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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1-6

Ancient concept of metal pharmacology based on Ayurvedic literature


1 Lecturer, Department of Rasashastra, J. B. Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, 170-172, Raja Dinendra Street, Kolkata- 700004, India
2 Professor and Head of the Department, Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana including Drug Research, I. P. G. T. & R. A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar- 361008, India

Correspondence Address:
Prasanta Kumar Sarkar
Lecturer, Department of Rasashastra, J. B. Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, 170-172, Raja Dinendra Street, Kolkata- 700004
India
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Metals have had a long history in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Mercury (Parada), gold (Swarna), silver (Rajata), copper (Tamra), iron (Lauha), tin (Vanga), lead (Naga), and zinc (Yasada) are used in therapeutics in an incinerated (Bhasma) form. The pharmacological actions, therapeutic indications, adverse effects and management of adverse effects of these metals are described and emphasis has been given to the proper preparation, rational dose and duration during clinical practice in the classics of Ayurveda. Most important observation is, there are no contraindications of these Bhasmas, indicating universal applicability to all age levels with suitable adjuvant, proper dose and duration.


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