Jeerakarishtam (Jirakadyarishtam or Jeerakadyarishtam)

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Jeerakarishtam (also spelled as Jirakadyarishtam & Jeerakadyarishtam) is an ayurvedic medicine used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, poor appetite, phthisis, postpartum fever, postpartum debility, acid peptic disorders etc. It mainly acts on the digestive system and improves the digestive capacity and reduces the digestive disorders. It reduces gas formation, flatulence, bloating, excessive thirst, loose stools, and mucus content in the stool. It is also beneficial in some skin diseases characterized by itching, boils, and spots.

Jeerakarishtam Ingredients (Composition)

IngredientsQuantity used for preparation
Jeera (Cumin Seeds) – Cuminum Cyminum6 Kg
Water49 Kg
The Jeera Kwath (decoction) is prepared using Jeera and water, which is reduced to half i.e. 24.5 Kg. Then it is filtered and following ingredients are added in Jeera Kwath.
Jaggery (Gur)14.4 Kg
Dhataki – Woodfordia Fruticosa768 grams
Sonth (dried ginger root) – Zingiber Officinale96 grams
Jaiphal (Nutmeg) – Myristica Fragrans48 grams
Mustak (Nut Grass) – Cyprus Rotundus48 grams
Dalchini (Cinnamon) – Cinnamomum Zeylanicum48 grams
Tejpata (Indian Bay Leaf) – Cinnamomum Tamala48 grams
Elaichi (Cardamom) – Elettaria Cardamomum48 grams
Nagkesar – Mesua Ferrea48 grams
Ajwain (Carom Seeds) -Trachyspermum Ammi48 grams
Kababchini (Kankola) – Piper Cubeba48 grams
Laung (Clove) – Syzygium Aromaticum48 grams
The mixture of Jeerakarishtam ingredients is left for 30 days in Asava Arishta Vessel and after 30 days, the liquid is filtered to obtain Jirakadyarishtam and stored in bottles.

Pharmacological Actions

Jeerakarishtam improves appetite and digestive capacity. It provides strength to the stomach, liver and intestine according to Ayurveda. It is a good uterine detoxifier, which is recommended to eliminate the toxins from the uterus following the delivery. It also has mild antipyretic and antibacterial properties. So, it helps to manage the infections during the postpartum period in women along with other remedies.

Medicinal Properties

Jeerakarishtam has following healing properties.

  • Aam Pachak (Detoxifier)
  • Uterine detoxifier
  • Appetizer
  • Digestive stimulant
  • Stomachic
  • Mild antipyretic
  • Antibacterial & Antimicrobial
  • Antidiarrheal
  • Hypnotic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Carminative
  • Antipruritic
  • Galactagogue

Therapeutic Indications

Jeerakarishtam is used in following health conditions:

Postpartum Conditions

  1. Debility after delivery
  2. Poor appetite
  3. Body pains
  4. Stiffness
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Fever & Infections

Other Conditions

  • Phthisis
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Acid peptic disorders – hyperacidity, heartburn, indigestion, GERD etc.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Insomnia linked with IBS
  • Pruritus
  • Abdominal pains with burning sensation

Jeerakarishtam Benefits & Medicinal Uses

Jeerakarishtam is a digestive tonic for all and uterine tonic and detoxifier for women. Some of its benefits are as follows:

Postpartum Fever

Dashmularishta (Dasamoolarishtam) is the main medicine for postpartum fever and infections, but it is contraindicated when a woman has heartburn, burning sensation, heat sensation in hands and feet, and other Pitta symptoms. If the patient has Pitta symptoms, then Jeerakarishtam is a good choice for her. However, it works well if fever is low-grade and develops into a chronic disease/infection. In acute cases, it may not be beneficial. In chronic cases, many women have complaints of laziness, malaise, stiffness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, excessive thirst etc., and then it is highly recommendable along with other medicines as recommended by a physician.

Postpartum Debility

Like Dashmularishta, Jirakadyarishtam is also beneficial for increasing the strength and reducing the debility and physical exhaustion after the delivery. It supports joints and muscles, reduces stress and pain, and improves the feeling of general well-being.

Diarrhea

Jeerakarishtam works well in diarrhea accompanies with heat sensation, burning sensation, stools with mucus content, and foul smelly stools. Along with Kutajadi Vati or Kutajghan Vati, it gives good results.

Loss of Appetite

Jeerakarishtam has an appetizer and digestive stimulant action, which helps to improves the appetite and increases the bioavailability of nutrients from the food by enhancing digestive capacity and absorption.

Low Milk Supply

Jeerakarishtam increases the breast milk production due to cumin’s galactagogue action and improves the quality of the milk by preventing and treating STANYA DUSTI.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Jeerakadyarishtam is beneficial when a patient has loose stools with mucus in the stool as the main problem along with bloating, gas, burning, insomnia (sleeplessness) and mild abdominal pain.

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Jeerakarishtam is as follows.
Children5 to 10 ml *
Adults10 to 20 ml *
Maximum Possible Dosage60 ml Per Day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with equal amount of water
Best Time to Take: Immediately after food

Safety Profile

Jeerakarishtam is considerably safe in the dosage discussed above.

Side Effects of Jeerakarishtam

There are no side effects reported with Jeerakarishtam.

Pregnancy & Lactation

It contains Jaiphal (nutmeg), which is not recommended during pregnancy, so Jeerakarishtam should be avoided during pregnancy.

During lactation, Jeerakarishtam is likely to be safe in recommended dosage. It also improves the quality of breast milk and increases its production. Therefore, it is recommended in women who cannot take Dashmularishta because of some Pitta symptoms such as heartburn, hyperacidity, burning sensation etc.

Contraindications

There are no absolute contraindications for Jeerakarishtam, but it contains sugar content, so diabetic patients should take it under the supervision of a doctor and should check blood glucose level regularly.

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