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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69-81

Anti-Oxidant Activity perspectives in Rasayana Karma

1 PhD scholar, Dept. of Dravyaguna, I.P.G.T.&R.A, Jamnagar, India
2 Prof & HOD, Dept. of Dravyaguna, I.P.G.T.&R.A, Jamnagar, India

Correspondence Address:
Sushama B Bhuvad
PhD scholar, Dept. of Dravyaguna, I.P.G.T.&R.A, Jamnagar
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Acharya Charaka stated about two types of medicine, one which promotes resistance to the body and another which cures the diseases. Rasayana and Vajikarana therapies play a key role in achieving these goals. The main aim of Rasayana therapy is to promote formation of Ojasa or resistance which in modern terminology can be called as promoting the strength of immune system. In the present study, review of the Rasayana drugs had been made from Rasayanachikitsa of Ayurveda classics. They are furnished on the basis of definition of Rasayana stated by Acharya Bhavamishra. There are total 158 herbal Rasayana drugs proven for their antioxidant activity and are categorized according to their actions. A total of 12 activities were found to be common in majority of drugs i.e. Vrishya, Chakshushya, Brihmana, Deepana, Pachana, Keshya, Swarya, Hridya, Balya, Medhya- Smritida and Jeevaniya. Some of the activities like Vrishya, Hridya, Medhya, Deepana and Pachana can be scientifically validated. But other activities like Chakshushya, Keshya, Swarya require proper scientific method of evaluation.

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