Dhanwanthararishtam is an Ayurvedic medication mainly used for the postnatal care of the mothers. It helps them to overcome weakness, mental stress, and other symptoms occurring during this period and also, improves their overall health and wellbeing. It is a liquid medicine containing about 5 to 10% of self-generated alcohol. This natural alcohol, together with the water prevents in the medicine, acts as a media for delivering the active principles in the herbs. This medicine is also called Dhanwanthararishtam.


The list of herbs used in the preparation of this medicine is given below:

  • Bilva (Aegle Marmelos)
  • Shyonaka (Oroxylum Indicum)
  • Agnimantha (Premna Mucronata)
  • Gambhari (Gmelina Arborea)
  • Shalaparni (Desmodium Gangeticum)
  • Patala (Stereospermum Suaveolens)
  • Prinshnaparni (Urarica Picta)
  • Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris)
  • Kantakari (Solanum Xanthocarpum)
  • Brihati (Solanum Indicum)
  • Badara (Zyziphus Jujube)
  • Kulattha (Dolichos Biflorus)
  • Kushta (Saussurea Lappa)
  • Devadaru (Cedrus Deodara)
  • Bala (Sida Cordifolia)
  • Vidari (Ipomoea Mouritiana)
  • Tagara (Valeriana Jatamansi)
  • Shatapushpa (Anethum Graveolens)
  • Triphala, which includes Haritaki, Vibhitaki, Amalaki
  • Mashaparni (Vigna Pilosa)
  • Mudgaparni (Vigna Radiate)
  • Methika (Trigonella Foenum Graceum)
  • Sariva (Hemidesmus Indicus)
  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra)
  • Agaru (Aquilaria Agallocha)
  • Ela (Elettaria Cardamomum)
  • Twak (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
  • Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa)
  • Pippali (Piper Longum)
  • Sharkara (Saccharum Officinarum)
  • Shilajit
  • Dhataki (Woodfordia Fruticosa)
  • Honey

Dhanwanthararishtam Uses & Benefits

The conditions that can be treated using this medicine are as follows:

Postnatal care

Dhanwanthararishtam is a powerful medication that provides multiple benefits for the women in the postnatal period. It acts as a tonic and improves their overall health and fitness. It can be used to counter the negative effect of mental stress during the postnatal phase on their physical health. Most women develop depression after delivery due to the sudden change in their life with the arrival of the baby. Though the change is welcome, it often instills in their mind fears and anxieties about whether they will be able to take good care of the baby. This may lead to frustration. These symptoms are worsened by their inability to get sound sleep, as they have to adjust their biological clock to the changing feeding and sleeping times of the baby. Due to the combined effect of these factors, women tend to feel stressed at all the times and this has a detrimental effect on their health.

Dhanwanthararishtam can help in preventing this by improving the moods and general health of women. The nutritional power of the herbs in this medicine provides the much-needed nutrition for the body. The herbs also act on the nervous system, prevent the imbalance of hormones occurring during this period, and alter the levels of chemical substances called neurotransmitters, which are responsible for the mood swings occurring in these women. It is also a very good uterine tonic. It has been shown to strengthen the uterus. It can also be used to treat low back pain that is a common symptom in the postnatal women, especially those who have undergone a caesarean section.

Nervous system disorders

Dhanwanthararishtam can be used as a nerve tonic. It strengthens the nerves in the patients with facial paralysis and hemiplegia and improves their ability to perform movements that have been hampered due to the affection of the nerves or the damage to the brain caused by stroke. It can be used in the management of epilepsy and neuralgias. It is used to manage opisthotonos, a backward arching of the head, spine, and the neck caused due to the spasms of the muscles during an attack of convulsion.

Recommended dose of Dhanwanthararishtam

Women should take this medicine in a dose of 12 ml, once or twice a day. In case, they suffer from severe symptoms, the dose may be increased to 24 ml, once or twice a day. The treatment can be started from the day of the delivery and continued for a period of 1 or 2 months. Women should take the doses of Dhanwanthararishtam after meals only as it may lead to stomach upsets when taken on an empty stomach. If they are using any supplements or medications, they should keep a gap of at least half an hour between the ingestion of Dhanwanthararishtam and the other medicines.

Side effects of Dhanwanthararishtam

Dhanwanthararishtam is not known to cause any serious side effects. It contains only pure, natural herbal ingredients. It does not contain any chemicals. Hence, it is considered safe to use even by the lactating mothers. It produces no adverse effect on the newborn baby when used by the lactating mother. Some women may develop mild gastric complaints like heartburn, nausea, and pain in the abdomen if the medicine is administered in a very high dose. Hence, it is advisable to avoid high doses of Dhanwanthararishtam.

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