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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-50

Extract versus whole drug usage


Assistant Professor, Department of Dravyaguna, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurveda College, Hospital and Research Centre, Salod (H), Wardha, India

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Supriya R Gokarn
Assistant Professor, Department of Dravyaguna, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurveda College, Hospital and Research Centre, Salod (H), Wardha
India
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Successful treatment depends on the choice of appropriate dose and dosage form. Presently advancement in technology has led to the extensive use of fractionate & isolates. Principles of extraction are seen in the classical dosage forms where a suitable homogenous medium was used based on the type of the drug. Drugs having water-soluble fraction are used as Kwatha, those having fat-soluble fractions are used as Ghruta/Taila and so on. Present day extracts are obtained by extracting herbal drug of certain particle size with suitable extraction medium. Drug action in Ayurveda is explained based on Rasa Panchaka, and each component plays a specific role, hence a chemically isolated derivative may not serve the purpose and will produce adverse effects. Isolation, fractionation are seen because of advancement in technology and research methods and can these be called Ayurvedic medicines is a question to be asked. Therefore, research works should be directed towards providing the use of whole drugs and find ways to potentiate the drugs as per principles of Ayurveda.


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