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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 45-48

Physico-chemical analysis of Mayūrapuccha Bhasma prepared by two methods


1 Department of Rasashastra, K. L. E. University's Shri. B. M. K. Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Shahapur, Belgaum, India
2 A. V. S. Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Bijapur, Karnataka, India
3 L. K. R Ayurveda Medical College, Gadhinglaj, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Vijaykumar Kotrannavar
Department of Rasashastra, K. L. E. University's Shri. B. M. K. Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Shahapur, Belgaum - 590 003, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0257-7941.113801

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Background: Mayūrapuccha Bhasma (Calx of peacock feather) is an Ayurvedic animal product prepared from peacock feathers by employing two different methods as mentioned in Siddhayogasaṅgraha and Bhaiṣajya saṁhitā. It is mainly indicated in vomiting, hiccough, and respiratory disorder. Materials and Methods: In the present study, Mayūrapuccha Bhasma was prepared by two classical procedures, one by burning on ghee flame and the other by giving Gajapuṭa (burning the peacock feathers at about 1000°C by using a thousand cow dung cakes). The products so obtained were subjected to various physico-chemical studies to find out ash value, pH value, specific gravity, moisture content, preliminary organic analysis, gravimetric analysis, chemical components, and to lay-down the pharmacopeial standards for standardization of Mayūrapuccha Bhasma. Results and Conclusion: Both the Bhasmas exhibited marked difference in color, moisture content, and percentage of inorganic compounds. The Bhasma prepared by Gajapuṭa method contains essential and beneficial inorganic elements, electrolytes in larger quantity, and lower moisture content.


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