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Saraswatarishta (Saraswatharishtam) - Benefits, Usage, Indications and Dosage

Reference: Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Rasayana (Brain tonic, Rejuvenator)

Saraswatarishta is an Ayurvedic nervine tonic used in the treatment of mental disorders like epilepsy, memory weakness and many other problems. Major ingredient of this medicine is Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). This herb acts as nervine tonic and helps to pacify the Central Nervous System. Brahmi is used to improve the memory and intelligence. Moreover it helps to clear the voice & improves the digestion. It is used in the treatment of anemia, cough, diabetes, dyspepsia, anorexia and insanity. Saraswatarishta contains 5 - 10 % of self-generated alcohol in it. This self-generated alcohol and the water present in the product serves as a media to provide the water and alcohol soluble active herbal components to our body.


S. No. Name Latin Name Part Used Quantity
1. Brahmi Bacopa monnieri whole plant 960 g
2. Vidari Pueraria tuberosa Tuber 240 g
3. Shatavari Asparagus racemosus Root 240 g
4. Haritaki Terminalia chebula Fruit rind 240 g
5. Saunf Foeniculum vulgare Fruit 240 g
6. Usheera Vetiveria zizanioides Root 240 g
7. Shunti (Ginger) Zingiber officinalis Fruit 240 g
8. Water for Kashaya (decoction) 12.288 liters, Boiled and reduced to - 3.072 liters
9. Honey 480 g
10. Sugar 1.2 kg
Prakshepa dravyas (Herbal additives for aroma and for accelerating process of fermentation)
11. Renuka Vitex Negundo Seed 12 g
12. Dhataki Woodfordia fruticosa Flower 240 g
13. Vacha Acorus calamus Rhizome 12 g
14. Kushta Saussurea lappa Root 12 g
15. Pippali Piper longum Fruit 12 g
16. Trivrit Operculina turpethum Root 12 g
17. Vibhitaki Terminalia bellerica Fruit rind 12 g
18. Giloya Tinospora cordifolia Stem 12 g
19. Clove Syzigium aromaticum Flower bud 12 g
20. Ashwagandha Withania somnifera Root 12 g
21. Cardamom Elettaria cardamomum 12 g
22. Vidanga Embelia ribes Fruit 12 g
23. Cinnamon Cinnamomum verum 12 g
24. Gold leaf 12 g

Method of manufacturing

Coarse powder of the 1st set of herbs is made and added with water.

  • Saraswatarishta is boiled and reduced to a quarter part for preparing the decoction of herbs (Kashaya).
  • It is filtered and added with the rest of the ingredients in a golden vessel or mud vessel. Then it is added with a thin gold leaf of 12 grams.
  • All the ingredients are kept sealed for a month time.
  • After completion of fermentation (Asuta Prakriya) and confirming that the gold leaf has disintegrated in the liquid.  
  • Then all the ingredients are filtered and stored in a vessel smeared with ghee.


  • Adults: 12 - 24 ml. once or twice daily, after food. If required, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water. It is suggested to drink a cup of milk after taking this medicine.
  • Kids: In lower dose it is safe to use this medicine, in children above age of 5 years old.
  • Pregnancy and lactation: During pregnancy, use of this medicine should be avoided. It can be taken during lactation period, under medical supervision, for a short period of time.


  • It enhances intelligence.
  • Promotes the brain sharpness.
  • It improves total mental ability.
  • Useful to treat the mental diseases.
  • Improves immunity.
  • Used in the treatment of epilepsy.
  • Beneficial in the problems like stammering and hoarseness of voice.
  • Useful to cure the digestive and bowel problems.
  • Effective in the sexual debility.
  • Improves quality of semen and sperms.
  • Beneficial in menstrual disorders.
  • Useful in infertility of both in males and females.


In prescribed dosage, this medicine has no side effects.

Note:- This is pure classical Ayurvedic medicine and should be strictly consumed only after prescription of an Ayurvedic doctor and to be taken under medical supervision only.
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