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A Scientific Approach Towards The Pharmacology Of "Guggulu"

Guggulu is the one of the most used and potent drug of Ayurveda , which literally means that ‘It protects body from those diseases which may otherwise decrease the strength of body’. Whole Ayurvedic science is based upon three dosas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha in which Vata is the main causative factor of most of diseases. Total eighty specific diseases (Nanatmak Vyadhis) are caused by only Vata which are more than the specific diseases totally caused by Pitta and Kapha ( Ch. Su.20 ) and Guggulu, alone or in combination, is most potent and important drug to fight against Vata disorders. Charak and Vagbhatta also prescribed Guggulu as a most important drug for Vata vaydhi and medoroga (obesity) “Guggulurmedoanilharanam”(A. S. Su. 13) “Medoanile gugguluh” (A. H. Ut. 40) Bhavprakash described total five varieties of Guggulu i.e. Mahishaksha, Mahanila, Kumuda, Padma and Hiranya. According to him only Hiranya guggulu is beneficial for human being. Now a days two types of guggulu are availabl…

Tagara -A Useful Herb For Insomnia

Tagara has an important place among medicinal herbs in Ayurveda. It is one of the herbs mentioned in all scriptures of Ayurveda. In Dhanvantri Nighantuand Bhavaprakasha its activity is cited on the central nervous system. Tagara is beneficial for the eyes, alleviates the diseases of the head, works as an anti- toxin, antiepileptic, useful in hysteria and also destroys the evil powers. This drug is very useful in the case of insomnia. Acharya Charaka has mentioned Tagara as ‘Shitaprashamana’ (relieves cold sensation on the skin) drug. Bhavaprakasha mentioned Tagar under ‘Karpooradi varga’.DescriptionEnglish Name-Indian ValerianLatin Name-Valeriana wallichiFamily-ValerianaceaeClassical Names-
TagarKutilaNataNahushaVakraMorphological Type-This is a slightly hairy perennial herb.Habitat-It is found abundant in Western Himalayas and is reported in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Indian Valerian is collected in Kashmir, Garhwal and other places of We…