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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 230-236

Unique methods of Swarasa (Juice) extraction in Ayurveda


1 MD (Ayu), Ph.D. Scholar, Dept. of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, I.P.G.T. & R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India
2 Asst. Prof, Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, Shree Swaminarayan Ayurvedic College, Kalol, India
3 Asst. Prof, Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, I.P.G.T. and R.A, Jamnagar, India
4 Professor and Head, Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, I.P.G.T. & R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India
5 Professor and Head, Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, AIIA, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
R K Shingadiya
MD (Ayu), Ph.D. Scholar, Dept. of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, I.P.G.T. & R.A., Gujarat AyurvedUniversity, Jamnagar
India
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In Ayurvedic pharmaceutics and therapeutics, Swarasa (extracted juice) is described as primary and most potent dosage form. In present scenario, only two or three methods are known and used for extraction of Swarasa. In Ayurvedic classics, there are many innovative methods of Swarasa extraction which is needed to be explored and to be disseminated for better pharmaceutical and therapeutic development of Ayurveda. Possible references regarding methods of Swarasa were compiled from basic Ayurvedic text books and their available commentaries. More than twelve different methods were found in classics for Swarasa according to the nature of material, different parts and form (dry or wet) of the herbs. These methods significantly differ from each other in pharmaceutical processing thus may have different probable biological effects. Hence, juice extracted from same drug with different methods may significantly differ in term of its composition, properties and ultimately pharmaco-therapeutic utility. Present work reflects a great need of scientific inquiry into poorly explored area ofAyurvedic pharmaceutico-therapeutics


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