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Aśvagandhādi Leha is a semisolid preparation made with the ingredients in the Formulation Composition given below.
|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.
- 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.
- 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.
|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|
- THE AYURVEDIC PHARMACOPOEIA OF INDIA, PART-II, VOLUME-III, page no 27.