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Title: Traditional alcoholic beverages from Ayurveda and their role on human health
Authors: Sekar, S
Keywords: Ayurveda
Alcoholic beverages
Traditional medicine
Biomedical fermentation
Issue Date: Jan-2007
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.⁸: A61K36/00, A61K36/00, A01G1/00, A01G17/00, A47G19/00, A23L1/00, A23L1/06, A23L2/02, C12G, A61P1/14, A61P3/04, A61P3/06, A61P3/08, A61P3/10, A61P5/00, A61P5/50, A61P9/00, A61P9/04, A61P9/14, A61P29/00, A61P31/00, A61P33/00, A61P33/10, A61P35/00
Abstract: The traditional medical system of Indian Ayurveda indicates availability of a variety of alcoholic beverages named generally as Madya, which are hitherto unreported. The objective of this work was to compile and analyze such information obtained from traditional literature in order to document the impact of these beverages on human health. In this work, the Ayurvedic alcoholic beverages are grouped into seven major categories based on the nature of raw materials used and the nature of fermentation. Constituents and medicinal properties of diverse alcoholic beverages falling into each category are compiled. Novel information about the fractions of beverages, quality assessment and changes in properties as a result of storing are highlighted. The means for the application of modern scientific tools and vistas of scientific knowledge to hull out useful information as well as to document and validate the rich tradition of fermented therapeutics of Ayurveda is outlined.
Page(s): 144-149
Source:IJTK Vol.06(1) [January 2007]

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