Amritarishta (also called Amrutharishtam) is an ayurvedic medicine used the treatment of chronic fever, typhoid fever, and other infectious diseases. It is natural immunity booster and increases non-specific immunity. It helps the body to fight off bacterial as well as viral infections.
Generally, it is used for debility after fever. It reduces body pains occurring after chronic illness, chronic fevers or infectious diseases. In fevers, it provides relief from following symptoms:
- Burning sensation
- Excessive thirst
- Body Pains
Amritarishta is also beneficial for patients suffering from gout or elevated uric acid level, rheumatoid arthritis, poor appetite and hepatitis (jaundice).
The main ingredient of Amritarishta is Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia), also called Guduchi. It is potent immune-modulator and helps boosting immune intelligence.
|Giloy (Guduchi) – Tinospora Cordifolia||4 Kg|
|The decoction prepared using Giloy, Dashmool and water in above quantity and liquid is reduced to one fourth.|
|Jaggery (Gur)||12 Kg|
|Jeera (Cumin Seeds) – Cuminum Cyminum||640 grams|
|Pitpapra (Shahtra) – Fumaria Indica||80 grams|
|Saptaparna (Satona) – Alstonia Scholaris||40 grams|
|Sonth – Zingiber Officinale||40 grams|
|Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper Nigrum||40 grams|
|Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum||40 grams|
|Mustak – Cyprus Rotundus||40 grams|
|Nagkesar – Mesua Ferrea||40 grams|
|Kutki – Picrorhiza Kurroa||40 grams|
|Ativisha – Aconitum Heterophyllum||40 grams|
|Indrayava – Holarrhena Antidysenterica Seeds||40 grams|
|These ingredients are mixed in the Amrutharishtam 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 & BHARAT BHAISHAJYA RATNAKAR|
Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam) is primarily febrifuge, immunomodulator and anti-inflammatory. It also has following pharmaceutical actions.
- Mild Analgesic
- Detoxifier (AMA-NASHAK)
- Digestive Stimulant
- Blood Purifier or detoxifier
Amritarishta is helpful in following health conditions.
- Typhoid Fever
- Chronic Fevers
- Splenomegaly (Spleen Enlargement)
- Hepatomegaly (Liver Enlargement)
- Poor Appetite
- Jaundice & Hepatitis
- Chronic Pruritus
- Postpartum Fever
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Amritarishta Benefits & Medicinal Uses
The main effect of Amritarishta is observable on immune system, spleen, liver, skin, stomach, intestine and blood. It is useful in the diseases of these organs.
Fevers & Infections
Amritarishta is mainly recommendable in low grade fevers or chronic fevers in which patients experience fatigue, loss of strength, body pains, loss of interest and restlessness. It helps mitigation of all these symptoms. Additionally, it helps to release toxins (called AMA in ayurveda), which are responsible for the inflammation and occurrence of fever. It is beneficial for reducing symptom like burning sensation in the whole body, heat sensation, restlessness, body aches, and fatigue.
Along with other medicines for infections, it reduces span of fever and boosts recovery from associated infections. It enhances non-specific immunity and increase immune intelligence, which aids fighting off infections.
The mild antipyretic action of Amrutharishtam also helps reduce fever. Accompanying with Praval Pishti, its antipyretic action increases and works like modern antipyretic medicines.
After fever and infections, it helps restoring the strength, reduces physical weakness and improves appetite.
In typhoid fever, Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) in Amritarishta inhibits the growth of salmonella typhi bacteria and reduces antigen titer. Its use along with Vasant Malti Ras can also help to reduce tendency of becoming chronic carriers of typhoid fever. Along with other ayurvedic medicines, it is useful in the treatment of typhoid fever. It is also helpful in debility that occurs after typhoid fever and helps clearing the toxins developed in the body.
Puerperal Fever (Postpartum Fever)
In asava arishta preparations, Dashmularishta is given to treat puerperal fever. However, if a patient has symptoms of dominating Pitta Dosha including diarrhea, burning sensation, and feeling of losing consciousness, then Amritarishta is a drug of choice in ayurveda. Along with other medicines, it helps to manage puerperal fever and supports to treat the infection.
Debility after Fever
Many patients have debility after fever or after a prolonged disease. The use of antibiotic medicines to treat infections also causes many side effects, which results in the loss of strength in the body. Amritarishta can help to reduce debility and induces elimination of toxins developed in the body either due to infection or antibiotic use.
Loss of Appetite
Amritarishta regulates gastric secretions and increases appetite. Its digestive stimulant properties also help to improve digestion of food and reduce AMA formation. It is highly beneficial in cases of poor appetite due to chronic illness or infections.
Giloy (Tinospora) has hematogenic action, so Amritarishta helps to improve the blood formation and increase hemoglobin level in the blood. According to ayurveda, it works on RANJAKA PITTA and improves its quality, which helps to increase hemoglobin level. For best results, it can be used along with Dhatri Loha or Punarnava Mandur.
Bile Deficiency & Liver Disorders
Amritarishta increases the secretion of bile from the liver and gall bladder. It also acts liver stimulant, which improves liver functions and improve digestion and assimilation of the food.
However, Amritarishta is not a potent medicine for jaundice and liver disorders, but it can help to reduce the major impact of the disease on the liver by stimulating the immune system and improving the liver functions. It is more beneficial in chronic cases than acute cases.
Chronic Pruritus (Itchy Skin)
Ruling out the underlying cause of pruritus helps in proper treatment of it. Amritarishta helps detoxifying the blood, eliminates the toxins from the skin, and improves liver and kidney functions. If any of anemia, liver diseases, malabsorption, dry skin, dermatitis, seasonal change or chickenpox is the cause of chronic pruritus, Amritarishta helps a lot.
The patients with chronic diarrhea are suffering from the liver dysfunction. Ama (toxin developed from undigested foods) is mainly responsible for causing chronic diarrhea due to malabsorption, toxins accumulation and affecting the liver functions. Amritarishta improves the secretion of digestive juices and bile. It reduces AMA and improves digestion and metabolism. Further, it helps to eliminate the Ama from the body. Ultimately, it helps to treat chronic diarrhea.
Splenomegaly (Spleen Enlargement)
Many patients suffer from splenomegaly (spleen enlargement) that can occur due to infections or due to other causes. If the infection is the underlying cause of spleen enlargement, then Amritarishta can be very useful. Rohitakarishta can also be taken along with it for getting best results.
Dosage & Administration
|The general dosage of Amritarishta (Amrutharishtam) is as follows.|
|Children||5 to 10 ml *|
|Adults||20 ml *|
|Maximum Possible Dosage||Per Day (in divided doses)|
|* Twice a day with Equal Amount of Water|
|Best Time to Take: Immediately After Food|
Amritarishta is considerably safe for most individuals in recommended dosage of Amrutharishtam when taken under professional supervision.
Amritarishta has no side effects when used wisely according to DOSHA and in the recommended dosage. High dosage is not recommendable and may result in burning or irritation in the alimentary canal due to its alcoholic content.