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Mustakāriṣṭa is a fermented liquid preparation, made with 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

Mustakā (Mustā API) Cyperus rotundus Rz. 2.4 kg
Jala for decoction Water 12.2880 l
reduced to 3.072 l
Guḍa API Jaggery 3.6 kg
Dhātakī API Woodfordia fruticosa Fl. 192 g
Yamānī (Yavānī API) Trachyspermum ammi Fr. 24 g
Viśvabheṣaja (Śuṇṭhī API) Zingiber officinale Rz. 24 g
Marica API Piper longum Fr. 24 g
Lavaṅga (Devapuṣpa API) Syzygium aromaticum Fl. Bd 24 g
Methī API Trigonella foenum-graecum Sd. 24 g
Vahni (Citraka API) Plumbago zeylanica Rt. 24 g
Jīraka (Śveta Jīraka API) Cuminum cyminum Fr. 24 g

Method of preparation

  • Take the raw materials of Pharmacopoeial quality.
  • Wash, dry and crush the ingredient numbered 1 (Kv¡tha 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 11 (PrakÀepa Dravya) of the formulation composition individually and pass through the sieve number 85 to obtain fine powder.
  • Add specified amount of water to the Kv¡tha Dravya, soak overnight, heat, reduce to one fourth and filter through muslin cloth to obtain Kv¡tha.[1]


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


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

Therapeutic uses

  • Ajirṇa (Dyspepsia), Agnimāndya (Digestive impairment), Grahaṇi (Malabsorption syndrome), Visūcikā (Gastro-enteritis with piercing pain).


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


  • Water.

Physico-chemical parameters

Total phenolic content Not less than 0.06 per cent
Total solids 20 to 30 per cent w/v
Specific gravity (at 25º) 1.1 to 1.25
pH 3.02 to 4.5
Reducing sugars 30 to 45 per cent
Non-reducing sugars Not more than 5 per cent
Alcohol content 3.0 to 7.5 per cent
Methanol Absent

List of Ayurvedic herb in which used in this preparation

Biophytum sensitivum, Zingiber officinale[2]


  2. ”Karnataka Medicinal Plants Volume - 2” by Dr.M. R. Gurudeva, Page No.32, Published by Divyachandra Prakashana, #45, Paapannana Tota, 1st Main road, Basaveshwara Nagara, Bengaluru.