Reference - Sharangadhara Samhita, Madhyamakhanda: Adhyaya 10; 66-68.

Introduction

Babbularishta is a fermented ayurvedic herbal formulation which is brown in appearance. It consists of 5-10% self-generating alcohol. For its action, this alcohol plays a role of medium. It is helpful in treating a broad range of diseases. Babbularishta consists of babbula (Indian gum Arabic tree), its major ingredient. Babbula stem bark is used in its preparation. This mainly consists of an active compound known as tannin and other. This plant tends to shows properties like anti-cancer, anti-fungal, anti-pyretic, anti-asthmatic, anti-diabetic, spasmogenic, anti-platelet aggregatory, vasoconstrictor, anti-bacterial and anti-hypertensive.

Ingredients

S. No. Name Latin Name Part Used Quantity
1. Water for decoction 49.152 litres Reduced to 12.288 litres
2. Jaggery (guda) 4.800 kg
3. Dhataki Woodfordia fruticosa Flower 768 g
Kvatha dravya (herbs for decoction)
4. Babbula Acacia arabica Stem Bark 9.600 kg
Prakshepaka dravya (Herbal additives for aroma and for accelerating process of fermentation)
5. Pippali Piper longum Fruit 48 g
6. Small elaichi Elettaria cardamomum Seeds 48 g
7. Kankola Piper cubeba Fruit 48 g
8. Lavanga Syzigium aromaticum Flower 48 g
9. Patra Cinnamomum tamala Leaf 48 g
10. Nagkesar Mesua ferrea 48 g
11. Jatiphala Myristica fragrans Seed 48 g
12. Tvak Cinnamomum verum Stem Bark 48 g
13. Marica Piper nigrum Fruit 48 g

Method of Preparation

  • Take the ingredients of decoction, babbula. Wash, dry and clean the herb and pass it through the sieve number 44 to get coarse powder.
  • Add water to this, soak and boil till water one fourth amount is left and filter it.
  • Now take the aromatic ingredients (Prakshepaka dravya), clean and dry it.
  • Pass the ingredients of through the 85 number sieve one by one to get their powder form.
  • Add jaggery to the decoction, dissolve and filter.
  • Now add dhataki and aromatic ingredients (prakshepaka dravya) in the decoction.
  • Seal the container mouth and keep for fermentation.
  • Check and filtrate the fermented material.
  • Keep in an air tight jar at cool place.

Properties of Babbularishta

Babbularishta is a kind of ayurvedic formulation that is known to provide effect on broad range of aliments and this is due to the phytochemicals presents in the herbs of the formulation. One of the main herb of Babbularishta is babbula. This herb contains phytochemicals like flavonoids, glycosides, polyacetylenes, alkaloids, thoipenes, phytosterols, polypeptides and many more. These phytochemicals make the herbs efficient to manage various infections as they contain properties like vasoconstrictor, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, Anti-inflammatory, spasmogenic, anti-platelet aggregators, antiseptic, and expectorant. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties are known to manage problem of acute and chronic bronchitis. This reduces the production of mucus and liquefies abnormal discharge, prevents damage of mucosa lining of bronchi and bronchioles. This is also known to possess the properties of anti-bacterial, which help in eliminating the bacteria and bacterial infection responsible for bronchitis. These properties also known to treat the problem of asthma, cold and cough. The anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory etc. are known to manage the problem of various skin infections such as allergic problems, dermatitis and eczema.

Indications

  • Asthma
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin problems
  • Bronchitis
  • Cold and cough
  • Heart burn
  • Pthisis
  • Urinary tract infections

Dosage

15 to 30 ml twice a day with equal quantity of water, after the meals.

Contradictions

  • Stomach irritation
  • Stomach burning
  • Avoid or use under medical supervision in pregnancy and lactation.
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