Reference - Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Strirogadhikara (Gynaecological problems)

Introduction

Ashokarishta is an Ayurvedic formulation, formed through fermentation. Ashokarishta contains self-generated alcohol 5 to 10 percent. It is effective for all kinds of female reproductive health problems. This liquid is somewhat of sweet astringent taste. The main ingredient in this formulation is herb Ashoka (Saraca asoca). This is known as a holy tree in Indian Hindu culture. The plant has properties of being anti-arthritis, useful for gynecological health, stimulatory, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and pain relieving.

Ingredients

S. No. Name Latin Name Part Used Quantity
1. Jaggery 9.600 kg
2. Water for decoction 49.152 litres
3. Ashoka Saraca asoca Stem Bark 4.800 kg
Prakshepa dravyas (Herbal additives for aroma and for accelerating process of fermentation)
4. Dhataki Woodfordia fruticosa Flower 768 g
5. Haritaki Terminalia chebula Pericarp 48 g
6. Shunthi Zingiber officinale Rhizome 48 g
7. Amalaki Emblica officinalis Pericarp 48 g
8. Shveta chandana Santalum album Heart Wood 48 g
9. Vasa Adhatoda vasica Root 48 g
10. Darvi Berberis aristata Stem 48 g
11. Musta Cyperus rotundus Rhizome 48 g
12. Bibhitaki Terminalia bellerica Pericarp 48 g
13. Amrasthi Mangifera indica Endosperm 48 g
14. Utpala Nymphaea stellate Flower 48 g
15. Svetajiraka Cuminum cyminum Fruit 48 g
16. Jiraka Cuminum cyminum Root 48 g

Method of Preparation

  • Take herb Ashoka wash, dry and get it in coarse powder form.
  • Next step is to made water decoction of Ashoka stem bark by using relevant amount of water.
  • Place the decoction in the fermentation vessel.
  • Dissolve jaggery in the mixture, boil it and then filter.
  • Now take the ingredients of Prakshepa dravyas, wash and dry them. Make fine powder of these and add to the decoction.
  • Now cover the mouth of container with a lid and keep a constant temperature to accelerate the fermentation process.
  • After the completion of fermentation, fluid is pour out and strain after three days. Again the liquid get strain when the particles settle down.
  • Now the formulation is prepared, keep it in a tight container, at cool place and keep it away from moisture and light.

Dosage

  • 15 to 25 ml twice a day with equal quantity of water.
  • In heavy periods, women should start taking one week before menses (periods) and stop till last day of periods.
  • This medicine can be taken for 4 to 8 weeks.

Indications

  • Piles
  • Female hormonal problems
  • Female reproduction system related problems such as pain in female genital tract, leucorrhea (irregular white discharge from female genitals).
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Polyuria
  • Fever
  • Inflammation
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Female menstrual problems

Contraindications

  • Avoid its use if menstrual problems continue in a long run.
  • Use under medical supervision during lactation.
  • Avoid during pregnancy.
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