Rohitakarishta is an Ayurvedic medication used in the treatment of abnormalities associated with the liver and spleen. It is also used to treat digestive problems. It is sometimes called Rohitakarhstam, or Rohitakarista.
This product contains about 5 to 10% of self-generated alcohol. This naturally produced alcohol and the water present in this medication serve as a media to deliver alcohol and water soluble herbal constituents to the body. The list of herbs used in this medication is given below:
- Long Pepper root
- Tecomella Undulata
- Dhataki (Woodfordia Fruticosa)
- Long Pepper fruit
- Chitraka (Plumbago Zeylanica)
- Chavya (Piper Cubeba)
- Triphala, which includes Vibhitaki, Haritaki, and Amla
- Patra (Cinnamomum Tamala)
All these ingredients are taken in a container and kept closed for a period of at least one month. During this period, the sugar in Jaggery undergoes fermentation. Later, the contents are removed and filtered. The medicinal extract, thus obtained, should be stored in a tightly-closed container. This liquid extract has a higher shelf life. This medicine can be used for a period of 10 years. However, once the seal of the vessel is opened, it must be used within 6 months. Any medication left after 6 months must be discarded.
Indications, Benefits & Uses
The health benefits of this medicine are as follows:
Rohitakarishta is considered an effective Ayurvedic medication for treating ascites. It helps by boosting the functions of the liver and preventing the engorgement of the blood vessels in the abdomen. It acts as a hepatoprotective agent and protects the liver from the damage caused by the consumption of alcohol. It also prevents the progression of alcoholic liver diseases thus reducing the risk of cirrhosis, which is the precursor to ascites. It also prevents the liver disorders like viral and bacterial hepatitis and fatty liver disease with its antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant actions. It destroys the bacteria and viruses that cause hepatitis. It also prevents damage to the liver tissues from the free radicals, and other toxins.
Rohitakarishta can be used to treat splenomegaly, a condition that causes enlargement of the spleen. It also corrects the abnormalities associated with the functions of this organ.
Rohitakarishta boosts the digestive functions and enhances the breakdown of food in the stomach and intestines thereby improving the absorption of nutrients. This ensures that the body is supplied with the essential nutrients consumed in the food. It also increases the secretion of gastric juices and thus, improves the digestion of proteins in the stomach. At the same time, it reduces the production of acid in the stomach, and thus, provides relief from gastritis.
Rohitakarishta can help in preventing gastric disorders like heartburn, peptic ulcers, reflux esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux diseases.
It has a favorable effect on the secretion of insulin in the pancreas thus regulating the carbohydrate metabolism. This action of Rohitakarishta is considered highly favorable for the patients with diabetes. It helps them achieve better control over their blood sugar levels.
Side effects of Rohitakarishta
Rohitakarishta is prepared from pure herbal ingredients. It does not contain any harmful chemicals. Hence, it does not cause any serious side effects. It is completely safe to use. In some cases, patients may develop pain in the abdomen, nausea, and burning sensation in the stomach, especially when the medicine is taken in large doses. However, these side effects are mild in nature and do not require any active intervention. Patients with a sensitive stomach should avoid using this medicine as it may aggravate their symptoms. Rohitakarishta is safe to use for the children above 5 years of age. The effect of Rohitakarishta on the fetus and newborn baby is not studied when it is used by pregnant and lactating women. Hence, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using Rohitakarishta, unless advised by a doctor.
Recommended dose of Rohitakarishta
Patients should take Rohitakarishta in a dose of 12 ml, diluted in an equal quantity of water, twice or thrice a day. The dose can be increased to 24 ml, two to three times a day, in case the symptoms are severe. The doses should preferably be taken after food to avoid gastric irritation. They should follow light foods, which mean avoiding the intake of spicy and fried foods. A balanced diet can increase the effectiveness of Rohitakarishta and help to get faster and better results.
If patients are using any other medicine, they should keep a gap of about half an hour between the doses of those medicines and Rohitakarishta.