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Title: Comparative assessment of antihyperlipidaemic action of Tamra Bhasma
Authors: Rai, Rajiv Kumar
Jha, CB
Chansuriya, JPN
Kohli, KR
Keywords: Ayurvedic drugs
Bhasmas
Tamra Bhasma
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.⁸ : A61K36/00, A61P9/00, A61P9/04, A61P9/10, A61P9/12
Abstract: Metals are processed through various steps like Shodhana, Marana, Amritikarana, etc. to convert them into Bhasmas, which are then used as a medicine in Ayurveda for internal consumption. These processes are said to increase the bio-acceptability of the metallic preparations mentioned in Ayurveda. In the classical texts, Marana of metals is categorized according to various media used during the process of Marana, such as Kajjali, Mullika, Gandhakadi (mercurial compounds, herbs and sulphur containing compounds) and Ariloha (enemy metals), which are claimed to be superior, medium, inferior and unwarranted, respectively. Tamra (copper) Bhasma has been advocated for its therapeutic use in Hrid Rogas. Therefore, an attempt has been made to evaluate the relative antihyperlipidaemic efficacy of Tamra Bhasmas made by adopting different Marana procedures. The results indicate that lipid lowering capacity of Tamra Bhasma prepared using Mullika (herb) is best; whereas Bhasma prepared using Kajjali (mercurial compound) is of second grade. Bhasma prepared using Gandhaka (sulphur) is not effective for the antihyperlipidaemic activity. Tamra Bhasma with Ariloha was not tried as it has been referred not fit for human use.
Page(s): 335-340
ISSN: 0972-5938
Source:IJTK Vol.07(2) [April 2008]

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