The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine

Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. (Ayurveda) Medical Director, Jupiter Medical Center Dept. of Integrative Medicine Division of Education and Research

Jupiter Medical Center at The Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness
1210 S. Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, Florida 33458, Suite M-117.2

 

Lake Mary Clinic and Panchakarma Facility: at 635 Primera Blvd. Lake Mary, Florida 32746

 

 Telephone: (561) 263-MIND (6463); option #2 or (561) 510-3833

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.