Asava & Arishta

Ashokarishta Benefits, Dosage & Side Effects

Ashokarishta has a strengthening action on the uterus. It improves ovarian functions, helps to normalize heavy flow during periods, and reduces pain during menstruation. It might also be effective in heavy bleeding.

Before you use it, you should also know that it may contain about 3 to 9% self-generated alcohol. Ashokarishta is mainly made of Ashoka Bark. In ayurveda, Ashokarishta is used as a uterine tonic.

According to ayurvedic literature, it might help in heavy uterine bleeding, menstrual periods, imbalanced female hormones, menopausal osteoporosis, ovarian cysts, and uterine polyps. It might be beneficial in all underlying causes of uterine bleeding.

Based on its ingredient, it might lower inflammation, acts as mild estrogenic, improve digestion, increase hemoglobin, and act as an antioxidant. It might relax muscles and reduce menstrual cramps associated with heavy bleeding.


Main ingredient of Ashokarishta is Saraca asoka (Ashoka) bark. Ashokarishta (asokarishtam) contains following ingredients.

Botanical NameCommon Name
Saraca asoka BarkAshoka Bark
Saccharum officinarum (Jaggery)Jaggery (GUDA)
Woodfordia fruticosa flowersDhataki flowers
Cyperus rotundusMustak roots
Zingiber OfficinaleGinger rhizome
Nigella sativaKalonji
Berberis aristataDaruharidra
Nymphaea stellataUtpala flowers
Emblica officinalisIndian gooseberry (Amla or Amalaki) fruits
Terminalia bellericaVibhitaki
Terminalia chebulaHaritaki
Mangifera indica SeedsMango seed (Amrasthi)
Cuminum cyminumCumin seed (Jeera)
Adhatoda vasicaAdulsa (Vasaka)
Santalum albumSandalwood (Chandan)

Medicinal Properties

Ashokarishta (asokarishtam) has following healing properties.

  1. Anti-inflammatory
  2. Mild estrogenic
  3. Carminative
  4. Digestive Stimulant
  5. Haematinic (increases hemoglobin levels)
  6. Muscle relaxant
  7. Antioxidant
  8. Adaptogenic
  9. Anticancer

Therapeutic Indications

Ashokarishta is helpful in following health conditions.

Primary Indications

Based on classical texts, Ashokarishta is very useful in the following diseases:

  1. Menorrhagia – abnormal heavy or prolonged periods or heavy menstrual periods.
  2. Metrorrhagia – excessive uterine bleeding.
  3. Menometrorrhagia – combination of menorrhagia and metrorrhagia.
  4. Dysmenorrhea – painful periods.
  5. Low-grade chronic Fever.
  6. Bleeding Disorders.
  7. Bleeding Piles.
  8. Diminished digestive fire.
  9. Loss of desire to eat.
  10. Urinary disorders with frequent urination.
  11. Inflammation.

Secondary Indications

  • Menopausal osteoporosis.
  • Low bone mineral density.
  • Imbalanced hormones.
  • Increased level of testosterone in the blood.
  • Uterine polyps and fibroid (Along With Kanchnaar Guggul).
  • Ovarian cysts or poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) – Along with Chandraprabha vati.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease.
  • Loss of Appetite.
  • Anorexia.

In men, Ashokarishta is indicated in the following diseases:

  • Urinary disorders.
  • Frequent urination.
  • Inflammation.
  • Anorexia (loss of desire to eat).

Benefits & Uses of Ashokarishta

Ashokarishta has benefits in ovarian diseases and uterine disorders. Its main function is on female reproductive system. It might balance the levels of the hormone in the body. In menopause, it might help adapt the body according to the natural process occurring in the woman’s body. Let us discuss the main health benefits and medicinal uses of Ashokarishta in ayurvedic literature.

Menorrhagia, Metrorrhagia & Menometrorrhagia

  • Menorrhagia is abnormally heavy and prolonged bleeding during menstruation.
  • Metrorrhagia is a prolonged and excessive uterine bleeding. It indicates some other uterine disease. It does not occur due to menstruation.
  • Menometrorrhagia is a combination of menorrhagia and metrorrhagia. In this case, heavy bleeding occurs regardless of menstruation. It occurs more irregularly than usual.

In ayurveda, Ashokarishta is the drug of choice for all these three conditions. It naturally reduces bleeding and regulates uterine functions. The effects might be due to the influence of Ashokarishta on female hormones.

If bleeding occurs due to other causes, including cervical cancer, uterine cancer and uterine polyps, Ashokarishta alone may not work well. Several different medicines may also require for controlling other associated conditions. These ayurvedic remedies include chandraprabha vati, Kanchanar Guggulu, Chandrakala Ras etc.

In Menorrhagia, some patients also have constipation. They might also require one of DantyarishtaGulkand or Swadisht Virechan Churna with Ashokarishta. If the patient has the primary pain concern,  Gokshuradi Guggulu is given along with Ashokarishta.

Dysmenorrhea (Painful periods)

Ashokarishta is a uterine tonic, which improves uterine functions and modulates uterine contractions. It gives strength to the uterus, which helps in easier dislodging of the uterine lining during menstruation and prevents ischemia (inadequate blood supply to the uterus). Thus, it reduces menstrual cramps. Additionally, Ashokarishta also reduces premenstrual headache, nausea, low backache etc.

The effect of Ashoka Bark (main ingredient of Ashokarishta) on raised prostaglandin is still unknown, but phytoestrogens (which are also present in Ashoka Bark) might modulate the production of prostaglandin. The prostaglandin level increases in cases of primary dysmenorrhea.

Ashokarishta alone is more beneficial when a woman has heavy bleeding with cramps like pain. If pain is severe, Amla and Yashtimadhu might also help in addition to Ashokarishta.

Suppose the menstrual flow is inadequate or reduced. In such a case, Ashokarishta might help in a lower dosage, i.e. 5 ml, to get its strengthening benefit. But the best thing is to avoid it in such a case. Kumaryasava is the drug of choice in this case. If pain is severe, Yograj Guggulu might also help with this combination.

If abdominal tenderness is also present, or other increased Pitta symptoms such as increased bleeding, burning sensation, vertigo, hyperacidity etc., are observed, then Kumaryasava should not be used. Instead, Praval Pishti, Amla, Yastimahu, Shatavari, or Kamdudha Ras should be used along with Ashokarishta in the appropriate dosage according to the history of menstrual blood flow.

Note: However, many ayurvedic doctors use Ashokarishta as the primary remedy for dysmenorrhea, but it is not. It is a supportive medicine in dysmenorrhea, which assists in maintaining the hormonal balance and provides strength to the reproductive organs. The primary treatment for dysmenorrhea is Kumaryasava. But it also has contraindications that include – heavy bleeding, clots, increased or aggravated Pitta symptoms.

Reduces uterine contractions, but not comparable with KumaryasavaReduces unusual uterine contractions significantly
Menstrual blood flow may decreaseImproves menstrual blood flow
Decreases menstrual  bleedingIncreases menstrual bleeding
Mainly provides strength to the uterusStrengthening action is insignificant

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Ashokarishta might be useful in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). The condition of its use is unique, so it should be used with very care.

Ashokarishta might be helpful if your periods last for seven days or more and you experience heavy bleeding. You have an early menstrual period, if periods may also be regular or irregular but come before due dates.

The condition is Menorrhagia, i.e. heavy (excess bleeding), prolonged or irregular periods, then Ashokarishta is very useful.Sukumaran Kashayam and Chandraprabha Vati should also be used along with Ashokarishta. Chandraprabha Vati and Sukumaram Kashayam both help to restore ovarian functions.

If your periods are irregular and come after the due date, Ashokarishta is contraindicated. In such a case, Sukumaram Kashayam, Kumaryasava and Chandraprabha Vati are helpful. In such cases, some may also require Agnitundi Vati or Rajahpravartani Vati (Raja Pravartini Vati).

Ashokarishta also influences the endocrine system. The hormonal disturbance is a common cause of excess hair growth, acne and weight gain. The regular use of Ashokarishta with Chandraprabha Vati helps normalize the hormone levels and reduces all PCOS symptoms, but you should remember the condition of its use.

Low-grade inflammation may stimulate ovaries to secrete more testosterone, which may cause hair growth. Low-grade inflammation may also be a contributing factor for developing PCOS.

Ashokarishta, Kumaryasava, Sukumaram Kashayam and Chandraprabha Vati also reduce low-grade inflammation, which ultimately reduces symptoms of PCOS and treats ovarian fluid-filled cysts.

The conditional difference is between Ashokarishta and Kumaryasava, which must be considered.

Menopausal Osteoporosis

Bone mineral loss starts occurring in women during menopause. It may also lead to osteoporosis. Ashokarishta plays a vital role in harmonizing the hormones and helps adapt the body to new changes in menopause. It prevents bone mineral loss. Calcium in the Ashokarishta helps maintain bone mineral density.

Ashokarishta for Weight Loss

Does Ashokarishta help with weight loss or not?

Ashokarishta is not indicated for losing weight. There is no information available based on classical texts and research evidence that suggest its use in weight loss or obesity.

However, it can help in weight loss based on its ayurvedic properties, but under the following conditions:

  • If you are obese or overweight and have the pitta body type or aggravated pitta dosha in your body, it might help you lose weight.
  • If you have heavy bleeding and early menstruation with clots, it might help with these problems.

Ayurvedic medicines are given based on Dosha Balance effects. Because it reduces the aggravated pitta dosha and balances the other dosha, which may result in weight loss or weight gain, you may experience a reduction in body weight if you are obese or overweight or have PCOS. You may gain weight if you are underweight.


The dosage of Ashokarishta is 15 ml to 30 ml twice or thrice a day. In heavy bleeding, your doctor may also ask to increase the dosage of Ashokarishta.

Adjuvants of Ashokarishta

Water is an adjuvant for Ashokarishta. You should add equal amount of water and Ashokarishta, then take immediately after meal. Some medicines are taken with Ashokarishta as per following rule.

DiseasesSupporting Remedies
MenorrhagiaChandraprabha Vati
MetrorrhagiaChandraprabha Vati, Yashtimadhu and Amalaki Rasayana
MenometrorrhagiaChandraprabha Vati, Yashtimadhu and Amalaki Rasayana
DysmenorrheaYograj Guggul
Dysmenorrhea with constipationDantyarishta
Menopausal SymptomsSaraswatarishta
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)Chandraprabha Vati, Sukumaram Kashayam

Safety Profile

Ashokarishta might be POSSIBLY SAFE in most women. Some women may feel burning sensation after taking this remedy, but this side effect occurs only in women suffering with acidity or heartburn.

Ashokarishta Side Effects

The most common side effect of Ashokarishta is delayed menstruation.

  • Delayed menstruation.
  • Missed period.
  • Decreased menstrual blood flow.


Ashokarishta may have effects on hormone levels, which may affect adversely in pregnancy. Therefore, pregnant women should not use Ashokarishta tonic. The safety profile of Ashokarishta during pregnancy is not well-established.


Lactating mothers might take Ashokarishta if they experience heavy bleeding, leucorrhoea, or any other indicated health condition (if recommended by ayurvedic practitioner). The safety profile of Ashokarishta during lactation is not well-established.

Manufacturer & Brands

  • Dabur ashokarishta
  • Baidyanath ashokarishta
  • Zandu
  • Sandhu
  • Patanjali

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  1. How many days do we need to use Ashokarishta and Chandraprabha Vati for PCOS problem?

  2. My doctor has recommended Ashokarishta and Aloes Compound for my PCOS and irregular periods. Is it an appropriate treatment? How long will it take to cure my PCOS?

  3. Please suggest if 5 ml Ashokarishta would help with same amount of water once a day after food in early heavy menstruation for 10 years old child.

  4. I am having excessive pain during periods and I have started taking Ashokarishta 30 days ago. But I missed my cycle this month. Don’t know why. I am taking once a day. What should I do? Should I continue taking this or stop taking it?

      1. I am suffering with PCOD and my cycle is irregular, so shall I take Ashokarishta for it?

  5. In the article, it is mentioned that side effect of Ashokarishta is delayed menstruation.
    I am taking Ashokarishta to help conceive, but will it also delay my periods if I do not conceive this month.

    1. I am not sure if Ashokarishta helps in conception, it is not indicated for this. Instead, Dashmoolarishta is the main medicine in Arishta & Asava Category used for infertility. Medicine should also be according to the underlying cause of infertility.

      In some cases of infertility in which we use Ashokarishta because they have heavy periods with short duration (in some cases, menstrual cycle repeats twice a month). To regularize the menstrual flow to the normal level, we use it for a month or two. Then we shift them on other medicines used for easier conception. However, if patient does not get benefits in normalizing (reducing) the heavy menstrual cycle, then we can also continue it along with medicines used for infertility, according to individual body type and Dosha Analysis.

      Side effects are not likely to mean it will appear in all patients. Some patients have these complaints. If you already have light menstruation, long periods or delay periods, Ashokarishta must not be used.

      1. Thanks for the prompt reply.
        My reports are all normal but still I am not able to conceive. I am in my early thirties, can you suggest an Ayurvedic medicine to may be improve egg quality.

        Many thanks

          1. Thanks for your advice.
            Can Phal Ghrit be taken with Dal or it needs to be taken strictly with milk and water only.


  6. Sir, I am 46 yrs of age. I got my periods after 7 months. It is very heavy flow sometimes with clots. It is almost 10 days now. The flow is still on. Can I take ASHOKA Arista now. How much to take. Please help as I don’t want to take any English medicines

    1. Yes, it helps to treat leucorrhoea. Sometimes, hormonal imbalance is also responsible for leucorrhea in which Ashokarishta gives very good results. In addition, it also acts as antimicrobial and exerts astringent action, which treats underlying infections and reduces discharge.

      You can buy it online. Check it on Google to find the availability of Ashokarishta on any online store.

  7. Does the regular intake of ashokarishtha purifies our blood and brings inner glow on our face?

    1. Saraca Asoca is the main ingredient of Ashokarishta that purifies the blood and removes toxins from the body, so it is also likely to prevent skin diseases and improves the glow of the skin.

  8. Is safe or beneficial to taking Ashokarishta and Patrangasava and Mahayograj guggul in 2nd month of pregnancy?

  9. Is beneficial to taking phal ghrit in the 2nd month of pregnancy? Tell me the ayurvedic medicine to help the right growth of the child and avoid miscarriage.

  10. I get recurrent boils inside labia minora around the time of starting my monthly cycle.

    These boils grow in size and eventually burst in 10 days. What Ayurvedic medicine can I take to cure them?

  11. My period was stopped last 3 months. Is Ashokarishta helpful for me to flow it again?

  12. I am at 40 age. My period are not regular since last 7- 8 months,. Then I have to take the table to start up my monthly periods.

    Want to conceive for 2 times. Having a kd of 7 years. Help to regularize my monthly periods and improve the egg quality and fertility

  13. I have hair grown at chin because of PCOS (hormonal imbalance). My periods come 5 days earlier every month. Flow is not very heavy and remain for 3 days only. Should I take ashokarishta and chandraprabha vati?

  14. i had 3 miscarriage . it was in 3 month ,5 month and last one 5 and half month. what is best for me . please give me proper advice to me. thanks

  15. i am durgehswari. suffering from PCOD i have irregular periods. and to get my periods in time i have been suggested by doctor to take regestrone 5mg every month 10 tablets and also told me that i will have to take these medicine for life to have regular periods kindly guide me if these medicine (ashokarishta) is helpfull for me (i generaly do not have heavy bleeding during periods ). to recover my PCOD and get regular periods

  16. Hello, i have a problem of late and longer period. It remains for more then 1 1/2 months. It starts late i.e after one or two month from last periods stop date. And it starts with spot for 10-15 days then comes to very heavy flow for 4-5 days then back to normal bleeding fir a month or more. I have been on birth control pills for this problem. Ultrasounds are normal. Can you please help what should ii take to cure my problem. Please

  17. My sis age 15.after her 1st period she did nt had her period again from last 8months.can she take ashokarishta

  18. Hi Dr. Jagdev,

    I am suffering from PCOD. My periods are always irregular and delays for 4- 5 months sometimes. I checked this post and got idea about medicines ashokarisht and other which I can take.
    But I want to be sure. Could you please suggest which medicines or tonics I should take and how much amount or dosage?

    Thanks in Advance.

  19. Hello Sir,
    I am suffering from PCOS, I had delayed period problem, acne weigh gain and extra hair growth. I consulted with gynecologist, and taking some English medicines, then I heard about ashokarishta ayurvedic treatment.

    Please tell me how I should take ashokarishta and other medicines to treat my problem.

    Will it help me to get rid of PCOS?

    1. The main condition to use Ashokarishta is the prolonged mensuration and heavy bleeding. It can also be used in case of irregular periods when a patient has heavy bleeding and prolonged period when it comes.

      It is not the right medicine for irregular periods when patient get scanty periods or only spotting. In such case, Kumari Asava is the best medicine.

  20. I’m 23 yrs old I start taking ashokarista bcoz during my period there is only small stains….no heavy bleeding …. is ashokarista best for me?

  21. I have small tumors in my Ovary. Dr operated once. Can Ashokarishta cure this problem? Please suggest.

  22. Hello sir. I have PCOS and my periods are scanty. A Dr. At BHU prescribed me Ashokarishta, manoll, hyponidd tablets and rajahpravartani vati. But you say Ashokarishta is not recommended for scanty flow. Should I continue? Do I defy the Dr.?

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