Definition - What does Dashamula mean?
Dashamula is a traditional Ayurvedic formula, specifically used to pacify vata and support the functioning of the nervous system. Directly translated from Sanskrit as 'ten roots,' Dashamula was traditionally made up of the roots of ten different plants. Since five of these roots were from large trees and difficult to source sustainably, modern formulas of Dashamula tend to use effective substitutes that enable the protection of species for future generations.
Yogapedia explains Dashamula
Dashamula is a grounding formula with an astringent or sweet rasa (taste), a warming virya (action) and a pungent vipaka (post-digestive effect). It is balancing for vata and kapha doshas, and particularly effective in removing excess vata from the system.
The benefits of Dashamula include:
- Strengthening and nourishing the body
- Calming the nervous system
- Promoting the elimination of toxins
- Encouraging healthy expectoration of phlegm from the lungs
- Supporting proper functioning of respiratory and nervous systems
Dashamula may be used as a culinary spice, steeped in hot water to make tea, or used as an enema to eliminate toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. If using Dashamula as a tea, it may be consumed once or twice daily.