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.
Dose of Avaleha
50 grams in single or divided doses, per day.
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.
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.
1. Are there any side effects of consuming Lehyam?
Lehyam, also referred to as Leham or Avaleha, is an Ayurvedic preparation that is a thick syrup-like semi-solid which is usually sweet in taste. The Lehyam is usually a concoction of various herbs, jaggery, and other ingredients.
Since Lehyam Ayurveda is made of herbs, there are no real identified side effects it could have on an individual.
2. What is the use of Ashwagandhadhi Lehyam?
The Ashwagandhadhi Lehyam is a herbal preparation made from instructions handed down from ancient Ayurvedic scriptures. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), sesame, ginger, and black gram are the prominent ingredients that go into this Lehyam. In a world where fitness has been gaining prominence steadily, this Lehyam provides a natural option for people looking to improve their wellbeing. A great mix of potent herbs, the major benefits of consuming this Lehyam include helping maintain healthy stamina and strength.
3. Should I take Lehyam on an empty stomach?
There is no hard and fast rule that all Lehyams must be taken on an empty stomach. In Ayurveda, there is a simple rule that different concoctions are taken at different times of the day/between different meals/before certain meals/during certain meals. The Sushruta Samhita, an ancient Sanskrit text on medicine, has shortlisted some directions on specifically when Ayurvedic medicine must be ingested. With Lehyam Ayurveda, it also depends on the Doshas, primary functioning energy, and also various medical conditions of the individuals in question.
4. Who can consume Lehyam?
Lehyam is a very simple preparation that can be consumed by people of all ages and genders. Different Lehyams are consumed based on the Dosha of the individual.
5. I am diabetic. Is lehyam safe for me?
Most lehyams have added sugar and jaggery, so it is better to consult your Physician before consuming if you are diabetic.