A CRITICAL REVIEW ON POTTALI KALPA WITH RESPECT TO GANDHAKA PAKA VIDHI
Keywords:Rasa shastra, Pottali Kalpana, Gandhaka paka method
Rasashastra is one of the very important offshoots of Ayurveda, mainly deals with inorganic pharmaceutical preparations like metallic, non-metallic compound of Ayurvedic material medica. Mercury exhibits different therapeutic merits after undergoing Moorchana, with different pharmaceutical preparations such as Khalveeya Rasayana, Parpati Rasayana, Kupipakwa Rasayana and Pottali Rasayana. Pottali Rasayana is a specified pharmaceutical technique which is intended for a unique complex formulation after appropriate purification, processed or incinerated form of multiple ingredients, for better therapeutic efficacy. There are three types of method of preparation are mentioned in classics they are, Bhavana, Putapaka and Gandhaka Paka method. In Gandhaka Paka method when all ingredients brought into homogenous condition and kept in a complex form with suitable samskara, dose can be minimized with wide spectrum of therapeutic actions. In the pharmaceutical research studies of pottali it is observed that the weight of the pottali is relatively increased after the paka without much change in its organoleptic properties. Pottali Kalpana can be taken as most potent medicine which can be used in an emergency condition with least dose.
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