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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 Name Common name
Withania somnifera Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng)
Chlorophytum tuberosum Mushali (white)
Rubia cordifolia Manjistha
Terminalia chebula Haritaki
Curcuma longa Haldi (Turmeric)
Berberis aristata Daruhaldi
Glycyrrhiza Glabra Mulethi (Yashtimadhu) – Licorice
Pluchea lanceolata Rasna
Pueraria tuberosa Vidari/vidarikand(Indian Kudzu)
Terminalia arjuna Arjuna
Cyperus rotundus Mustak (Nut grass)
Ipomoea turpethum Trivrit
Hemidesmus indicus Sariva (Indian sarsaparilla)
Cryptolepis buchanani Kali sariva
Santalum album Chandan (white)
Pterocarpus santalinus Chandan (red)
Acorus calamus Vacha
Plumbago zeylanica Chitrak

Other ingredients

Honey Madhu

Ingredients Added after preparing solution of above herbs

Woodfordia fruticosa Dhataki flowers
Zingiber officinale Ginger dried
Piper nigrum Black pepper
Cinnamomum zeylanicum Dalchini (Cinnamon)
Elettaria cardamomum Ela (cardamom)
Cinnamomum tamala Tejpatta
Callicarpa macrophylla Priyangu
Mesua ferrea Nagkesar

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 Remedies Dosage
Ashwagandharishta 4 tsp.
Nardostachys jatamansi 500 mg
Licorice 500 mg
Amla 500 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.
Infants Not Recommended
Children 10 ml (2 tsp.) *
Adults 20 ml (4 tsp.) *
Pregnancy Not Recommended
Lactating Mothers 20 ml (4 tsp.) *
Geriatric (Old age) 20 ml (4 tsp.) *
Maximum Possible Dosage 60 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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