Arsenicals in Ayurveda – A Review through Brihatrayi

  • Shivanand Biradar PhD Scholar
  • Swapnil Y Chaudhary PhD Scholar
  • Galib R Assistant Professor
  • Prajapati P K Professor
Keywords: Arsenic, Ayurveda, Brihatrayi, Haratala, Manahshila, Somala

Abstract

Metals and minerals including heavy metals like mercury, lead and arsenic are most frequently utilized in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Use of arsenicals is an integral component in Ayurvedic therapeutics. In Ayurveda, arsenicals comprise Haratala (Arsenic trisulphide), Manahshila (Arsenic disulphide) and Somala (Arsenic trioxide). They were widely practiced for various therapeutic and non-therapeutic purposes by the seers in different pathological manifestations with great conviction. Classics of Brihatrayi, one of the scheduled books of Ayurveda also hold ample references of arsenicals in diseases like Hicca (hiccup), Shwasa (respiratory distress), Shotha (oedema), Visha (Poison) and Kushta (skin diseases) etc. In the current review, an attempt has been made to compile all such references of arsenicals referred in Brihatrayi.

Author Biographies

Shivanand Biradar, PhD Scholar
Dept of Rasa Shastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, IPGT & RA, Jamnagar
Swapnil Y Chaudhary, PhD Scholar
Dept of Rasa Shastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, IPGT & RA, Jamnagar
Galib R, Assistant Professor
Dept of Rasa Shastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, IPGT & RA, Jamnagar
Prajapati P K, Professor
Dept of Rasa Shastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, IPGT & RA, Jamnagar
Published
2015-06-25
Section
Review Articles