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Saraswatarishta

Saraswatarishta is the most common ayurvedic medicine used for the treatment of neurological and psychological disorders. It is also used as a brain tonic, which helps to lower the risk of suffering from memory loss, dysfunction of the immune system, menstrual disorders, and semen problems.

The Reference shloka —

समूल पत्रशाखाया ब्राह्म्याः ब्रह्ममुहुर्तके |
गृहीत्वा विंशति पलं पुष्प योगे शतावरी ||
विदारिकभ्योषिरान्यार्द्रकञ्च तथा मिशिः |
पञ्च पञ्च पलान्येषां जल द्रोणे पचेत् भिषक् ||
पादावशेषे विस्राव्य रसं वस्त्रेण गालयेत् |
माक्षिकस्य दश पलं सितायाः पञ्चविंशतिः ||
धातकी पञ्चपलिक रेणुका त्रिवृता कणा |
देवपुष्पं वचा कुष्टं वाजिगन्धा विभितकी ||
अमृत्तैल विडङ्ग त्वक् प्रत्येकं कर्ष सम्मितम् |
क्वाथे तस्मिन् समस्तानि समाक्षिप्य प्रयत्नतः ||
स्वर्णकुम्भं निधयध्वा नव मृद्विजने अपि वा |
स्वर्णस्य तनु पत्रञ्च क्षिप्त्वा अस्मिन् कर्ष सम्मितम् ||
मासाज्जतरसं दृष्ट्वा हेम पत्रं क्षयं गतं |
वाससा च परिस्राव्य स्थापयेत् घृत भाजनं |
सरस्वाभिधो अरिष्टः येषो अमृतसमः पुरा ||
शिष्यानमुपकरार्थं धन्वन्तरिविनिर्मिताः |
आयुवीर्यं स्मृतीं मेधां बलं कान्तीं विवर्धयेत् ||
वाग्वि शुद्धिकरो हृद्यो रसायनवरः स्मृतः |
बालकाञ्च यूनाञ्च वृद्धाञ्च सदा हितः ||
नर नारी हितो नित्यं परमोजस्करो मतः |
वरयत्स्वरककार्ष्यं तथा चास्यष्टभाषणं ||
स्वरं परभ्रुतस्येव जनयेत्सेवनस्तदा |
रजोदोषेण दुष्टानां योषिता शुक्र दोषिनां ||
पूसञ्चापि शुभकरः सर्वदोषहरो मतः |
अत्यध्यनन गीतादि क्षीण स्मृति बला नराः ||
लभन्तं चित्तसन्तोषं स्मृतिन्चास्य निषेवनात |
पयसा सह पातव्यो अरिष्टो अयं शाणमानतः ||
मासाभ्यां रोगहच्चापि शरदा सर्व संसिद्धः||

samūla patraśākhāyā brāhmyāḥ brahmamuhurtake |
gr̥hītvā viṁśati palaṁ puṣpa yoge śatāvarī ||
vidārikabhyoṣirānyārdrakañca tathā miśiḥ |
pañca pañca palānyeṣāṁ jala droṇe pacet bhiṣak ||
pādāvaśeṣe visrāvya rasaṁ vastreṇa gālayet |
mākṣikasya daśa palaṁ sitāyāḥ pañcaviṁśatiḥ ||
dhātakī pañcapalika reṇukā trivr̥tā kaṇā |
devapuṣpaṁ vacā kuṣṭaṁ vājigandhā vibhitakī ||
amr̥ttaila viḍaṅga tvak pratyekaṁ karṣa sammitam |
kvāthe tasmin samastāni samākṣipya prayatnataḥ ||
svarṇakumbhaṁ nidhayadhvā nava mr̥dvijane api vā |
svarṇasya tanu patrañca kṣiptvā asmin karṣa sammitam ||
māsājjatarasaṁ dr̥ṣṭvā hema patraṁ kṣayaṁ gataṁ |
vāsasā ca parisrāvya sthāpayet ghr̥ta bhājanaṁ |
sarasvābhidho ariṣṭaḥ yeṣo amr̥tasamaḥ purā ||
śiṣyānamupakarārthaṁ dhanvantarivinirmitāḥ |
āyuvīryaṁ smr̥tīṁ medhāṁ balaṁ kāntīṁ vivardhayet ||
vāgvi śuddhikaro hr̥dyo rasāyana
varaḥ smr̥taḥ |
bālakāñca yūnāñca vr̥ddhāñca sadā hitaḥ ||
nara nārī hito nityaṁ paramojaskaro mataḥ |
varayatsvarakakārṣyaṁ tathā cāsyaṣṭabhāṣaṇaṁ ||
svaraṁ parabhrutasyeva janayetsevanastadā |
rajodoṣeṇa duṣṭānāṁ yoṣitā śukra doṣināṁ ||
pūsañcāpi śubhakaraḥ sarvadoṣaharo mataḥ |
atyadhyanana gītādi kṣīṇa smr̥ti balā narāḥ ||
labhantaṁ cittasantoṣaṁ smr̥tincāsya niṣevanāta |
payasā saha pātavyo ariṣṭo ayaṁ śāṇamānataḥ ||
māsābhyāṁ rogahaccāpi śaradā sarva saṁsiddhaḥ
||

The ingredients: 

  1. Brahmi  — Bacopa monnieri
  2. Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus
  3. Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
  4. Abhaya – Haritaki  — Terminalia chebula
  5. Usheera  — Vetiveria zizanioides
  6. Shunti – Ginger – Zingiber officinalis
  7. Mishi – foeniculum vulgare
  8. Makshika – Honey 
  9. Sita – sugar candy
  10. Dhataki – Woodfordia fruticosa
  11. Renuka – Vitex Negundo
  12. Kana – Piper longum
  13. Trivrit – Operculina turpethum
  14. Devapushpa – Clove – Syzigium aromaticum 
  15. Vacha – Acorus calamus
  16. Kushta – Saussurea lappa
  17. Vajigandha – Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
  18. Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellerica
  19. Amruta – Guduchi – Tinospora cordifolia
  20. Ela – Cardamom  — Elettaria cardamomum
  21. Vidanga – Embelia ribes
  22. Twak – Cinnamomum zeylanicum
  23. Gold leaf

  The indications –

For the benefits of students, this medicine has been specially formulated by Lord Dhanvantari

It improves –

  • Ayu – life expectancy
  • Veerya – potency, sexual capacity
  • Smruti – memory
  • Medha – intelligence
  • Bala – immunity, strength
  • Kanti – skin complexion and shine,
  • Vak vishuddhikara – it improves pronunciation, it helps to relieve all pronunciation mistakes
  • Hrudya – acts as cardiac tonic, good for heart
  • Rasayanavara – one of the best among all medicines of rejuvenation
  • Very useful in children, youngsters and old people, men and women.
  • Param Ojaskara – improves Ojas. (source of immunity)
  • Relieves voice hoarseness, speech problems
  • Rajodosha hara – useful to detoxify uterus and related organs, hence useful in female infertility
  • Shukradoshahara – cleanses and detoxifies semen. Hence useful in male infertility
  • Sarvadoshahara – balances all the three Doshas.
  • Ideal for one who read and sing for long periods of time
  • Good for people having depleted memory, strength and immunity

The dosage: 

12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food. If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water. It is advised to drink a cup of milk after taking this medicine.

The Side effects

There are no side effects reported in most of individual using Saraswatharishtam. Headache may occur in rare cases if Saraswatarishta is taken in higher dosage, especially on empty stomach.

Reference:

Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Rasayana – 178-191

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