Herbal Preparation - Asavas & Aristhas

Herbal Preparation and Use - Medicated or Fermented Wines (Asavas & Aristhas)

Asavas are prepared in cold water without boiling the herbs. Arishthas involve boiling the herbs. Fermenting agents are added to these mixtures (e.g., jaggery, dhatki) which are then stored at specific temperatures for a number of days, weeks, or months. This form of herbology is the Ayurvedic version of western liquid extracts, only more potent. These wines are easily and instantly absorbed into the blood stream (even if one has trouble digesting herbal pills or powders); improve digestive fire, and contain no alcohol. Traditional wines include  balasava, kutajarishtha, drakshasava, arjunarishtha, panchasava.