Extraction of Tuvaraka Beeja Taila

  • Ravindra Angadi
  • Shridhara Bairy
Keywords: Tuvaraka, Hydnocarpus pentandra (Buch.-Ham.), Tuvaraka beeja, Seeds of Hydnocarpus pentandra (Buch.-Ham.), Tuvaraka taila, Caulmoogra oil

Abstract

Tuvaraka (Hydnocarpus pentandra (Buch.-Ham.)) is one among the most trusted drugs from the treasure of Ayurveda. The oil extracted from the seeds of ‘pakwa tuvaraka phala’, commonly known as ‘chaulmoogra oil’ is mentioned as a potential healer for all types of kushtha roga - a group of skin diseases. Tuvaraka (Hydnocarpus pentandra (Buch.-Ham.)) widely grows in the Western Ghats. It is an evergreen deciduous tree, growing up to 15 meters or more in height. The method of oil extraction from dry seeds of Tuvaraka has well documented ‘classical’ references. Since ‘Tuvaraka taila’ is a potent healer of ‘kushtha roga’ (skin diseases) (Su. Ci. 13 / 19 - 34) and very less used in the therapeutic world of Ayurveda because of its ‘teekshna guna’ (strong inherent properties), the proper extraction of this oil from the seeds of ‘tuvaraka’ is essential to promote its therapeutic use.  In this article, the extraction of ‘Tuvaraka beeja taila’ (Su. Ci. 13 / 19 - 34) is elaborately documented and discussed.
Published
2014-05-09
Section
Research Articles