Drakshasava is an effective Ayurvedic medicine used in the management of cardiac disorders. It is also useful in relieving the symptoms of digestive diseases like hemorrhoids, and colitis. It is a herbal tonic that strengthens the body, nourishes it, and reduces weakness. This medicine contains about 5 to 10% of self-generated natural alcohol, which along with the water present in it, acts as a media and delivers water and alcohol soluble active constituents of the herbs to the body.
Ingredients & Preparation
The herbal ingredients present in this medication are mentioned below:
- Draksha or Dry Grapes
- Water for Kashayam: 49.152 liters
- Madhu (Honey)
- Sharkara (Sugar)
- Jati (Jasminum Officinale)
- Dhataki (Woodfordia Fruticosa)
- Lavanga (Clove)
- Kankola (Piper Cubeba)
- Chandana (Santalum Album)
- Lavali (Cicca Acida)
- Krishna (Long Pepper Fruit)
- Twak (Cinnamon)
- Patra (Cinnamomum Tamala)
- Ela (Cardamom)
The name of the medicine is derived from 2 words, Draksha and Asava, which mean dry grapes or resins and a fermented formulation, respectively. Usually, the Asava type of Ayurvedic medications is prepared without making decoction or Kashayam. However, Drakshasava is prepared by the Kashaya method only. A decoction of raisins or Kashayam is prepared by boiling them with the above-mentioned amount of water until it is reduced to one-fourth of its original quantity. Then, sugar is added to this mixture and allowed to dissolve. The mixture is filtered and to this, the rest of the ingredients are added. This preparation is stored in a vessel coated with ghee from the inner side and kept sealed so that fermentation can occur. After 3 weeks, the container is checked to confirm whether the desired level of fermentation has occurred and then, it is filtered. The decoction, thus obtained, is preserved.
Drakshasava Benefits & Uses
The medicinal properties of Drakshasava and its health benefits are discussed beneath:
Drakshasava can be used in the treatment of piles, and fistula. It reduces the symptoms of these diseases and prevents them from worsening. It also helps to treat indigestion, gastritis, heartburn, and colitis. It produces a protective action on the liver and helps in treating ascites, hepatitis, and cirrhosis. It has shown encouraging results in the patients suffering from abdominal tumors. It can be used to treat cancers of the stomach, colon, and the rectum.
It also produces an anthelmintic action and cures the intestinal worm infestations. It has been found to help in treating anorexia and anemia by improving the absorption of nutrients from the food. It also improves the appetite.
Drakshasava is a potent heart tonic. It regulates the functions of the heart and improves its efficiency. It can be used to reduce the risk of heart attacks and cardiac failure. It also reduces blood pressure and hence, can work well in preventing the complications of hypertension like stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and cardiomyopathy. It also strengthens the heart and ensures proper flow of blood to all parts of the body.
Drakshasava can correct the abnormalities that cause bleeding disorders. It allows for a healthy blood clotting as needed in cases of injuries and prevents an excessive loss of blood. It works by assisting in the clotting of blood and improves the healing time. It can also be used to treat epistaxis, a condition characterized by bleeding from the nose. It can be used by women to treat excessive menstrual flow.
Patients suffering from anxiety and depressive disorders can use Drakshasava to get rid of the symptoms in a safe and effective manner. It can improve the moods of a person and reduces the symptoms like loss of interest in daily activities, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, and suicidal thoughts.
Recommended dosage of Drakshasava
Patients are advised to use Drakshasava in a dose of 12 ml, one or two times a day. The dose can be increased if the symptoms are severe or the result with the lower dose is not satisfactory. The maximum recommended dose of this medicine is 24 ml, to be taken once or twice a day. They should take the doses after food only as this medicine may cause a mild irritation and pain in the stomach. If the taste of the medicine is too unpleasant, it can be mixed with an equal quantity of water.
Side effects of Drakshasava
Drakshasava is not known to cause serious side effects. It is a pure, natural formula containing herbal ingredients. It does not contain any chemical constituents. Hence, it is safe to use. In some cases, patients may develop mild gastric complaints and loose motions. These side effects may occur if the medicine is administered in a very high dose. Parents should consult a physician before giving Drakshasava to children. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should refrain from using this medicine unless advised by a physician.