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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 293-297

Chemical composition of Patikaraparpam


Drug Standardization Research Unit (Siddha), Captain Srinivasa Murti Drug Research Institute of Ayurveda, Madras - 600 106, India

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A Saraswathy
Drug Standardization Research Unit (Siddha), Captain Srinivasa Murti Drug Research Institute of Ayurveda, Madras - 600 106
India
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Patikaraparpam, a Siddha formulation in prepared by trituration of potash alum with egg albumin followed by calcinatin. The three authentic laboratories made parpams as well as six commercial samples have been examined for their chemical composition. The analytical data that emerged from the analysis of the above samples showed that seven parpams contained only aluminium sulphate and they did respond to tests for potassium. An inspection of the crude drugs patikaram' available in the market established that potash alum and ammonia alum are indiscriminateldy taken for use, according to literature, only potash alum should be used in Indian system of medicine. Patikarapparapam is indicated in urinary inflammations and obstructions and is a reputed diuretic. Potassium salts are established diuretic. These studies show that the raw drugs sellers, the pharamaceutists or manufacturers of medicine and the physician as well should make sure that only potash alum is used in Indian medicine.


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