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Abhayarishta (Abhayarishtam)


Abhayarishta (Abhayarishtam) is the most common ayurvedic 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)

Decoction Ingredients:  
Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula 5 Kg
Munakka (Raisins) – Vitis Vinifera 2 Kg
Vaividang – Embelia Ribes 400 grams
Madhuca Indica – Mahua/Madhuka flowers 400 grams
Water 41 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 Turpethum 80 grams
Dhania (Coriander) 80 grams
Dhataki – Woodfordia Fruticosa 80 grams
Indravaruni (Colocynth) – Citrullus Colocynthis 80 grams
Chavya – Piper Cuba 80 grams
Saunf (Fennel Seeds) – Foeniculum Vulgare 80 grams
Sonth – Zingiber Officinale 80 grams
Dantimool – Baliospermum Montanum 80 grams
Mochrus – Bombax Malabaricum 80 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, Chapter 9, Arsha Roga Chikitsa, Verse 175-180.

Medicinal Properties

  1. Anti-hemorrhoid.
  2. Anti-constipation.
  3. Laxative.
  4. Appetizer.
  5. Digestive Stimulant.
  6. Mild Diuretic.
  7. Peristalsis stimulation inducer.
  8. Carminative.
  9. Antiflatulent.
  10. Anthelmintic or vermifuge (due to Vaividang).
  11. Ama Pachak (detoxifying).

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

Dosha Karma

Balances Tridosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha).
Pacifies Vata Dosha.
Reduces Kapha Dosha.
Removes Ama Dosha.

Therapeutic Indications

  1. Piles (Haemorrhoids) – all types.
  2. Abdominal disorders (in 8 types of abdominal disorders as mentioned in ayurveda).
  3. Constipation – mild to moderate.
  4. Anuria (inability to urinate).
  5. Dysuria (painful or difficult urination).
  6. Loss of appetite.
  7. Abdominal heaviness after food.
  8. Intestinal gas.
  9. Flatulence.
  10. Abdominal bloating.
  11. Anal Fissure.

The therapeutic benefits and medicinal effects of the Abhayarishta appears on stomach, duodenum, intestine and colon. In the stomach secrets this digestive juices and increases appetite.

Abhayarishta Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Abhayarishta (Abhayarishtam) benefits in all types of hemorrhoids, abdominal diseases, and constipation and difficult urination (dysuria). It increases digestive fire. The improvement in digestive fire helps proper digestion of food particles. Ultimately, it reduces toxins accumulation and increases their elimination.

Piles (Haemorrhoids)

Piles (Haemorrhoids) are the 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 a case, Abhayarishta is very useful for eliminating constipation and reducing the habit of hard stools. In such case, cow’s ghee or almond oil should be consumed in a dosage of 1 teaspoon with warm water 30 minutes before taking it. This remedy has excellent results in reducing the 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, the patient may also require additional internal medicines like Gandhak Rasayan, Rajat Bhasma and Praval Pishti.


In mild constipation, Abhayarishtam alone works very fine. It can be used on a regular basis for 2 to 4 weeks for complete relief from mild constipation. Fibre rich diet should also be included in the 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 Abhayarishta in case of hard stools.

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

Some people may not have a hard stool, but have trouble in bowel movement. Generally, the 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 the gaseous or uncomfortably full abdomen. Abhayarishtam contains Haritaki as the 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 its further production. In mild cases, Abhayarishta 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.

Colon Cleansing

Abhayarishta is the best ayurvedic medicine that helps in colon cleansing. Its regular use for about a month improves intestinal and colon health. It removes sticky Ama Dosha (toxins) from the intestinal wall. It improves the strength of the intestine and restores natural peristalsis. All these things help to treat constipation and all types of abdominal diseases.

Abhayarishta Dosage

The classical ayurvedic dosage of Abhayarishta is as follows:

Children 0.5 ml per Kg of body weight
Adults 15 – 30 ml
Pregnancy Not Recommended
Lactation 15 ml
Geriatric Dosage 15 ml
Maximum Possible Dosage 60 ml per day

How to Take Abhayarishta

Anupan (Adjuvant) An equal amount of water
Dosage Frequency  Twice daily
Medication Time Immediately after a meal

Safety Profile

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

Side Effects

No side effects reported with the recommended dosage of Abhayarishta. In very rare cases, it can cause loose stools. This side effect appears in very rare cases, especially in patients with Pitta Body Type.

Brands & Manufacturers

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

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