Ashokarishta is an Ayurvedic medicine. It is extensively used in the Ayurvedic treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding and other gynecological complaints. It contains 5 – 10 % of self-generated alcohol, which acts as a medium for herbal active principles. This is also called Asokarishtam.
15-30 ml twice daily or as directed by the physician
Bhaishajyaratnavali Pradra roga chikithsa
Asavam and Arishtam
Either decoction/ aqueous extract or fresh juice is made from the crude herb to which nutrients/ sweeteners such as sugars like jaggery, honey, or sugar, singly, or wholly are added. To the resulting solution, certain fermenting aids like Dhataki Pusha, etc, and prakshepa choorna are mixed and kept in a fermentation vat for 30- 60 days. In this condition, alcohol is self-generated and alcoholic extracts from prakshepa choorna are obtained. It is then filtered and kept for settling. Such preparations are called Arishtam.
In the case of Asavas, the initial step of the preparation of the aqueous extract from the medicines is taking place from the second step of preparation of Arishtam.
The asava- arishta has therapeutically higher potency, clear liquid with a pleasant odor. As these preparations mature over a period of time the efficacy also increases.
The normal dosage is 15 ml to 25 ml preferably after food.