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Babbūlāriṣṭa is a fermented liquid preparation made with the ingredients in the Formulation composition given below. It contains not more than 10 per cent, and not less than 5 per cent of alcohol that is self generated in the preparation over a period of time.

Formulation composition

Babbūlā API Acacia Arabica St. Bk. 9.600 kg
Jalafor decoction Water 49.152 l
reduced to 12.288 l
Guḍa API Jaggery 4.8 kg
Dhātakī API Woodfordia fruticosa Fl. 768 g
Kṛṣṇā (Pippalī API) Piper longum Fr. 96 g
Jātīphala API Myristica fragrans Sd. 48 g
Kaṅkola API Piper cubeba Fr. 48 g
Elā (Sūkṣmailā API) Elettaria cardamomum Sd. 48 g
Tvak API Cinnamomum zeylanicum St. Bk. 48 g
Patra (Tejapatra API) Cinnamomum tamala Lf. 48 g
Keṣara (N¡gake¿ara API) Mesua ferrea Stmn. 48 g
Lavaṅga API Syzygium aromaticum Fl. 48 g
Marica API Piper nigrum Fr. 48 g

Method of preparation

  • Wash, dry and powder the ingredient numbered 1 (Kvātha Dravya) of the formulation composition and pass through the sieve number 44 to obtain coarse powder.
  • Clean, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 5 to 13 (Prakṣepa Dravya) of the formulation composition individually and pass through the sieve number 85 to obtain fine powder.
  • Add specified amounts of water to the Kvātha Dravya, soak overnight, heat, reduce to one fourth and filter through muslin cloth to obtain Kvatha[1]


  • Clear, dark brown liquid without frothing and significant sedimentation; with astringent taste.


  • Store in a cool place in tightly closed amber coloured bottle, protect from light and moisture.

Therapeutic uses

  • Kṣaya (Pthisis), Kuṣṭha (Diseases of skin), Atisāra (Diarrhoea), Prameha (Urinary disorder), Śvāsa (Dyspnoea/Asthma), Kāsa (Cough).


  • 15 – 30 ml orally with equal amount of water after meals twice a day.


  • Water.

Physico-chemical parameters

Total phenolic content 0.187 to 0.208 per cent
Total solids Not less than 16.5 per cent
Specific gravity (at 25º) 1.05 to 1.10
pH 4.0 to 4.50
Reducing sugars Not less than 4.20 per cent
Non-reducing sugars Not more than 0.80 per cent
Alcohol content 5 to 10 per cent
Methanol Absent