Shrikhandasava (Shreekhandasava or Shrikhandasavam)

Shrikhandasava is a special Ayurvedic medicine used for controlling the adverse effects of alcoholism. It is particularly used to get rid of the symptoms of a hangover. It can also be used to prevent the effect of other intoxicating drugs. Though this medicine contains alcohol, it works well to counter the negative effect of alcohol on the nervous system and the general health of a person.


The main ingredient of this medicine is Shrikhanda, which is a synonym for sandalwood. This medicine is also called as Srikhandasavam. The list of herbal ingredients used in the preparation of this medication is given below:

  • Black pepper
  • Sandalwood (Santalum Album)
  • Turmeric
  • Jatamamsi (Nardostachys Jatamansi)
  • Chitraka (Plumbago Zeylanica)
  • Daruharidra (Berberis Aaristata)
  • Usheera (Vetiveria Zizanioides)
  • Musta (Cyperus Rotundus)
  • Dry Grapes
  • Nagakeshara (Mesua Ferrea)
  • Raktachandana (Pterocarpus Marsupium)
  • Amla
  • Patha (Cyclea Peltata)
  • Chavya (Piper Cubeba)
  • Long pepper
  • Lodhra (Symplocos Racemosa)
  • Cardamom
  • Grapes
  • Dhataki (Woodfordia Fruticosa)
  • Jaggery

Indications, Benefits & Uses

The health benefits of this medicine are as follows:

Alcohol hangover

Shrikhandasava is an effective natural medication for treating an alcohol hangover. An alcohol hangover causes a variety of symptoms such as drowsiness, headache, dry mouth, gastrointestinal complaints, dizziness, fatigue, hyper-excitability, sweating, nausea, excessive anxiety, and general discomfort. These symptoms usually last for more than 24 hours and can vary from person to person.

A hangover can also leave the person struggling to concentrate, sensitive to light, and feel irritable. As a result, he or she may have to be restricted to the bed and cannot perform the work planned for the day. However, regular use of Shrikhandasava can help in preventing the occurrence of these symptoms and thus, allow a person to carry out his or her activities with ease.

Alcohol Intoxication

Shrikhandasava is an effective medication for treating the adverse effects of alcoholism on the liver. It also prevents the effect of alcohol on the general health of a person. The effect of alcohol on the health varies from person to person depending on certain factors like prior experience with alcohol, taking prescription medications, and the medical conditions the person may be suffering from. Shrikhandasava can be useful in cases of mild to even severe effects of alcohol on the body.

The symptoms of alcohol intoxication that can be controlled using this medicine include loss of emotional restraint, feeling of warmth, vivaciousness, flushing of the skin, impairment of judgment, slurring of speech, loss of control of motor movements, confusion, emotional instability, and inappropriate laughter. It can also protect the liver from the damage caused by alcohol intoxication and prevent the development of diseases like alcoholic liver disease, and cirrhosis. It also prevents the progression of these diseases and improves the quality of life of patients. It has been found to help the patients with hepatic carcinoma. The hepatoprotective action of this medicine protects the liver cells against the effect of alcohol, toxins in food, and free radicals thus reducing the progress of cancer. The herbs used in this preparation produce a strong antioxidant action, which helps fight the free radicals and prevents oxidative damage to the liver tissues.

Side effects of Shrikhandasava

Shrikhandasava contains pure natural herbs. It is devoid of any chemical constituents. Hence, it does not cause any side effects. It is completely safe to use. However, patients must use it in the recommended doses only as a higher dose of this medicine can cause gastric upsets.

The use of Shrikhandasava for the pregnant and breastfeeding women is strictly not advisable for 2 reasons. The first reason is the prime indication for this medicine is to reduce the adverse effect of alcohol intake. Since the consumption of alcohol itself can be very harmful to the fetus and the newborn baby when consumed by a lactating or pregnant woman; the need for taking a medicine to reduce the symptoms of a hangover does not arise. The second reason is the effect of Shrikhandasava on the newborn baby or fetus is not known. Hence, pregnant and lactating women should avoid using Shrikhandasava.

How to use Shrikhandasava

Patients should use Shrikhandasava in a dose of 12 ml once a day. The dose can be increased to 24 ml, once or twice a day, if no noticeable improvement in the symptoms is observed. The medicine can be mixed with an equal quantity of water to minimize the gastric irritation or if the taste is unpleasant. They should avoid the intake of fatty foods to ensure a higher effectiveness of Shrikhandasava. If they are using any other medication, they should take it half an hour before or after taking the dose of Shrikhandasava.

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