Draksharishta (Draksharishtam)

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Draksharishta (Draksharishtam) is an ayurvedic medicine that acts on the digestive system and respiratory system. It is helpful to provide strength to the body and good remedy for debility after a chronic disease. It is a general tonic and ayurvedic nutritional supplement too, which helps to maintain good digestion and improves the overall health. It is used in the treatment of a cough, asthma, phthisis, physical weakness, insomnia, vertigo associated with weakness, anorexia nervosa, constipation, loss of appetite, and headache.

Draksharishta Ingredients (Composition)

IngredientsQuantity Uses for Preparation
Draksha – Vitis Vinifera2 Kg 400 grams
Water24 Kg 456 grams
The decoction is prepared using ground Draksha and water, which is reduced to 1/4th (i.e. about 6.114 Kg liquid). Then the following herbs and ingredients are added in the decoction and mixed.
Jaggery (Guda/Gur) – Saccharum Officinarum9.6 Kg
Elaichi (Cardamom) – Elettaria Cardamomum48 grams
Dalchini (Cinnamon) – Cinnamomum Zeylanicum48 grams
Tejpata (Indian Bay Leaf) – Cinnamomum Tamala48 grams
Nagkesar – Mesua Ferrea48 grams
Priyangu – Callicarpa Macrophylla48 grams
Kali Mirch (Black pepper) – Piper Nigrum48 grams
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum48 grams
Vaividang (False Black Pepper) – Embelia Ribes48 grams
Dhataki flowers – Woodfordia Fruticosa48 grams
The mixture of these ingredients is kept in Asava Vessel for a month or more. Then it is filtered and stored in glass bottles.
Reference: SARNGADHARA SAMHITA, ASAVA ARISHTA KALPANA

Pharmacological Actions

Draksharishta acts as an alterative to restore the health and physical strength. It stimulates appetite, improves bowel movement, and reduces mental as well as physical fatigue.

Medicinal Properties

  • Alterative
  • Adaptogenic
  • Antioxidant
  • Cardioprotective
  • Carminative
  • Digestive Stimulant
  • Haematinic
  • Mild laxative

Ayurvedic Properties

Draksharishta is well tolerated in all people with Vata, Pitta, and Kapha disorders, but it is more likely to affect Vata Dosha.

Therapeutic Indications

  • Physical Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild Constipation
  • Intestinal Gas
  • Flatulence
  • Headache
  • Anemia
  • Phthisis
  • Vertigo (associated with weakness)
  • Cough
  • Asthma (associated with weakness)

Draksharishta Benefits & Uses

Draksharishta is helpful in disorders related to digestion, respiration, and strength. It is helpful to relieve problems like anorexia nervosa, loss of appetite, intestinal gas, constipation, flatulence, headache, anemia, fatigue, and breathing troubles. It has similar benefits as Drakshasava has. Draksharishta preserves the strength and improves the appetite.

Loss of Appetite & Anorexia Nervosa

Draksharishta stimulates the appetite and helps to digest the food. It is mainly beneficial when the patient has decreased the desire to eat. It improves the desire to eat, makes a person feel hungry and helps in the management of loss of appetite as well as anorexia nervosa.

Physical Weakness

Draksharishta has alterative action, so it helps to restore the optimum health. It increases endurance and improves physical strength. It can be used after fever or other diseases in which patient has debility and feel exhaustion.

Constipation

Draksha in Draksharishta has mild laxative action. This formulation also stimulates the liver to release the bile into the intestine, which induces peristaltic movements and eases in bowel movement.

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Draksharishta  is as follows:
Children5 to 10 ml
Adults10 to 20 ml
* Twice Daily with Equal amount of water
Best Time to Take: Immediately after food

Safety Profile

Draksharishta is considerably safe and well-tolerated for most individuals.

Side Effects of Draksharishta

The very rare side effect is loose stools in some people with its high dosage, which may be due to its laxative action.

Draksharishta vs. Drakshasava

There is the insignificant difference between Draksharishta and Drakshasava according to benefits of both formulations. The main difference is Drakshasava has more strengthening properties as compared to Draksharishta. Draksharishta has more appetizer effects. The main thing is a slight variation in ingredients and their quantity, but the main ingredient remains the same.

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