Ashwagandha ghee or Ashwagandha ghrita is a classical Ayurvedic formulation that promotes virility and sexual health in both men and women.
The traditional preparation of Ashwagandha ghee is a multi herbal formulation which contains both Ashwagandha, traditionally known for its role in improving fertility and sexual health, and goat meat broth.1 This combination of lipids with protein helps build muscle and improves many aspects of reproductive and sexual health.
Reproductive health in Ayurveda is referred to as Vajikarana or Vrishya chikitsa. It is one of eight major specialties of Ayurveda.
Ashwagandha ghee may help with impotency (klaibya), any defect in quantity or quality of sperm (shukra dosha), aphrodisiacs (vrishya), virility and improving the health of the offspring. It gives a sense of well being, fulfillment, enjoyment and builds strength. It improves the complexion and prolongs the duration of intercourse with less fatigue and premature ejaculation.1
Ashwagandha – Winter cherry/ Indian Ginseng (root) – Withania somnifera
Water for decoction
Ghrita – Cow’s ghee
Khseera – Cow’s milk
Chagamamsa – Goat meat
Paste prepared from a fine powder of the following herbs (Kalka)
Kakoli – Fritillaria roylei
Ksheera Kakoli – Lilium polyphyllum
Riddhi – Vigna cylindrica
Vriddhi – Habenaria intermedia
Meda – Polygonatum cirrhifolium
Mahameda – Polygonatum verticillatum
Jivaka – Malaxis acuminata
Kapikacchu – Velvet Bean (seed) – Mucuna pruriens
Rishabhaka – Manilkara hexandra (Roxb.) Dubard / Mimusoops hexandra Roxb.
Ela – Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
Madhuka – Licorice – Glycyrrhiza glabra
Mridveeka – Raisin – Vitis vinifera
Mudgaparni – Green gram – Phaseolus trilobus
Mashaparni – Teramnus labialis / Vigna radiata
Jivanti – Leptadenia reticulata
Chapala – Pippali – Long pepper fruit – Piper longum
Bala – Country mallow (root) – Sida cordifolia
Narayani or Shatavari – Asparagus racemosus
Vidari – Pueraria tuberosa
Sita – Sugar
Madhu – Honey
In this particular traditional formulation the following herbs are not available: Kakoli, Ksheera Kakoli, Riddhi, Vriddhi, Meda, Mahameda, Jivakaand Rishabhaka.
In place of them the following herbs can be used: Ashwagandha(Withania somnifera) for Kakoliand Ksheera Kakoli, Varahikand(Dioscoria bulbiferc) for Riddhiand Vriddi, Shatavari(Asparagus Racemosus) for Medaand Mahameda, Vidari(Pueraria tuberosa) for Jivaka.
Maximum dose is 10 gm mixed with warmed cow’s milk or lukewarm water.
Please note, doses of Ayurvedic medicines are not fixed. Exact dose depends on the age, strength and digestive power of each individual, the nature of the dis-ease, the state of the viscera and humours or doshas, and the properties of the individual.
Before starting any Ayurvedic medicine for reproductive health (Vajikaran) it is always best to undergo Ayurvedic cleansing or panchakarma (Shodan) first. This gives you the best results. After panchakarma (Shodan), Ashwagandha ghee is taken 10 grams, once daily.
People suffering from obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol should use this formula with caution.
1 Bhaishajya Ratnavali Vajikarana Adhikara, an essential compendium of Ayurvedic formulations.
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