Aragwadharishtam is an Ayurvedic medication used specifically in the treatment of various skin diseases. It is also called Aragvadharishtam and Aragwadharishta. It contains about 5 to 7% of self-generated alcohol. The water present in this medicine along with the natural alcohol acts as a media to deliver the active compounds in its herbal ingredients.
The herbs present in Aragwadharishtam include-
- Aragwadha (Cassia fistula)
- Amalaki (Embelica officinale)
- Guda (jaggery)
- Vidangasara (Embelica ribes)
- Madhu (honey)
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
- Ela (Elettaria cardamomum)
- Trivrit (Ipomea turpenthum)
- Maricha (Piper nigrum)
- Lavanga (Syzygium aromaticum)
Aragwadharishtam Benefits & Uses
The various health benefits of this medicine are mentioned below:
Aragwadharishtam is a time-tested medicine that helps in the treatment of various diseases mainly through its ability to act as a laxative. It is a blood-purifying tonic, which helps the body to get rid of toxins and flushes out the system thus purifying the blood.
Aragwadharishtam can be used to treat a wide range of skin diseases that are caused due to factors like allergies, inflammation, infections, autoimmune disorders, and the effect of toxic substances. It cleanses the skin by producing a strong blood purifying action and allowing the body to get rid of the accumulated toxins. The toxins that can harm the skin include the free radicals released during various metabolic processes, the chemicals present in the foods such as pesticides, preservative, and insecticides and the by-products of various functions of the body. These toxins can cause considerable damage to the skin making it appear dull, lusterless, and prone to diseases.
Aragwadharishtam also produces an antibacterial and antifungal action thus tackling skin infections. It is effective against a broad range of bacteria. It can be used to treat vitiligo, a condition characterized by whitish patches on the skin. It can control itching, redness, and irritation of the skin caused due to allergies and autoimmune diseases by producing an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic action.
It also acts as an antioxidant and protects the skin from the damage caused by free radicals. It prevents damage to the skin due to the harsh ultraviolet radiation in the sunrays. It also corrects the immune system dysfunctions and relieves the symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders.
It has been found to hasten the healing of wounds and ulcers. It is particularly useful for the patients with diabetic foot or diabetic ulcers. It helps to treat these complications by maintaining the blood sugar levels and improving the ability of the skin to repair.
Aragwadharishtam can help to lose weight. It controls appetite and reduces the calorie intake of a person. The herbs used in this preparation also stimulate the burning of stored fats by improving the metabolic rate.
Aragwadharishtam possesses antipyretic properties, which help in treating fever. It, additionally, produces an antiseptic action and thus, takes care of the underlying infection that is responsible for the fever.
Aragwadharishtam has been found to be useful in treating digestive troubles like constipation, and indigestion. It also helps to treat the diseases caused due to chronic constipation like fissures and hemorrhoids. It eases the passage of stools and thus, reduces the need to strain during defecation thereby reducing the risk of fissures and hemorrhoids.
Aragwadharishtam produces a favorable effect on the carbohydrate metabolism and helps in controlling blood sugar levels in the diabetic patients. It can also reduce the risk of developing diabetes in the high-risk-category people like those suffering from obesity and hypertension or having a family history of the disease. It also helps to prevent the complications of diabetes such as diabetic foot, diabetic neuropathy and non-healing ulcers.
Urinary tract infections
Aragwadharishtam produces an antibacterial action and helps in treating infections in the urinary tract. It can relieve the symptoms of this condition such as burning while passing urine, increased frequency of urination, and pain in the lower abdomen.
The Lipolytic action of this medicine keeps the lipid levels in the blood within normal limits and thus, prevents atherosclerosis, which is a common precursor to diabetes, stroke, and myocardial infarction.
The herbs used in Aragwadharishtam produce an anti-parasitic action and help to get rid of the intestinal worm infestations.
Side effects of Aragwadharishtam
Aragwadharishtam is prepared from natural herbs; hence, it does not cause any serious side effects. Mild gastric irritation has been reported in the patients who have used this medicine in very high doses. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should use this medication only after consulting a doctor.