools. It generally occurs in patients with PITTA body type or when it is given to patient with normal bowel movement, but indicated in other disease.

Manufacturers

  • Divya Pharmacy (Patanjali/Baba Ramdev) – Divya Abhayarishta
  • Baidyanath
  • Dabur
  • Zandu

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6 Comments

  1. Meera says

    Why was I given Abhayarishtam as a mouth gargle when this is for hemorrhoids/piles? Was this a mistake?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Abhayarishtam is used to treat many diseases in addition to piles or constipation, but I am also not sure why your doctor advised you gargling with Abhayarishtam. In classical texts, there is no such use described.

      You should ask this question to your doctor.

  2. Meera says

    What’s Sukumaram kashayam for?

  3. NARENDRA says

    It is safe to take Abhayarishta in morning before meal?

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