Ashokarishta, also called Asokaristam, is a well-known Ayurvedic preparation. It is often used for the treatment of various women’s health-related problems. It contains a mix of ingredients that go through fermentation. The fermentation process helps this ayurvedic tonic gain some astringent properties. This property helps in controlling excessive menstrual bleeding, bleeding hemorrhoids, and bleeding ulcers.
According to Ayurveda, mensuration-related problems are generally caused due to aggravation of Vata dosha. Ashokarishta due to its Vata-balancing property helps to provide relief from menstruation-related disorders.
Ingredients & Properties –
The major ingredients of Ashokarishta include- Water for decoction, Jaggery, and Ashoka (Saraca asoca).
• Ashoka- Anticarcinogenic (preventing or delaying cancer), Antitumor
• Bibhitaki- Anti-inflammatory
• Vasa– Antispasmodic (Relieving muscle spasms)
• Mustaka- Anti-inflammatory
• Amrasthi- Antitumor
• Amalaki– Anti-oxidant (preventing cell damage), Anti-inflammatory, Immunomodulatory
• Nilotpala- Analgesic (pain relieving), Anti-inflammatory
• Krishna Jeeraka- Anti-spasmodic
• Haritaki– Anti-oxidant, Anti-carcinogenic
• Mustaka- Anti-inflammatory
• Shweta Jeeraka- Antispasmodic, Anticarcinogenic
• Daruharidra– Antitumor, Anti-inflammatory
• Chandana- Anti-gonorrheal (Sexually transmitted disease)
• Dhataki– Anti-tumor
Take 5-10 ml of Ashokarishta with an equal amount of water twice daily after meals or as directed by the physician.
Generally, menstrual bleeding continues for 3-5 days, but if bleeding continues beyond this then this condition is called Menorrhagia. The presence of Ashok (Saraca asoca) bark as the main ingredient in Ashokarishta is considered to show astringent action, providing a halt in excessive menstrual bleeding. Astringents act as a uterine tonic and help regulate the menses or period and the amount of flow.
According to Ayurveda, this condition is known as Kasht-Aartava. Aartava or Menstruation is controlled by Vata dosha. An aggravated Vata dosha can be attributed to the symptoms of dysmenorrhea.
Ashokarishta is one of the best formulations to manage dysmenorrhea due to its Vata balancing property. It also helps relax the muscles and gives relief from cramps.
Menopausal syndrome can be correlated with Rajonivritti which is caused due to aggregation of Vata dosha. Ashokarishta helps to control Vata dosha due to its Snigdha and Vata balancing property. These properties work against the Ruksha (dry) nature of Vata, thus providing relief from the symptoms of menopausal syndrome.
Ashokarishta due to the presence of certain constituents (tannins) provides astringent properties. This property helps in providing relief in bleeding hemorrhoids.
• Female Infertility
Ashokarishta in case of female infertility supports internally and clear toxins out of the body by a process known as Shodhana (detoxification of the body).
Ashokarishta helps in the digestion of Ama due to its Pachak (digestive) property. It improves the digestive fire by balancing the Pitta dosha.
• Bone Health
The richness of calcium and other minerals in Ashokarishta helps in keeping the bone health intact. It prevents the depletion of important bone minerals, lowers the risk of osteoporosis and strengthens the bones.
Side Effects –
Generally, Ashokarishta is safer than modern alternatives when taken in recommended doses. However, an overdose of Ashokarishta may produce side effects like nausea and vomiting.
It is strictly advised not to be used by pregnant women or lactating mothers.
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