The human body is made up of 5 different elements or Pancha dhatus namely Earth or Prithvi, Water or Ap, Air or Vayu, Fire or Tejas and Ether or Aakash. These Pancha dhatus govern the various systems of the body and constitutes the three specific doshas or energies in human beings. The doshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha when in balance maintain health and vitality whereas when they are out of synchronization, they cause different types of health anomalies. Well, you need not worry as Ayurveda, a 5000-year-old holistic science brings you different home remedies for different types of imbalances within the body. One such incredible ayurvedic formulation that mainly pertains to neural disbalance and rheumatic problems owing to Vata imbalance is Balarishtam.
What Is Balarishtam?
Balarishtam also known as Balarishta is a classical, ayurvedic proprietary medicine that falls under the Arishta category that is extremely beneficial for all types of health anomalies that arises due to an imbalance of the Vata dosha like insomnia, neural problems, poor circulation, constipation, dry skin, cracking joints, emaciation, headache, lower back pain, poor digestion, anxiety, and psychological problems. Imbued with powerful aromatic herbs and potent anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, cardioprotective, anti-paralytic, anti-stress and adaptogenic properties, balarishtam as the name goes by give strength to muscles, bones and ligaments and also offers protection from neurodegenerative disorders.
Ayurvedic Indications Of Balarishtam
Several ayurvedic scriptures and journals extensively mention the use of this classical medicine for various indications including, Amavata (relieves arthritis), Vranaropana (wound healing), Dahahara (relieves burning sensation), Balya (improves muscle strength), Abhigata (treats pain from trauma), Vedana (treats body pain), Sandhi shula (treats arthritis), Kati prishtha shula (treats pain in the spinal column and lower back), Mamsagata Vata (relieves muscle pain and myalgia), Snayuvitanan (treats sprains), Rasayani (rejuvenates the whole body), Medhya (improves intelligence), Jvara (useful in fever), Anulomana (improves breathing), Kasahara (relieves cough, Shwasha (relieves breathing difficulties), and Shira Roga (treats headache).
How To Make Balarishtam?
5 kg Bala – Sida cordifolia
5 kg Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
93 gm Eranda (Castor Oil Plant) – Ricinus communis
93 gm Ksheera Kakoli
46 gm Elaichi (Cardamom) – Elettaria cardamomum
46 gm Prasarini – Paederia foetida
46 gm Laung (Clove) – Syzygium aromaticum
46 gm Rasna – Pluchea lanceolata
46 gm Ushira or Khas (Vetiver) – Vetiveria zizanioides
46 gm Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris
15 kg Gura or Jaggery
750 gm Dhataki – Woodfordia fruticosa
50 litres Water – for preparing decoction
Wash and dry all the herbal ingredients.
Submerge all the herbs in flowers in the mentioned quantity of water.
Boil till the decoction reduces to 1/4th.
Slightly cool the decoction and filter it to remove the herbal parts.
While the decoction is slightly warm, add dhataki flower and jaggery and give a good stir to everything.
Pour everything in the asava vessel, seal it with a clay-smeared cloth and leave it for 30 days undisturbed.
After the completion of 30 days, store the liquid for future use in food-grade bottles.
Health Benefits Of Balarishtam:
Remedies Pain And Inflammation
Balarishtam intrinsically possesses powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, which is extremely beneficial in reducing joint and muscle pain, thereby reducing the chances of chronic autoimmune inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis which occurs due to the vitiation of Vata Doshas. Being a natural vasodilator, it is also used to treat painful muscle spasms, sore muscles, gout and various arthritic conditions. It is also highly significant in case of different types of paralysis and actively helps in restoring the natural functions of the nerves and providing nourishment to the neurons. Additionally, prescribed use of it also enhances the muscle tone and speeds up the recovery from the facial paralysis or paraplegia.
Thanks to the presence of antioxidants in the aromatic herbs being used, balarishtam offers an absolute remedy for enhancing the immune system, fighting microbes and shielding the body against various infections. It also portrays the presence of strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties, which is extremely effective in preventing infections like fever, common cold, sore throat, and other respiratory anomalies.
Apart from adaptogenic properties, balarishtam also exhibits excellent digestive qualities. The anti-flatulent property of the formulation reduces the formation of gas in the alimentary canal, thus alleviating bloating, flatulence, and abdominal distension. Being high on fiber it offers a powerful remedy for constipation and other digestive issues. The antacid property of the herbs prevent the formation of excessive acids in the stomach thereby treating indigestion, ulcer, gastritis and promoting better absorption of nutrients in the body, eventually helping increasing appetite.
This classical ayurvedic tonic holds high significance in providing relief from chronic headaches, tension, etc. Normally, headache occurs due to excessive workload, stress, and anxiety. The syrup has a soothing effect on irritated nerves, calms the brain and improves nerve function.
Combats Respiratory Issues
Blessed with powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, and anti-asthmatic properties, Balarishtam is considered to be a well-known traditional remedy for all sorts of respiratory troubles. It is pivotal in treating the common cold, sore throat, cough and flu symptoms. It also actively thins and loosens rheum particles within the chest and nasal cavities and hence eases breathing and helps the body to get rid of mucus. It is also highly beneficial for relieving from asthma and other bronchial conditions.
The effectual therapeutic dosage of Balarishtam chiefly varies from person to person depending upon the age, body strength, effects on appetite, severity, and condition of the patient. It is strongly recommended to consult an ayurvedic doctor or practitioner as he or she would evaluate the patient’s indications, past medical conditions and prescribe an effective dose for a specific time period.
Adults: 10 - 30 ml, along with equal quantity of water, immediately after meals or as suggested by the ayurvedic doctor or health care provider.
Thanks to the incredible amount of health-promoting herbal ingredients, Balarishtam is extremely beneficial in prescribed therapeutic doses. But if it is consumed in excess or without prior consultation with a doctor, it can lead to side effects pertaining to gastric problems like stomach cramps, burning sensation etc. Pregnant women, lactating mothers should also not consume this medication without doctor’s approval.
Deemed as a powerful Rasayani formulation, Balarishtam is quintessential for treating and preventing various Vata imbalances including mental debility, paralysis, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis, headache, indigestion, loss of appetite, etc. Just have it in recommended dosage and enjoy the benefits of the powerful herbs being used.