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Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 7, Special Issue 3 (2018)

Potential antimicrobial agents of Charakokta Mahakashaya – A review

Author(s):

Anjani S Pai, Divya BS, Poornima B, Gururaj Jahagirdar and Jagadeesh K

Abstract:
Acharya Charaka has classified the dravya as per pharmacological actions into 50 mahakashayas (50 groups of dravyas) of 10 herbs each with a particular action. These 50 mahakasaya serves as a ready reckon for the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Out of these 50 mahakashaya Krimighna mahakashaya is the 15th mahakashaya. The name of dravya mentioned in this mahakashaya are Aksheeva, Maricha, Gandeera, Kebuka, Vidanga, Nirgundi, Kinihi, Swandanstra, Vrishparnika and Akhuparnika. Current researches also supported the krimighna action of these ten drugs as all these drugs have antibacterial, anthelmintic, antiprotozoal activity. They should be used singly or in combined form in different pharmaceutical forms. Among all the Krimighna dravyas described in Krimighna mahakasaya of Charaka Samhita, maximum drugs have katu and tikta rasa and most of the drug have ushna veerya (potency). It can also be said that the drugs having above qualities removes kleda, reduces kapha and do srotoshodana. In this paper an effort has been made to highlight the current researches of these herbs and establish their therapeutic activity.

Pages: 422-424  |  2942 Views  973 Downloads

How to cite this article:
Anjani S Pai, Divya BS, Poornima B, Gururaj Jahagirdar and Jagadeesh K. Potential antimicrobial agents of Charakokta Mahakashaya – A review. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2018;7(3S):422-424.

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