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AYURVEDIC HERB SUPPLEMENTS

Ashokarishta - Menstrual Tonic HERBAL WINE

Cold, drying uterine tonic that aids fertility, gynecological disorders, and balances female hormones. It stops bleeding, nourishes the blood, stimulates ovulation, and improves health of the endometrium. Cold, alterative, anti-infective.

How Does This Ayurvedic Herb Supplement Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

It is a uterine tonic for all 3 doshas, including Vata.

It reduces heavy bleeding / long periods (bleeding for more than 5 days), i.e. Pitta-Kapha type of menstruation.

Ashokarishta may be used for a long duration.

Contraindications

Do not use in scanty periods as it reduces menstrual flow. Do not use in irregular periods or take during pregnancy. Instead, Kumaryasava is traditionally used to improve menstrual flow and to regulate the cycle. A combination of Kumaryasava (4tsp) and Ashokarishta (1tsp) may be used for painful periods with light bleeding.

Reduces pain, fever.

Ingredients

Composition:
  • Alteratives - Aloe vera, Ashoka (saraca indica), Kutki (picrohiza kurroa), Turmeric (curcuma longa), Daruharidra (berberis aristata)
  • Pungent aromatics - Trikatu, Clove, Cinnamon, Bay Lead, Cardamom, Deodar, Chitrak, Vidanga, Juniper, IRis
  • Diuretics / Detoxicants - Gokshura, Punarnava
  • Laxatives - Triphala, Senna
  • Blood Tonic - Iron powder
Aloe vera, Ashoka (saraca indica), honey, iron powder, Ginger (zingiber officinale), Long pepper (piper longum), Clove (eugenia caryophyllus), cinnamomum casia, Tej patta (cinnamom tamala), Cardamom (elettari cardomomum), mesua ferrea, Chitrak (plumbago zeylanica), Vidanga (embelia ribes), saindapus officinalis, Chavika (piper chaba), Juniper (juniperus communis), Coriander (coriandrum sativum), Kutki (picrohiza kurroa), Nagaramustaka (cyperus scariosus), Haritaki (terminalia chebula), Bibitaki (terminalia belerica), Amalaki (emblica officinalis), Rasna (vandas roxburghii), Devadaru (cedrus deodora), Turmeric (curcuma longa), Daruharidra (berberis aristata), clematis triloba, Yastimadhu (glycryrrhiea glabra), Danti(Symploco racemosa), iris germanica, Atibala (abutilon indicum), Gokshura (tribulus terrestris), Shankpushpi (foeniculum vulgare), balanites inguai, Akarakarabha (anacycus pryrethrum), blepharis edulis, Punarnava (boerhaavia diffusa), Lodhra (symploco racemosa), Senna (Cassia angustifolia), Dhataki/Dhuara (woodfordia fruitocasa), 1 - 2% self generated alcohol

SUGGESTED USE

5 - 10 ml, once or twice a day, after food or as directed by your practitioner.

Biocharacteristics of Ashokarishta - Menstrual Tonic

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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EASY

ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.

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TASTES
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The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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PUNGENT

ABOUT PUNGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.

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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Vata aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Moves Energy:
Downward

DOWNWARD

Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.

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Tissue (dhatu):
Red Blood

RED-BLOOD

Red blood (Rakta Dhatu) includes red blood cells and blood vessels.

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Reproductive

REPRODUCTIVE

Reproductive tissue (Shukra/Artava Dhatu) includes male and female reproductive organs.

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Affinity: Reproductive Health, Womens Health
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Ashokarishta - Menstrual Tonic
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Warms Abdomen

WARMS-ABDOMEN

Warms the muscles and organs of the abdomen, stimulating digestion and metabolism.

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Appetizer

APPETIZER

Herbs that cleanse the palate & stimulate hunger or desire to eat.

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Stomachic

STOMACHIC

An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.

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Breaks Up

BREAKS-UP

The Sanskrit word for breaking up congealed matter / clogs in the body. Often used for constipation. Be careful with herbs that have Bhedana action.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Analgesic

ANALGESIC

Pain reliever, reduces pain without eliminating sensation. Also known as anodyne.

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Anti Inflammatory

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Reduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.

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Antipyretic

ANTIPYRETIC

Reduces a fever / febrifuge.

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Alterative

ALTERATIVE

Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.

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Blood Tonic

BLOOD-TONIC

An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.

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Reduces Secretions

REDUCES-SECRETIONS

Stops discharges & secretions (examples include sweat, vaginal discharge, diarrhea, urinary, nasal, etc). Commonly astringent or cooling remedies.

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Reduces Swelling

REDUCES-SWELLING

Relieves swelling / inflammation.

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Refrigerant

REFRIGERANT

An herb or substance that strongly cools the body. Can be helpful in cases of heat conditions.

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Diuretic

DIURETIC

Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Anti Estrogenic

ANTI-ESTROGENIC

Reduces estrogen, which reduces thickness of the uterus endometrium, pelvic congestive disorders like fibroids, and frequently dysmenorrhea as well.

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Promotes Fertility

PROMOTES-FERTILITY

An herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).

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Uterine Tonic

UTERINE-TONIC

An herb that tonifies and strengthens the uterus. Helpful for menstrual difficulties and fertility. Often herbs that increase ojas, but also circulation to reproductive system.

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Muscle Relaxant

MUSCLE-RELAXANT

Herbs that relax muscles. Helpful for chronic pain or tension as well as healing from physical trauma.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Ashokarishta - Menstrual Tonic

Cilantro

Cilantro has these Actions in Common

Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Burns-toxins, Stomachic, Antipyretic, Diuretic, Alterative, Appetizer

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Dates (dried)

Dates (dried) has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Uterine-tonic, Alterative, Diuretic, Analgesic, Promotes-fertility

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Anti-inflammatory, Muscle-relaxant, Appetizer, Stomachic

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Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common

Breaks-up, Muscle-relaxant, Burns-toxins, Warms-abdomen, Analgesic, Diuretic

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Cranberry

Cranberry has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Blood-tonic, Alterative, Diuretic

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Chickweed

Chickweed has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Blood-tonic

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Pomegranate

Pomegranate has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Refrigerant, Anti-inflammatory, Stomachic, Blood-tonic

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Parsley (Fresh)

Parsley (Fresh) has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Uterine-tonic, Burns-toxins, Alterative, Diuretic

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Rose Petals

Rose Petals has these Actions in Common

Anti-inflammatory, Refrigerant, Antipyretic, Uterine-tonic, Promotes-fertility

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Dill

Dill has these Actions in Common

Appetizer, Stomachic, Burns-toxins, Antipyretic, Diuretic

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Tarragon

Tarragon has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Burns-toxins, Analgesic, Diuretic, Appetizer

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Ashokarishta - Menstrual Tonic

Ashoka

Ashoka has these Actions in Common

Uterine-tonic, Alterative, Analgesic, Anti-estrogenic, Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Promotes-fertility

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Mugwort

Mugwort has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Appetizer, Diuretic, Promotes-fertility, Reduces-secretions, Refrigerant, Stomachic

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Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common

Antipyretic, Blood-tonic, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Uterine-tonic, Alterative, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory

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Echinacea

Echinacea has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antipyretic, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Refrigerant

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Goldenseal

Goldenseal has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Reduces-secretions, Refrigerant, Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Antipyretic

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Yarrow

Yarrow has these Actions in Common

Diuretic, Stomachic, Alterative, Analgesic, Anti-estrogenic, Anti-inflammatory, Antipyretic

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Burns-toxins, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Stomachic, Anti-inflammatory, Appetizer

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Mahasudarshan

Mahasudarshan has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Antipyretic, Burns-toxins, Diuretic

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Dandelion Root

Dandelion Root has these Actions in Common

Alterative, Anti-estrogenic, Anti-inflammatory, Antipyretic, Diuretic, Refrigerant

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Chastetree Berry

Chastetree Berry has these Actions in Common

Anti-estrogenic, Diuretic, Muscle-relaxant, Promotes-fertility, Uterine-tonic, Analgesic

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TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Ashokarishta - Menstrual Tonic may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any herb supplement for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this herb supplement to treat a medical condition.

HERB DRUG INTERACTION RISK

Here are some potential herb drug interactions. Please see your health care provider for more information.
  • Alterative: Anything that strengthens or cleanses the liver can clear drugs mroe quickly, requiring a higher dose.
  • Analgesic: If the mechanism of pain relief is narcotic, do not combine with antihistamines.
  • Diuretic: Diuretics may clear pharmaceutical drugs more quickly, lowering the effect.
  • Muscle-relaxant: Do not combine muscle relaxants with antihistamines.

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