The main ingredients are
Equal parts of the roots of :
- Kantakari Solanum xamthocarpum
- Bruhati Solanum indicum
- Shaliparni Desmodium gangeticum
- Prushniparni Uraria picta
- Gokshura Tribulus terrestris
- Bilwa Aegle mermelos
- Shyonaka Oroxylum indicum
- Patala Stereospermum suaveolens
- Kashmari Gmelina arborea
- Agnimantha Clerodendron phlomoidis
Method of preparation
1 part of the formula is decocted in 16 parts water until parts remain. This is then strained and stored (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
Rasa (taste) : Astringent, Sweet
Virya (energy) : Warming
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) : Pungent
Guna (quality) : Heavy, Dry
Dosa effect : VK-
Dhatu ( tissue):
Srotas (channel) : Respiratory, nerve, digestive
Vatasamana pacifies vata and nervous system
Anulomana Directs the flow of vata downwards
Kasasvasahara Alleviates cough and asthma
Jwarahara Alleviates fevers
Sulaghna Alleviates pain
Expectorant, antiasthmatic, nervine, febrifuge, analgesic
Nerves Dasamula is indicated for aggravations of the nervous system and pain when they are signs of debility. It is used as a decoction or enema for lower back pain, sciatica, tremors, parkinson’s disease and inflammation in the pelvic and sacral region.
Lungs for dry cough and respiratory weakness when there is high vata dashmula can be used as a tonic to strengthen the system.
Fevers when the immune system is depleted and is not throwing off fevers the decoction can cause diaphoresis and release the trapped ama toxins.
- Bala or Ashwagandha oil as a massage for lower back pain
- Punarnavadi guggulu when back pain is complicated by water stagnation.
- Trikatu and vasa for respiratory problems.
- Tulsi for fevers.
Not in pregnancy
50ml of the decoction twice per day with long pepper powder
- Dasamula is the formula for vata condition with pain
- The collection of nourishing roots acts as an antispasmodic and muscle tonic to alleviate the weakness of the tissues caused by overstimulation and weakness.
- It is a collection of roots from five big trees known as brhat panchamula, reducing vata and kapha, and five roots from smaller shrubs , reducing vata and pitta, known as laghu panchamula.
- There is considerable adulteration of this formula today as many of ingredients are difficult to obtain and unsustainably harvested. The panchanga (root, stem, leaf, flower and fruit) parts of the laghu panchamula plants are often used.