Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2015)
A questionnaire based survey study for the evaluation of knowledge on Gara visha (Artificial Toxins) among Ayurvedic practitioners of Kerala State, India
Author(s): Sharanesh T, Ittoop J Ancheril, Arun Raj GR, Thrijil Krishnan EM, Harikrishna Kamath S
Abstract: Background: Gara visha is a type of kritrima visha (artificial toxins) explained in Agadatantra (Ayurveda toxicology). The concept of Gara visha is the unique contribution of Ayurveda which has a wide application even today, but not explored yet to its full extent. Aim: To evaluate the knowledge on Gara visha (artificial toxins). Materials and Methods: The survey was carried out on the basis of Ayurveda literature regarding the various aspects and practice of Gara visha and analysed. This analysis was used to summarize the concept of Gara visha in the present scenario. The vaidyas (practitioners) selected for the collection of opinion were traditional practitioners from various parts of Kerala state, India. Also, those who were experts in Ayurvedic practice were also selected for the opinion regarding. In this study, opinion of some patients were also taken who were complaining of Gara visha, taking treatment at famous temples. A few astrologers were also approached to know about other aspects of Gara if any. Discussion and Conclusion: The concept of Gara Visha is still a debatable topic among all sects of people, irrespective of their field. Nobody is having a concrete opinion regarding deeper aspects of this concept. But one thing we can reap from this study is that it was a very prevalent custom in ancient India, practiced for various benefits by people. Today also this concept is prevalent in India and has a wider application in various forms and many people are facing lot of problems from it.
How to cite this article:
Sharanesh T, Ittoop J Ancheril, Arun Raj GR, Thrijil Krishnan EM, Harikrishna Kamath S. A questionnaire based survey study for the evaluation of knowledge on Gara visha (Artificial Toxins) among Ayurvedic practitioners of Kerala State, India. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 2015; 4(2): 188-191.