Dashamoola, as the name signifies is the potent magical concoction of ten dried roots of ten different plants, which have been widely used in Ayurveda since ages due to its amazing health benefits. It possesses those qualities that work in tandem for effectively offering ultimate remedies for numerous health conditions, especially the ones related to nerves, muscles, bones, joints and lungs. The word Dashamoola is Sanskrit terminology, where ‘Dasha’ means ten and ‘moola’ means root.
Call it Dashamula, Dashmulam or Dashamul, this incredible herbal remedy is not only used for pain disorders and inflammatory diseases including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gouty arthritis but also frequently used as an enema as it helps to alleviate constipation, anorexia, abdominal lump, bloating, flatulence, lower back conditions and inflammation in the pelvic and sacral areas. Owing to its incredible expectorant, analgesic nervine, and febrifuge actions, it is extremely significant since it helps to direct the air and space elements, i.e. the Vata doshas in the body to flow downward and alleviates most nervine disorders associated with weakness, debility and pain. It is also pivotal in case of tremors, sciatica and Parkinson's disease. Dashamula has also been found effective in cases of dry coughs, persistent cough, breathing trouble, asthma, hoarseness (hoarse voice), chronic fever, and other health anomalies associated with respiratory weakness.
What Are The Ten Unique Roots Used In Dashamoola?
This unique concoction contains 10 incredible ayurvedic roots each of which portrays incredible properties of its own. This includes ‘5 Brihat Panchamoola’ (i.e. Bilva, Agnimantha, Kashmari, Shyonaka, and Patala) which are obtained from large trees and ‘5 Laghu Panchamoola’, (i.e. Sarivan, Kantakari, Shalaparni, Prishniparni and Gokhru) which are obtained from smaller shrubs.
Although, previously Dashamoola was only available in the form of churna (I.e. powders) of the 10 roots, with modern technologies and specific needs of individuals, the health benefits of the 10 roots are now available in the form of easily consumable arishtams (i.e. aqueous preparations), kwatha (i.e. decoction), vatis (i.e. tablets), kalpa (i.e. paste), tailam (i.e. oil) and even ghritam (i.e. jam-like formulations).
Ingredients Of Dashamoola Churna:
Brihat Panchamoola :
Bilva (Indian Bael) - Aegle marmelos
Agnimantha (Arani) - Premna serratifolia (Premna mucronata & Premna integrifolia)
Gambhari (Beech wood/ Kasmari) - Gmelina arborea
Shyonaka - Oroxylum indicum
Patala - Stereospermum suaveolens
Laghu Panchamoola :
Brihati (Indian Nightshade) - Solanum indicum
Shalaparni - Desmodium gangeticum
Kantakari - Solanum xanthocarpum
Gokshura or Gokhru - Tribulus terrestris
Prishnaparni - Uraria picta
Wash the herbal ingredients and sundry them completely to remove moisture.
Powder the herbs and sieve them to remove impurities and solid particles.
Mix all the root powders in a large vessel.
Subject the mixture again to direct sunlight.
Store it in glass jars, in cool, dry place for future use.
This ayurvedic medication has been named time and again in several ancient scriptures of Susruta and Charaka for the following indications including Balya (increase strength), Ama nashak (removes toxins), Svasha hara (treats asthma), Deepana (enhances stomach fire), Pachana (helps in digestion), Rochana (stimulates appetite), Hikkanigrahana (controls hiccups), Kantya (relieves sore throat), Triptighno (relieves pseudo-satiation), Kanthya (improves voice), Kapha-Vata hara (treats Kapha and Vata imbalances), Rasayani (rejuvenates the whole body), Anulomana (improves breathing), Kasahara (Relieves cough), Shotha hara (treats pain and inflammation) and Jwara hara (reduces fever).
Ayurvedic Benefits Of Dashamoola:
Remedies Respiratory Troubles
The presence of powerful expectorant, anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, analgesic and anti-asthmatic properties in dashamoola powder plays a pivotal role in treating several respiratory troubles like the common cold, cough and flu symptoms. Accumulation of rheum particles in the nasal passage and chest get removed easily on using the ten roots. It is also beneficial in treating bronchitis, allergic rhinitis, whooping cough and asthmatic conditions.
Owing to its potent analgesic, pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, Dashamoola is quintessential in reducing joint and muscle pain, thereby reducing the chances of chronic autoimmune inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, urinary infection, gulma, anemia, and ailments of liver which occurs due to the vitiation of Vata Doshas. It also reduces pain occurring in the lower back, sacral regions and lower limbs (i.e. thigh, legs, and feet). Also Read: What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Learn How To Deal With It
Apart from respiratory anomalies, Dashamoola is also well-known for its excellent digestive qualities. Not only does it counterbalance the excess acid in the stomach and provides immediate relief from acidity and heartburn but also improves digestion and reduces constipation. It also increases appetite and promotes better absorption of nutrients in the body and treats conditions like flatulence, abdominal cramps, bloating etc.
Dashamoola holds high significance in providing relief from chronic headaches, tension, etc. Normally, a headache occurs due to excessive workload, stress, anxiety, etc. It has a soothing effect on irritated nerves, calms the brain and improves nerve function. It also treats the symptoms associated with migraines like vomiting, nausea and gastrointestinal troubles.
Imbued with potent analgesic, antipyretic and temperature-reducing properties, Dashamoola is used effectively in treating different types of fever. It not only reduces the body temperature and treats intermittent and high fever but also effective against fever due to common cold, flu or influenza.
Effect On Doshas
Dashamoola, the wonderous herbal concoction, is sanctified with Kashaya (i.e. astringent taste) and Madhura Rasa (i.e. sweet taste) and Guru (i.e. heavy) and Rukshna Guna (i.e. rough quality). It inherently portrays Ushna Virya (i.e. hot potency) and Katu Vipaka (i.e. pungent metabolic taste). Owing to its Tridosha nashak properties, this incredible herbal remedy appeases all the three doshas including the Vata doshas (i.e. air), Kapha (earth and water) doshas and Pitta (fire and air) doshas). The presence of the intrinsic essential properties and doshas, the herb has a positive effect on the various Dhatus (i.e. body tissues) which are Rasa (i.e. Plasma), Mamsa (i.e. Muscles), and Asthi (i.e. Bones). Also Read: Introduction To Ayurveda: Learn About Vata, Pitta And Kapha Doshas
Dosage Of Dashamoola:
The precise therapeutic dosage may vary from person to person depending upon the age, severity, and condition of the patient. One must consult an ayurvedic doctor or practitioner, as he or she will thoroughly examine the indications and prescribe the effective dosage for the specific time period.
Powder: 3 – 6 g infused in warm water, twice a day after meals or as directed by the ayurvedic doctor or practitioner.
Decoction: 30 – 60 ml, along with warm water, twice a day, 30 minutes prior to meals or as suggested by the doctor.
The fabrication of 10 mighty roots are extremely beneficial in improving respiratory abilities, enhancing digestion, treating fever, reducing pain and inflammation and many more. Without any alter indications or any side effects, these incredible ayurvedic roots bestow a one-shot remedy for improving the neural functioning and diminishing several inflammatory conditions within the body.