Asava & Arishta

Vasarishta & Vasasava

Vasarishta (also spelled as vasarishtam and also called Vasakadyarishtam) and Vasasava contain same ingredients and have similar benefits and medicinal uses. Vasarishta is also called Vasakadyarishtam and also spelled as Vasarishtam and. Vasasava is also called Vasakasava, which is also spelled as Vasakasav.

Vasarishta reduces inflammation and swelling occurring anywhere in the body. It is used to treat bronchitis, asthma, upper respiratory tract infections, chest congestion, cough, hemoptysis, phthisis, laryngitis, etc.

Ingredients (Composition)

The main ingredient of Vasarishta and Vasasava is Vasa. The complete list of ingredients of Vasarishta is provided below.

Vasaka or Adulsa (Malabar Nut) – Adhatoda Vasica1000 Parts
Water5000 Parts

Prepare a decoction with 1000 Parts of Vasa Plant and 5000 Parts water. Reduce it to 1250 Parts. Then leave it for cooling. Filter the decoction. When decoction is slightly warm, add the following ingredients.

Gur – Jaggery500 Parts
Dhataki Flower- Woodfordia Fruticosa40 Parts
Dalchini (Cinnamon) – Cinnamomum Zeylanicum5 Parts
Elachi (Green Cardamom) – Elettaria Cardamomum5 Parts
Tejpata (Indian Bay Leaf) – Cinnamomum Tamala5 Parts
Nagkesar – Mesua Ferrea5 Parts
Kankol (Kababchini) – Piper Cubeba5 Parts
Netrabala (Sugandha Bala) – Pavonia Odorata5 Parts
Sonth (Ginger Rhizome) – Zingiber Officinale5 Parts
Kali Mirch (Black Pepper) – Piper Nigrum5 Parts
Pippali (Long Pepper) – Piper Longum5 Parts
  1. After mixing these ingredients, seal the Arishta vessel with a clay-smeared cloth. Leave it for 15 days in arishta place.
  2. After 15 days, filter the liquid (Vasarishta) and preserve it in food-grade bottles.

Pharmacological Actions

Vasarishta has following medicinal properties:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antitussive
  • Bronchodilator
  • Expectorant
  • Antihemorrhagic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-allergic
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Antifungal
  • Appetite stimulant

Dosha Karma

Vasarishta mainly pacifies Pitta Dosha and balances Kapha Dosha.

Therapeutic Indications

Vasarishta is helpful in following health conditions.

  • Pharyngitis (sore throat)
  • Laryngitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma – it reduces wheezing, breathing trouble and chest congestion
  • Cough (with thick yellowish sputum or fever)
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Common cold (with thick yellowish discharge)
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillitis (inflammation or swelling of tonsils with redness)
  • Nosebleed (epistaxis)
  • Haemoptysis

Vasarishta Dosage

The general dosage of Vasarishtam is as follows.
Children (above the age of 5 years)2.5 to 10 ml
Adults10 to 30 ml
Maximum Possible Dosage60 ml Per Day (in divided doses)
Doses: Twice a day with equal amount of water
Best Time to Take: After Food

Safety Profile

Vasarishta is considerably safe for most individuals.

Side Effects of Vasarishta

There are no side effects reported with Vasarishtam.


There are no absolute contraindications for Vasarishtam.

Pregnancy & Lactation

The safety profile of Vasarishta is not well established for pregnant women. Consult an ayurvedic physician before using Vasarishtam during pregnancy.

Vasarishta is likely safe to consume by lactating mothers. There are no adverse effects reported with the use of Vasarishtam in lactating mothers and breastfeeding babies.

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