Arishtas and Asavas are medicinal herbs processed by fermentation. In general, Arishtas are dried herbs decocted in boiling water and Asavas are fresh herbs decocted in lukewarm or cold water, both are fermented with either jaggery, sugar or honey. The fermentation generates 5 – 10% alcohol which acts as a medium extracting the deeper quality of the herbs. They are very therapeutic and have been safely utilized by Ayurveda for as many as 5000 years.
Due to the fermentation process, Arishtas and Asavas have a long shelf life of up to ten years. As long as they are unopened, the seal is intact and stored at cool temperatures, they are considered better as they age. They are easy to carry and will not spoil during transport.
Aragwadha Arishtam - skin disorders, eczema, psoriasis, blood purifier
Aravinda Asavam – supports weakness, malnourishment in children
Ashwagandha Arishtam – sexual disorders, depression, weak muscles
Ayaskriti Arishtam – supports anemia, skin disorders, weight loss
Kumarya Asavam - menopause, heavy menses, anemia, liver disorders
Loha Asavam – contains iron, supports anemia, liver, spleen disorders
Parthady Arishtam – supports heart function, respiratory, diabetes
Pippalya Asavam – Irritable bowel, malabsorption, builds strength
Sudarsana Asavam - fever, disorders of liver and spleen.
Vasakadya Arishtam - asthma, bronchitis, cough, cold
Massage and the application of oil plays a vital role in the Ayurvedic system of healing. Occupational-therapy is achieved in Kerala by the scientific method of massaging. New types of massages known as effleurage, petrissage, and tapotement cannot yield as good results as the Kerala massages.
There are four specialized rejuvenation treatments in Kerala; they are Dhara, Mukkipizhichal, Navarakizhi, and Sirovasti. These treatments offer excellent results for many conditions of paralysis, sciatica, and mental disorders, hysteria, insanity, etc.
Gulikas and vatikas are produced by grinding the raw materials into a fine paste, they are then formed into pills or tablets. Some gulikas and vatikas are available in pill form and packaged as 100 loose pills per container, and others are in tablet form and packaged as 100 tablets in a 10x10 blister pack.
Pills for internal use may be mixed with lukewarm water or any other prescribed liquid substance as directed by an Ayurvedic Doctor.