Narasimha Rasayanam Benefits, Uses & Side Effects
Narasimha Rasayanam is a medicated butter used in ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of physical weakness and degenerative diseases.
It acts as whole body tonic and improves immunity and overall strength. It is also useful in Panchakarma Therapy (a detoxification and therapeutic procedure of ayurvedic science).
Narasimha Rasayanam is prepared with the following ingredients.
- Acacia catechu (Katha, Khair, Gayatri)
- Dalbergia sissoo (Shisham, Shimshapa)
- Embelia ribes (False Black Pepper, Vidanga, Vaividang)
- Pterocarpus marsupium (Vijayasar, Asana)
- Plumbago zeylanica (Cheeta, Chitrak)
- Terminalia chebula (Hareetki)
- Terminalia bellirica (Bibitaki)
- Semecarpus anacardium (Bhilawa, Bhallatak) – Purified fruits
- Water for preparing decoction of above herbs
- Cow’s Milk
- Elcipta alba (Bhringraj) – juice or decoction
- Triphala decoction
Narasimha Rasayanam has following healing properties.
- Muscle relaxant
- General tonic
Narasimha Rasayanam is helpful in following health conditions.
- General debility (but if has strong digestion powder)
- Physical weakness
- Muscular weakness or to increase muscular strength
- For Weight Gain
Muscle, Bones & Joints
- Muscle spasm
- Low backache
Benefits & Medicinal Uses
The main benefit of Narasimha Rasayanam is to provide strength and improve immune system. It is general tonic, which improves overall health. It is beneficial for skin and improves skin complexion. In ayurveda, it is also used as rejuvenative remedy. It is also helpful to improve hair growth and preventing premature graying of hair and hair loss.
General debility & Physical weakness
Narasimha Rasayanam is good health tonic, which helps in debility and physical weakness. It improves the strength of muscles, bones and joints. It is also beneficial in old age, when a person experience fatigue, body aches and weakness in muscles.
Narasimha Rasayanam contains fat content due to which it becomes heavy in digestion, so people with weak digestive system may require other remedies for improving digestion such as Trikatu (black pepper, long pepper and ginger), cinnamon, etc.
As per ingredients present in narasimha rasayana, it can improve digestion and metabolism, so it may increase your appetite. It also helps in proper assimilation of food and increases bioavailability of nutrients. It increases supply of nutrients to the cells and tissues in the body, which helps in a proper growth of all tissues including muscles.
Narasimha Rasayanam works better when you also suffer with weak digestive system, difficulty in digesting food and experience fullness of abdomen after a small meal. In this case, you should also start taking it with smaller dosage (less than 1 tsp. a day), so you can easily digest this remedy too. You can slowly increase the dosage over a week or more and get benefits in gaining weight smoothly.
Some patient may also require Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) to increase body weight along with narasimha rasayana. It will be more beneficial if you take it with Ashwagandha Ksheer Pak as given under dosage heading of this article.
Low backache & Osteoarthritis
According to ayurveda, pain occurs due to excess VATA humor in the body. Narasimha Rasayanam is a best remedy for reducing excess VATA and pacifying aggravated VATA humor. Therefore, it is effective in low backache, all types of joint pains except gout and rheumatoid arthritis.
In osteoarthritis, it may stimulate the formation of synovial fluid in the joints. However, the mechanism of action of Narasimha Rasayanam in osteoarthritis is yet unknown. According to ayurveda, it works on similar pain and VATA relation phenomenon. It pacifies the VATA and improves joint movements and flexibility.
The dosage of Narasimha Rasayanam varies according to the purpose of the use. Here are some tips regarding it.
- People with weak digestive system should take it in a half tsp. once a day and slowing increase the dosage to 1 tsp. twice a day.
- People with good digestive can start from 5 ml a twice a day.
- In Panchakarma therapy, you have to increase the dosage of Narasimha Rasayanam on daily basis as recommended by the Panchakarma therapist.
- The safest therapeutic dosage of Narasimha Rasayanam is 2.5 ml to 10 ml twice a day.
- People with weak digestive system should take it with warm water.
- For rejuvenation benefits, you can take it with milk.
- If you are willing to gain weight, then start taking it with warm water and if you can digest easily then start taking it with Ashwagandha Ksheer Pak (milk processed with Ashwagandha powder).
How to make Ashwagandha Ksheer Pak
- Take 1 tsp. Ashwagandha powder, 100 ml water and 100 ml milk.
- Now, mix water and milk and add Ashwagandha powder.
- Boil the mixture and simmer it until the milk part remains (about half or 100 ml remains).
- Now, separate the liquid part and discards all residues.
- The liquid remained after this process is called Ashwagandha Ksheer Pak.
How to Take Narasimha Rasayanam with Ashwagandha Ksheer Pak
You can eat Narasimha Rasayanam as per dosage and then drink Ashwagandha Ksheer Pak.
Caution & Side Effects
Narasimha Rasayanam is POSSIBLY SAFE & WELL TOLERATED in most people. However, it is heavy in digestion, so it may cause loss of appetite in some rare cases. The following side effects may occur.
- Loss of appetite (rare)
- Bloating (rare)
- Heaviness in the abdomen (occasionally)
- Nausea and vomiting occurs due to its unpleasant taste (common)
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
Narasimha Rasayanam is heavy in digestion and may cause indigestion. Pregnant women may also have nausea and vomiting after taking Narasimha Rasayanam because of its unpleasant taste. Therefore, we consider it POSSIBLY UNSAFE in pregnancy.
There is no information available regarding the safety profile in breastfeeding.
You should not use Narasimha Rasayanam in following diseases.
- Acidity or gastritis
- Nausea and vomiting
- Congestive heart failure
- High cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure