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Drakshasava (Sanskrit: द्राक्षासव) is a traditional Ayurvedic tonic made from grapes.[1] Drakshasava is a weak wine because the grape juice is usually only partially fermented.[2] It is also sometimes prepared by using raisin concentrate.[3] The tonic is claimed to be beneficial for maladies such as lethargy, weakness and heat exhaustion.[3] Drakshasava is believed to address health imbalances arising from an excess of the Vata-Vayu Dosha in the Ayurvedic system.[4]


Draksha is the Sanskrit word for grape.[1] "Asava" means Distillate or Juice or Extract.[5] Thus "Drakshasava" means Extract from Grapes.

Historical references[edit]

Drakshasava found mention in the Sushruta Samhita, a book of remedies dating to the 3rd-4th century CE.[6]


  1. ^ a b Chandrashekhar Gopalji Thakkur (1974), Introduction to Ayurveda, the science of life, ASI Publishers, retrieved 2010-05-03, ... the Asava which has draksha (grapes) as the main ingredient is known as ' Drakshasava ' ... 
  2. ^ Lala Sukh Dyal (1942), Tropical Fruits, Chemical Publishing Company, Inc, retrieved 2010-05-04, ...Partially fermented juices like drakshasava prepared from grapes are very popular with Indians and are said to be a great tonic ... 
  3. ^ a b Linda Bladholm (2000), The Indian grocery store demystified, Macmillan, ISBN 1-58063-143-6, retrieved 2010-05-04, ... You may also find Drakshasava, an Ayurvedic tonic made from raisin concentrate. It is taken for heat exhaustion and weakness. ... 
  4. ^ Prakash Paranjpe, Smita Paranjpe (2001), Herbs for beauty: revealing ayurvedic treasures, Chaukhamba Sanskrit Pratishthan, ISBN 81-7084-149-6, retrieved 2010-05-04, ... The use of grapewine (Drakshasava) is beneficial to reduce Vata ... 
  5. ^ http://spokensanskrit.de/index.php?tinput=Asava&script=&direction=SE&link=yes
  6. ^ Suśruta, Yādavaśarmā Trivikrama Ācārya, Narayan Ram Acharya, Ḍalhaṇa, Gayādāsācārya (1998), Suśrutasaṃhitā, Kr̥ṣṇadāsa Akādamī, retrieved 2010-05-04, ... द्राक्षासव ... 


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