Narasimha Rasayanam is an ayurvedic Rasayana or precisely an ayurvedic medicated product. With butter as a base product, it has a buttery or jam-like texture. The Rasayana is not only used for the treatment of many disorders but as a full body tonic or a dietary supplement for enhanced general well-being. It forms a major part of the Panchakarma therapy, a five-step rejuvenation process.
The term Narasimha which is translated in English as ‘lion’ indicates the power of imparting strength and energy of the herbal decoction. Narasimha Rasayanam finds mention in the ancient Ayurvedic treatise, Ashtangharidayam written by Acharya Vagabhatta. It is also listed as a medicine in Bhaishajya Ratnavali and Saharayogam.
Narasimha Rasayanam is not a herb obtained of a single plant but is composed of many herbs mixed together in specific amounts. The market available variants may differ slightly in composition, however, Narasimha Rasayanam majorly contains:-
- Khadira (Acacia catechu)
- Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo)
- Vidanga (Embelia ribes)
- Vijayasar (Pterocarpus marsupium)
- Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica)
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
- Bibitaki (Terminalia Billerica)
- Bhallataka (Semecarpus Anacardium)
- Triphala decoction
- Bhringraja (Elcipta alba) as juice or decoction
- Kshira or Gaudugdha or cow’s milk
- Purified Loha or Ferrum
- Madhu (honey)
- 16 times water to prepare a decoction
Uses And Medicinal Properties
Being a concoction of many herbs, Narasimha Rasayanam has proven to be useful in curing disorders like premature ageing, in improving immunity and in treatment reproductive system issues.
Narasimha Rasayanam also forms a part of many ayurvedic procedures like panchakarma and senhakarma (oleation).
- Muscle relaxant
- Reduces durbalya (weakness)
Effect on Doshas: Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha
- 5-10 g twice a day with milk or water
- 5 g daily to improve immunity and digestion
- 10 g twice a day in case of poor libido and enhancing sexual wellness
- 15 g daily if using as a tonic to rejuvenate the body
Narasimha Rasayanam must be taken for at least one to two months to experience best results.
- To gain weight and muscle, consume Narasimha Rasayanam with ashwagandha ksheer pak
- If you have a weak digestive system, consume with lukewarm water
- To enhance vitality, consume it with milk
However, this is just a general list of how much of Narasimha Rasayanam must be consumed. In no way it is comprehensive and it is always better to consult a doctor before consuming any drug.
Did You Know?
Medical research was conducted in which numerous rasayanams were used and their ability to protect the body against ionizing radiation (mostly used to treat cancer but ends up in damaging normal cells) was judged. One of the drugs used included Narasimha Rasayanam. It was tested on mice, which were given Narasimha Rasayanam 50 g per kg of body weight five days before and five days after their body was induced with radiation. It was noted that:
The herbal concoction acted as an anti-toxic and helped in reducing radio-toxicity. It also led to a rise in body weight.
Narasimha Rasayanam Benefits
The wide-ranging benefits of Narasimha Rasayanam include:
Poor Digestive System
Narasimha Rasayanam packed with herbs like Terminalia chebula and decoctions like Triphala holds the ability to not only improve the functioning of the digestive system but also to cure it of various disorders like constipation. However, for people with a very weak digestive system, this medicine might not be the ultimate remedy due to its high-fat content.
Narasimha Rasayanam improves metabolism and digestive system functioning. This, in turn, improves the nutrition intake of the body which might otherwise get excreted unused. Improved metabolism also indicates an improved appetite which is necessary in case someone aspires to gain weight. A small dosage is recommended for people with a weak digestive system.
For Physical Strength And To Boost Immunity
Often known as ‘Man-lion tonic,’ Narasimha Rasayanam is majorly used to decrease debility. It works as a rejuvenative agent and hence also limits ageing as it reduces weakness of muscles and bones. It creates a stable and firm body (sthira anga). This herbal ghrita is often used as a health tonic due to its ability to provide all-round benefits to the body.
The immunomodulatory function of the drug ensures the body is able to fight infections and flu efficiently.
Issues Related To Bones
Narsimha Rasayana is effective in balancing the Vata dosha which mostly causes disorders related to joints. It is also known to be an effective remedy when suffering from osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a painful disorder caused due to reduction of synovial fluid in the joints which is responsible for smooth sliding and gliding of joints. Narasimha Rasayana stimulates the production of synovial fluid and helps in reducing joint pain.
Narasimha Rasayanam as mentioned in Ashtanagahridayam is helpful in improving sexual wellbeing. Loss of libido can be cured by its regular intake as it is a natural aphrodisiac. It is also known to be beneficial in case one is suffering from erectile dysfunction.
Hair Growth and Baldness
People suffer from hair issues like premature balding due to different issues like genetic factors, increasing stress and pollution. Narasimha Rasayanam is there to the rescue in all such cases as one of the well-known benefits of it is its wondrous effects on hair growth. It has the ability to slow the greying of hair, increase hair growth and even to rejuvenate the hair. Even in disorders like alopecia, the doctor might suggest this medicine as a remedy. Taking the rasayanam orally in required dosage and regularly massaging the scalp with medicinal oils like Nilibhrigandi oil can help produce desired results.
Side Effects And Precautions
Although no major side effects of Narasimha Rasayanam are known, the following issues can occur if a person is unable to digest it properly:
- Nausea and vomiting
Being a ghrita (a medicine with butter as a base), Narasimha Rasayanam must not be consumed if suffering from the following conditions:
- Chronic fever
- Poor liver functioning
- A Very poor digestive system
- Heart-related disorders like high cholesterol, arterial blockage
- High blood pressure
Apart from this other precautions must also be taken:
- In case you are already on allopathic medication, it is better to keep a few hours gap between allopathic and ayurvedic medicines to prevent any unwanted reaction. Also, it is suggested to always consult a medical practitioner before consuming any combination of drugs or even supplements.
- Since no information is available about its effects on pregnant and lactating women, they must avoid it.