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Author : Gurnam Saini  

Posted On : 17 December, 2013




Draksharishtam is an Ayurvedic herbal remedy for abdominal and respiratory ailments. It is sweet in taste due to Vitis vinifera. Its potency is enhanced due to fermentation process.



It is suggested to increase vitality and strength in the body so is indicated in general debility due to any reason.



Draksharishtam is used in the treatment of anorexia, indigestion, anaemia, jaundice etc. It also increases the digestive power and promotes bowel movements.



Moreover it is recommended in the weakness of lungs and relieving respiratory infections. It reduces cough in tuberculosis patients thus relieves cough. It reduces inflammation of respiratory tract.



Main Ingredients of Draksharishta 



Vitis vinifera is the main ingredient of Draksharishtam. It is digestive stimulant and antacid. Other ingredients in Draksharishtam are Cinnamomum verum, Callicarpa macrophylla, Elettaria cardamomum, Embelia ribes , Mesua ferrea, Pogostemon cablin, Piper nigrum, Piper longum, and jaggery.



Pharmacological action of Draksharishtam



Draksharishtam has cool potency and sweet and little astringent taste. It soothes vata and pacifies pitta humour. It works on digestive system by holding gastric secretion in natural equilibrium and keeps balance in liver metabolism.



Its main action is on digestive system in which it increases secretion of gastric juices but does not increase them from the required natural limits. Secondarily, it is suggested to act on brain and induces desire to eat. This is main mechanism of its action by which it becomes beneficial in anorexia as well as loss of appetite.



Draksharishtam is also digestive stimulant as mentioned above. It also works in indigestion by increasing metabolism of liver. It is of cool potency so it is also helpful in heartburn and acidity or GERD.



Draksharishtam is rich in natural iron and other minerals. Iron present in Draksharishtam has more bioavailability than iron supplements. Therefore, it increases haemoglobin levels and mostly given in cases of anaemia.



Uses and indications of Draksharishta 



  1. General weakness
  2. Anorexia
  3. Loss of appetite
  4. Indigestion
  5. Abdominal pain with burning sensation or gastritis
  6. Anaemia
  7. Debility and Emaciation
  8. Muscle wasting
  9. Cough due to excessive physical work or work beyond stamina
  10. In asthma, Tuberculosis , Whooping Cough,  Influenza,  Pneumonia – to strength respiratory system
  11. Constipation – in which person complaints hard stool with painful defecation



Side effects and precautions of Draksharishta 



It has been used in children and pregnant women since medieval times so it generally considered safe under ayurvedic doctor supervision. It should not be taken if you are patient of diabetes mellitus due sugar content. 

There is no side effects mentioned in ayurvedic texts or reported by clients as such from prescribed therapeutic dosage of this preparation. It is advisable that ayurvedic medicine and treatment are generally considered to be safe when taken under the supervision and guidance of an Ayurvedic Doctor, but rarely may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. We recommend seeking urgent medical attention in the case of an adverse reaction.




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Gurnam Saini

Ayurvedic Practitioner (Recognised as Ayurvedic Doctor in India)

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from India

MD in Alternative Medicine from India 

Certificate in Ayurveda Panchkarma Detox from India

Certificate in Ayurveda Pulse & Tongue Diagnosis from India

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Author Bio:

Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More

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