Ushirasava (Usheerasava)

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Ushirasava (also spelled as Usheerasava) is an ayurvedic hemostatic (styptic) and mild diuretic medicine. It is beneficial in the treatment of bleeding disorders and urinary problems. It improves blood circulation, diuresis, and health of blood vessels. Furthermore, it reduces burning sensation, which may occur during urination.

In Ayurveda, Ushirasava is used for the treatment of epistaxis, hematuria, hemorrhages, metrorrhagia and menorrhagia. In addition to these, it is also used in skin diseases, worm infestation, blood disorders, burning micturition, spermatorrhea, uremia, and atrophy of different organs associated with aggravation of Pitta Dosha.

Ingredients (Composition)

IngredientsQuantity
Ushira (Vetiver) – Vetiveria Zizanioides48 grams
Netrabala (Sugandha Bala) – Pavonia Odorata48 grams
Neel Kamal (Blue water lily) – Nymphaea Stellata48 grams
Kamal (Lotus) flowers – Nelumbo Nucifera48 grams
Safed Kamal (White Lotus) flowers48 grams
Priyangu flowers – Callicarpa Macrophylla48 grams
Gambhari (Beech wood/Kasmari) – Gmelina Arborea48 grams
Padmaka (Padmakh) – Prunus Cerasoides48 grams
Lodhra – Symplocos Racemosa48 grams
Manjistha – Rubia Cordifolia48 grams
Dhamasa (Duralabha) – Fagonia Cretica48 grams
Patha – Cissampelos Pareira48 grams
Chirayata (Kiratatikta) – Swertia Chirata48 grams
Bargad or Barh (Indian Banyan) – Ficus Benghalensis48 grams
Udumbara  or Gular (Cluster Fig Tree) – Ficus Racemosa48 grams
Kanchanar – Bauhinia Variegata48 grams
Jamun (Java Plum) – Syzygium Cumini48 grams
Pitpapra – Fumaria Indica48 grams
Kachur (Zedoary) – Curcuma Zedoaria48 grams
Patola leaves – Trichosanthes Dioica48 grams
Mochras48 grams
Munakka1 Kg
Dhataki Flowers – Woodfordia Fruticosa750 grams
Warm Water24 Kg
Jatamansi (Spikenard) – Nardostachys JatamansiQ.S.
Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper NigrumQ.S.
Sharkara (Sugar)4800 grams
Shahad (Honey)2400 grams
Reference: BHAISHAJYA RATNAVALI, CHAPTER 13, RAKTPITTA PRAKARANA, VERSE 162-166

Preparation Method: Take all dry ingredients of Ushirasava. Grind them to make a coarse powder. Now, mix all ingredients including crushed Munakka, Sugar and honey Asava Vessel and leave it for 30 days. After 30 days, decant the liquid of Ushirasava and preserve it in food-grade bottles.

Pharmacological Actions

Ushirasava has following medicinal properties.

  • Hemostatic (styptic)
  • Mild diuretic
  • Anthelmintic
  • Depurative (purifies blood)
  • Anti-microbial and anti-bacterial

Therapeutic Indications

Ushirasava is helpful in following health conditions.

  • Epistaxis
  • Hematuria
  • Hemorrhages
  • Metrorrhagia (along with Ashokarishta)
  • Menorrhagia (along with Ashokarishta)
  • Membranous Dysmenorrhea (along with Praval Pishti and Sutshekhar Ras)
  • Skin diseases
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Burning micturition
  • Spermatorrhea
  • Uremia
  • Blood disorders
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Bleeding Piles

Ushirasava Uses & Benefits

Ushirasava is useful in all cases of internal and external Hemorrhages. It checks bleeding and maintains hemostasis. It purifies blood and reduces the toxins substances in it by increasing their excretion. The main therapeutic effects of Ushirasava are observed on urinary system and reproductive system in addition to its effects on bleeding.

Epistaxis (Nosebleed)

Ushirasava is recommended for nasal bleeding occurring due to rupture of tiny blood vessels in the nose. It helps to stop bleeding and prevents recurrence of the epistaxis. For promising results, it is given in along with the following combination.

Kamdudha Ras10 grams
Licorice – Yashtimadhu100 grams
Amalaki Rasayana50 grams
Dosage: ½ teaspoon thrice daily before a meal.
Ushirasava should be given after meal as recommended under dosage section.

Hematuria

Ushirasava checks bleeding occurring in the urination. It acts as a styptic, anti-infection, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. It also promotes wound healing. Therefore, it is more likely to be effective against hematuria occurring due to any injury in the urethra, urinary bladder or any part of the urinary tract. The lesion can develop due to stones. It reduces bleeding by promoting quick healing and stopping the bleeding. In hematuria, it should be given along with Chandanasava and Durvadi Ghrita.

Urinary Tract Infections

Anti-microbial and anti-bacterial actions of Ushirasava help to fight against infections. In many cases, the patient feels burning sensation during urination and has foul smelly urine and pain during urination. Ushirasava reduces all these symptoms and helps to clear the infection causing organisms from the urinary system. In this case, it should be given along with Chandanasava, Chandanadi Vati, and Bang Bhasma.

Metrorrhagia & Menorrhagia

Ushirasava along with Ashokarishta and Chandraprabha Vati is useful for the management of abnormal uterine bleeding and excessive bleeding during menstruation.

Membranous Dysmenorrhea

In Membranous Dysmenorrhea, Ushirasava acts as a supportive medicine. However, the main medicine for it is Sutshekhar Ras. In combination with Praval Pishti and Ushirasava, Sutshekhar Ras gives a quick relief from the pain and cramps occurring during menstrual periods. This combination should be continued for 3 months to completely cure the problem and prevention of recurrent Dysmenorrhea.

Dosage & Administration

The general dosage of Ushirasava is as follows.
Children2.5 to 10 ml
Adults10 to 30 ml
Maximum Possible Dosage60 Per Day (in divided doses) **
Doses: 2 Doses – After Breakfast and Dinner
Adjuvant: With equal amount of water
Best Time to Take: After Food

Safety Profile

Ushirasava is considerably safe when taken under the professional supervision and as per its recommended dosage.

Side Effects of Ushirasava

There are no side effects reported with the use of Ushirasava.

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