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Title: <b style="">Zinc in Ayurvedic herbo-mineral products</b>
Authors: Panda, Ashok Kumar
Rout, Suvendu
Keywords: Alchemy
<i style="">Bhasma</i>
<i style="">Yasada</i>
Zinc metal
<i style="">Puspanjana</i>
Zinc oxide
<i style="">Pittala</i>
Rasaka or Kharpara
Zinc ore
Zinc carbonate
Issue Date: Aug-2006
Publisher: CSIR
Series/Report no.: <b>Int. cl.<sup>7</sup></b> — A61K 33/30
Abstract: Zinc is a trace element and plays a vital role in all physiological processes in human. It has been introduced as a drug in the prevention and treatments of diseases since last two decades. The Ayurvedic physicians have practiced both oral and topical applications of zinc after <i style="">sodhana</i> (purification) and <i style="">marana</i> (calcification) before 14<sup>th</sup> century A.D. <i style="">Rasaka </i>or <i style="">Kharpara</i> (zinc ore or zinc carbonate), <i style="">Yasada</i> (zinc metal), <i style="">Puspanjana</i> (zinc oxide) and <i style="">Pittala</i> (brass) are zinc-containing minerals used as therapeutic agents in Ayurveda. <i style="">Rasaka or Kharpara</i> are found in most (20 i.e. 66.66%) of the formulations,<i style=""> Yasada</i> (zinc metal) in 5 (16.66%), <i style="">Pittala</i> (brass) in 4 (13.33%) and<i style=""> Puspanjana</i> (zinc oxide) is used in one formulation. Therapeutic uses of zinc in Ayurveda and modern system of medicine have been discussed in this paper. <b style=""></b>
Description: 284-288
ISSN: 0975-1092 (Online); 0972-592X (Print)
Appears in Collections:NPR Vol.5(4) [July-August 2006]

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