Ashokarishtam (also called Ashokarishta) is a uterine tonic effective to treat all kinds of diseases related to a female reproductive system like heavy menstrual bleeding and other gynecological complaints. It contains 5 – 10 % of self-generated alcohol. It is highly recommended in Ayurveda treatments for many diseases like painful menstruation, heavy periods, leucorrhoea, abdominal colic, fever, bleeding disorders such as nasal bleeding, bleeding hemorrhoids, inflammation, indigestion and lack of taste etc.
- Menstrual Disorders like Dysmenorrhoea, Menorrhagia etc.
- Leucorrhoea, Abdominal colic, and indigestion.
- Recommended as Uterine tonic.
Synonyms: Asokarishtam, Ashokarishta, Ashokarisht
Ashoka – Saraca asoka – Bark – 4.8 kg
water for decoction – 49.152 liters
Kashayam – decoction – 12.288 liters
Guda – jaggery – Saccharum officinarum – 9.6 kg
Dhataki – Woodfordia fruticosa – flower – 768 g
Musta – Cyperus rotundus – Rhizome – 48 g
Shunti – Ginger – Rhizome – 48 g
Ajaji – Nigella sativa – Fruit – 48 g
Daruharidra – Berberis aristata – Stem – 48 g
Utpala – Nymphaea stellata – flower – 48 g
Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – fruit – 48 g
Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellerica – fruit – 48 g
Amalaki – Amla – Indian gooseberry – fruit – 48 g
Amrasthi – mango seed – 48 g
Jeeraka – cumin seed – 48 g
Vasa – Adhatoda vasica – whole plant – 48 g
Chandana – Santalum album (sandalwood) – 48 g
Ashokarishtam : Method of preparation
The above-mentioned herbs are crudely powdered and kashaya (water decoction) is prepared. It is strained and kept in the fermentation pot. Then sugar, jaggery or honey is dissolved, boiled, filtered and added. Essential herbs are cleaned, coarsely powdered and added to the mixture. After that, the mouth of the pot is covered with an earthen lid and the edges are sealed with clay-smeared cloth wound in seven consecutive layers. The container is kept either in a heap of paddy to keep constant temperature during the fermentation or accelerate the fermentation. After the specific period, the lid is removed, and the contents are examined to determine whether the process of fermentation has been completed. The fluid is first decanted and then strained after two or three days. When the fine suspended particles settle down, it is strained again and bottled.
Tridosha Effects : It balances Pitta Dosha.
Other uses of Ashokarishtam –
Asrigdhara – heavy menstrual bleeding or heavy periods
Ruja – useful in dysmenorrhoea – painful periods
Jwara – fever
Raktapitta – bleeding disorders like nasal bleeding
Arsha – bleeding hemorrhoids
Mandagni – low digestion strength
Aruchi – Anorexia, lack of taste in food
Ashokarishtam Dosage: Take 5 – 10 ml of Ashokarishtam syrup once or twice a day, after food or as directed by an Ayurvedic doctor. It can also be taken with an equal quantity of water.
It is best to avoid the intake of this medicine during pregnancy and should be only consumed under strict medical supervision.
It can be taken in lower doses during lactation period based on doctor’s advice.
Ashokarishtam Side effects: If taken without proper diagnosis then it may cause delayed periods, decreased menstrual flow, missed period and prolonged menstrual cycles.
How long to use?
Ashokarishtam can be used for 4-8 weeks in cases of fever, anorexia etc. Self-medication is not preferred.
If the periods are very heavy, then it can be taken from one week before period and continued till it stops or as advised by the doctor.