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Ashwagandharishta - Benefits, Usage, Indications and Dosage

Reference - Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Murcha Rogadhikara (For anxiety and low energy in body)


Ashwagandharishta is a fermented herbal formulation of dark brown color contains self-generated alcohol 5 to 10 percent. It is known as great medicine for neurological and mental problems. The main ingredient of this herbal formulation is Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Word Ashwagandha stands for the smell of a horse. This name of the herb is due to its root which smells like a horse urine. Its roots are loaded with fruitful chemical compounds like alkaloids, lactones, phytosterols, saponins and more. These provide plant the properties such as liver and reproductive tonic, anti-tumor, adaptogenic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, nervine, aphrodisiac, anti-anemic, immune-modulatory and analgesic.


S. No.NameLatin Name Part UsedQuantity
1.Water for decoction98.304 litres
2.Honey (Madhu)14.400 kg
Kvatha dravyas (herbs for decoction)
3.AshvagandhaWithania somniferaRoot2.400 kg
4.MusaliChlorophytum tuberosumRoot960 g
5.VidariPueraria tuberosaRoot Trace480 g
6.ArjunaTerminalia arjunaStem Bark480 g
7.ManjishthaRubia cordifoliaRoot480 g
8.MulethiGlycyrrhiza glabraRoot480 g
9.HaridraCurcuma longa Rhizome480 g
10.MustakaCyperus rotundusRhizome480 g
11.DaruharidraBerberis aristataStem480 g
12.TrivritIpomoea turpethumRoot480 g
13.RasnaPluchea lanceolataRoot/Leaf480 g
14.HaritakiTerminalia chebulaPericarp480 g
15.VachaAcorus calamusRhizome384 g
16.ChitrakaPlumbago zeylanicaRoot384 g
17.Rakta chandanaPterocarpus santalinusRoot384 g
18.Krishna sarivaCryptolepis buchananiRoot384 g
19.Shveta chandanaSantalum albumHeart Wood384 g
20.Shveta sarivaHemidesmus indicusRoot384 g
Prakshepa dravyas (Herbal additives for aroma and for accelerating process of fermentation)
21.DhatakiWoodfordia fruticosaFlower768 g
22.PriyanguCallicarpa macrophyllaFlower192 g
23.Ela (Sukshmaila)Elettaria cardamomumSeed192 g
24.TvakCinnamomum verumStem Bark192 g
25.Patra (Tejapatra)Cinnamomum tamalaLeaf192 g
26.ShunthiZingiber officinaleRhizome96 g
27.MarichaPiper nigrumFruit96 g
28.NagakesharaMesua ferreaStamen96 g
29.PippaliPiper longumFruit96 g

Method of Preparation

  • Take the ingredients of kvatha dravyas (Decoction herbs), wash, dry and convert them in to boorish powder from by passing it through the 44 number sieve.
  • Next take the ingredients of Prakshepa dravya except Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa) clean, clear and get in a powder form by passing through 85 number sieve individually.
  • Add specific amount of water to kvatha dravya (Decoction herbs), soak whole night and heat up to its one fourth volume. Then filter it through muslin cloth.
  • Now add Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa) and honey. Seal the container mouth and ferment the mixture.
  • After its completion, filtrate the fermented material and pour in an air tight container.
  • Keep in a cool and place free from moisture and light.


10 to 20 ml with equal quantity of water, one to two times a day after meals.


  • Fatigue
  • Malnourishment
  • Depression
  • Anorexia
  • Sleeplessness
  • Neurological problems - migraine, vertigo, memory loss and loss of neurons in brain
  • Joint problems - inflammation in joints, osteoarthritis
  • Male and female infertility
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Uterine weakness


  • Avoid to use in case of infants and pregnancy.
  • Sour throat
  • Ulcers in mouth
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach irritation
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