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Balāriṣṭa 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

Balā API Sida cordifolia Rt. 4.8 kg
Aśvagandhā API Withania somnifera Rt. 4.8 kg
Jala for decoction Water 49 .152 l
reduced to 12.288 l
Guḍa API Jaggery 14.4 kg
Dhātakī API Woodfordia fruticosa Fl. 768 g PrakÀepa Dravyas
Payasyā (Kṣīra vidārī API) Ipomea digitata Sub. Rt. 96 g
Pañcāṅgula (Eraṅḍa API) Ricinus communis Rt. 96 g
Rāsnā API Pluchea lanceolata Lf.*/Rt. 48 g
Elā (Sūkṣmailā API) Elettaria cardamomum Sd. 48 g
Prasāraṇī (Prasāraṇī API Paederia foetida Pl. 48 g
Devapuṣpā (Lavaṅga API) Syzgyium aromaticum Fl. Bd. 48 g
Uśīra API Vetiveria zizanioides Rt. 48 g
Śvadaṁṣṭā (Gokṣura API) Tribulus terrestris Fr. 48 g

Method of preparation

  • Wash, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 1 and 2 (Kvātha Dravya) of the formulation composition.
  • Clean, dry and powder the ingredients numbered 6 to 13 (Prakṣepa Dravya) of the formulation composition individually and pass through the sieve number 85 to obtain fine powder.
  • Add specified amount of water to the Kvātha Dravya, soak overnight, heat, reduce to one fourth and filter through muslin cloth to obtain Kvātha[1]


  • Clear brown liquid without frothing and significant sedimentation; with aromatic odour and sweet taste.


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

Therapeutic uses

  • Agnimāndya (Digestive impairment), Daurbalya (Weakness), Vātaja Roga (Diseases due to vata doṣa), Kārśya (Emaciation).


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


  • Water.

Physico-chemical parameters

Total phenolic content 0.095 to 0.105 per cent
Total solids Not less than 22.0 per cent
Specific gravity (at 25º) 1.05 to 1.20
pH 3.4 to 4.6
Reducing sugars Not less than 14.0 per cent
Non-reducing sugars Not more than 1.0 per cent
Alcohol content 5 to 10 per cent
Methanol Absent