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Raktshodhakarishta is an ayurvedic depurative medicine. It is used to decrease the toxins from the blood. It detoxifies the blood and increases the excretion of the toxic or unwanted substances from the blood through the kidneys. It also has a diuretic action.

Raktshodhakarishta is used to treat acne, pimples, boils, hyperuricemia or gout, and skin diseases. Anantmool in it is also beneficial for treating osteoarthritis.

Ingredients (Composition)

Raktshodhakarishta contains following ingredients.

Ingredient Quantity
Sariva (Anantmool or Indian Sarsaparilla) – Hemidesmus Indicus 40 Parts
Munakka – Vitis Vinifera Variety 40 Parts
Kachnar – Bauhinia Variegata bark 20 Parts
Khadira (Catechu) – Acacia Catechu bark 20 Parts
Chopchini – Smilax China 20 Parts
Kantakari or Chhoti Kateri (Thorny Nightshade) – Solanum Surattense 10 Parts
Indravaruni (Indrayana) – Citrullus Colocynthis Roots 10 Parts
Shirish (Sirish) – Albizia Lebbeck 10 Parts
Manjistha (Manjith) – Rubia Cordifolia 10 Parts
Chirayata (Kiratatikta) – Swertia Chirata 10 Parts
Pitpapra (Shahtra) – Fumaria Indica 10 Parts
Guduchi (Giloy or Heartleaf Moonseed) – Tinospora Cordifolia 10 Parts
Gorakhmundi – Sphaeranthus Indicus 10 Parts
Sharpunkha – Tephrosia Purpurea 10 Parts
Unaab (Jujube Fruit, Chinese date) – Zizyphus Vulgaris 10 Parts
Shatavari – Asparagus Racemosus 10 Parts
Babul Bark – Acacia Arabica 10 Parts
Yawasa (Javasa) – Alhagi Maurorum 10 Parts
Devdaru (Deodar Cedar or Himalayan Cedar) – Cedrus Deodara 10 Parts
Neem – Azadirachta Indica inner Bark 10 Parts
Bakayan (Mahanimb) – Melia Azedarach inner bark 10 Parts
Water 2560 Parts

Prepare a decoction with above ingredients and 2560 Parts water. Reduce it to ¼ Parts of Liquid i.e. 640 Parts. Then leave it for cooling. Filter the decoction. When decoction is slightly warm, add the following ingredients.

Gur – Jaggery 200 Parts
Shahad – Honey 100 Parts
Dhataki Flower- Woodfordia Fruticosa 24 Parts
Lal Chandan (Red Sandalwood) – Pterocarpus Santalinus 12 Parts
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum 2 Parts
Dalchini (Cinnamon) – Cinnamomum Zeylanicum 2 Parts
Tejpata (Indian Bay Leaf) – Cinnamomum Tamala 2 Parts
Elachi (Green Cardamom) – Elettaria Cardamomum 2 Parts
Nagkesar – Mesua Ferrea 2 Parts
  1. After mixing these ingredients, seal the Arishta vessel with a clay-smeared cloth. Leave it for 30 days in arishta
  2. After 30 days, filter the liquid (Raktshodhakarishta) and preserve it in food-grade bottles.

Pharmacological Actions

Raktshodhakarishta has following medicinal properties:

  • Depurative (blood purifier)
  • Diuretic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial, Antibacterial
  • Eccritic
  • Ama Pachak
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal

Dosha Karma

Raktshodhakarishta mainly pacifies Kapha Dosha and Pitta Dosha. Overall, it has SHEETA (Cool) Potency.

Therapeutic Indications

Raktshodhakarishta is indicated in the following diseases:

  • Acne or pimples
  • Boils
  • Hyperuricemia or gout
  • Skin diseases
  • Pruritus (itching)
  • Herpes
  • Ringworm

Raktshodhakarishta Dosage

The general dosage of Raktshodhakarishta is as follows.
Children (above the age of the 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

Raktshodhakarishta 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 Raktshodhakarishta when used in recommended dosage under professional supervision.


There are no absolute contraindications for Raktshodhakarishta.

Pregnancy & Lactation

The safety profile of Raktshodhakarishta is not well established for pregnant women and lactating mothers. Consult an ayurvedic physician before using Raktshodhakarishta during pregnancy and lactation.

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