Ayurveda is an ancient medical science being used in the management of various ailments. In Ayurveda, there are three doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The imbalance of these three doshas leads to health problems. Vata disorders are more common and affect most of the population. The unhealthy diet and lifestyle (Vata aggravating) of a person increases the Vata dosha and leads to Vata disorders. Ayurveda has been managing various health problems with herbal and mineral formulations. Asava and Arishta are some of the ayurvedic formulations used in various health issues. Here in this article, we are going to discuss one of the Ayurvedic Arishta formulations – Balarisht.
Balarisht is an ayurvedic arishta formulation in liquid form. The main ingredient of this formulation is Bala (Sida cordifolia) along with other ingredients. This formulation is used for all diseases occurring due to Vata dosha aggravation in the body. Vata dosha aggravated disorders are mostly related to the nervous system and musculoskeletal system and the main action of the Balarisht is observable on the nerves, brain, muscles, ligaments, bones, and joints. It is used in the management of various Vata imbalance diseases like arthritis, neuralgia, paralysis, spondylosis, etc., also improves digestion and liver function.
Vata Vyadhi (Neurological and musculoskeletal disorders)
- Bala (Sida cordifolia) – 100 Parts
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – 100 Parts
- Dhataki Pushpa (Woodfordia fruticosa) – 16 Parts
- Ksheer Kakoli (Lilium polyphyllum) – 2 Parts
- Erand Mool (Ricinus communis) – 2 Parts
- Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) – 1 Parts
- Badi Elaichi (Amomum subulatum) – 1 Parts
- Prasarani (Paederia foetida) – 1 Parts
- Laung (Syzygium aromaticum) – 1 Parts
- Khas (Vetiveria zizanioides) – 1 Parts
- Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris) – 1 Part
- Gur (Saccharum officinarum) – 300 Parts
- Water – Quantity sufficient
Reference – Bhaishajya Ratnavali – Vatavyadhi, 570 – 571 / Ayurvedic Formulary of India (Part – 1)
Description Of The Ingredients
- Bala (Sida cordifolia) – It belongs to the Malvaceae family. Properties of Bala are – Rasa – Madhur (sweet), Guna – laghu (light), Snigdha (unctuous), pichilla (sticky), and balances all three doshas. The chemical composition of Bala are – ephedrine, resin, fatty acid, mucin, and potassium nitrate It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, nerve tonic, cardiac tonic, immune booster, diuretic, aphrodisiac properties.
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – belongs to the Solanaceae family. Properties of Ashwagandha are – Rasa – katu (pungent, tikta (bitter), kashaya (astringent), Guna – laghu (light), Snigdha (unctuous), Virya – ushna (hot), Vipaka – katu (pungent), balances all the three doshas. It has antioxidants, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, anti-diabetic, anti-cancerous, immune-booster, and tonic properties.
- Dhataki Pushpa (Woodfordia fruticosa) – belongs to the Lythraceae family. Properties of Dhataki Pushpa are – Rasa – kashaya (astringent), Guna – Laghu (light), ruksha (dry), Virya – katu (pungent), balances Kapha and pitta doshas. It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and antidiarrheal properties.
- Ksheer Kakoli (Lilium polyphyllum) – belongs to the Liliaceae family. This herb is sweet in taste, cool in potency and has anti-asthmatic, immunomodulatory, and rejuvenating effects, and is really beneficial in Vata-related disorders.
- Erand Mool (Ricinus communis) – belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. Properties of Erand mool are – Rasa – Madhur (sweet), katu (pungent), kashaya (astringent), Guna – Snigdha (unctuous), sookshma (minute), tikshna (sharp), Virya – ushna (hot), Vipaka – Madhura (sweet), balances Vata and Kapha doshas. It has diuretic, laxative, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) – belongs to the Asteraceae family. Properties of Rasna are – Rasa – tikta (bitter), Guna – guru (heavy), Virya – ushna (hot), Vipaka – katu (pungent), balances Kapha and Vata doshas.
- Badi Elaichi (Amomum subulatum) – belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. Properties of Badi Elaichi are – Rasa – katu (pungent), tikta (bitter), Guna – laghu (light), ruksha (dry), Virya – ushna (hot), Vipaka – katu (pungent), balances Kapha and Vata doshas. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, and digestive stimulant properties.
- Prasarani (Paederia foetida) – belongs to the Rubiaceae family. Properties of Prasarani are – Rasa – tikta (bitter), Guna – guru (heavy), Sara (flowing), Virya – ushna, Vipaka – katu (pungent), balances Kapha and Vata doshas. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, hepatoprotective, and immunity booster properties.
- Laung (Syzygium aromaticum) – belongs to the Myrtaceae family. Properties of Laung are – Rasa – katu, tikta, Guna – laghu, tikshna, snigdha, Virya – sheeta, Vipaka – katu, balances Kapha and Pitta doshas. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, aphrodisiac, diuretic, digestive stimulant, and carminative properties.
- Khas (Vetiveria zizanioides) – belongs to the Gramineae family. Properties of khas or usheera are – Rasa – Tikta (bitter), Madhura (sweet), Guna – Laghu (light), Ruksha (dry), Virya – Sheet (cold), Vipaka – Katu (pungent), and balances Vata and pitta doshas. It has antioxidant, cardioprotective, antimicrobial, anthelmintic, anti-asthmatic, expectorant, diuretic, antispasmodic, anti-arthritic properties.
- Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris) – belongs to the Zygophyllaceae family. Properties of Gokshur are – Rasa – Madhur, Guna – guru, Snigdha, Virya – sheeta, Vipaka – Madhur, balances all the three doshas. It has diuretic, aphrodisiac, anthelmintic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Gur (Saccharum officinarum) – also known as jaggery, is mainly used in Indian kitchens and also in various Ayurvedic formulations. Gur has many health benefits. It increases the volume of urine and feces and is also good for the heart, purifies the blood, and promotes good digestion.
Method Of Preparation
- First of all the coarse powder of Bala and Ashwagandha in the above-mentioned quantity are added to the water, boiled, and then filtered.
- After that, the Gur (jaggery) is added to the decoction, and this decoction is then filtered again to remove impurities.
- Now add the rest of the ingredients in the above-mentioned quantity and then keep this mixture in the closed vessel for one month.
- After the process of fermentation, the final prepared Balarisht obtained is kept in another air-tight container for further use.
Balarisht is a classical ayurvedic formulation mainly used in Vata disorders. It acts as a nervine tonic and provides strength to the nerves. Balarisht pacifies the Vata dosha and reduces the pain associated with the nervous system. It has anti-inflammatory, rejuvenating, nervine tonic, neuroprotective, cardioprotective, mild Diuretic, anti-paralytic, appetizer, digestive stimulant, anti-stress, and adaptogenic properties.n The main ingredients of Balarisht – Bala (Sida Cordifolia) contain ephedrine, which acts as an amphetamine-like stimulant.
- Vata Disorders
- General Weakness
- Mental Debility
- Facial Paralysis
- Sciatic Nerve Pain
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Loss Of Appetite (Related To Vata Disorders)
- Nasal Congestion
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
3 teaspoon twice a day with an equal amount of water or as directed by your physician.
- Overdosage of balarisht in an empty stomach may cause stomach irritation.
- Always consult your Ayurvedic doctor before taking this.
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