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Aśvagandhādi Leha

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Aśvagandhādi Leha is a semisolid preparation made with the ingredients in the Formulation Composition given below.

Formulation composition

Śarkarā API Sugar 1.356 kg
Aśvagandhā API Withania somnifera Rt. 192 g
Sārivā (śveta Sārivā API) Hemidesmus indicus Rt. 192 g
Jīraka (śveta Jīraka API) Cuminum cyminum Fr. 192 g
Madhusnuhī API Smilax china Smilax glabra (Official Substitute)] t. Tr. 192 g
Drākṣā API Vitis vinifera Dr. Fr. 192 g
Ghṛta (Goghṛta API) Clarified butter from cow milk 226 g
Madhu API Honey 452 g
Elā (Sūkṣmailā API) Elettaria cardamomum Sd. 24 g
Jala API Potable Water 452 g

Method of preparation

  • Take all ingredients of pharmacopoeial quality.
  • Wash, clean, dry the ingredient number 2 to 5 and 9 of the Formulation Composition, powder separately and pass through 180 µm I. S. sieve (sieve number 85) to obtain fine powder.
  • Wash, clean Drākṣā, soak in water till fully swollen and crush to make paste.
  • Take Ghṛta in a stainless steel vessel and heat till it becomes free from moisture.
  • Add soaked Drākṣā to the Ghṛta and fry it to make moisture free, then add powdered ingredients and fry till it turns to a soft bolus.
  • Add sugar to water and heat, maintaining the temperature between 800 and 900 After the sugar dissolves, filter the hot syrup through muslin cloth.[1]


  • A blackish brown, semisolid paste with a spicy pleasant odour and bitter astringent taste.


  • Store in a cool place in tightly closed containers, protected from light and moisture.

Therapeutic uses

  • Raktavikāra (Disorders of blood), Kṛśatva (Cachexia), Arśa (Piles), Unamāda (Psychosis), used as Balya (Tonic), Rasāyana (Rejuvenating agents), Vājīrkara(Aphrodisiasis).


  • 6 to 12 g with milk.

Physico-chemical parameters

Total Ash Not more than 2 per cent
Acid-insoluble ash Not more than 1 per cent
Alcohol-soluble extractive Not less than 19 per cent
Water-soluble extractive Not less than 46 per cent
Loss on drying Not more than 28 per cent
pH (1% aqueous solution) 4.7 to 5.0