Drakshais well known for its sweet fruits. It is commonly knownas Grapes and is cultivated through out India. Draksha have sweet taste like that of nectar and is also known as Madhurasa. It is an ascending creeper.
Leaves – resemble bitter gourd but have fine hair on them. At the centre of the leaf, there are 4 to 5 veins in pairs, flowers – greenish, fragrant and in clusters.
Fruits are oblong, having 4 -S seeds.
Flowering occurs in spring followed by fruiting in summer. Now-a-days many varieties are available which have been extensively studied
Fruits of draksha contains following chemicals -catechin, epicatechin, beta-sitosterol, ergosterol, jasmonic acid,glucose, fructose, galactose, mannose, arabinose, rhamnose, tan- nic acid, mallic acids.
Rasi madhur, amla
Guna – guru, ushna, sar
Vattghna- -Kaphapittada-increases kapha and pitta
This powerful formulation holds high value in improving the general stamina and energy level of the body. The active ingredient draksha and other herbs used in this formulation reduces weakness and fatigue and improves the vitality of the body. Being a potent aphrodisiac, it also uplifts the function of the adrenal glands which in turn helps in reducing the stress levels.
Draksharishta characterizes excellent digestive qualities. The anti-flatulent quality of the formulation reduces the formation of gas in the alimentary canal, thus alleviating bloating, flatulence, and abdominal distension. The abundance of laxative property in the aqueous solution makes this a powerful remedy for constipation and other digestive issues as well. The antacid property of the herbs prevents the formation of excessive acids in the stomach thereby treating indigestion, ulcer, gastritis and promoting better absorption of nutrients within the body.
3-Enhances Cardiac Functioning
Famed as a natural cardio-protective formulation, Draksharishta is extremely beneficial in treating a host of heart ailments. Owing to its strong antioxidative nature, it strengthens the heart muscles, prevents lipid build up in them, and hence reduces the risk of heart attacks, heart blocks, blood clots, etc. It also plays a pivotal role in lowering the levels of cholesterol in the blood.
4-Cures Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which an individual suffers from self-starvation. It is also attached to mental health as the individual suffers from low weight issues, fear of gaining weight, lower self-esteem and an intense desire to reduce weight. Additionally, the person also has a loss of hunger or desire to eat any food. Draksharishta being a natural digestive and appetizer aids in the digestion of food, improves appetite and ensures that the person eats properly.
5-Augments The Skin
Draksharishta plays a significant role in treating various skin infections. The abundance of antioxidants in the potent herbs being used are highly effective in removing harmful free radicals from the body and its antipruritic nature alleviates itching sensation caused due to allergic conditions like eczema, psoriasis, scabies, patchy skin, acne, sunburn etc. Several studies show that this formulation has potent anti-bacterial properties that are extensively used for removing bacteria from the body. The bioactive compounds present in this herbal remedy not only prevents worm infestation but also treats wounds and improves healing.
Although the dry grape formulation is extremely beneficial in treating umpteen health conditions, it is still necessary to consume the formulation in the prescribed amount as suggested by the ayurvedic practitioner or doctor. An excess of it may cause some gastric irritation or mouth ulcers. It is also suggested that people diagnosed with diabetes melittus should completely avoid this, as presence of jaggery may spike blood sugar levels.