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Research Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacodynamics
Year : 2015, Volume : 7, Issue : 3
First page : ( 143) Last page : ( 146)
Print ISSN : 0975-4407. Online ISSN : 2321-5836.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5836.2015.00027.0

Preparation and Uses of Metalic Bhasma in Indian System of Medicine

Dr. Panda Purnendu1,*, Dr Das Banamali1, Dr. Sahu D.S.1, Dr. Meher S.K.1, Dr. Das Bikartana1, Dr. Bhuyan G C.2, Dr. Joshi Abhijit3, Dr. Rao M.M.1

1National Research Institute of Ayurvedic Drug Development, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

2Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, Janakpuri, New Delhi

3Tilak Ayurveda Vidyapeetha, Pune, Maharashtra

*Corresponding Author E-mail: pandapurnendu02@yahoo.com

Online published on 29 October, 2015.

Abstract

Rasashastra is a branch of Ayurveda which deals with mainly metals and minerals, their Identification, purification, incineration and therapeutic uses. The number of metals found in nature throughout the world is innumerable. But only a few of them have been recognized to possess medicinal values in Ayurveda. Metals are highly important for our day to life as well as for our health. From the therapeutic point of view metals are used for the maintenance of health and curing of diseases. Different type of metallic bhasma has been used in either single form or compound form for the treatment of various diseases since long period. Ancient alchemists also mentioned detailed characteristics of standard bhasmas, their therapeutic effects and sub standard bhasma with harmful effects in the body. Much attention should be necessary to develop equipment for preparation of bhasma which having therapeutic efficacy, time consuming and cost effective.

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Keywords

Ayurveda, rasashastra, bhasma and therapeutic uses.

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