Lehyam: Herbal Elixirs from Ayurveda

Lehyam is an Ayurvedic medicine, in a herbal jam form. It is also called Leham, Avaleha, and Lehyam. Certain rejuvenative Rasayanas of Ayurveda can be also in the form of Lehyam.

Origin of Lehyam

Ancient Ayurvedic masters designed water Kwath - decoction as the primary dosage form. For Kwath, herbs were boiled with water, filtered and consumed. Though this is very fast-acting, the disadvantages were very short shelf life and palatability. Most of the Kwaths were bitter and astringent in taste. Another disadvantage was spices with highly volatile principles, such as clove, could not be converted into Kwath.

To solve all these problems, ancient Ayurvedic scientists designed Lehyams. It is highly palatable, has a longer shelf life of 1 – 3 years and even volatile herb spices can be incorporated into it.

 

General method of manufacturing of Lehyas

 

Dose of Avaleha

50 grams in single or divided doses, per day.

 

Adjuvants

Lehyams are usually administered along with milk, honey, water, sugarcane juice, etc. In some cases, herbal teas/decoctions such as Dashamoola Kashaya, Vasa Kashaya, etc are administered along with Lehyams to improve the efficacy.

 

Advantages of Lehya over other dosage forms

 

Syrup Vs Avaleha

Syrup and lehya - both contain sweetening agent and herbs. But Avaleha contains spices and fat soluble principles, which makes it rich in nutrition and therapeutic benefits.

 

Examples of Important Avalehas


Kerala Ayurveda Aswagandhadi Lehyam – With powerful ingredients such as Ashwagandha, black gram, sesame and ginger, rich anti-oxidants, this Lehyam is useful in improving body strength and stamina. It is especially used to improve muscle mass and strength. It is extensively used by body-builders.

Kerala Ayurveda Dasamoola Rasayanam – With ingredients such as Dasamoola - a group of 10 roots, ginger, pepper, etc., this is an excellent medicine for chronic cough, cold and asthma.

Kerala Ayurveda Narasimha Rasayanam – A famous Ayurvedic herbal jam for the treatment of hair loss, premature greying of hair. It is useful in improving sexual strength and also to gain weight. It promotes immunity, physical stamina and also skin complexion.

Kerala Ayurveda Vilwadi Lehyam – With gastro-intestinal system targeted ingredients such as Bael, cumin, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, etc., this herbal jam is an excellent remedy for stomach ailments such as nausea, vomiting, weak digestion strength, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Kerala Ayurveda Thrivruth Lehyam – The herb Thrivruth is a very good purgative agent. This herbal jam is used for the treatment of constipation. In higher doses, under strict medical supervision, this medicine is used for the treatment of Virechana Panchakarma treatment, wherein purgation is induced for the treatment of Pitta imbalance disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, liver disorders, etc.

Kerala Ayurveda Thamboola Rasayanam – With betel leaf juice extract, sugar, cumin, long pepper, and honey as ingredients, this herbal jam is useful for the treatment of bronchitis, asthma, allergic rhinitis, vomiting, and weak digestion strength.

Kerala Ayurveda Navajeevan Rasayanam – With ingredients like Gambhari, Bael, Tribulus, Brihati, naturally processed Iron, long pepper, etc., this herbal jam is useful for the treatment of bronchial disorders, breathing difficulties, cough, and cold.

Kerala Ayurveda Ajamamsa Rasayanam – It is an excellent strength promoting herbal jam and a nervine tonic. It is useful for the treatment of body ache, neurological pains, muscle wasting, as in the case of paralysis, paraplegia. It helps to improve muscle strength and also to gain weight.


 

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