Dasamoolarishtam is a liquefied Ayurvedic medicine. It can be taken as a tonic to improve overall health and relieve pain. It pacifies vata dosha. An imbalance in vata dosha is considered the main reason for all pains in the human body.
It is beneficial for women especially in the postpartum period as it has the ability to work on both the body and the mind, to heal post delivery effects and relieve depression. It has gained immense popularity among Indian women for these reasons.
Dasamoolarishtam is prepared by fermenting a vast number of herbs. It has a natural alcoholic base. It is known to be carminative, anti-inflammatory, a natural analgesic, a light anthelmintic, adaptogenic, anti-arthritic, digestive stimulant, anti-stress, anti-bacterial and an anti-depressant. It is also a nervine tonic.
This makes it a powerful, all-round healer, recommended to a host of physical and emotional problems.
The Dasamool which is the basis of Dasamoolarishtam is an elaborate mix of 10 specific roots, each one with its individual properties.
It has 5-7% of natural alcohol that acts as a medium and activator.
The names of the roots present in Dasamool are:
1. Patala Root (Stereospermum suaveolens)
2. Shalaparni Root (Desmodium gangeticum)
3. Kantakari Root (Solanum xanthocarpum)
4. Brihati Root (Solanum indicum)
5. Bilva Root (Aegle marmelos)
6. Gokshura Root (Tribulus terrestris)
7. Shyanaka Root (Oroxylum indicum)
8. Agnimantha Root (Premna mucronata)
9. Prishnaparni Root (Uraria picta)
10. Gambhari Root (Gmelina arborea)
Added to the roots, the following list of ingredients can be found specifically in Dasamoolarishtam:
• Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica) – Spicy herb
• Khadira (Acacia catechu) Cutch Tree
• Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) Red Hogweed or Tarvine – Plant
• Jivaka (Pueraria tuberosa) – Indian Kutzu – Climber
• Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa) – Symplocos tree or Lodh tree – Green Plant
• Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia) – Indian Madder – Purifying herb
• Jatamansi (Nordostachys Jatamansi) Spikenard – Herb
• Kala Jeera (Bunium persicum) – Black cumin – Spice
• Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare) Fennel Seeds – Spice
• Draksha (Vitis Vinifera) Raisins – Dried grapes
• Jala (Coleus vettiveroides) – Herbaceous plant
• Indrayava (Holarhenna Antidysenterico) – Herb
• Pushkaramula (Inula racemosa) – Indian Elecampane – Perennial herb
• Vijayasar (Pterocarpus marsupium) – Indian Kino Tree – Deciduous tree
• Giloy/Guduchi (Tinospara cordifolia) – Herbaceous vine
• Amla (Emblica Officinalis) – Indian Gooseberry, fruit
• Hareetki (Terminalia chebula) – Yellow or Chebulic Myrobalan – Seed
• Dhamasa (Fagonia certica) – Cretan Prickly Clover – Plant
• Nagkeshar (Mesua Ferrea) – Indian rose chestnut – Tree
• Kuth/Kushta (Sausssurea lappa) – Thistle
• Haldi (Curcuma longa) – Turmeric – Root
• Puga (Areca catechu) – Betelnut
• Zimikand (Dioscorea bulbifera) – Bitter yam – Vine
• Tejpatta (Cinnamomum tamala) – Bay Leaf – Spice
• Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) – Cinnamon – bark Spice
• Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) – Chinese chaste tree – Aromatic shrub
• Trivrit (Operculina turpethum) – Transparent Wood Rose – Herb
• Deodar (Cedrus Deodara) – Himalayan Cedar – Tree
• Pippali (Piper Longum) – Long Pepper – Spice
• Bharangi (Clerodendrum serratum) – Shrub
• Shati (Hedychium spicotum) – Spiked Ginger Lily – Plant
• Priyangu (Callicarpa macrophylia) – Large Leaf Beauty Berry
• Bhibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) – Belleric Myrobalan – Fruit
• Chavya (Piper retrofractum) – Balinese long pepper – Flowering vine
• Sariva (Hemidesmus Indicus) – Indian Sarsaparilla – Shrub
• Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) – English Plantain – Flowering Plant
• Padmaka (Prunus cerasoides) – Wild Himalayan Cherry – Deciduous tree
• Mustak (Cyperus rotundas) – Nut Grass – Perennial plant
• Jatiphala (Myristica fragrans) – Nutmeg – Spice
• Meda (Polygonatum cirrhifolium) – Tendril Leaf Solomon’s Seal – Perennial plant
• Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa) – Fire flame bush – Herb
• Nirmali (Strychnos potatorum) – Clearing nut tree
• Rishabhaka (Microstylis wallichii) – Plant
• Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – Indian ginseng – Plant
• Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) – Asparagus from Nepal – Plant
• Kankola (Piper Cubeba) – Tailed Pepper – Plant
• Ela (Elettaria cardomomum) – Cardamom – Spice
• Laung (Syzygium Aromaticum) – Clove – Spice
• Chandan (Santalum album) – Sandalwood
• Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) – Liquorice
• Vidanga (Embelia Ribes) – False Black Pepper – Spice
All these herbs combined together constitute the Dasamoolarishtam remedy. They are a specialised group of plants, spices, trees, herbs, shrubs and vines, designed to bring out complementary qualities of each ingredient.
Dasamoolarishtam can cure a vast range of ailments. The primary ones are listed below.
Cures Digestive problems
It is a Pachaka. It helps to aid digestion by making the system stronger and resilient. It cures indigestion, curbs vomiting, helps anaemia and heals liver-related diseases. It also cures flatulence and water retention.
Relieves Muscle Pain
It is able to relax stuff muscles in all parts of the body and relieve pain. It stops muscle spasm.
Acute inflammation in the form of pain, swelling, redness, heat and immobility can appear in any part of the body. Symptoms include fatigue, pain, fever, rash or mouth sores. Arthritis is also caused by inflammation. It can be issues like gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis due to its strong anti-inflammatory action.
Dasamoolarishtam helps to fight all these ailments by balancing internal inflammation and heat levels.
Maintains Haemoglobin Levels And Red Blood Cell Production
The presence of haemoglobin in the blood is to carry oxygen to various parts. Low levels of haemoglobin can result in deficiencies and anaemia while high levels can cause clots and heart attacks. Dasamoolarishtam regulates haemoglobin and red blood cell production to keep the body healthy, preventing all issues related to high or low haemoglobin levels.
Promotes Internal Cleansing
Known as an anti-oxidant, Dasamoolarishtam clears toxins from the body on the intake. Regular dosage can boost immunity and strength while keeping the mind positive and strong. It is especially helpful for women after delivery as it provides them with the strength to deal with postpartum issues. It increases metabolism, cleans the uterus and removes toxins from the uterine cavity. It removes clots and prevents infections after delivery.
In women, it addresses issues related to:
- Backache and Menstrual Cramps
- Frequent Miscarriages
- Pelvic Inflammatory diseases
- Perineal Pain
- UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
- Swelling In Breasts
- Postpartum fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, anaemia and even depression
- Uterine Sluggishness
Other therapeutic benefits include relief from:
- Sciatica and Muscle Spasm
- Persistent Coughing (especially dry cough)
- Osteoporosis (if used with other calcium and mineral supplements)
- Male Infertility (pus in seminal fluid)
- Frequent urination / difficulty in urination
- Leucorrhoea / Vaginitis
- Gas / IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
For best results, 12 to 24 ml of Dasamoolarishtam that can be diluted in the same amount of water, is to be consumed once or twice a day, after a meal.
It can be taken for several months, depending on the severity of the ailment.
Children can also take Dasamoolarishtam in small dosages of 2 to 3 ml in 5 to 10 ml of water.
For people with a Pitta constitution, Dasamoolarishtam should be taken only after diluting as it can increase the heat in the body. This can result in hot flashes and a burning sensation in the eyes and on the palms.
In fact, a high dosage can cause a burning sensation in anyone. This could be accompanied by stomach problems.
Prolonged usage without diluting can cause constipation and haemorrhoids due to the high level of heat and spice in Dasamoolarishtam.
Hence, it is not recommended for Diabetic patients and those with high Pitta. Also, if there is bleeding, one should avoid Dasamoolarishtam completely.
Other Similar Preparations
1. Dashamoolasava (There are a few extra ingredients in this formulation and should not be consumed without the recommendation from a physician as it can cause allergies in some people)
2. Vangasena-Grahachikitsa (A simpler variation of Dashmoolaristham with lesser ingredients. The amount of Chitrak used is less so it is a milder formulation)
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