Jeerakarishtam is an Ayurvedic medicine used for the management of symptoms arising during the postnatal period. Most women develop weakness, stress, and anxiety after delivery, which can have a serious effect on their general health. Jeerakarishtam can help in treating these symptoms and thus, promotes the mental and physical health of these women. Jeerakarishtam is also called jeerakadyarishta, Jeerakadyarishtam, or Jirakadyarishtam.
This medicine is prepared from powerful herbs that have been used since centuries as a tonic for the female reproductive system. These herbs possess medicinal properties, which allow a woman in the postnatal period to manage this stressful period with ease.
The herbal ingredients and the preparation of this medication are given below:
The main ingredient of this medication is Cumin seeds, also called Cuminum Cyminum. About 9.6 kg of Cuminum Cyminum is added to 49.15 liters of water and the mixture is allowed to boil. It is allowed to simmer till the quantity is reduced to 12.25 liters. It is then filtered to obtain the decoction. Then, 14.4 kg of Jaggery is added to this decoction and allowed to dissolve after which it is filtered. To this, the rest of the ingredients as mentioned below are added. The herbs mentioned below should be in a powder form.
- Dhataki or Woodfordia Fruticose: 768 grams
- Ginger: 96 grams
- Nutmeg: 48 grams
- Musta or Cyperus Rotundus: 48 grams
- Cardamom: 48 grams
- Patra or Cinnamomum Tamala: 48 grams
- Cinnamon: 48 grams
- Nagakeshara or Mesua Ferrea: 48 grams
- Yavani or Trachyspermum Ammi: 48 grams
- Kankola or Piper Cubeba: 48 grams
- Clove: 48 grams
The contents are then mixed well and stored in a mud pot. The pot is tightly closed for at least a month so that fermentation can occur. After observing whether proper fermentation has occurred, the contents are removed and filtered. The liquid, thus obtained, is stored in an airtight container.
Indications, Benefits & Uses
The medicinal uses of this medication are discussed beneath:
Jeerakarishtam provides multiple health benefits for the women in the postnatal period. It acts as a powerful general tonic and improves their overall health and fitness. The nutritional content of the herbs in this medicine provide the much-needed vitamins, and minerals to meet the increased demands of the body during this period. It can be used to counter the negative effect of mental stress and anxiety during the postnatal phase on their health. Depression is a common symptom in the women after delivery due to the sudden change in their life caused by the arrival of the baby. Woman go through a mix of emotions like the joy of having a baby as well as an anxiety about whether they will be able to take good care of their child. This leads to frustration. These symptoms may get worsened by their inability to get sound sleep as they have to adjust their routine of several years to the changing feeding and sleeping times of the baby. Due to the combined effect of these factors, women feel stressed and this can have a detrimental effect on their health.
Jeerakarishtam can help in preventing these symptoms and improves the moods and general health of these women. It also acts on the nervous system and prevents the imbalance of hormones, which is responsible for the mood swings occurring in these women. It is also a very good uterine tonic. It strengthens the uterus. It also helps in the normal involution of the uterus, improves the immune power of the women, and promotes lactation. The herbs used in Jeerakarishtam keep the mother away from infections.
Since the main ingredient of Jeerakarishtam is cumin, which is known for improving digestion and reducing the abdominal discomfort and bloating, this medicine is considered highly beneficial in the management of gastrointestinal diseases. It detoxifies the body and ensures elimination of toxic products accumulated in the body. Jeerakarishtam is also used to reduce the frequent passing of stools, and indigestion. It can be used in relieving the symptoms of Malabsorption syndrome, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Side effects of Jeerakarishtam
Jeerakarishtam contains natural herbs; hence, it is considered safe to use even by the breastfeeding women. It does not produce any side effects in the mother as well as the breastfed baby. In rare cases, it may cause a few mild side effects such as hyperacidity and heartburn especially when this medicine is used in very large doses. In addition, since this medicine contains Jaggery, it may increase the blood sugar levels. Hence, women with diabetes should refrain from using this medicine.
Recommended dose of Jeerakarishtam
The usual recommended dose of Jeerakarishtam is 12 to 24 ml once a day. The doses should be taken after food. The medicine may be mixed with an equal quantity of water in case the taste is not tolerable. The recommended duration of the treatment using this medicine is two to three months.