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PLANETERY HERBS OF AYURVEDA

PLANETERY HERBS OF AYURVEDA

A Kavacha or “talisman” is not only the gem, which represents the earth element. A real Astral Talisman is composed of all 5 elements, i.e., gem for earth, herb for water, metal for fire, symbol for air, and cosmic number for space. This process of “Pancha-amrita” astral talisman making is the most bona fide. Even the Western alchemists are known to use herbs as the “water” ingredient in an Astral Talismans. These herbs have been ritually turned into “bhasma” or sanctified ashes. Therefore, one may understand that the gem alone is not the complete kavacha or talisman, the gems are only for one of five elements, viz., earth

The philosopher Agrippa has nicely described in Three Books of Occult Philosophy the basic preparation of astrological rings as follows:

“When any star ascends fortunately we must take a stone and HERB that is under that star, and make a ring of the metal that is suitable to this star, and in it fasten the stone, putting the herb or root under it, not omitting the inscriptions of images, names and characters, as also the proper suffumigations.”

In 1974 Dr. Mana Vajracharya, Chairman of the Nepal Ayurveda Association, informed us which are the ancient bona fide “bhasma” herbs for each planet. He prepared nine different herbal bhasmas which should be sealed into tubes that are part of a jewelry talisman. It took one week for the Dr. to prepare the 9 herbs and transform them into ashes or Bhasma. At that time he also provided rare samples of the actual herbs. We witnessed part of the process which involves indirect fire to heat the herb until is stops smoking and has transformed entirely into ash. Planetary mantras are recited during this heating process.

All nine herbs are available in Nepal (Himalaya) and some are quite rare even in India where they sometimes substitute because of lack of the actual herb). —Respectfully submitted by the Richard Shaw Brown.

Herb of the Sun

Influence of Milk Weed or Arka-bhasma

If Sun is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward nobility, dignity, power, leadership and confidence. One will be well-read, pious, strong, compassionate and untroubled.

If Sun is ill placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward low self esteem & energy, lack of confidence, rebellious, i.e., negative results may be expected.

Herb of the Moon

Influence of Butia Frandosa or Palasa-bhasma

If Moon is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward sensitivity, good habits, stability and health. One will be wealthy, industrious and respected.

If Moon is ill placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward depression, overreaction, hypersensitivity and stress, i.e., negative results may be expected.

Herb of Mars

Influence of Couch Plant or Khadira-bhasma

If Mars is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward positive energy, strength, courage, passion, and aggression. One will be active, have great energy, be learned, well-known and regal.

If Mars is ill-placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward anger, irritability, instability, impatience, and aggression. One becomes prone to violence and physical problems such as high blood pressure, anemia, and impurities in the blood.

Herb of Mercury

Influence of Achyranthes or Apamarga-bhasma

If Mercury is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward being rationality, wit, skillfulness and dexterity. One will be educated, happy, fortunate and highly respected.

If Mercury is ill placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward aloofness, lack of concentration, difficulty with communications, and slowness. One becomes prone to speech and hearing impediments, deceptive behavior, and lack of vitality.

Herb of Jupiter

Influence of Ficus Religiosa or Pippala-bhasma

If Jupiter is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward humanitarianism, caring, spiritualism, optimism, faith and good judgment. One will be powerful, respected, and a leader of men, although susceptible to anger.

If Jupiter is ill-placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward being greedy, uncaring, selfish, negative outlook, personal unhappiness, egotism, selfishness and sloth. One will be uncaring and unhappy.

Herb of Venus

Influence of Ficus Glomerata or Audumbara-bhasma

If Venus is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward attractiveness, refinement, grace, elegance and longevity. One will be refined, humanitarian, and possess many positive qualities.

If Venus is ill-placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward vanity, lewdness, sensual corruption, lack of taste and refinement.
One becomes vulnerable to loss of libido, impotence, sterility, and premature aging.

Herb of Saturn

Influence of Prosopis or Shami-bhasma

If Saturn is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward discipline, responsibility, realism, durability and humility. One will be long-lived, charitable, proficient and an affectionate mate.

If Saturn is ill placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward depression, anxiety, fear, loneliness and disappointment. One becomes vulnerable to headaches, neuralgia, and other disorders of the nervous system.

Herb of Rahu

Influence of Cynodon Dactylon or Durva-bhasma

If Rahu is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward originality, inspiration, insight and uniqueness. One will be exotic, wealthy and fortunate.

If Rahu is ill placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward mental disease, addiction, illusion, and trouble. One will have a volatile nature, and a tendency to suffer from fear and suicidal impulses.

Herb of Ketu

Influence of Sacrificial Grass or Kusa-bhasma

If Ketu is well placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward spiritualism, intuition, universality, subtleness and sensitivity. One will be wealthy and protected from evil.

If Ketu is ill placed in the horoscope:
The influence will be toward eccentricity, explosiveness, fanaticism and emotional problems. One becomes prone to compulsive gambling and fatal diseases such as cancer.

Nagarjuna’s Contribution to Rasashastra:
Nagarjuna was an Indian philosopher and Saint and the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Mahayana Buddhism. He was born in Amravati (presently the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh) around 113 AD. Though Nagarjuna also traveled widely, he spent most of his life in a hilly area near Amravati. There he conducted extensive studies on the health applications of Mercury & other heavy metals for a significant part of his life. These studies, brought about, at that time, the visible re-emergence of this branch of Ayurveda, viz. Rasa Shastra, or Alchemy. Ayurveda itself, in later periods, began to incorporate Mercury as well as other “toxic” metals as important components of pharmaceutical formulations.
Essentially Rasashastra deals with the purification, transmutation and potentiation of various metals, gems and herb essences. It is a highly refined, sophisticated and sacred art and extensive training is required to perform it properly.
Rasashastra is derived from the Sanskrit words Rasa (meaning “essence”, “taste” or “inherent substance or quality”) and Shastra (meaning “knowledge”, “science” or “sacred prescription”). Thus Rasashastra is the sacred science of using the fundamental essences of various substances for healing and spiritual growth.
In Rasashastra all ingredients are first purified and reduced to their absolute essence in a process called Shodhana, where gems or metals are refined, through a process of alternate heating, cooling, oxidizing and crushing, to a fine pure ash. These individual purified ashes are called Bhasmas. Individual Bhasmas are then triturated in a process called Bhavana, and further pulverised and blended using alternate wetting and drying to form a fine homogenous paste.
During both stages, specialized Ayurvedic herbs and herbal extracts and juices are used as catalysts to direct the alchemical transformation of the original ingredients and to potentize the revealed essence. Shastric rules dictate that each of these processes be repeated 100 times for the highest quality preparation, i.e. Shodhana is applied 100 times before the iterations of Bhavana even begin. Each iteration is identical and further potentizes the Bhasmas and the final complexed product. After the process of Bhavana is complete, the resultant dried paste has an unlimited shelf life and retains its potency in perpetuity.
Rasashastric Gold bhasma (purified gold “oxide” ash) is the original version of what today is being referred to as monatomic gold / ormus gold / white powder gold etc. It is made in a sacred process with conscious intent and takes place in multiple cycles of firing, cooling, pulverizing and blending with various energizing herb juices. It requires 100 iterations of this cycle to qualify as an authentic Rasayana. This art is still practiced in India and authentic Gold bhasma is still available today.
Another profound healing panacea in Rasashastra is called Navaratna (Nine Gem). This compound is indirectly related to Vedic Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) and Ayurvedic medical astrology as it engenders benefits to the body internally in a similar way that Joytish gems and metals offer benefits on the surface of the body. The difference is that with Navaratna the gems and metals are triturated with herbs after being specially purified and, as they are orally ingested, they are designed to reach every cell in the body for complete cellular and organ rejuvenation.
Formula for Navaratna (present day composition):
120mg micro-tablet (produced on a single-tablet hand press rather than hand rolled as in the old days)
Active Formulation consisting of bhasmas of:
Ruby
Blue Sapphire
Emerald
Yellow Topaz
Chrysoberyl
Red-Brown Garnet
Cultured White Fresh-Water Pearl
Lapis Lazuli
Himalayan White Coral
In a potentizing carrier base of:
Organic Red Rose Petal
24 Karat Gold
.999 Silver
Navaratna Usage:
1-2 tablets per week. Take on an empty stomach, and chew or dissolve on the tongue before swallowing.
Quality Standards:
All gems are natural earth -mined and not synthetically produced.
Metals are 100% pure and not alloys.
Pearls are cultured under controlled pollution-free conditions.
Coral was formed millions of years ago in unpolluted pre-Himalayan oceans.
Rose petals and all Ayurvedic herbs used as catalysts during the processes of Shodhana (purification) and Bhavana (trituration) are completely organic.
The Navaratna tablets are produced at a leading Ayurvedic laboratory in India by highly trained Rasashastric alchemists exactly according to traditional Shastric rules.
Alchemical transformation of the ingredients is repeated a total of 200 times (100 times each for Shodhana and Bhavana).
Navaratna and the Sacred Science of Rasashastra:
Rasashastra is a branch of Ayurvedic medicine that deals primarily with the alchemical transformation of metals, gems and minerals, using specialized herbs and techniques, for the purification, healing and rejuvenation of the physical and subtle bodies. Navaratna is one of the most esoteric products in the Rasashastric Codex and works deeply in the various sheaths of the body-mind.
When making Navaratna, the nine gem-Bhasmas are dissolved and blended into a base of purified and oxidized gold, silver and rose petals which further potentizes the gem essences and functions as a vehicle to transport them into the body as nutrients.
Once absorbed, Navaratna works to release karmas and sanskaras that are held physiologically and psychically in the body-mind as “knots” or toxic “pockets” in the tissues and nervous system. This is similar to the use of gems on the surface of the body in Vedic Jyotish and Ayurvedic Medical Astrology, but because Navaratna is ingested and delivered to every cell in the body it is a more powerful approach. Rasashastra preparations also purify and rejuvenate on the cellular level, and may target certain organs or tissue systems (dhatus) to complete their work.
According to documented history, the science of Rasashastra made its first visible appearance in India during the time the Buddha (Gautama Shakyamuni) lived and was re-enlivened by Nagarjuna, although according to practicing alchemists in the Rasashastra tradition, it’s roots are actually far older. Rasashastra practiced today is the same authentic Vedic Alchemy that has been practiced and handed down through generations for thousands of years, and Navaratna is one of the pinnacle elixirs within that tradition.
Because of the profundity of these times and the urgent necessity of our evolution as a human culture, we are honored to make available the following authentic Rasashastric Alchemical products

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Physicochemical characterization of Swarna makshika bhasma

Swarna makshika [SM], a mineral having various therapeutic uses, has been used since long in Ayurveda . The present study was conducted to generate a fingerprint for raw and processed SM using techniques which can be used by pharmacies. Powdered SM was heated in an iron pan by adding lemon juice for 3 days, till liberation of sulfur fumes stopped. Bhasma of this shuddha SM was obtained by triturating it with shuddha gandhaka and lemon juice. It was then subjected to heat in 09* putas, and for firing in each puta, 4 kg cow dung cakes were used. To assure the quality of bhasma, rasa shastra quality control tests like nischandratva, varitara, amla pariksha, etc., were used. After the bhasma complied with these tests, the bhasma was analyzed using X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis of raw SM and SM bhasma revealed that raw SM contains CuFeS 2 , and SM bhasma contains Fe 2 O 3 , FeS 2 , CuS and SiO 2 . Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) studies showed that the grains in SM bhasma were uniformly arranged in agglomerates of size 1-2 microns as compared to the raw SM which showed a scattered arrangement of grains of size 6-8 microns. It may be concluded that raw SM is a complex compound which gets converted into a mixture of simple compounds having very small particle size after the particular process of marana. This is the first report of fingerprinting of SM bhasma prepared using this particular method.

Introduction

Swarna makshika [SM] bhasma has been used for pandu (anemia), anidra (insomnia), apasmara (convulsions), mandagni (poor digestion), kustha (skin diseases),[1] etc., as well as a potent rasayana[2] drug. Generally, SM bhasma is prepared in two steps: shodhana, by different techniques like fomentation, heating and quenching and roasting, etc.; and marana, by puta system of heating in different types of putas,[3] like varahaputa, kukkutaputa, gajaputa, etc.; and kupipakwa procedures, [4] etc. During marana, bhavana with lemon juice, kulottha decoction, eranda taila, snuhi ksheera,[5] etc., are given with addition of shuddha gandhaka and shuddha hingula,[6] etc., as associated materials.

SM bhasma is used as a single constituent formulation or in multi-ingredient formulation. However, there is variation in collection of raw materials and the pharmaceutical procedure followed, which generates the same bhasma with different characters. As a result, reproducibility is often not achieved. In many cases, wrong manufacturing and marketing practice leads to the production of inferior quality products, which reduces efficacy or produces safety concerns. In order to minimize variability and to check adulteration, standardization of a bhasma is a must.

Ayurvedic texts have described methods for quality control of finished products through different parameters like nischasndratva, varitara, nirutha, apunarbhava, etc., to achieve a specific acceptable standard bhasma. This study was performed to characterize the bhasma using sensitive tools and techniques. These fingerprints generated for the raw material and bhasma could be used as standards to for ensuring quality and reproducibility of standards of the medicines.

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Physicochemical characterization of Swarna makshika bhasma

Physicochemical characterization of Swarna makshika bhasma

Swarna makshika [SM], a mineral having various therapeutic uses, has been used since long in Ayurveda . The present study was conducted to generate a fingerprint for raw and processed SM using techniques which can be used by pharmacies. Powdered SM was heated in an iron pan by adding lemon juice for 3 days, till liberation of sulfur fumes stopped. Bhasma of this shuddha SM was obtained by triturating it with shuddha gandhaka and lemon juice. It was then subjected to heat in 09* putas, and for firing in each puta, 4 kg cow dung cakes were used. To assure the quality of bhasma, rasa shastra quality control tests like nischandratva, varitara, amla pariksha, etc., were used. After the bhasma complied with these tests, the bhasma was analyzed using X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis of raw SM and SM bhasma revealed that raw SM contains CuFeS 2 , and SM bhasma contains Fe 2 O 3 , FeS 2 , CuS and SiO 2 . Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) studies showed that the grains in SM bhasma were uniformly arranged in agglomerates of size 1-2 microns as compared to the raw SM which showed a scattered arrangement of grains of size 6-8 microns. It may be concluded that raw SM is a complex compound which gets converted into a mixture of simple compounds having very small particle size after the particular process of marana. This is the first report of fingerprinting of SM bhasma prepared using this particular method.

Introduction

Swarna makshika [SM] bhasma has been used for pandu (anemia), anidra (insomnia), apasmara (convulsions), mandagni (poor digestion), kustha (skin diseases),[1] etc., as well as a potent rasayana[2] drug. Generally, SM bhasma is prepared in two steps: shodhana, by different techniques like fomentation, heating and quenching and roasting, etc.; and marana, by puta system of heating in different types of putas,[3] like varahaputa, kukkutaputa, gajaputa, etc.; and kupipakwa procedures, [4] etc. During marana, bhavana with lemon juice, kulottha decoction, eranda taila, snuhi ksheera,[5] etc., are given with addition of shuddha gandhaka and shuddha hingula,[6] etc., as associated materials.

SM bhasma is used as a single constituent formulation or in multi-ingredient formulation. However, there is variation in collection of raw materials and the pharmaceutical procedure followed, which generates the same bhasma with different characters. As a result, reproducibility is often not achieved. In many cases, wrong manufacturing and marketing practice leads to the production of inferior quality products, which reduces efficacy or produces safety concerns. In order to minimize variability and to check adulteration, standardization of a bhasma is a must.

Ayurvedic texts have described methods for quality control of finished products through different parameters like nischasndratva, varitara, nirutha, apunarbhava, etc., to achieve a specific acceptable standard bhasma. This study was performed to characterize the bhasma using sensitive tools and techniques. These fingerprints generated for the raw material and bhasma could be used as standards to for ensuring quality and reproducibility of standards of the medicines.

All the above articles / blog posts are not the original contribution from author, please consider a opinion of qualified doctor, if you considering this. If you need a advice please contact Dr. Anil Joy email: [email protected]

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Metals and Mineral Drugs of Ayurveda

Metals and Mineral Drugs of Ayurveda

Metals like gold, silver, copper, lead, tin, and iron, sand (balu from river banks), lime and
minerals like red arsenic (manassila), gems (manayah), salts (lavana), and red chalk (gairika)
are indicated as drugs pertaining to earth (bhauma). In Indian metallurgy, the term loha is
often used for metals like gold and silver and minerals containing metals (ores) are called
dhatus. There are seven dhatus: suvarna (gold), rajata (silver), tamra (copper), trapa (tin),
tiksna or ayas (iron), sisa or naga (lead), and vaikrintaka.11 Salts or lavanas are mentioned
under the parthive substances. According to Charaka, there are five salts: sauvarcala,
saindhava, vida, audbhida, and samudra. Mani and ratna, being synonyms for each other,
stand for the modern term “jewel” or “gem.”
Mercury is considered eighth metal in rasa shastra. It earned the supreme position among
the minerals and metals. The learned Acharyas also studied the relation and effects
between these metals and planets over the human body and called them grahanga
navaloha. Metals are grouped as shuddha, sishra, and pooti loha.
The calcined forms of metals that are termed bhasmas in Ayurveda are referred to as
parpams and kushta in Siddha and Unani-tibb, respectively. Kushta literally means to kill;
in medical terms it is detoxifying the toxic properties of a toxic metal.12
Although bhasmas are regarded as chief metal-containing pharmaceuticals of Ayurveda,
there are several other preparations prepared from metals. Some of these pharmaceuticals
are described below.

Bhasma

Animal derivatives such as horns, shells, feathers, and metallic and nonmetallic minerals
are normally administered as bhasmas. A bhasma means an ash obtained though incineration.
The starter material undergoes an elaborate process of purification (shodhana). This
process is followed by the reaction phase, which involves incorporation of some other
mineral and herbal extracts. Then the material in pellet form is incinerated in a furnace.
The end product is expected to be a nontoxic material. Examples include swarn bhasma,
shankha bhasma, and tamra bhasma.

Parpati

These are specialized mercury preparations. The name is derived from the method by
which flakes of the compound are obtained. A black sulfide of mercury is obtained by
mixing purified mercury and sulfur. Other drugs as per the formula are added to this and
mixed well by triturating them in mortar and pestle. A shallow pit is made in fresh cow
dung and a banana leaf is placed. The melted compound is poured onto the leaf and is
covered with another leaf. Fresh dung is spread on it evenly. When it is cooled the flakes
are removed and powdered.

Rasayoga

Rasayogas are compound formulations containing mercury and sulfur (in the form of kajjali)
with other metals or minerals. Most of the ingredients contained in a rasayoga are added
in the form of bhasmas. The final form may be either a pill or powder.
Sindoora
Sindoora are prepared by the elaborate process of sublimation. This procedure is termed
kupipakwa vidhi and the sublimed mineral available on the neck of the sublimation glass
flask is called sindoora. Sindoora preparations are considered to be more potent than bhasma
preparations.

Types of Bhasma

Attempts have been made to classify various bhasmas. They have been classified on the
basis of color and appearance. A more scientific way of classification is on the basis of
dominant metal and mineral group. According to this classification, bhasmas have been
grouped as rajata group (silver), tamra group (copper), loha group (iron), pravala group
(shells), etc. Often two metals and a metal with mineral are the ingredients of bhasmas.
For example, Trivanga Bhasma contains lead, tin, and zinc. The metals yield three different
types of bhasma corresponding to the nature of the ingredient used. They appear as best,
medium, and inferior quality. Mercury is always used as a basic substance in the process
of marana.
Preparation of Bhasma: General Procedures
The name bhasma is generally applied to all metallic and nonmetallic substances that are
subjected to the process of incineration and reduction to ash. Here it is applied to the
metals, minerals, and animal products that are, by special processes, calcinated in closed
crucibles in pits with cow dung cakes (puttam). Bhasmas are generally white, pale, or red.
The color of the preparation primarily depends on the parent material. The following
pharmaceutical steps are used to prepare bhasmas.

Shodhana

In Ayurveda, purification is called shodhana. Shodhana is the process through which the
external and internal impurities of metals and minerals are removed. Chemical purification
is different from medicinal purification. In chemical purification it is only elimination of
foreign matters, whereas in medicinal purification the objects are involved in the
1. Elimination of harmful matter from the drug
2. Modification of undesirable physical properties of the drug
3. Conversion of some of the characteristics of the drug to different stages
4. Enhancement of the therapeutic action
There are two kinds of shodhana. The first type, samanya shodhana (general purification),
is applicable to the large number of metals or minerals as heating the thin sheets of metals
and immersing them in oil (taila), extract (takra), cow urine (gomutra), and other materials.
The second type, Vishesha shodhana (special purification), is applicable only to specific
metals, minerals, and in certain preparations. Vishesha shodhana includes bhavana, svedana,
nirvapana, and mardana.
After shodhana bhasmas become soft and malleable for further processing and their
metallic property is improved. The main apparatus required includes dola yantra, khalva
yantra, and musha yantra. Various procedures employed for shodhana are described below.
When mineral drugs are heated in a furnace in the presence of dravaka, substances
(liqueficants) like alkali and acid release their satva. This is the purest form of any herbal
or mineral drug. All the metals except mercury are found in nature in solid state, and
they all fuse under high temperature to attain a liquid state. When the temperature lowers
they again return to their natural physical form (i.e., in the solid state). But these fused
metals in the presence of some liqueficants do not return into their natural solid state even
when the temperature lowers (i.e., the metals remain in liquid form). This method of
obtaining metals in liquid form is called dravana and the obtained liquid metal is called
druti. Druti holds superior character with respect to efficacy, toxicity, and increased shelf
life than its native metals and retains its fluidity for a longer time with proper preservation.

Shuddhavarta is a particular stage of heating when the fire becomes strong enough to
yield the pure substance (metal, satva). At this time the flame becomes golden yellow.

Marana

Marana is essentially the burning process or calcination. The purified metal is placed into
a mortar and, with a pestle, ground with the juice of specified plants or kashayas, mercury
(in metallic state), or a compound of mercury such as mercury perchloride (sauviram),
mercuric subchloride (ras karpur), cinnabar (ingalekam), or an amalgam of sulfur and
mercury (kajjali) for a specified period of time. The metal that is intended for marana is
known as a primary metal (pradhan dhatu); the other metal, which is taken in small
proportions for the marana of the primary metal, is known as secondary metal (sahaya
dhatu).14 Small cakes (chakrikas) are made with the ground paste of the minerals and dried
under the sun. The size and thickness of the cakes depend on the heaviness of the drug
and size. The heavier the drug, the thinner the cakes. These cakes are dried well under
the shade and placed in one single layer in a mud tray (sharava) and closed with another
such tray; the clay-smeared cloth keeps both the lid and the container in apposition. The
clay-smeared cloth is applied seven times and dried to seal the crucibles properly. A pit
is dug in an open space and half the pit is filled with dried cow dung cakes. The crucibles
are placed in the half-filled pit and are covered with cow dung cakes up to the brim of
the pit. Fire is then ignited on all four sides and in the middle of the pit. When the burning
is over, the contents are allowed to cool completely on their own.
Marana differs with the nature of the substance to be calcinated. For example, organic
substances such as herbs are burnt in open air, whereas inorganic substances such as
metals like rajata (silver) are burnt in closed containers. In either case the end product is
a bhasma of substance taken for marana. For example, the end product in the case of silver
(rajata) is called as rajata bhasma. Marana of inorganic substances is called puta and the
process of marana of herbs in closed freshly made containers is known as puta paka.13
Bhasmas obtained by marana from primary metals together with herbs (mulika) are called
mulika marita bhasma; the ones where the second metal is taken for the marana of primary
metal are called parada (mercury) marita, or talaka (arsenic trisulphide) marita bhasma,
depending upon the second metal used for the purpose. During the process the second
metal would finally volatilize itself at the temperature of marana, leaving behind the bhasma
of primary metal.
Very few metals like copper or iron still bear some impurities after the marana. In such
cases the whole process is repeated until a purified and therapeutically safer product for
internal use is obtained. In addition, a process called amritikarana is done to make these
metals safer. The process consists of heating the product from the marana procedure in
the presence of some herbal materials to improve safety and therapeutic effect. In this
process the required amounts of triphala decoction, cow’s ghritika, and dhatu bhasma are
placed in an iron pot. Mild heat is applied until the medicinal fluids are completely
evaporated. Bhasma that remains at the end of this process is safer and possesses higher
therapeutic efficacy.

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VULVITIS AND ITS AYURVEDIC TREATMENT In Ayurveda Vulvitis has been described

VULVITIS AND ITS AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

In Ayurveda Vulvitis has been described as“BHAG SOTH”.

DEFINATION OF VULVITIS
Vulvitis is defined as inflammation of external female genitalia.

Actually vulvitis is not a condition or disease it is a symptom that results from a number of different types of causes such as allergy,infection injury and external irritants.

CAUSES OF VULVITIS
Vulvitis can affect women of all ages. In young girls and postmenopausal women, the condition may be caused by low estrogen levels.

Vulvitis can be caused by contribution of several factors:

1. Chronic dermatitis
2.Seborrhoea
3. Eczema
4. Allergies
5.Oral sex
6.Scented or colored toilet tissue
7. Bacterial infection
8. Fungal infection
9. Hot tubs
10. Horse riding
11. Wearing wet swimming suits for long time
12. Rubbing against a bicycle seat
13.Allergic reactions to products such as:

• soaps,
• shampoos,
• bubble baths,
• powders,
• deodorants,
• sanitary napkins,
• non-cotton underwear,
• pantyhose,
• vaginal douches,
• topical medications.

14. Douches that are too strong or used too frequently
15. spermicides

Who is at risk for vulvitis?

Any woman with certain allergies, sensitivities, infections, or diseases can develop vulvitis. Girls who have not yet reached puberty and postmenopausal women sometimes develop vulvitis, possibly because of inadequate levels of estrogen.

SYMPTOMS OF VULVITIS
Each women experience different types of symptoms on getting vulvitis but some of the common symptoms are.

• Itching and burning of the vulvar skin

•Redness and swelling of the vulvar skin

• Swelling

• Fluid-filled, clear blisters that break open, and form a crust (sometimes mistaken for herpes)

• Soreness

• Scally appearence

• Thickened or whitish patches

• Possible small cracks in the vulvar skin

• Possible vaginal discharge

For a wommen having these symptoms should note that she should not scratch as this may lead to further irritation and/or infection.One more important thing to note is that over cleaning of the effected area can lead to further irritation so it’s best to wash once a day with warm water only when symptoms of vulvitis are present.

DIAGNOSIS OF VULVITIS
1. A pelvic examination often reveals redness and thickening and may reveal cracks or skin lesions on the vulva.
2. If there is any vaginal discharge, a wet prep inspection may reveal vaginal infection such as vulvovaginitis or vaginitis as the source.
3. INVESTIGATIONS
(a)Routine examination urine
(b)Urine culture
(c)VDRL
(d)Pap test – test that involves microscopic examination of cells collected from the cervix, used to detect changes that may be cancer or may lead to cancer, and to show noncancerous conditions, such as infection or inflammation.

TREATMENT OF VULVITIS
• Discontinue the use of any potential irritants.

• If discharge from a vaginal infection is the cause of vulvitis, the source of the vaginal infection should be treated.
• Anuvasana basti (or enema prepared with uncoctous substances and medicament).
• Garlic taken both orally and inserted into vagina is helpfull due to it’s antibacterial and antifungal action.

YOGA IN VULVITIS
Commonly used drugs
• Choorna
o Gokshuradi choorna
o Punarnava vastaka choorna
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• Rasakalpa
o Chandrakala rasa

• Ghrita
o Gokshuradi ghritam

o Traikantha ghritam

• Vati
o Gokshuradi guggulu vati

o Chandraprabha vati

• Avaleha
o Shatavari gula

PREVENTION

Since one of the main causes of vulvitis is exposure of the vulva to chemicals (bubble bath, douches, detergents, fabric softeners, perfumes, etc.), or other irritating materials (wool, fibrous, or “itchy” materials), daily cleansing with mild soap, adequate rinsing, and thorough drying of the genital area is one of the best ways to avoid it. Also, avoid using feminine hygiene sprays, fragrances, or powders in the genital area.

Avoid wearing extremely tight-fitting pants or shorts, which may cause irritation by constantly rubbing against the skin and by holding in heat and restricting air circulation. Underwear made of silk or nylon is not very absorbant and also restricts air circulation. This can increase sweating in the genital area, which can cause irritation and may provide a more welcoming environment for infectious organisms.

Wearing cotton underwear or pantyhose that have a cotton crotch allow better air circulation and can decrease the amount of moisture in the area. For the above-mentioned reasons, you should also avoid wearing sweaty exercise clothing for prolonged periods. Not wearing underwear while sleeping will also allow more air circulation.

Those infections that may be spread by intimate or sexual contact may be prevented or minimized by practicing abstinence or using safer sexual behaviors, especially condom use.

All the above articles / blog posts are not the original contribution from author, please consider a opinion of qualified doctor, if you considering this. If you need a advice please contact Dr. Anil Joy email: [email protected]

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VASARISHTAM AND ITS PROPERTIES As a bronchodilator, expectorant and haemostatic,

VASARISHTAM AND ITS PROPERTIES
As a bronchodilator,
expectorant and haemostatic,
this classical formula is used
for various respiratory
disorders including bronchitis,
pharyngitis, bronchial asthma,
cough, pulmonary
tuberculosis and chest trauma.
Ingredients:
Jaggery, Malabar nut, Five flame
bush, Cardamom, Cinnamon,
Pogostemon, Indian ironwood,
Coleus, Camphor, Tailed pepper,
Ginger, Black pepper, Long pepper.
Recommended use:
1-2 Tbsp./15-30 ml. twice daily.