Inflammatory conditions, lingering fever, or pain can bring the most resilient among us to our knees. But worry not. The ayurvedic formulation dashamoola may be the remedy that could bring you that much-needed respite from your symptoms. Prescribed by ayurvedic practitioners for generations, dashamoola is easy to use and readily available today, so give in to the power of this healing herbal remedy!
Depending on your ailment, dashamoola may be used as an oil or taila, a herbal ghee or ghrita, a semi-solid syrup form called avaleha, combined with milk in kshirapaka, or naturally fermented in arishta. Its most extensively used form is as a decoction known as kwath, which has been popular since ancient times.1
This herbal formulation combines the health benefits of not one or two, but ten different medicinal plants. Equal amounts of the roots of the following herbs are used to make this ayurvedic remedy:2
- Agnimantha (Premna mucronata)
- Bilva (Aegle Marmelos)
- Brihati (Solanum indicum)
- Gambhari (Gmelina arborea)
- Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)
- Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
- Patala (Stereospermum suaveolens)
- Prishniparni (Uraria picta)
- Shalaparni (Desomodium gangeticum)
- Shyonaka (Oroxylum indicum)
This potent combination is said to have antioxidant, pain-killing, detoxifying, and anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to ease symptoms and tackle causes of a range of health problems.3 Here’s how it could be beneficial to you.
1. Eases Respiratory Problems
Dashamoola is a tonic for the lungs, helping soothe a dry cough and congestion and making it easier for you to breathe.4 A herbal ghee known as ghrita using dashamoola is often used in many ayurvedic remedies for respiratory problems. Allergic rhinitis, caused by inflammation of the mucosa of your airways when exposed to allergens, can be treated with this remedy.5 The ten root formulation is also given to those with asthma to alleviate symptoms and can be a remedy for whooping cough.6 7
id="2-brings-down-intermittent-and-high-fevers">2. Brings Down Intermittent And High Fevers
Dashamoola is said to have antipyretic properties and is used in ayurveda for treating jvara or hyperpyrexia – that’s a very high fever to you and me.8 Animal studies have confirmed its ability to control a fever.9
3. Treats Migraines
If you are suffering from the pain and debilitating effect of migraines or recurrent headaches, the ayurvedic formulation could help ease symptoms. In one study, dashamoola was used on patients aged 16 to 60 years who had complaints of recurrent headaches, with or without other associated problems like vomiting, nausea, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Nearly 53% of those who were given brihat dashamoola taila nasya (administration of nasal oil) saw a marked improvement in their symptoms. It eased light sensitivity or photophobia, heaviness of the eyes, pain around the eyes, sensitivity to sound or phonophobia, acidity in the stomach, and even constipation.11
id="4-aids-digestion-and-relieves-gas">4. Aids Digestion And Relieves Gas
If you are uncomfortable due to built-up gas in the abdomen, dashamoola may help you with the flatulence.12 A dashamoola enema could even help you overcome or cope with vata food allergies. These are recognizable by symptoms like bloating in the stomach, gas, a need to burp a lot, a gurgling stomach, pain, and general abdominal discomfort. This herbal tea enema can also treat chronic constipation.13
5. Counters Pain, Swelling, And Inflammation Of Arthritis
Dashamoola is used in the treatment of inflammatory disorders due to its analgesic or pain-killing effect and anti-inflammatory properties. It can, for instance, ease the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. It is typically administered as kwath (decoction/herbal tea) and arishta (dashamoola powder that has been soaked/naturally fermented in a sugar or flower-water solution).
6. Eases Menstrual Problems
If you experience painful periods due to menstrual cramps, dashamoola could help. This condition which affects many women is known as primary dysmenorrhea. In one study, women aged between 15 years and 25 years and suffering from the problem were given a remedy based on dashamoola and saw improvement in their condition.
In the study, a decoction of dashamoola powder was made and left in overnight. This was then combined with sesame oil to make a herbal oil enema and administered rectally. The treatment not only eased pain but also provided relief from other symptoms like constipation, feeling of incomplete bladder emptying, fatigue, and even short and scanty periods. Compared to a group that was given just sesame oil enemas, the symptoms returned later, leading researchers to conclude that dashamoola could have longer-lasting effects, possibly due to its analgesic/pain killing and anti-inflammatory effects.15
7. Helps Treat Cervical Spondylosis
Ayurveda uses dashamoola as a pain relief remedy and recommends it for treating cervical spondylosis, a degenerative condition caused by aging, poor posture, injury, or even rheumatoid disease. For this, the dashamoola is used in svedana or sweat-inducing treatments.
In one study, patients with cervical spondylosis were given manya vasti, a treatment where warm oil incorporating dashamoola was placed in a well of dough on the back. As a precursor to the treatment, a massage was given using dashamoola oil to the upper back and neck area. Internally, dashamoola decoction or herbal tea was taken twice a day before mealtimes along with other ayurvedic remedies like ashwagandha. The entire treatment eased pain and improved range of movement as well.19
Always consult an ayurvedic practitioner to get the appropriate dosage and form of dashamoola you should take. The administration of the remedy also depends on your body type as defined by the doshas (vata/pitta/kapha) and on the specific nature of your symptoms. For instance, PMS may present different symptoms if it is a vata type problem compared to if it is a pitta type problem. The right diagnosis before treatment will ensure you get the best results from this ayurvedic marvel.
|↑1||Parmar, Neha, Suman Singh, and Bhupesh Patel. “A CRITICAL REVIEW ON DIFFERENT DASHAMOOLADI KWATH YOGA.” International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharma Research 3, no. 7 (2015).|
|↑2, ↑19||Nirmal, Bhusal, and Bhatted Santosh Kumar. “Management of Cervical Spondylosis with Dashamoola Oil Manya Vasti and Internal Medicines-A Case Study.” International Journal of Health Sciences and Research (IJHSR) 6, no. 9 (2016): 524-528.|
|↑3, ↑8, ↑12, ↑17||Pathak, Ashutosh Kumar, H. H. Awasthi, and Ajai Kr Pandey. “Use of Dashamoola in Cervical Spondylosis: Past and Present Perspective.” (2015).|
|↑4, ↑10||Vishnu Dass. Ayurvedic Herbology – East & West: The Practical Guide to Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine. Lotus Press, 2014.|
|↑5||Chitte, Vd Pund Sharad Rustumrao1 Vd, and Sanjay Tukaram. “A STUDY ON THE EFFICACY OF DASHAMULA GHRUTA IN THE MANAGEMENT OF VATAJ PRATISHYAYA WSR TO ALLERGIC RHINITIS IN CHILDREN.”|
|↑6||Gogte, Vishnu Mahadev. Ayurvedic pharmacology and therapeutic uses of medicinal plants. Dravyaganvigyan), I Edn. Mumbai: Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, 2000.|
|↑7||Narendra Jain. Respiratory diseases and its treatment through ayurvedic & herbal medicines. Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office, 2005.|
|↑9||Bherji, Sneha, M. Ganga Raju, and Namile Divya. “Evaluation of Antipyretic and Anti-inflammatory Activity of Aqueous Extract of Leptadenia Reticulata in Animal Models.” Journal of Natural Remedies 16, no. 2 (2016): 40-44.|
|↑11||Parekh, Hemal, and Manjusha Rajagopala. “A clinical study on the role of Brihat Dashamoola Taila Nasya and Laghu Sutashekhara Rasa in the management of Ardhavabhedaka wsr to Migraine.” AYU (An international quarterly journal of research in Ayurveda) 30, no. 1 (2009): 29.|
|↑13||Lad, Vasant. The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies. Harmony, 1999.|
|↑14||Parekar, Reshma R., Somesh S. Bolegave, Padmaja A. Marathe, and Nirmala N. Rege. “Experimental evaluation of analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet potential of Dashamoola.” Journal of Ayurveda and integrative medicine 6, no. 1 (2015): 11.|
|↑15||Karunagoda, Kaumadi, Kamayani Shukla, Shilpa Donga, Chandrika Tanna, and L. P. Dei. “A comparative study of Dashamoola Taila Matra Basti and Tila Taila Matra Basti in Kashtartava (dysmenorrhea).” Ayu 31, no. 3 (2010): 305.|
|↑16||Dr. Lad. “PMS Relief.” Yoga Journal(1998): 60.|
|↑18||Rastogi, Sanjeev, and Francesco Chiappelli. “Hemodynamic effects of Sarvanga Swedana (Ayurvedic passive heat therapy): A pilot observational study.” Ayu 34, no. 2 (2013): 154.|