Saraswatarishta (Saraswatharishtam)

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Saraswatarishta (Saraswatharishtam)
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Saraswatarishta (Saraswatharishtam) increases memory, attention span, concentration, intelligence, mental stamina and glow on the face. It decreases stress and mental fatigue. It is helpful in treatment and management of depression, insomnia, anxiety, ADHD, heart diseases, loss of desire to eat, restlessness, vertigo etc.

INGREDIENTS (COMPOSITION)

The main ingredient of Saraswatarishta is Brahmi (Water Hyssop, botanically Bacopa Monnieri). In combination with other herbs and Swarna (Gold), the formulation becomes effective in many mental, neurological and heart disorders having potential health benefits.

IngredientsQuantity Used for Preparation
Herbs for Decoction
Brahmi (Water Hyssop) -Bacopa Monnieri1 kg
Shatavari – Asparagus Racemosa250 grams
Vidarikand (Kudzu) – Pueraria Tuberosa250 grams
Haritaki – Terminalia Chebula250 grams
Ushira (Khas) – Vetiveria Zizanioides250 grams
Sonth (Ginger) – Zingiber Officinale250 grams
Saunf (Fennel) – Foeniculum Vulgare250 grams
Water for Decoction12.8 litres
All above herbs are added in water and decoction is prepared reducing it to 1/4 i.e. 12.8 litres water is reduced to 3.2 litres water for Saraswatarishta.
After cooling, the following ingredients are added and mixed in the decoction:
Honey or Old Jaggery500 grams
Sugar1 kg
Dhataki – Woodfordia Fruticosa250 grams
Nirgundi Seeds (Renuka) – Vitex Negundo12.5 grams
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum12.5 grams
Trivrit – Operculina Turpethum12.5 grams
Laung (Clove) – Syzygium Aromaticum12.5 grams
Vacha – Acorus Calamus12.5 grams
Kushta – Saussurea Lappa12.5 grams
Ashwagandha – Withania Somnifera12.5 grams
Bibhitaki – Terminalia Bellerica12.5 grams
Guduchi (Giloy) – Tinospora Cordifolia12.5 grams
Elaichi (Cardamom) – Elettaria Cardamomum12.5 grams
Vaividang – Embelia Ribes12.5 grams
Dalchini (Cinnamon) – Cinnamomum Zeylanicum12.5 grams
Gold Leaf12.5 grams
Reference: Ratio of Saraswatarishta formulation is as described in Ayurveda Classical Text Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Chapter 73, RASAYANA PRAKARANA, Verse 182 to 196

Saraswatharishtam with Gold

The formulation is prepared in gold vessel or in earthen vessel in which gold is added. This formulation is called Saraswatharishtam with Gold or Saraswatarishta Swarna Yakut. The real formulation suggests using gold during preparation for maximum health benefits, but nowadays, due to high price of Saraswatarishta with gold, pharmacies start preparing Saraswatarishta without using gold. Both types are available in the market.

Saraswatarishta without Gold

Saraswatarishta is also available without gold, which is likely to be less effective than Saraswatarishta with gold..

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES

  1. Anti-Depressive
  2. Anti-stress
  3. Anti-aging
  4. Antioxidant
  5. Anti-Inflammatory
  6. Anti-Dopaminergic Effects (due to Bacopa, so it is useful in drug dependence
  7. Neuro-protective
  8. Anti-dementia
  9. Anxiolytic or anti-anxiety
  10. Anticonvulsant
  11. Analgesic
  12. Adaptogenic
  13. Anti-neoplastic
  14. Immuno-stimulatory
  15. Potential cognitive enhancer
  16. Cardioprotective and cardio tonic
  17. Hepatoprotective

THERAPEUTIC INDICATIONS

  1. Depression
  2. Amnesia (Retrograde & Anterograde both)
  3. Alzheimer’s Disease
  4. Insomnia
  5. Memory Loss
  6. All Types Of Mood Disorders
  7. Stuttering (Stammering Disorder) – Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder
  8. Cardiac Arrhythmia
  9. Male Hypogonadism
  10. Female Hypogonadism

Saraswatarishta is beneficial in following symptoms:

  • Angry Outbursts
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Aggressive Behaviour
  • Frustration
  • Forgetfulness
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling of emptiness
  • Feeling of tearfulness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Unexplained tiredness
  • Lack of energy even after small tasks
  • Abnormal body movements
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Trouble thinking
  • Reduced concentration
  • Trouble while making decisions
  • Difficulty in remembering things
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Psychosomatic symptoms like unexplained physical problems, headache, or pain

In addition to these health conditions and symptoms, Saraswatarishta is beneficial as tonic for following purposes:

  1. To enhance memory
  2. To increase concentration
  3. To boost retention power
  4. To reduce mental fatigue
  5. To improve quality of sleep
  6. To increase non-specific immunity in children and adults
  7. To improve voice
  8. To improve singing voice quality

SARASWATARISHTA BENEFITS & USES

Saraswatarishta has effect on brain, nerves, mind, heart, vocal cord, ovaries and testes. Therefore, Saraswatharishtam is beneficial in diseases of these organs. However, the main impact of Saraswatarishta is observable on VATA DOSHA, but is a balanced formulation, so it can be helpful to all people with diseases indicated in therapeutic indication section.

Saraswatarishta Rasayana (Rejuvenation)

In ayurveda, Saraswatarishta is also taken as Rasayana, which means it can be consumed without any restriction throughout the life for improving general well-being and increasing life span. It increases feeling of calmness, mental peace, joy, satisfaction, patience, and memory. It also stimulates non-specific immunity, which helps protecting a several types of viral, bacterial and other diseases.

Singers can use Saraswatarishta for improving voice quality and preventing any damage to vocal cord due to overuse.

Many people who use their mind at maximum levels in thinking, researching, and studying, learning, memorizing, working at night can get benefits from Saraswatharishtam to increase their mental potential.

Saraswatarishta for Depression & Anxiety

Bacopa Monnieri, the main ingredient of Saraswatarishta, is found decreasing anxiety and depression with significant effect. Alkaloids of Brahmi have shown potent anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects. (1, 2)

Saraswatarishta (Saraswatharishtam) is a drug of choice for depression in ayurveda. It produces feeling of well-being, happiness and joy. It calms the mind and releases negative energies from the mind. Person has any symptom of depression or symptoms as explained in Therapeutic Indications can get benefits from the Saraswatarishta.

Saraswatarishta is helpful in all following depression symptoms:

  1. Agitation
  2. Angry Outbursts
  3. Feeling of emptiness
  4. Feeling of tearfulness
  5. Feelings of sadness
  6. Forgetfulness
  7. Frustration
  8. Hopelessness
  9. Irritability
  10. Loss of interest in daily activities
  11. Psychosomatic symptoms like unexplained physical problems, headache, or pain
  12. Restlessness
  13. Suicidal thoughts
  14. Trouble while making decisions
  15. Unexplained tiredness

Saraswatarishta reduces following anxiety symptoms significantly:

  1. Breathing rapidly
  2. Feeing weak
  3. Feeling nervous
  4. Feeling powerless
  5. Feeling tired
  6. Increased heart rate due anxiety
  7. Sweating
  8. Trembling
  9. Trouble concentrating

Insomnia

Saraswatarishta is beneficial for people with sleep disturbance of sleeplessness. Brahmi in Saraswatarishta improves sleep quality and increase duration of nighttime sleep. (3)

Memory Loss & Forgetfulness

Saraswatarishta increases memory and helps in problems like memory loss, forgetfulness and trouble in remembering things. This effect appears due to Brahmi, Vacha, Ashwagandha and Gold.

Stuttering (Stammering Disorder)

Saraswatarishta is highly beneficial for people with stuttering (Stammering Disorder or Childhood-Onset Fluency Disorder). Alone Saraswatharishtam is beneficial in such case, but it should be used more than 6 months continuously.

Cardiac Arrhythmia

Along with Yakuti Rasayan, or Jawahar Mohra or other cardioprotective preparation, Saraswatarishta gold provides stability in heart rate and prevents tachycardia and bradycardia.

Hypogonadism

Saraswatarishta along with Makardhwaj (or Siddha Makardhwaj) and Vanga (Bang) Bhasma is beneficial in both cases of male and female hypogonadism. It is likely to increased diminished hormone biosynthesis from the ovaries and testes in female and male respectively.

Menopause Symptoms

Saraswatarishta is not only beneficial during menopause, but it is also very helpful in perimenopause (before menopause) and after menopause (post-menopause). It reduces following symptoms:

  1. Hot Flashes
  2. Mood Swings
  3. Sleep disturbance
  4. Difficult Concentrating
  5. Dizziness
  6. Memory Lapses
  7. Irritability
  8. Headaches
  9. Night Sweats
  10. Loss of Libido
  11. Fatigue
  12. Irregular Heartbeat
  13. Depression
  14. Anxiety
  15. Panic Disorder
  16. Electric Shocks
  17. Muscle Tension
  18. Tingling Extremities

For reducing symptoms of menopause, the following combination is also beneficial along with Saraswatharishtam.

Mukta Pishti125 mg
Praval Pishti500 mg
Swarna Makshik Bhasma125 mg
Amalaki Rasayan250 mg
Shatavari Churna250 mg

DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION

The general dosage of Saraswatarishta (Saraswatharishtam) is as follows.
Infants5 to 10 drops (0.25 to 0.50 ml) *
Children1 to 2 ml *
Adults3 to 4 ml *
PregnancyNOT RECOMMENDED as a tonic, but may be used if depression in dosage of 2 ml twice daily
Geriatric (Old age)3 to 4 ml *
Maximum Possible Dosage8 ml per day (in divided doses)
* Twice a day with equal amount of water
When to Take: Immediately After Food

SAFETY PROFILE

Saraswatarishta (Saraswatharishtam) is considerably safe in the recommended dosage. The long-term use is also likely safe.

Saraswatharishtam Side Effects

However, there are no side effects reported in most of individual using Saraswatharishtam. Headache may occur in rare cases if Saraswatarishta is taken in higher dosage, especially on empty stomach. Our two patients have reported this side effect in our 6 years clinical practice.

Pregnancy & Lactation

Saraswatarishta (Saraswatharishtam) is not recommendable in pregnancy as a tonic. However, it can be used in pregnant women having severe depression or other mood disorders.

Nursing mothers can take Saraswatarishta under supervision of ayurvedic doctor in optimum adult dosage safely without any side effect on breast-fed babies.

Contraindications

There are no absolute contraindications for Saraswatharishtam.

Can diabetic patient take Saraswatarishta?

People with diabetes should check blood sugar level while taking Saraswatarishta for precautionary purpose. It contains sugar content. However, the amount of sugar content in 4 ml Saraswatarishta is insignificant to cause elevation in blood glucose level. Therefore, it is likely safe for diabetic people as well.

Manufacturers

Saraswatarishta (with Gold)

  1. Nagarjuna
  2. AVP

Saraswatarishta (without Gold)

  • Baidyanath
  • Sandu

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Questions & Answers (26)

  1. M.UMADEVI says

    DEAR SIR,

    Saraswatharista is useful to my eight-year-old daughter. She is having difficulty in speaking difficult words and in singing. Hard words are not coming for her at present.
    She has completed one bottle of 450 ml. She is showing improvement now. My question is how long we can give this syrup to her to get full recovery please reply.

    UMADEVI

    THANK U

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      6 to 12 months course with Saraswatarishta is required for complete recovery from such Speech Problems.

  2. Claude E A Gomes says

    My wife suffers from Alzheimer/Dementia. Will Saraswatarishta be ok for her under consultation from an Ayurvedic doctor?

    Thanks n regards
    Claude E A Gomes

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Saraswatarishta is a good medicine for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. You should consult ayurvedic doctor for a proper treatment.

  3. m. Dutta says

    How long a schizophrenic patient can take Saraswatarishta?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      There is no specified time limit for using Saraswatarishta. It is considerably safe even for a lifelong use.

  4. Cristi Thomas says

    How long to take saraswatarishta for treating depression.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      There is no treatment duration specified for Saraswatarishta for depression. It can be taken up to the complete remission of all symptoms. The long-term use of Saraswatarishta is considerably safe.

  5. Victor says

    Hello Sir,

    Does Patanjali Saraswatharishtam contain gold. Does it contain bacopa or centella. There is no mention of the ingredients on the bottle.

    Please advise which is the best brand for this medicine and would long term use of this have any negetive impact on male libido and erections.

    thanks you.

  6. Pranjal P. Konwar says

    Is it safe to take Saraswatarishta and Ashwagandharishta both in my day-to-day life?
    Please let me know is it safe to take them together and in what quantity?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Yes, Saraswatarishta and Ashwagandharishta can be taken together without any side effects. The quantity should be same as recommended i.e. 4 teaspoons of each in 8 teaspoons of water after food.

  7. dhanalakshmi says

    Does Saraswatarishta cause any side effect if used on long-term basis?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Saraswatarishta (Saraswatharishtam) does not likely to have any short-term or long-term side effects. It is considered as safest ayurvedic medicine.

  8. Anushka Shrivastava says

    How does Saraswatarishta help in migraine when have no problem of memory or mental problem?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Saraswatarishta has calming effect on the brain, which reduces excitability of the nerve cells and modulates the neurotransmitter balance in the brain. As per ayurveda, it is likely to give strength to the neurons and improves their functions. Through these effects, it reduces migraine symptoms.

  9. Ravi says

    Please provide some brands and companies who deal with this medicine.
    How long can it take to cure speech and stammering problems?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      1. Please Read: Manufacturers

      2. For speech problems, it should be used for 6 to 12 months regularly. The improvement appears within 3 months with its regular use.

      1. Ravi says

        Which is more effective with gold or without gold?

        1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

          Saraswatarishta with gold is more effective. The actual formula includes Gold as an important ingredient in it. Saraswatarishta without gold is just prepared for poor people who cannot purchase the gold product.

  10. Priya says

    Please let me know if Saraswatarishta can be given and in which quantity to a 6 and half year boy suffering from cytomegalovirus as the child has almost lost speech power and finding difficult to recognize anyone.
    Please advice.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      I am not sure because I have never treated such case. However, it is safe to use and best to try once for 3 months. If you see any improvement, you could continue, or otherwise stop.

  11. Anil Tiwari says

    I have memory problem, unable to concentrate, indecisive, difficulty in understanding something. It took time to understand something (slow mental processing).

    I have been taking Dabur Stresscom Capsules, Dabur Smritisagar Ras and Saraswatarishta from 15 days. How long should I take these medicines?

    At what time will i see its result?

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Saraswatarishta can take 3 to 6 months to show positive results to improve concentration and other mental capabilities.

  12. Ranjeet says

    sir, I have walking difficulty and unstableness.

  13. Nikhil says

    Hi Sir,
    My son has mild autism. He is not hyper active, but very behind cognitively and do not have language (Has speech). Please suggest if Saraswatharishtam (AVP) – No Mandukaparni in this preparation is better than MENTAT DS (Himalayas) this has mandukaparni, but no vacha.

    Please suggest if we can give brahmi ghee as well with this he is 5 years old.

    Many thanks in advance for your valuable advise.

    1. Dr. Jagdev Singh says

      Brahmi ghee can be used in children under the age of 5 years whenever required and recommended by a doctor.

      Saraswatharishtam with Gold should be more beneficial if the child has a language problem.

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