Asava & Arishta

Ashwagandharishta (Aswagandharishtam) Benefits and Uses

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.


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 (Yashtimadhu) – 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


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.


  • 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 (Cissus Quadrangularis) 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

Ashwagandharishta Benefits & Uses

Ashwagandharishta has the following health benefits and medicinal uses.

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.


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.


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


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.


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. It is commonly used in men’s problem in combination with Vang Bhasma and Labub Kabir.

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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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh is a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist with B.A.M.S. and M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants. He has a wealth of experience in using Ayurveda to treat patients, including the use of herbal medicine and personalized Ayurvedic diets. His passion for spreading accurate and scientific information about Ayurveda and Medicinal Plants led him to create Ayur Times, a trusted resource for those seeking reliable information on the topic. Through his dedicated work, Dr. Singh has helped thousands of patients find relief and improve their health with Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine.

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 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.

  5. 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?


    1. 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.

  6. 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. 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.

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

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

    1. 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.

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

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

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

  12. 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?

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Can I take for OCD. afraid of germs and anxious /worried about safety.not able to use public/others toilet

  16. Hi,

    I suffer from debilitating depersonalization with comorbid depression and insomnia, i have intense apathy and repressed anger. The symptoms from depersonalization alone are enough to drive anyone mad they include: memory loss (memory is actually fine but it is disconnected for lack of better words, from consciousness, like disorganized), emotions suppresion (but negative emotions are more present), anxiety anedonia, lack of willpower, absence of self esteem, inability to socialize, lack of empathy, little to no sense of identity.

    Can this product help me? I’m from Belgium and dont know of any vaidya around here and allopathy doesnt work. What combinations of ayurvedic formulas can help me to get out of this dissociation disorder – depersonalization, please?

    Thank you!

  17. Hi, I am Suffering From bladder neck obstruction. please tell us any medicine in AYURVEDA. My Symptoms are frequent urination, residual urine and dribbling of urine. feel like uncompleted urination on every pissing of urine.

  18. Hi, I m suffering from agoraphobia from last 4 years, I used to be some allopathy medicine but doesn’t work out. So now I start to using Divya medha extra power with ashwagandha capsule, now please suggest me-
    “ashwagandharist syrup or ashwagandha capsule”,
    which one should I take for more good results with Divya medha vati extra power ?

  19. Hi, I am suffering from agoraphobia from the last 4 years. I used some allopathy medicine but doesn’t work out. So I start using Divya medha vati extra power with ashwagandha capsule.

    So please suggest me-
    “Ashwagandharist syrup or ashwagandha capsule”

    Which one is more beneficial for me with Divya medha vati extra power.

  20. Can I use Divya medha vati extra power+ ashwagandha capsule+ brahmi powder+ shankhpushpi powder together for relief in penic attacks, anxiety, insomnia, stress n depression ?
    I am 30 years male. Kindly suggest me n what’s the proper doses ?

  21. Hello sir,
    Can aswagandharisht be taken along with ashokarisht, for pcod? If yes, then in what quantity shall i take both?

  22. I am taking Ashwagandharishta for a while. Is there any Pathya for this medicine?

    Should I avoid any food items while taking this medicine?

    1. The following foods should not be taken with Asava Arishta Medicines:
      1. Stale foods
      2. Jaggery
      3. Oil
      4. Sour foods
      5. Hot spices
      6. Black Lentils (Urad bean/dal)
      7. Chickpeas
      8. Red lentil (Masoor Dal)
      9. Pickles
      10. Potato
      11. Meat

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