Ashwagandharishta (Aswagandharishtam)

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Ashwagandharishta (Aswagandharishtam) is Ashwagandha based ayurvedic liquid preparation used in a variety of aliment and general debility. It is also a health tonic, which helps restoring strength after a long-standing disease and improves overall health.

Generally, Ashwagandharishta is beneficial in all VATA predominance diseases, according to ayurvedic science. It also a good remedy for men’s health problems including infertility and impotency. It helps people suffering with depression, mental disorders, dementia, etc.

Ingredients

The principle ingredient of Ashwagandharishta (Aswagandharishtam) is Ashwagandha. Here is a complete list of all ingredients of Ashwagandharishta in addition to water and honey used in preparation.

Scientific NameCommon name
Withania somniferaAshwagandha (Indian Ginseng)
Chlorophytum tuberosumMushali (white)
Rubia cordifoliaManjistha
Terminalia chebulaHaritaki
Curcuma longaHaldi (Turmeric)
Berberis aristataDaruhaldi
Glycyrrhiza glabraMulethi (Licorice)
Pluchea lanceolataRasna
Pueraria tuberosaVidari/vidarikand(Indian Kudzu)
Terminalia arjunaArjuna
Cyperus rotundusMustak (Nut grass)
Ipomoea turpethumTrivrit
Hemidesmus indicusSariva (Indian sarsaparilla)
Cryptolepis buchananiKali sariva
Santalum albumChandan (white)
Pterocarpus santalinusChandan (red)
Acorus calamusVacha
Plumbago zeylanicaChitrak

Other ingredients

Water
HoneyMadhu

Ingredients Added after preparing solution of above herbs

Woodfordia fruticosaDhataki flowers
Zingiber officinaleGinger dried
Piper nigrumBlack pepper
Cinnamomum zeylanicumDalchini (Cinnamon)
Elettaria cardamomumEla (cardamom)
Cinnamomum tamalaTejpatta
Callicarpa macrophyllaPriyangu
Mesua ferreaNagkesar

Medicinal Properties

Ashwagandharishta (Aswagandharishtam) has following healing properties.

Primary Actions

  1. General tonic
  2. Adaptogen
  3. Aphrodisiac
  4. Anti-inflammatory
  5. Immunomodulator
  6. Uterine tonic
  7. Antidepressant
  8. Anti-stress
  9. Anti-anxiety (anxiolytic)
  10. Antioxidant

Secondary Actions

  • Heart tonic
  • Energy booster
  • Athlete or sports supplement
  • Digestive stimulant
  • Mild sedative
  • Mild analgesic

Therapeutic Indications

Ashwagandharishta (Aswagandharishtam) is helpful in following health problems.

General

  • Physical weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Underweight

Psychological problems

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Sadness and drowsiness
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Sleeplessness or insomnia

Neurological disorders

  • Chronic headache or migraine
  • Dementia or memory loss
  • Vertigo
  • Brain Atrophy

Muscle, Joint & Bone disorders

Ashwagandharishta reduces joint inflammation and swelling. It is also beneficial to build up bone mass with combination of Hadjod, calcium and mineral supplement.

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis or decreased bone mineral density (supportive therapy for strengthening bones and joints and preventing fractures)
  • Fibromyalgia or muscular cramps

Men’s Health

  • Male infertility
  • Impotency
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of libido

Women’s Health

  • Post partum depression (along with saraswatarishta)
  • Loss of libido
  • Uterine weakness
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Female infertility of unknown origin

Medicinal Uses & Health Benefits

Physical weakness

Ashwagandharishta provides strength to body and it is helpful in treating physical weakness. The withanolides present in the Ashwagandha are responsible for this action. It brings strength in the body and acts as antioxidant as well as adaptogenic.

Fatigue

Ayurvedic doctors frequently use Ashwagandharishta in fatigue. It gives relief and provides vitality. It reduces tiredness and fatigue by increasing the ability of the body to handle the physical as well as mental stress.

Adrenal Fatigue

Ashwagandharishta supports the adrenal gland and improves its functions. The too stressful life is underlying cause of adrenal fatigue and adrenal gland becomes unable to produce enough amount of cortisol stress hormone to cope with the stress.

Ashwagandha, the main ingredient of Ashwagandharishta, has ability to improve the functions of adrenal gland and to reduce physical, mental and emotional stress. Ultimately, it reduces stress and improves adrenal functions. Ashwagandharishta helps in following symptoms.

  • Feeling difficulty in the morning to get out of the bed
  • Feeling tiredness even after waking up in the morning
  • Trouble to think clearly
  • Inability to concentrate on tasks and finish the tasks within time limits

However, Ashwagandha alone can work in above symptoms and condition, but the bioavailability of Ashwagandha constituents is more with Ashwagandharishta.

Underweight

Aswagandharishtam helps improving body weight and muscle mass. It improves appetite too, which also helps gaining weight fast.

Anxiety

Some people suffering with anxiety have symptoms such as feeling uneasiness, trouble sleeping, cold hands or feet, restlessness and tingling sensation in hands or feet. In all these symptoms, Ashwagandharishta works well. According to ayurveda, all these symptoms occur due to VATA and PITTA imbalance in the body. Ashwagandharishta works on VATA type anxiety with above symptoms. In PITTA type anxiety, people have palpitation, burning or heat sensation in hands or feet and restlessness. In such condition, Brahmi (bacopa monnieri), licorice, shankhpushpi, mukta pishti (pearl calcium) and praval pishti (coral calcium) should be taken with Ashwagandharishta.

Depression

Ashwagandharishta has antidepressant properties. It relaxes the mind and increases the serotonin level in the brain. Thus, it improves interest in daily activities, corrects sleeping patterns, reduces irritability and increases energy level.

Sleeplessness or insomnia

The calming action of Ashwagandharishta helps people with insomnia. It relaxes the mind and reduces mental fatigue. The common cause of insomnia is excessive thinking during the night or some disturbed thoughts floating in the mind. In such condition, Ashwagandharishta cannot work alone. In this case, patient require following combination.

Ayurvedic RemediesDosage
Ashwagandharishta4 tsp.
Nardostachys jatamansi500 mg
Licorice500 mg
Amla500 mg
Brahmi (bacopa monnieri)500 mg
Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus Pluricaulis)500 mg
Mukta Pishti (Moti Pishti or Processed Pearl Calcium)125 mg

Anorexia nervosa

Some psychotically factors may play a role in development of anorexia nervosa. These include.

  • Anxiety or mental stress
  • Feeling trouble handling stress
  • Excessive worrying

Ashwagandharishta has ability to reduce all these precipitating factors. Secondly, it is prepared through the fermentation process. This method provides it a digestive stimulant characteristic, which ultimately improves feeling for eating something.

Men’s health

Ashwagandharishta is a good remedy for all types of men’s problems. It increases fertility and improves libido.

Uterine weakness, recurrent miscarriages & Female infertility of unknown origin

According to ayurveda, uterine weakness is the main cause of recurrent miscarriage and infertility of unknown origin. Ashwagandharishta improves uterine health and strengthens uterine muscles. Thus, it prevents miscarriages and improves fertility. However, Ashwagandha powder with cow’s milk has better results than Ashwagandharishta in the treatment of recurrent miscarriages and infertility. Aswagandharishtam is given when patient also has loss of appetite and feel difficulty to digest the Ashwagandha with milk.

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Ashwagandharishta is as follows.
InfantsNot Recommended
Children10 ml (2 tsp.) *
Adults20 ml (4 tsp.) *
PregnancyNot Recommended
Lactating Mothers20 ml (4 tsp.) *
Geriatric (Old age)20 ml (4 tsp.) *
Maximum Possible Dosage60 ml per day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with equal amount of water
When to Take: After Food

Caution & Side Effects

Ashwagandharishta is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people. Some patients have reported heartburn and acidity after taking Ashwagandharishta. Generally, these side effects occur in people with history of gastritis, GERD or ulcer. Therefore, it is also contraindicated in following diseases.

  • Acidity or hyperacidity
  • Heartburn
  • GERD
  • Gastritis
  • Mouth ulcer
  • Sour mouth or throat

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47 Comments

  1. Sreenivas. says

    It is excellent tonic. I have seen the results myself both for physical and mental problems.

  2. Jitendra says

    In past I have used this for my wife. Now I would like to continue the same again

  3. manisha says

    I have started taking it. How long will it take to see the results? I’m taking 4 tsp two times a day after food.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      In most cases, results start within 2 weeks, but the recommend treatment duration is about 3 months.

  4. Sachin says

    Where can we get this syrup?

  5. sushil says

    Sir, I want to build muscle. Could you let me medicines apart from Ashwagandha.

  6. Sreedevi Prabhakaran says

    Can lactating mother with 3 months old baby take Ashwagandharishta?

    Please suggest the dosage and the period up to which lactating mother should take it.

  7. Ami says

    Can Ashwagandharishta or Saraswatarishta help in Tinnitus?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Yes, both arishta can help in tinnitus, but other remedies may also require.

  8. Alexis says

    I am starting to see the positive results of consuming aswagandharishtam. Can I take it on a daily basis for lifetime? If so, what should be the dosage? Kindly let me know.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Ashwagandharishta can be taken on long-term basis without any side effect. The dosage should be the same as given here.

  9. Pruthviraj says

    Is it safe to take when allopathic antidepressant course on going?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Many people are taking Ashwagandharishta along with allopathic medicines including antidepressants, but one should keep 3 hours gap between Ashwagandharishta and other non-ayurvedic drugs for precautionary purposes.

  10. Pranjal says

    Hello Sir,

    I used to take Ashwagandharishta for almost two months and I could see some benefits like my laziness disappeared, became active all the time, felt energetic and ready for any task etc. But I had to stop taking Ashwagandharishta as I was suffering from Stomach problem like gas, heartburn, sore throat etc and it made the situation worse.

    Could you possibly suggest me some alternative of Ashwagandharishta, which has same benefits and can be taken by people who have stomach problems like me?

    Thanks….

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Ashwagandha Churna (Powder) alone can help. Other formulations of Ashwagandha including Ashwagandhadi Churna can also provide similar benefits and safe for patients with gastric irritation.

  11. Zoe says

    Is it due to the alcohol content that it is not recommended during pregnancy? Can it be used in the preconception stage if you are suffering from adrenal fatigue (and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis) and if so until when? What would be the suggested treatment? Thank you.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Some people may feel gastric discomfort with Ashwagandharishta. It can worsen in pregnant women due to pressure in the abdominal cavity.

      However, it can be taken in the preconception stage until conception. Ashwagandha powder alone is also be beneficial in adrenal fatigue.

  12. Divyashree says

    Will aswagandharishtam help me for reducing weight and growing me in few inches?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Ashwagandharishta does not likely to reduce weight instead it may slightly increase the weight. However, it may help to increase height along with other medicines like Mukta Pishti, Abhrak Bhasma, etc.

  13. Aayush says

    Should I take ashwagandharishta immediate after food or is it necessary to take a gap in between?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      One should take all Arishta and Asava preparation Ashwagandharishta including immediately after food.

  14. Jeeth says

    Will Ashwagandharishta cure impotence in an old male? Is it also good for diabetes?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      1. Ashwagandharishta can help to reduce weakness and it is useful for impotence. However, its effects may vary in old age when used for impotency, but it surely provides strength.

      2. Ashwagandharishta is not indicated in diabetes mellitus because it contains sugar. If you are using it for other diseases, then your blood sugar level must be under good control.

  15. Sudhakar says

    Will Ashwagandharishta improve the memory power in children, and for that how many days it should be taken?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Yes, Ashwagandharishta improves memory. It is frequently used for memory loss occurring due to hypothyroidism and in the old age.

      However, the better memory booster remedy for children is Shankhpushpi Syrup.

  16. rohan says

    Can ashwagandharishta and abhayarishta be taken together?

  17. Dev says

    Can Ashwagandharishta and Kumariasav be taken together?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      However, the action of both medicines is very different, but they do not interact with each other, so both can be taken together.

  18. chandrasekharan says

    The combination of balarishta, dashmoolarishta and ashwagandharishta along with a gooseberry during karkitaka, seems doing good for my general health throughout the year.

  19. lushan says

    Can Ashwagandharishta syrup be taken with warm milk?

  20. Umesh says

    Does this cause Acidity?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      In a few patients, it can cause acidity when taken in a high dosage or without adding water.

  21. ashok p h says

    Can I take ashwagandharishta along with my allopathic medicines?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      You should keep 3 hours gap between ashwagandharishta and allopathic medicines.

  22. shaji says

    Can ashwagandharishta and dasamoolarishta be mixed together as a rejuvenating tonic?

  23. Gayathri says

    I suffer from fatigue, joints pain, feet pain and I am bloated during hot and humid season. My doctor has advised me to take Punarnavarishta with Arogyavardhini Vati tablets. Can I also take ashwagandharishta?

  24. Manoj says

    I am 44 year old male using Ashwagandharishta for the past 3 months using becuase i cannot susutain an irrection during sex /weakness . can I stop this and start using Ashwagandhalehya , expecting your your valuable suggession and advice

  25. Sainu says

    Can use Ashwagandharishta to increase blood circulation?

  26. Suresh says

    I am 70 years male started taking dabur ashwsgandhrishta 15 ml twice a day with equal quantity of water after meals for relieving from tension and anxiety. I have taken it for a week and then stopped it because of not getting desired results. Kindly advise me whether I should restart it and in what quantity and period.
    Thanks doctor

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