Critical Review of Shwasakuthara Rasa â€“ A Herbomineral Formulation
Keywords:Khalveeya Rasayana, Maricha (Piper nigrum L, ) Shwasakuthara rasa.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Shwasakuthara Rasa (SKR) is a well known herbo-mineral formulation indicated in all kinds of Shwasa and Kasa. It is a Khalveeya Rasayana. In different classics SKR has been present with different composition. Aims and Objectives: In current attempt all references were compiled and studied in terms of their composition, method of preparation, dose, adjuvants and indications and contribution of various texts regarding these formulations. Materials and Methods: References of SKR were collected from various available classical texts, some dissertations, and articles from various journals were also reviewed in this attempt. Results: Shwasakuthara Rasa, Prathama Shwasakuthara Rasa, Dwiteeya Shwasakuthara Rasa, Maha Shwasakuthara Rasa, Bruhat Shwasakuthara Rasa, Shwasari Rasa are the different names given to it. In all these formulations the ingredients remains the same, but the quantity of Maricha varies from one part to ten parts and Pippali, Shunti varies from one part to six parts each. Conclusion: SKR is first time mentioned in Rasendra Sara Sangraha of 15th century AD. Shwasakuthara Rasa is the name given in maximum texts which is Sagandha, Niragni Khalveeya rasa yoga having Maricha as a chief ingredient in maximum references.
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