Ativisha — Benefits, Uses & Side effects

Ativisha or botanically Aconitum Heterophyllum is an important ayurvedic herb used in ayurvedic pediatric medicine. Its roots are commonly used for fever management in infants and children.

Ativisha contains carminative activities so that the herb can help indigestion and constipation problems. The antibacterial property of the plant is also helpful in treating diarrhea by preventing pathogenic microorganisms. 

Ativisha contains carminative activities so that the herb can help indigestion and constipation problems. The antibacterial property of the plant is also helpful in treating diarrhea by preventing pathogenic microorganisms. 

According to Ayurveda, the herb can handle the symptoms of diabetes as it has Tikta (bitter) taste and Kapha balancing activities. Ativisha is one of the common herbs used in ayurvedic pediatric medicine also. 

Health Benefits of Ativisha —

  1. Ativisha in Fever Management —  It has antipyretic action, which helps to alleviate and prevent the fever. It is commonly used for managing the fever in infants and children in ayurvedic pediatric medicine. It acts as diaphoretic and induces perspiration, which helps to lower the fever.
  2. Ativisha Treats Diarrhea — Ativisha has antidiarrheal action. It acts as an absorbent, which reduces the liquid content of the stool and binds the stool. Additionally, it decreases the frequency of the loose stools.
  3. Ativisha in Common Cold & Flu Management — Ativisha powder should be mixed in Basil Leaf Juice (Tulsi Svarasa) and honey. It can be given to children for treating common cold and infections of upper respiratory tract. This Ativisha mixture gives relief from nasal blockage, running nose, fever, sneezing and nasal irritation. It also prevents secondary infections.
  4. Ativisha in Cough & Bronchitis — Ativisha powder along with Pistacia Integerrima and honey helps to treat bronchitis and cough. It helps to clear the lungs, reduces inflammation and modulates the mucus secretions. The root bark powder of Ativisha can be given to patients particularly children to provide relief from cough, nasal blockage, running nose, sneezing, and nasal irritation.
  5. Treats Malabsorption — Ativisha has stomachic, digestive, and metabolism enhancer actions, which encourages digestion and metabolism. Ativisha helps to digest food and promotes a proper assimilation of the foods, which helps to treat mal-absorption syndrome.
  6. Great for detoxification — Ativisha is an excellent herb for general detoxification of the body. Root powder can be given to children for clearing out worms in the body. It can also detoxify the blood and improves immunity.

Dosage of Ativisha —

  • Age 5-12 years — 600 to 750 mg
  • Teenager (13 -19 yrs) — 750 to 1000 mg
  • Adults (19 to 60 yrs) — 1000 to 2000 mg
  • Geriatric (Above 60 yrs) — 500 to 1000 mg

Doses: Twice a day with honey

Best Time to Take: After Food

Side effects of Ativisha —

There are no side effects observed if Purified Ativisha is used as per Dosha Analysis. A high dosage (more than 2 grams) can cause constipation. It is Ruksha (Dry), which means it can produce dryness in the body can cause xerostomia (abnormal dryness of the mouth).

Contraindications of Ativisha —

In the following health conditions, Ativisha is not suitable.

  • Constipation
  • Xerostomia (abnormal dryness of the mouth)

References —

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