Ajaswagandhadi Leham Ingredients, Benefits, Dose and Side Effects

Ajaswagandhadi Lehyam is also called as Ashwagandhadi Lehyam or Aswagandhadi Leham. It is a herbal jam. In the market, there are many variants of this lehyam. Few of them are vegetarian and few have non-vegetarian ingredients.

How to know whether the Aswagandhadi lehyam is vegetarian or non-vegetarian?
If the name of the product is ‘Ajaswagandhadi lehyam’ then it definitely contains a non-vegetarian ingredient. In Sanskrit, Aja means goat.
Even if it is labelled as Aswagandhadi lehyam, look for the ingredient list. If any term such as Aja, Chaga, Mamsa, Ajamamsa, Chagamamsa etc is there, then it contains a non-vegetarian ingredient.
There is also a vegetarian version of Ashwagandhadi lehyam.

Is it used only in men or can women also use it?
It is useful for both men and women.

Uses of Ajashwagandhadi lehyam 

Fights fatigue, powerful aphrodisiac, improves muscle strength, suitable to be taken as an Ayurvedic body building supplement. Useful in relieving tiredness, quickens the recovery from tiredness after gym and exercise, restores and keeps optimum energy levels throughout the day.
Useful in improving digestive and respiratory health.
It is used for the treatment of low sperm count (oligospermia), sexual weakness, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction.
It is useful to improve breast growth in women.
Useful in neurological disorders such as hemiplegia, paraplegia, muscle wasting, neuropathy, spondylosis, neck and lower back pain.
It improves digestion strength.
It detoxifies blood and improves skin health and complexion.

Uses in men and women:
For men, – good muscle strength, stress relief, joint strength, ligament strength, good gym supplement, better sleep
For women – good muscle strength, stress relief, joint strength, ligament strength, good gym supplement, better sleep. In some cases, it even helps to correct irregular menstrual cycle.

Usage after delivery:
It is used in post partum care of the mother, 15 days after delivery. Some mothers may find it hard to digest. Hence better to consult a doctor directly. Usual dose is one teaspoon in the morning or evening, 30 minutes before food.

What happens if I take this lehyam for one month?

Assuming you are not diabetic, this lehyam can
Increase strength and energy
Improve skin complexion
Improves muscle power and vigor
Improves sleep, reduces stress and anxiety
May cause constipation or diarrhea in some people

Can it increase height?

If you are below 18 years of age, then it can help in improving height to some extent, by strengthening the bones and promoting bone nourishment and growth.

Ingredients

Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) – A powerful immuno-modulator and aphrodisiac.
Mucuna pruriens (Atmagupta) – A powerful aphrodisiac and also useful in neurological conditions.
Clove
Mesua ferrea (Nagakesara),
Orchis latifolia (Salaimisri),
Lesser cardamom
Cinnamon – useful in improving digestive and respiratory health.
Licorice – Acts as aphrodisiac,
Nutmeg – aphrodisiac,
Ajamamsam – Mutton.

Dose

Dose depends on age, digestive capacity, etc. Usually one tablespoon in the morning, after food is advised.

Side effects

A few complaints about a slight increase in sleep and indigestion.
Because it contains sugar, it is not ideal for people with diabetes / high blood sugar levels.
Consult your doctor before taking this during pregnancy.

Frequent questions

How long does it take to start showing results?
Depends on the dosage and other products suggested with this. Usually, it takes around 1 – 2 weeks time.

Can this product be taken along with Allopathic medicines (English medicines)?
It may react with some medicines. Consult your doctor for the right advice. When English and Ayurvedic medicines are advised together, it is best to take English medicine first, give a gap of half an hour and then take Ayurvedic medicines.  

Can it be used in people with diabetes?
Yes. But keep an eye on the blood sugar levels. Your doctor should help you in this regard. This product can reduce blood sugar levels.

It is sold in plastic bottles. Is it fine? 
If the quality of the bottle material is very good, it should not be a problem, if stored for a short period of time.

Can this be taken without consulting a doctor?
No. In many cases, this product alone might not work. More often this is given in combination with a few Ayurvedic medicines. Your Ayurveda practitioner will be the best judge to decide on those things.

Can one take non-vegetarian food while taking this medicine?
Yes, unless your practitioner has asked to avoid it.

Is it halal?
Probably not.

In hypothyroidism

Ashwagandha is highly recommended in Hypothyroidism. Hence, this product can be taken in such a patient. The increase in energy and enthusiasm, freshness of mind are the immediate noticeable effects. It also helps the patient to improve strength and useful to correct immunity. Only negative point is, because this can cause weight gain, avoid higher dose and use the new gained strength to exercise daily.

IBS, Veg Vs Non Veg

Veg versus non veg Ashwagandha lehyam – which is better?
Vegetarian version is easy to digest. It is recommended when digestion strength is low. Non version is ideal when the digestion strength is good.
Non veg version promotes energy to a greater extent.

Recommended diet

Is there any Pathya (diet rules) to be followed while taking this product?
No product specific diet is mentioned. If the practitioner has advised diet control based on the disease, one has to follow that.
Avoid excess spicy foods, junk foods, aerated drinks, frozen and canned foods

Can this be taken while taking multivitamin tablets?
Yes, generally. Your consulting doctor will be a good judge on this topic.

Does it cause hair loss?
No.

Shelf life: 3 years from the date of manufacture.
Manufacturer: Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal.
Presentation: Jar pack of 500 grams.

Storage: 
Store in a cool dry place, away from sunlight.
Keep out of reach and sight of children.

Can this product be taken along with homoeopathic medicines?
Yes, this product is compatible with homeopathic medicine.

Honey, ghee

Question: t is said that honey and ghee are considered as viruddha ahara(bad food combination) as yourself has mentioned in a post.
Also it is said that honey should not be added in anything hot as then it becomes thick and clogs up our energy channels as ama.
Also in many ayurvedic texts they say that the ama created by improper consumption of honey is the toughest to be expelled from the body.
Now ghee and honey both are being used in ajashwagandhadhi lehyam and also you suggest using with milk which most people would be considering hot or warm milk. So both these factors tend to create ama.
So this being a revitalizing rasayana isn’t it’s constituents against some basic rules of ayurveda.

Answer by Dr JV Hebbar:

1. Honey and ghee, equal proportions is contra indicated as per Ayurveda. Honey and ghee in unequal proportion is fine to use. There are many Ayurvedic medicines in which honey and ghee are used (in different proportions). Eg: Chyawanprash, Saptamrita Lauha.

2. In any herbal jam preparation, if honey is to be added, it is usually added at the end of the procedure, when the herbal jam is taken out of fire and is set for self cooling. After it reaches below ~60 degree Celsius temperature, only then honey is added. This is the same procedure followed in Chyawanprash or in any avaleha formula with honey as ingredient.

3. Ajaswgandhadi lehyam contains many spices such as clove, cinnamon etc which make this herbal jam spicy and hot. This nullifies the ama effect, if at all produced by honey, or by using milk as co drink.

148 thoughts on “Ajaswagandhadi Leham Ingredients, Benefits, Dose and Side Effects”

  1. What is the dosage of leham? How long it should be used to experience the aphrodisiac strength? Should it be taken with milk? Pl. Explain.

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  2. Is aswagandhaadi leham as effective as the non veg version. what are the drawbacks of aswagandhaadi leham compared to ajaaswagandhaadi?
    also are there other ayurvedic medicines that are nonveg in nature? if so, could you kindly list them so that the patient knows beforehand what he is getting into.

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    • Hello Vin, Aja ashwagandhadi lehyam is a big embarrassment to many vegetarians.
      Please note that some manufacturers label it as ashwagandhadi lehyam, and yet, it contains aja mamsam or chaga mamsam as an ingredient.
      So, it is very important to read the ingredients, rather than go with the name of the product.
      For easy understanding, let us assume that Aswagandhadi lehyam = veg version
      and Aja ashwagandhadi lehyam = non veg version.

      both the variants are targetted towards
      1. To improve strength of the muscles,
      2. To relieve mental fatigue,
      3. As a medicine for treating unreasonable tiredness
      4. To restore strength of people who have been medicated or who have been ill for quite a long period
      5. To improve digestive power.

      So, Aja ashwagandhadi lehyam (non veg) has more effect on point number 1, than plain ashwagandhadi lehyam.

      From point 2 to point 5, both are equally capable. I would even say that plain version is better in improving digestive power than the non veg version.

      I will make a list of non veg Ayurveda medicines and will publish it soon. Thanks for the valuable advice.

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  3. thank you very much doctor for that quick reply.

    which ayurvedic medicine would you suggest to improve the strength of muscles if the vegetarian ashwagandhadi lehyam is not that effective for point 1.

    also all of us are eagerly waiting for the list of medicines containing nonveg.

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  4. Is it better to take mrutasanjeevani kashayam with aswagandadilehyam?Then what is the dosage & taken method ?

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    • Such a comparison is difficult to make. This lehyam is a good supplement for body building for those who are accustomed to non veg food.

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  5. i brought ajaswagandhadhi leham, daily 8.00pm to 9.00pm i ll b @ gym, i would like to know its dosage & when it can have( after dinner or before dinner)

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  6. Is this paste also good to enhance the sideeffects of colon- cancerteatment with chemo?
    I use it two time a week and its enforcing my energy, question is tumors love sugars and its quite sweet, but may not harmfull.
    thanks,
    Rob

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    • It is one of the widely used herbal product to boost the strength while undergoing chemoptherapy. It boosts the immune system and overall stamina of the patient.
      For patients undergoing chemo, a healthy dose of one teaspoon per day, in the morning, after food is advisable.
      Ashwagandha herb increases muscle strength and is a good anti oxidant. It also boosts immunity and mental strength.
      The other ingredients and spices along with sugar act together.
      Just the presence of sugar can not be considered for tumor growth. Hope the point is clear.
      Wish you good health.

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  7. For kids (even for adults for that matter), it is better to give any medicine after consulting an Ayurvedic doctor only.
    Please note Ajaswagandhadi lehyam contains non veg ingredient.

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  8. The whole herbs act by the effect of multiple active principles. The action is based on the defect in the body. Hence, whole herbs, when used as medicine, have very few or nil side effects, as opposed to usage of chemicals / isolated plant extracts.
    Please also note that Ashwagandha lehyam contains many other ingredients other than Ashwagandha. Let me know if my explanation is unclear.

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  9. I also read that taking Ajaswagandhadi lehyam is good to lower blood pressure. Is this true? Could you provide your valuable reply for this.

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  10. Sir,

    Your efforts are really commendable, Recently I started using Ajaswagandhadi Lehyam twice in a day, Is this is suitable for weight gain or I have to change. Please suggest me a product to weight gain.

    Thank you,

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    • It is one of the best product for weight gain, provided you are ok with non veg ingredient.
      Follow these rules along with it to enjoy fortified effects –
      exercise – half an hour a day
      meat soup – at least twice a week
      lot of fruit, fruit juices, fruit salads all through the week
      pepper, ginger and turmeric as food ingredients.

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  11. Sir now am 24. am very slim. I want to start ajaswagandhadhi leham. tell me please what is the dosage and taking milk is it compulsory or not with this leham ?

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  12. It might increase sugar levels. Check your sugar levels for two successive months and if the sugar levels are going up, then you may need to stop this lehyam.

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  13. dear dr,does aswagandha lehyam causes renal colic ,renal calculus ,splenic flexure syndrome or any gas entrapments in any part of the colon.kindly reply.

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    • Dear sir, This lehyam does not cause renal colic or renal colic. But in some people it may cause minor digestion problem, since it is a non veg product and is a bit heavy to digest.
      The veg version of Aswagandhadi Lehyam does not have this issue of any gas formation or difficulty in digestion.

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  14. Dr Hebbar,

    As Robert pointed out in a previous reply, some allopathic doctors claim that sugar may promote tumor growth and propose a ketogenic diet.

    In Ayurveda, proteins (meat) is thought to be responsible for tumor growth.

    What is your stand, based on your intepretation of the samhita’s and your personal practice.

    Thanks for sharing your knowlegde with us.

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  15. Dear dr, since i had read all of the post about how to take Aswagandhadi Lehyam i am confused because of the fact that half of them say after and half before food. Is it always safe to have a milk if we are about to have or just had a meal which should not be combined with milk? Thank you in advance for replying.

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    • If you are okay with small bit of spices, Ashwagandhadi Lehyam can be taken before food, with milk. If you have any sensitive stomach, gastritis or low digestion power, it makes sense to take this after food.
      If you have a meal which should not be combined with milk, then it makes sense to AVOID milk along with Ashwagandhadi lehyam.
      It makes sense to take it with water. Hope it is clear now. regards.

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    • Sita is white sugar candy. It gives natural preservation to the medicine, acts as the media / base and also provides the nutritive value.

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  16. Hai Dr. J V Hebbar, Recently i was searching for Ajaswagandhadi leham Reviews and Opinions from experts in online at last i came across through your blog and i was surprised and amazed by the replys and responses by you. Dr iam facing a problem since i was a kid. Traveling sickness, vomiting while traveling, i have been through many Doctors from Ayurveda to Allopathic but there was no 1% improvement, I have major issue of pitham, vomiting pale Yellow water like substance in the morning where my almost day gets worse. recently i have been to kotakal Ayurveda Clinic where they have prescribed me a lehyam called ajaswangandhadi leham, soon after taking it for 2 Days one day i started Continous Vomiting, Lose Motion and Tiredness. As a matter of fact iam a Pure Vegeterian.

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    • That is a little unfortunate to know, because Ajaswagandhadi lehyam is having non veg ingredient, that might be the reason behind vomiting.

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  17. I wish to gain 10kgs of weight to get my ideal weight.i started to take ashwagandadilehyam for a weak.but no change occur.why?

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  18. Hi,

    Is this good for women also?.. Is it advicsable to take before/during pregnancy ..would it do any side affect during pregnancy??

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    • It is safe for woman. But it is not advisable during pregnancy. There are no known side effects with this during pregnancy. But to be on the safer side, it is best to avoid any extra Ayurvedic supplements during pregnancy.

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    • Sir,
      I already increase weight of 3 Ktg.but i want to know whether it will increase the stomach??if like that what i want to do to reduce my stomach..kindly give suggestions pls…

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      • If you’ve seen weight gain with this product and would want to have a flat stomach, better to stop this medicine for now and do abdominal crunches and such other exercises.

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  19. Dear Dr. I am cholestrol patient, I can use this leham for weight gain. If I can use which one is good for me veg/non veg. your immediate response is highly appreciated
    Thanks

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  20. Sir, I have taken this Ashwagandha Lehya and started using from 10 days.I heard that usage of Aswagandha Lehya would lead to Hair loss.Actually my body feels always heat. Should I take continue this Lehyam now.Please suggest/reply.

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    • It may be useful. But there are other better medicines worth trying. Please consult an Ayurvedic doctor.

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  21. Hi Dr JV Hebbar,
    I’m using Ashwagandha lehyam along with bramhi grutham in milk with oats as tiffin. can use it like that or do i have to take them seperately. Please clear my doubt?

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  22. Dr Hebbar

    Is the weight gained from this product is primarily muscle mass? I have lost 25 pounds since January but my objective is to loose body fat and retain lean muscle mass.

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    • If someone is exercising along with taking this medicine, then the weight gain can be said as due to muscle mass.

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      • Thanks for the prompt response, what are the properties in this medicine that promotes weight gain…is it proteins or some sort of amino acid profile along with health fats?

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        • 1. Protein of the goat meat that it contains.
          2. spices, which improve metabolism and correction of digestive enzymes.
          3. herbs like ashwagandha which increase endurance.

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  23. Dr Hebbar,

    Just a small doubt. What is the color of this lehyam? Just want to make sure whether i bought the correct one or not!

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    • 🙂
      Because it is non veg, I have not seen it much. I think it is blackish brown..?!
      If it is labelled properly, there is nothing to fear.

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  24. whether ajaswgandhadhi leham helps to increase breast milk as I was given this by my doctor after my delivery…

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    • Hi, after delivery, it is usually given to strength the muscles of lower abdomen and groin. Shatavari or medicines with Shatavari are the best to improve breast milk. Ask your doctor.

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      • It is used to improve weight, to relieve fatigue, tiredness and as supplement for gym goers.
        It is usually administered in a dose of one teaspoon 2 times a day, before or after food with warm milk / warm water

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    • The two terms are used inter-changeably. If you read Aja aswagandhadi lehyam, surely, it is a non veg product, as explained above.
      If you read it as Aswagandhadi lehyam, there is 50 % chance that it is the Ajaswagandhadi L. But some companies manufacture veg version and name it as Aswagandhadi lehyam.
      Look into the ingredient list, if it contains anything like Chagamamsam, Ajamamsam, etc, then it is a non veg product.

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  25. dear Dr. hebbar, i have tried many medicine but my body weight never increased much except 3-4KGs (iam 184 cm, 64KG wwt.), 34 years age looks thin and young, no much physical body change from last 10 years, ayurvedic doctor adviced to take ashwaganda lehyam, is it thr right product for me? after using when i can see a weight change in me? for how many months i need to take?

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    • In some patients it might cause slight constipation.
      It is better to restrict on fried food, heavy to digest non veg food and excessively spicy food stuff.
      It is better to adopt a light food.

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  26. Hello,would like to know if ashwagandha for strength in leham form is OK in amla pitta or high pitta condition; am sensitive to heating foods and medications.thanks

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    • It generates a little heat in the body and in very rare cases, it causes constipation. Try with a small dose for a week or consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

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      • Thank you for your helpful response. I was advised this by a ved,Would like to know though whether this mixture (lehyam) is less heating than ashwagandha alone eg capsules.Thanks.

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        • If it is advised by your doctor, it must be the right one for you. Try it for a week and revert back to your doctor if you observe any excess heat. It is better to go with the advice of your doctor than self judging on medicines.

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  27. Dr. Hebbar, you mentioned that Ashwagandha could be veg or non veg. I have tried finding the veg version but in vain. Both Companies Nagarjuna and Arya Vaidya Sala has the non veg version (no labeling is done but seeing the ingredients mentioned by you, one can jump to the non veg conclusion).
    Can you please suggest some companies who make veg version. Also, is taking Ashwagandha in power form less effective than the leham form?

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  28. Hello, I get kaph (or mucous) with certain foods, and also a little higher pitta. Is it ok for me to take ashwagandha. Also, what is the difference in leham and pure ashwagandha capsules in terms of effect on digestive system. Thank you.

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    • Hi, you can take Ashwagandha. But it might cause slight Pitta increase. Lehyam is a bit hard to digest when compared to Ashwagandha capsule.

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  29. Dear Dr, is the text for this leham an old one? I thought ayurveda is all vegetarian!
    when did ayurvedic medicines contain animal meat?
    I have bought some from kottakal and so far emptied 3 bottles in 3 weeks.it said .448gm of atmagupta and ashwagandha in one 10gm serving.this means half a gram in 10gm right?also sita is about 50% of the product.is this refined white sugar or unrefined jaggery?if its refined then I’m not taking it.Except for a little body heat increase I like this product.

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  30. Dear Doctor can you please tell me which medicine should I take for hand tremor ,pls advice …..thanks

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  31. Dear Dr, Just curious to know if people with Adrenal fatigue benefit from Ajaswagandhai. Also are there any side effects reported especially in women. I find that I may have overstressed myself over the past years via work and family. I’ve lost a good amount of hair over the years and it just doesn’t grow as fast as it used to even on the rest of my body. I’m in my late 30’s and feel not everyone is experiencing what I’m going through.
    thanks julie

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  32. Sir Is Aswagandhadi leham Is Gud For Body Building ,Withuut Any Side Effect,And How Much Doeses Good For That ? I m Looking For PowerFull Suppliment For Body Building Without Any Side Effect,Please Suggest Me The Best One ??

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    • Leham means herbal jam, like CHyawanprash.
      Rasayanam means the medicine that is used for rejuvenation and anti-aging purpose.
      Most of the lehams are rasayanams. Having said that, there are many churnas which also are called rasayanam, like Pippali rasayanam.
      In case of Ajaswagandhadi, lehyam and rasayanam both are same.

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  33. Dr hebbar ur sdvices are fabulius.i heard ashwagandha lehyam if we take alternate days we can continue life long.is it true.

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    • May not be life long, excluding summer, it can be continued on alternative days, for 4 – 6 months, provided you are okay with non veg.

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  34. NJAN MELINH OTTIYA SHAREERA PRAKRTHANAYIRUNNU, ENIKK THADIKKAN NALLA POOTHIYAYIRUNNU, ANGANE ADUTHULLA VAIDYAR ENIKK EE LEHATHINE KURICH PARANH THANNU, IPPO ENKK ATHYAVASHYAM THADIYOKKE KITTI, EE LEHATHINE NJAN SAMMATHIKKUNNU,
    ITS A MAGICAL LEHAM

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    • Can patients with benign prostrate hyperplasia put on alpha blockers use Aswagandhadi levy am for improving general health?

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  35. Dr. Hebber I am a vegan i.e. I do no consume any animal product including milk products and honey. Since long I have been searching for vegan rasayanams and lehyams but couldn’t find any since all have some form of animal product. Do you know any company making animal product free rasayanams for memory, immunity, rejuvenative, health booster, food supplement?

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  36. If you are exercising, then only ashwagandha lehyam can help to reduce weight, otherwise, not.

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  37. sir, from which age can we consume ashwagandhadhi legyam (veg and non-veg variety) – can small children take this or should it be taken only after a consultation with a doctor?

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    • For children till 16 years of age, whether this or any other, should only be taken after direct consultation.
      As a general health supplement, one teaspoon in the morning, before food with half a cup of milk can be had by anyone other than children, who are not diabetic and non-obese. But in some, it tends to cause constipation. So, some precaution is required.

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  38. Dear doc,

    Kindly assist my son is only 13yrs of age and I want to know if this lehyam ajaswagandhadi is good for his in take. He is under weight for his age .
    awaiting a swift reply.
    thanks…AN

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  39. Hi, assuming that you are okay with non veg product and assuming that you are following good dietary habits, it may take around 3 – 4 months to gain weight.

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    • That is why, this or any other herb / medicine should only be taken with doctor’s advice.
      The headache is probably is because of taking it in the morning, feeling sleepy and not being able to sleep. It induces sleep. Hence, take it only in the evening or at night, after food.

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  40. sir my father is having kidney stones and high bp
    from past few months he has reduced weight drastically and feeling very weak
    can he take ajaswagandha along with ksheerabala to strengthen the nerves

    thank you

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  41. Hi Dr ..i am 30 yrs old with less than 40 kg. Is it worth to take ashwangandhadhi lehyam to gain weight? If so what would be the preferrable dose. Awaiting your valuable comments and reply.

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