Charaka Siddhisthana Chapter 1 – Kalpanasiddhi

This article explains the first chapter of siddhisthana of Charaka samhita called ‘Kalpana siddhi Adhyaya’. In this chapter, basic concepts of Vamana, Virechana, Basti and Nasya treatments are explained. Prologueअथातः कल्पनासिद्धिं व्याख्यास्यामः||१|| इति ह स्माह भगवानात्रेयः||२||athātaḥ kalpanāsiddhiṃ vyākhyāsyāmaḥ||1|| iti ha smāha bhagavānātreyaḥ||2||Now we shall expound the chapter dealing with “the Procedure for successful administration of … Read more

Rasa (Parada) Formulations: Preparations of Mercury

Parada is the most important among Rasa substances. But Parada is not therapeutically used in its natural form. Rasa formulations are prepared from Shuddha Parada, Samskarita Parada or Hingulottha Parada (Parada extracted from Hingula). To add the therapeutic qualities to Parada, it is processed with different substances. Based on procedures, processing of Parada is of … Read more

Loha Varga (Group of Metals)

At around 8th century A.D., use of metals in minute proportions for treating many diseases became popular in Ayurveda. The branch of Ayurveda dealing with metals and minerals is called Rasashastra. Here iron, copper, gold, silver etc. are used in various diseases.  Introduction The root for the word Loha is ‘Luh’, meaning attraction.  Lohas are … Read more

Peanut Qualities, Benefits, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaPeanut, also well known as groundnut is an important oilseed crop and the best natural source for fat and protein. It is used as food for both humans and animals. It also possesses medicinal value and used to treat inflammation, diabetes, cancer, alzheimer’s and gallstone. They are also used as paints, lubricants … Read more

Paneer Dodi (Withania coagulans) Uses, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaPaneer dodi (Withania coagulans) is the medicinal herb extensively used to lower the blood sugar level by promoting the secretion of insulin from pancreatic β cells. It is Sanskrit this plant is termed as Rishyagandha. Traditionally the fruits and leaves of this plant was used in the coagulation of milk to make … Read more

Vyaghranakhi (Capparis zeylanica) Qualities, Remedies, Research

By Dr Renita D’SouzaCapparis zeylanica is considered as ‘Rasaayana’ herb in Ayurveda system of medicine. Rasaayana plants are best used for the treatment of immune disorders. Research studies have also proved the potent immunostimulant effect of Capparis zeylanica. (Read more).  Rasaayana drugs provide significant relief in condition of oxidative stress by imparting superior Rasa and … Read more

Jarana Process of Rasashastra: Types, Procedure, Benefits

The oxidation of Gandhaka, Abhraka, Abhrakasatva Bhasma, Makshikasatva Bhasma, Svarna, Ratna etc., substances in Parada is called Jarana. Ayurveda Prakasha जारणा हि नाम गालन पातन व्यतिरेकेण ग्रस्त घन हेमादि रसस्य पूर्वावस्था प्रतिपन्नत्वम् ।(आ.प्र.१/१०७)jāraṇā hi nāma gālana pātana vyatirekeṇa grasta ghana hemādi rasasya pūrvāvasthā pratipannatvam |(ā.pra.1/107) The process which is different from Galana and Patana, wherein … Read more

Moorchana Process of Rasashastra: Types, Benefits

The word “Moorchana” generally mean unconsciousness. But in the context of Rasashastra, this word implies loss of quickness of mercury. Rasaratna Samucchaya मर्दनाऽऽदिष्ट भैषज्यैर्नष्टपिष्टत्वकारकम् ।तन्मूर्च्छनं हि वङ्गादिभुजककञ्चुकनाशनम् ॥(र.र.स.८/६१)mardanā”diṣṭa bhaiṣajyairnaṣṭapiṣṭatvakārakam |tanmūrcchanaṃ hi vaṅgādibhujakakañcukanāśanam ||(ra.ra.sa.8/61) The process of triturating mercury with the specific medicinal substance till its original form is lost is called moorchana. This process helps … Read more

Vanga (Tin): Qualities, Shodhana, Marana, Jarana

Vanga or TIn has been used in treatment of different diseases like vomiting, anorexia, non-healing wouinds, premature ejaculation, nocturnal emission, bronchitis, asthma etc. Vanga was originally used to create household utensils in ancient times. But later on, it was discovered that it could also be used in the field of medicine in the form of … Read more

Mandoora (Red iron oxide): Shodhana, Marana, Qualities

Mandoora is the rust of iron, formed because of the effect of moisture. It is used in the treatement of anemia, jaundice, emaciation, tissue loss, edema, chronic liver disorder, splenomegaly etc. Introduction In olden days, Mandura was found in places having mines of Loha and in places for melting of Loha. When Loha was heated, … Read more

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