Balarishta – Benefits, Ingredients, Dose and Side Effects

Balarishta is a liquid Ayurvedic medicine used mainly in neurological conditions. vata imbalance Balarista contains 5 – 10 % of self generated alcohol in it. This self generated alcohol and the water present in the product acts as a media to deliver water and alcohol soluble the active herbal components to the body.

Reference

Bhaishajya Ratnavali Vatavyadhi 569 – 572

Uses   

It is used in the treatment of Vata imbalance diseases such as neuralgia, hemiplegia, paraplegia, arthritis, spondylosis etc.
It is also a very good nervine tonic.
It improves strength of nerves, muscles and bones.

Traditional description of health benefits
Improves strength – Balavardhana
Improves body nourishment – Pushtivardhana
Improves digestion strength. – Agnivardhana
Post viral fever, when the patient complains of body, muscle and joint pains
Bursitis,  
Bursitis trochanterica,
Shoulder dislocation pain

It is useful to promote strength of bones and joints.
It acts as an excellent anti inflammatory and analgesic medicine.
It is used for the treatment of ankle pain, ankle twitch, slipped disc, sprain, back spasm, backache, back injury, stiffness of muscles, Coccyx pain

Partially useful in (other medications might be required)
Avascular necrosis
Sensory-neural hearing loss
Hypothyroidism
Ankylosing spondylitis
Pain related to SLE

Diet

Avoid deep fried foods, heavy-to-digest non veg foods, fast foods and aerated drinks, smoking and excess alcohol. These can irritate stomach and intestinal lining. These also may increase Tridosha.

Dose

12 – 24 ml. one or two times a day, usually advised after food. If needed, it can be mixed with equal quantity of water.

With western medicines
Seek your doctor’s advice if you are taking this product along with other western (allopathic/modern) medicines. Some Ayurvedic herbs can interact with modern medicine.
If both Ayurvedic and allopathic medicines are advised together, then it is best to take allopathic medicine first, wait for 30 minutes and then, after a gap of 15 – 30 minutes, take Ayurvedic medicine or as directed by the physician.

Can this be used while taking Homeopathic medicine?
Yes. This product does not react with homeopathic medicine.

With supplements like multivitamin tablets, Omega 3 fatty acids etc?
Yes. Generally, this product goes well with most of the dietary supplements. However, if you are taking more than one product per day, please consult your doctor for an opinion.

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Side effects

Large dose of Balarishta or taking balarista before food on empty stomach may cause stomach irritation and stomach upset.
How long to use?
Based on doctor’s prescription, this medicine can be used for 2 weeks to 4 months.

Safe for kids?
It is safe to use this medicine in lower dose, in children above 5 years of age.
Pregnancy and lactation –
During pregnancy, it is best to avoid this / take this only under medical supervision.
During lactation period, it can be taken in lower doses, based on doctor’s advice.

Ingredients

Bala (Sida cordifolia) – root / whole plant – 4.8 kg
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – root – 4.8 kg
water for decoction – 49.152 liters, boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters.
Jaggery – 14.400 kg
Dhataki (Woodfordia fruticosa)  – flower – 768 g
Payasya (Ipomea digitata) –  root /whole plant – 96 g
Eranda (Ricinus communis) – root – 96 g
Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) – root – 48 g
Cardamom – 48 g
Prasarini (Paederia foetida) – root – 48 g
Clove (Syzgyium aromaticum) – flower bud – 48 g
Usheera (Vetiveria zizanioides) – 48 g
Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) – whole plant / fruit – 48 g

Shloka- Sanskrit verse

balarishta

Method of manufacturing:
Coarse powders of Bala and Ashwagandha are added to water, boiled and filtered. To this Kashayam, jaggery is added, filtered for impurities. Rest of the ingredients are added and kept closed in an air tight container for a month time. After fermentation, the liquid is filtered and stored in air tight container.

Manufacturers: Dabur, Baidyanath, Arya Vaidya Sala, AVP,
Nagarjuna – Balaarishtam
Expiry date: 10 years from the date of manufacture.
Storage: Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.

For gym goers

This product can be taken by people going to gym regularly. It helps to strengthen joints, nerves, muscles and tendons. It accelerates the injury healing process due to potent anti inflammatory, anti oxidant, anti stress and analgesic properties.

Is Balarisht useful in muscle cramps?
Balarishta is useful to improve muscle strength. It is also useful in relieving pain and inflammation. Being a very good nervine tonic, it is useful in muscle cramps.

68 thoughts on “Balarishta – Benefits, Ingredients, Dose and Side Effects”

  1. Can a non diabetic & non hypertensive MS patient with severe quadriparesis can it ? If so what will be the reqd dosage.

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  2. If
    If Sugar level is 98 in fasting and RBS is 106 is it ok to take it? and also will this product increases sugar level

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  3. can we take mixture of balarishta+ashwagandharishta+dashmoolarishta for strength and weight gain. Is there any side effects.?

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  4. Dr my son has club foot and he is 2yrs6 months old a ayurvedic doctor has prescribed balarishtam 20ml twice for him is it ok to give him this medicine.

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  5. Sorry doctor I got confused it was balamritam and not balaristam was prescribed for my 2.5yrs son. Is balamritam and balaristam same.

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  6. Doctor, Even I would like to know Is balamritam and balaristam are same? My daughter have a very poor appetite and digestion problems. Really appreciate your reply. Thanks

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  7. Is it actually prescribed in the reference that the ingredients need to be ‘fermented’ (i.e. have alcohol content)? Or is that an incorrect manufacturing method in contemporary times?

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  8. i get this balarishtam medicine from kotakal medical shop
    they advise me it will decrease the uric acid levels s it right or there is any other syrup

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  9. Have neck pain and shoulder pain.
    Feel like weight pressure in the shoulder area. Dr advised me to take Balarishtam 30ml+Yogaraja guggulu 1 tablet 2 times a day. Is this enough for my body complaint?

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  10. Madam, If it is causing discomfort kindly discontinue and ask the doctor to change the medicines which are suitable for you.

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    • Sir this is the diet:
      •First thing you need to do is eliminate fatty food and red meat from your diet. Including lots of fruits and vegetables into your diet will help improve your skin cells. In meats you can choose lean meat and fish as your preferred food. The best functional foods to consume are soy, cranberries, nuts and chocolate.
      •Carrots, beets, cucumbers and grapes may be used for juices. Juices of citrus fruits should be avoided.
      •The breakfast may consist of fresh fruits such as apples, grapes, pears, peaches, pineapples and a handful of raw nuts or a couple of tablespoons of raw seeds.
      •A large bowl of fresh green vegetable salad and sprouts may be taken for lunch and dinner may consist of steamed vegetables and whole wheat chappatis.
      •All animal fats, including milk, butter and eggs should be avoided. Refined or processed foods and foods containing hydrogenated fats or white sugar, all condiments, tea, coffee, alcohol and tobacco should also be avoided.

      Line of Ayurvedic treatment for Psoriasis:
      Ghritapana (oral administration of medicated ghee)
      Vamana (emesis) (According to the need virechana-purgation can also be carried or else both are also recommended one after the other)
      Shamana Aushadha (medicaments)- Both internal and external medication is carried.

      For more information do read: http://easyayurveda.com/2014/02/19/psoriasis-ayurvedic-understanding-treatment-modalities/

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  11. I have a buzzing sound in my left year since 15 days ago. I work with computer and use headphones, which I cannot stop. Will Balaristha help me and is it okay to take this everyday as far as I am working with headphones?

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  12. I have nerve pain and tingling in the feet due to diabetes( diabetic peripheral neuropathy). Blood sugar under control now. Will Balarishtam help and what dosage should I take and for how long?
    Thanks

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  13. Hello doctor,

    I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. I had been taking balarishta for about 6 months and it improved my health. However i have stopped taking for last 2 years . But again i am facing insomnia. Pls suggest what could help me get a good nights rest.

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  14. Sir I have enlarged prostate and strengthening muscles may cause delayed urination. I want to take Balarishta for tinnitus and tingling if you suggest to go ahead.

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  15. Hey.. Doctor ..First of all ..I want to express my thanks to you..for your humanity service….Doctar I am a student. ….studying engineering,.From so days I am able to focus , concentrate in my studies.when i learn something. Immediately i forget..and i am not to remember the things ….please help me and suggest me
    Thanks and Regards

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  16. Hi, I live in UK and have restless leg syndrome. Nobody seems to know how to deal with the condition. The only medication given are gabapentin and the like. Which I don’t want to take due to side effects. Please advise and where I can get the medicine
    Stella

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  17. Very good information sir. Does balarishtam cure B vitamin deficiencies and neuro symptoms? . I remember my friend who was diagnosed with b12 ,b6 and other deficiencies at very young age. He had weak arms ,legs and numbness in them. English doctors tried supplementing but no full recovery. A hakim gave ksheerbala 101, ashwagandharishtham and balarishtam. he was fully recovered. All his numbness and body pains were gone..Ayurveda is excellent. Does it contain minerals and vitamins sir ?

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    • It contains very less vitamins and minerals. When the cause for neurological problem is deficiency of VItamin B 12, to solve that, it is best to take vitamin supplements directly + foods rich in those vitamins. After that, to improve nerve strength and conductivity and to relieve nerve irritation, those vitamin B supplements will not be useful. At that time, taking nerve sootheners such as Balarishta, Ksheerabala taila etc are very useful.

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  18. My mother 80 has osteoarthritis since last 20 years. Recently she had balancing problems, falling down, feet gets stuck some times when she tries to take few steps. Blood test suggest rheumatoid factor -reactive. Orthopedic doctor gave her steroids, but instead we went to kerala arya vidya sala. Here doctor prescribed punarnavadi kwatham, chandraprabha vatika, Balarishtam. My mother took medicines but her B.P increased to 180/90 (earlier used to be 160-170). We discontinued chandraprabha vatika. Any side effects with Balarishtam – it contains Sida cordifolia Ephedrine alkaloid – which impact heart, BP (banned by US FDA). So is it more harmful than curing for my mothers problem? Do you suggest any alternate safe medicine for my aged mothers issue?

    Thanks

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  19. I am facing tinnitus, anxiety, vertigo, panic attack for last 8 months.
    Should I take Balarishta, Sutshekhar Ras, Dashmoolarishtha together?

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  20. SIR, I HAVE THE PROBLEM OF REUMATOID FACTOR NEGATIVE AND ASO LEVEL IS SHOWN AS 301 IN THE CHECK UP, WHAT IS THE USEFUL REMEDY FOR MY DISEASE.

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  21. I’m having stiffness in knee ,difficulty in walking and sometimes my knee swells up which makes it unable to walk. Dr. Suggested me to take panion with Rasna saptaka kashayam and then balarishtam . I have problems in digestion .will these medicines effect my digestion??

    Thanking you in advice.

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  22. Hello doctor
    I am 32 yes old with one son three yrs old. I am having back pain which goes till the end. My mri shish there is early disc dessication.with mild bulge.doctor says there is nothing serious go for physiotherapy n do excercise do give strength to ur muscle. I have started taking balarishta without consulting any ayurveda doctor. Is it correct to take it once a fay

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  23. Sir, does balarista increases body heat? Because I’m suffering with vata pitta. If I’m trying to control my pitta I’m suffering from vata pains and loss of energy and sleep also. Nd if I’m trying to control vata I’m getting severe heat. I request you pls suggest me. I lost weight also in this process.

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