A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF NIRMALI PLANT IN SAMHITA AND CHIKITSA GRANTH
Keywords:Nirmali, Medicinal plant, Dushit Jala, Prameh, Mutrakrach, Mutrasmari
Nirmali (Strychnos potatorum Linn, Family Loganiaceae) is a well-known medicinal plant. Seeds of Nirmali (katak) has been used for the purification of dushit Jala (Unpurified water) in various ancient Ayurvedic text i.e in Samhita and Chikitsa Grantha. According to Acharya Susruta katak is mentioned in sapta Jala prasadan dravya in Dravdravya vidhi adhyay of sutra sthana. Another synonyms of katak i.e Ambuprasadanaphala, Toyaprasadana, payahprasadi, jal nirmalta karak describes its water purifying properties. Different therapeutic uses of katak plant has been mentioned in our Ayurvedic text i.e.Prameh (Diabetes), Mutrakrach (Dysuria), Mutrashmari (Urinary Stones),Trishna (Thirst), Sarkarameh ,Vrischikvish (Scorpion poisoning). This review article of Nirmali (katak) plant is going to provide brief information about its ancient view.
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