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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 176-179

Safety aspect of metallic drugs

1 PG Scholar, Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, MGACHRC, salod (H), Wardha (M.S.), India
2 Asst. Professor, Devision of Ayurveda, CIMR, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
3 Prof. Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College Hospital & Research Center, Salod(H), Wardha, India

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Shailendradatta Mishra
PG Scholar, Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, MGACHRC, salod (H), Wardha (M.S.), India
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In recent past there is cry to ban trade of Mercury and its gradual phase out by year 2020. Ayurveda community as ban on trade of Mercury will have a devastating effect on Ayurveda. Of late, doubts have been raised as to their utility and suitability as medicine. However, we also feel that it is mandatory to test raw materials used in Ayurvedic preparation for the presence of various toxic materials including heavy metal content. In the recent past several western research groups have high lightened pitfalls reporting the prevalence and concentration of heavy metals in Ayurvedic herbo-mineral preparations. In Ayurvedic system of medicine the formulations prepared with minerals are called as herbo-mineral preparations or Bhasmas in traditional. Bhasmas (incinerated metallic- mineral preparations) are in fact products of classical alchemy-inorganic compounds of certain metals and gems in a very fine powdered form, mostly oxides, made in elaborate calcinations processes perfected several centuries ago. In view of such ambiguity and the risk attendant to their inconsiderate use, there is an urgent need to study safety profile of metallic preparations and to elaborate factors affecting safety of such preparation. Some of the preparations are proved safe to use eg: Rasasindoor, Makardhawaj, Kajjali, Parpati etc. Hence factors related with drug absorption, metabolism and excretion in both Ayurvedic and Modern view have their unique importance in assuring safety and efficacy. In present work attempt has been made to present safety aspect of metallic drugs with special reference to previously mentioned factors.

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