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Mustakarishta (Mustharishtam)


Mustakarishta (also spelled as Mustharishtam, Mustakadyarishta or Mustarishta) improves appetite and digestion. It increases the secretion of gastric juices and corrects the liver functions. It is well known Ama Pachak in ayurvedic medicine, which prevents toxins (AMA) formation from the undigested food particles. It also helps to digest the formed AMA in the body and prevent its conversion to AMAVISHA. However, it is an appetizer, but it also increases burning of fat due to its digestive action, so it is given to improve the digestion of fats. The obese people should increase intake of fruits, vegetables, and salad if they experience the increase in appetite after taking Mustharishtam.

Mustakarishta is commonly used for the treatment of loss of appetite, indigestion, severe diarrhea, dysentery, malabsorption syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Ingredients (Composition)

The main ingredient of Mustakarishta is Nagarmotha (Nut Grass). The complete list of ingredients of Mustharishtam is provided below.

Ingredient Quantity
Nagarmotha or Mustak (Nut Grass) – Cyperus Rotundus 100 Parts
Water 1024 Parts

Prepare a decoction with 100 Parts Mustak and 1024 Parts water. Reduce it to ¼ Parts of Liquid i.e. 256 Parts. Then leave it for cooling. Filter the decoction. When decoction is slightly warm, add the following ingredients.

Gur – Jaggery 150 Parts
Dhataki Flower- Woodfordia Fruticosa 8 Parts
Ajwain (Carom Seeds) – Trachyspermum Ammi 1 Part
Sonth (Ginger Rhizome) – Zingiber Officinale 1 Part
Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper Nigrum 1 Part
Laung (Clove) – Syzygium Aromaticum 1 Part
Methi (Fenugreek) – Trigonella Foenum-Graecum 1 Part
Chitrakmool – Plumbago Zeylanica 1 Part
Jeera (Cumin Seeds) – Cuminum Cyminum 1 Part
  1. After mixing these ingredients, seal the asava vessel with a clay-smeared cloth. Leave it for 30 days in arishta place.
  2. After 30 days, filter the liquid (Mustakarishta) and preserve it in food-grade bottles.

Pharmacological Actions

Mustakarishta has following medicinal properties:

  • Ama Pachak
  • Appetizer
  • Digestive
  • Metabolism stimulant
  • Astringent
  • Antidiarrheal

Dosha Karma

Mustakarishta mainly reduces Kapha Dosha and modulates Pitta Dosha, The modulation of the Pitta improves the digestion and metabolism.

Therapeutic Indications

The main indication of Mustakarishta is to increase AGNI (digestive fire). It is indicated in the following health conditions:

  1. Loss of appetite
  2. Dysentery
  3. Indigestion
  4. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  5. Malabsorption syndrome
  6. Severe diarrhea
  7. Gastroenteritis
  8. Obesity

Mustakarishta Uses & Benefits

Mustakarishta mainly acts on stomach, intestine, colon, liver and fatty tissue.

Loss of appetite

Mustakarishta increases appetite by stimulation of the gastric juices and improving the functions of the liver. It also improves the digestion and assimilation of the food and prevents the toxins (AMA) formation.

Diarrhea, Dysentery & Gastroenteritis

Mustakarishta has astringent and anti-diarrheal action attributed to Nagarmotha (Nutgrass). In gastroenteritis, it decreases the severity of vomiting and loose motions.

Malabsorption syndrome

Mustakarishta has digestive action and acts as Ama Pachak medicine. In malabsorption syndrome, AMA is commonly formed, which results in several diseases. Mustakarishta improves digestion and metabolism and increases the absorption of important nutrients.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

If diarrhea or loose stools are the main concerns in IBS, then Mustakarishta is beneficial. It binds the stools due to its astringent action and reduces the frequency of bowel movement. It should be started in the dosage of 2.5 ml twice daily and the gradually increase its dosage to 15 ml twice daily over a month.

Weight Loss

Mustakarishta has anti-obesity action. However, it does not suppress appetite. In fact, it increases appetite, but it also promotes fat burning and stimulates fat metabolism in the body. Along with other medicines, it can be used for losing weight.

Read More: Ayurvedic Medicines for Weight Loss

Mustakarishta Dosage

The general dosage of Mustakarishta is as follows.
Children (above the age of 5 years) 2.5 to 10 ml
Adults 10 to 30 ml
Maximum Possible Dosage 60 ml Per Day (in divided doses)
Doses: Twice a day with equal amount of water
Best Time to Take: After Food

Safety Profile

Mustakarishta is considerably safe for most individuals when taken as per its indications in appropriate dosage under professional supervision.

Side Effects of Mustakarishta

There are no side effects reported with Mustakarishta.


There are no absolute contraindications for Mustakarishta.

Pregnancy & Lactation

Mustakarishta contains Chitrak, which can increase uterine contractions and may promote uterine bleeding. Therefore, pregnant women should not take Mustakarishta.

Mustakarishta is possibly safe to consume by lactating mothers. Consult an ayurvedic physician before using Mustakarishta during lactation.

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