Overview for Preparation & Uses of Asava & Arishta
Asavas and Aristas are ayurvedic medicine that are generally prepared by soaking the drugs in water or boiling it in the form of decotion with sugar, honey or jaggery and mixed with certain herbs such as dhaiphool or madhukapusp used for fermentation. They are generally kept for one to two months for fermentation generaing alcohol. These medicines can be kept for indefinite period without destroying its medicinal value. This is the basic reason that Asava and Arishtas are prepared since juice or decoction or any other liquid cannot be kept for longer periods. It is said that older the Asava and Arishta more its medicinal value.
Narendra Kr. Saraogi Jain (Author)
Dr. Narendra Kumar Saraogi (Jain) is a research scholar in alternative medicines. He has been awarded doctorate in alternative medicines from “ Indian Board of Alternative Medicine”. He has done extensive studies in Ayurveda, Yoga and Herbal medicines. He advocates the idea of integrative medicine for the benefits of medically indigent people. He is the founder president of “ Purvottar Ayurveda Prayoga Sanstha” that provides free consultation & medicines to the underprivileged people. The society provides support & finance to any individual or firm for performing work related to the development of Ayurveda. The author has written various other books of Ayurveda, yoga & herbal medicines such a s “ Arthrities’, ‘ Respiratory Diseases’, ‘ Skin Diseases’, ‘ Digestive Diseases’ & so on. He can be contacted at: Sarawgi Sadan, Jail Road, Fancy Bazar, Guwahati-1 (Assam)