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Title: Zinc in Ayurvedic herbo-mineral products
Authors: Panda, Ashok Kumar
Rout, Suvendu
Keywords: Alchemy
Bhasma
Yasada
Zinc metal
Puspanjana
Zinc oxide
Pittala
Brass
Rasaka or Kharpara
Zinc ore
Zinc carbonate
Issue Date: Aug-2006
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. cl.7 — 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 sodhana (purification) and marana (calcification) before 14th century A.D. Rasaka or Kharpara (zinc ore or zinc carbonate), Yasada (zinc metal), Puspanjana (zinc oxide) and Pittala (brass) are zinc-containing minerals used as therapeutic agents in Ayurveda. Rasaka or Kharpara are found in most (20 i.e. 66.66%) of the formulations, Yasada (zinc metal) in 5 (16.66%), Pittala (brass) in 4 (13.33%) and Puspanjana (zinc oxide) is used in one formulation. Therapeutic uses of zinc in Ayurveda and modern system of medicine have been discussed in this paper.
Page(s): 284-288
ISSN: 0975-1092 (Online); 0972-592X (Print)
Source:NPR Vol.5(4) [July-August 2006]

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