Ushirasava is an effective Ayurvedic medicine used for treating menstrual disorders. It can also be used to treat skin diseases and piles. It contains about 4 to 9% of self-generated alcohol in it. This natural alcohol and the water present in this medicine act as a media and deliver alcohol and water soluble active components in the herbs to the body.
The natural herbs used in the preparation of this medication are mentioned below:
- Ushira (Vetiveria Zizanioides)
- Padma (Nelumbo Nucifera)
- Hribera (Coleus Vettiveroides)
- Gambhari (Gmelina Arborea)
- Priyangu (Callicarpa Macrophylla)
- Neelotpala (Nymphaea Stellata)
- Padmaka (Prunus Cerasoides)
- Manjishta (Rubia Cordifolia)
- Lodhra (Symplocos Racemosa)
- Dhanvayasa (Fagonia cretica)
- Patha (Cissampelos Pareira)
- Nyagrodha (Ficus Benghalensis)
- Udumbara (Ficus Racemosa)
- Kiratatikta (SwertiaChirata)
- Shati (Hedychium Spicatum)
- Parpataka (Fumaria Parviflora)
- Patola (Trichosanthes Dioica)
- Pundarika (Kamala or Nelumbo Nucifera)
- Kanchanara (Bauhinia Variegata)
- Shalmali (Salmalia Malabarica)
- Jambu (Jamon Seeds or Syzygium Cumini)
- Draksha (Raisins)
- Dhataki (Woodfordia Fruticosa)
- Kshaudra (Honey
- Sharkara (Sugar)
- Maricha (Black Pepper)
- Jatamamsi (Nardostachys Jatamansi)
Indications, Benefits & Uses
The health benefits of this medication are as follows:
Ushirasava helps in reducing the symptoms of piles and also prevents them from getting worse. The herbs used in this preparation of this medicine relieve the symptoms of piles such as constipation, pain while passing stools, and bleeding from the anus.
Ushirasava is highly effective in relieving urinary complaints like renal stones, and urinary tract infections. The antibacterial action produced by the herbs in this medicine destroys the bacteria in the urinary tract causing infections. It also provides relief from painful urination. It produces an antispasmodic action and reduces colicky pain caused when a kidney stone tries to come down through the urinary tract.
Ushirasava can be used for the treatment of menstrual disorders. It is prescribed for treating an increased menstrual flow. However, it is not effective in the management of irregular or prolonged menstrual periods. It is helpful in treating polymenorrhea, a disorder that causes frequent menstrual periods or shorter menstrual cycles. It can also be used in the treatment of menorrhagia, which causes heavy menstrual bleeding.
Ushirasava is an effective medicine to treat abdominal cramps occurring during menses. This condition is called dysmenorrhea. It causes pain in the lower abdomen that usually begins two to three days before the menses and disappears once the flow starts. The main cause of Dysmenorrhea is an increased level of prostaglandin, which is responsible for stimulating the contractions of the uterus. The repeated uterine contractions result in severe cramps and pain in the abdomen. Ushirasava can provide significant relief from the pain by maintaining the hormonal balance and reducing the production of prostaglandins.
Ushirasava can be used for treating bleeding disorders that cause nasal bleeding, rectal bleeding, and heavy menstrual bleeding.
Ushirasava can be used to get rid of parasitic infections. It helps in eliminating parasites from the digestive tract and treats the complications of these infections like anemia.
How to use Ushirasava
The recommended dose of Ushirasava is 12 ml to be taken once or twice a day. The dose can be raised to 24 ml, twice a day if the results with the lower dose are not satisfactory. The doses should preferably be taken after meal to minimize gastric irritation. The medicine may be added with an equal quantity of water if the taste is not tolerable.
Patients, who are using other medications, should keep a gap of half an hour between the intake of Ushirasava and the other medicines. This medicine can be used for 2 weeks to 4 months. Women suffering from heavy periods can use it during menses till the periods last. If the menstrual flow is very heavy, they should start taking it from one week before the expected date of the periods and continue using it till the flow lasts.
Side effects of Ushirasava
There are no known side effects of Ushirasava. This medicine is prepared from natural herbs and contains no chemicals. Hence, it is considered safe to use. When used in a higher dose of 50 ml or more, it may cause a mild burning sensation in the stomach. If given for wrong complaints, it may cause prolonged menstrual cycles and delayed periods.
It is safe to use this medicine for the children above 5 years of age. However, children must be given a lower dose. During pregnancy, it is best to avoid this medicine unless advised by a doctor. During lactation, it can be used in lower doses, based on the doctor’s advice.