The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine                                                           

Jupiter Medical Center at The Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness    1210 S. Old Dixie Highway   Jupiter, Florida 33458              (Ask about our other locations in Greater West Palm Beach)      (561) 510-3833 or (561) 263-MIND (6463); option #2

 

Liquid Decoctions & Infusions

Asavas and Aristas are liquid medicinal preparations made by adding herbs in either decoction form (Aristas) or in powder form (Asavas) to boiling water. Jaggery, a semisolid juice from the sugar cane plant, and the flower petals from Woodfordia fructosa are also added to promote a slow, gentle fermentation. All ingredients are kept in a covered earthenware pot until the fermentation is completed. The decanted fluid is the medicinal part. By allowing the decoction to generate a small amount of alcohol, different plant components are infused into the solution than if it were prepared simply with an aqueous medium.