Category Archives: Rasa Shastra

Mercury ban and Ayurveda

VARANASI: Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University, is worried that the ancient Ayurveda system of medicine may collapse if a global ban is imposed on the trade of mercury, considering only its harmfulness and without realising that the inorganic form and sulphides of mercury (rasa sindoor, which is proven harmless) have wider application in the preparation of Ayurvedic medicines.

Around 140 countries are supporting the ban on the trade of mercury due to environmental risks. India has no mines for the extraction of mercury. Mercury is imported for its industrial and medicinal uses. At present, the stock comes from Italy.

Anand Chaudhary of the department of rasa shashtra, faculty of Ayurveda, BHU, expressed concern over the decision of these countries under United Nations. On January 10, 2013, UN Environment Programme released its report ‘Mercury: Time to Act’. On January 21, Geneva hosted 140 countries to finalise this treaty.

Worried with it, scientists of BHU and Ayurvedic medicine manufacturers, academicians and researches from across the country are going to discuss the matter in BHU on April 20. “We will prepare the draft, evidences and research papers to support government of India to ask for a clause in the law for the Ayurvedic uses of mercury,” Chaudhary said. P 2

“Mercury has significant use in the preparation of rasaoushadhies (bio-mineral formulations). However, in the final product that we call the Ayurvedic medicine, mercury is never used in elemental, ionic or organic form. Its inorganic form is used, which is mostly sulphide. Many research papers have been published in this regard. Every metal, mineral and mercury used in rasa shastra as medicines are always in the inorganic compound form, which is well established and validated,” Chaudhary added.

Chaudhary is also part of projects of Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Prime Minister under a scientific initiation in Ayurveda (ASIA) programme, under project of rasa sindoor since 2006 and has also served department of Ayush, ministry of health and family welfare as subject expert (Rasa Shastra) in several committees since 2000.

Chaudhary said that the matter was even discussed in the World Ayurveda Congress held in Bhopal recently. The ministry of health and family welfare has written to the ministry of environment and forest to appeal for a clause in the complete ban on mercury by these countries, which would enable the preparation of rasaoushadhies.

The method of purification and calcination of mercury to make it harmless for use in medicines is around 1500 years old and is known only to India. “There are eight different processes under Sanskar, Sodhan and Maran through which the mercury has to under go before using it in medicines. The westerners are not aware of it. Although they have realised the medicinal values of mercury in 19th century but the researches failed because they use organic and chlorides of mercury which prove dangerous,” Chaudhary added.

“We also support the ban, accepting the harmfulness of mercury to the environment. But an exemption is required for the Ayurvedic medicines. Mercury can be dangerous to health and environment if used in vapour form, organic and other forms without undergoing various stages of purification. The mercury used wrongly can lead to severe damage to the DNA and neuron degeneration,” Chaudhary added.

Unavailability of mercury for medical uses will also lead to global loss. Notably, the export of Ayush products has increased from Rs 2887.01 crores in 2009-10 to Rs 3341.90 crores in 2010-11, showing an annual growth rate of 16 per cent, whereas it has increased to Rs 19,069.39 crores in 2011-12 with an annual growth rate of is 47 per cent. [source]




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  1. Ayurveda Atyayika Chikitsa
  2. Avenues for Research & updates in Ayurveda
  3. Opportunities & Obstacles in Ayurveda
  4. Unveiled Scientific Facts of Ayurveda
  5. Chikitsa Interpretation of Agni
  6. Clinical importance of Pittadhara Kala
  7. Ambrosia for Youthful Longevity
  8. Vajikarana & Sexology
  9. Rasaaushadhi In Geriatric / Aphrodisiac Practice
  10. Vajikarana – The Ancient Semen Farming, (Eugenics) / Sexology
  11. Application of Vajikarana & Rasayana in clinical practice -2009
  12. Science and technologies of Samsodhana karma
  13. Validation of Vasti for futurity
  14. Aushadha Sevana (Applied Medicinal Intake)
  15. Ayurveda Today for Managing Tomorrow
  16. Ayurveda Nutriceuticals in Genitourinary Tract disorders or Mirror
  17. Excellence of Rasaaushadhi In Ayurveda Practice1
  18. Excellence of Rasaaushadhi In Ayurveda Practice2
  19. Madhumeha (Diabetes) Management
  20. Impotency – A Birds Eye View
  22. Bhutagni in Liver 
  23. Impregnable mind in somatic pathology
  24. Management of Pranavaha srotas Diseases “Ayurvedic Pulmonology”
  25. Anaemia Control through Ayurveda
  26. Conceptual study of Mootravaha Srotas
  27. Beautake- A Symposia on cosmetology
  28. Gender Specific diseases of Ayurveda W.S.R. to Male Erectile Dysfunction
  29. Abhyanga – An external Oilation therapy – (MASSAGE)
  32. Vamana – A scientific approach
  33. Dhanyamla Bahiparimarjana
  34. Scenario of Panchakarma standardization
  35. Rakta Pittam
  36. Identifying and managing “Manyasthambha” (Cervical spondylarthritis)
  37. Uttara Vasti in Male – A scientific approach
  38. Moordhni Taila chikitsa
  39. Introduction to Kshudra Kusta (11) & Vicharchika with its management
  40. Terminology of Kayachikitsa
  42. Jara Shastra::A study of Dhatupaka
  43. Avrutavata and its Chikitsa
  44. Issues of Neuro ageing -Text
  45. Issues of Neuro ageing -PPT
  46. Encrypted Ayurveda to Decrypted Evidence-txt
  47. Phytonomy-Plant Anatomy
  48. Wow Breast Oh Bra 4 U
  49. Pumsavana – Choice of child 
  50. Clean off Madhumeha vis-à-vis Diabetes with Sadabahar  / Vinca rosea
  51. Queen of Herbs – ASPARAGUS (Shatavari) as Multi target Drug

Astrology – Jyotisham / Others

  1. Vaidya Jyotisham – AstroMedicine
  2. Quest for Key in Astro-Medicine
  3. Astrology Utility in Patient Care
  4. Result of Quest
  5. The Message form Water
  6. yoga templets 

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Amrita Chikitsa Vani – Jan 2009 – Feb2009

A progressive review of Sandhana kalpana (Biomedical fermentation): An advanced innovative dosage form of Ayurveda

Anand Chaudhary1, Neetu Singh1, Madhuri Dalvi2, Asmita Wele2

Sandhana kalpana (biomedical fermented formulations) are one of the best dosage forms of Ayurveda in practice since thousands of years. In order to prepare these medicaments, certain sets of conditions are prearranged, which lead to fermentation. Thus, products bequeath with self-generated ethyl alcohol, which potentiate these preparations (Asava–Arishta), pharmaceutically and therapeutically. Commonly, medicinal and commercial components of these formulations are prompting many researchers to contribute in manufacturing, quality control, safety, and efficacy of these formulations. To cope up with this, literature related to Asava–Arishta has been surveyed from the Vedic period to recent publications of Government of India, ie, Ayurvedic Formulary of India, and presented briefly here. In this review paper, we have discussed pioneering facts such as nature and amount of carbohydrate, type of containers, optimum temperature, variety and relevance of initiator of fermentation, manufacturing, regulatory rules, and business aspects of Asava-Arishta. After going through this basic information, any academician or researcher may show a way to further strengthen this dosage form. [Read more]

Critical review on the pharmaceutical vistas of Lauha Kalpas (Iron formulations)

Virupaksha Gupta K. L., Pallavi G.1, Patgiri B. J., Galib, Prajapati P. K.

Iron is one among the major metals present in the earth’s crust and is essential for sound sustenance of human body. Its deficiency leads to various health ailments. Contemporary medicine advises iron supplements in iron defi ciency anemia. Ayurvedic classics also quote signifi cant information about administration of iron. Lauha Kalpas are the unique compound herbo-mineral formulations where iron (Lauha) is used as a major ingredient. Relevant literature (Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Charaka Samhita, Rasendra Sara Samgraha etc.) reviewed to gather information about Lauha Kalpas. Critical analysis of these Lauha Kalpas reveals that ancient seers administered iron in a better acceptable form. Unlike popular understanding these are not only Khalviya preparations; but Churna (powders), Avaleha (confectionaries), Rasakriya (solidifi ed decoctions), and Putapaka (incinerated) form of preparations are also found. Apart from solid dosage forms, semisolid dosage forms
mentioned in classics are very much useful. Unfortunately most of the formulations are not found in the market. Hence Pharmaceutical fi rms may bring these unique dosage forms in to the market to supply the healthcare needs of the community. It is interesting that iron preparations are used in Ayurveda in different medical conditions apart from anemia (Pandu). This leaves a scope for further researches on different dosage forms of iron and their indications. [Read more]

NPST Parada test

Namburi phased spot test (NPST) laboratory is inaugurated in the department of Rasashastra, SJG Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, Koppal, Karnataka on 7th March 2012. Dr. B.S. Savadi, Principal initiated the first experiment of NPST Parada test in the presence of Dr. P.H.C. Murthy, Head of PG Dept. of Rasasashastra and other PG and UG staff with the blessings of H.H. Jagadguru Abhinava Gavisiddheshwara Maha Swamyji. The significance of the test is explained by Dr.PHC Murthy to the gathering and expressed this experiment would be propagated and practiced in all institutions, to check the authenticity of Rasa Preparations. The extended information can be obtained from Dr.PHC Murthy.(

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Anand Chaudhary
Associate Professor
Department of Rasa Shastra
Faculty of Ayurveda
Institute of Medical Sciences
Banaras Hindu University

Semisolid dosage forms


Routes of Drug Administration

Robert L. Copeland, Ph.D. Department of Pharmacology

Instrumental analysis in research

Presentation done by – Dr. M. Gopikrishna, Reader, PG Dept. of Rasashastra, SJG Ayurvedic Medical College, Koppal. email:


Pharmaceutical Processings in Ayurveda

Pharmaceutical Processings in Ayurveda and way out with core  by Anand Chaudhary, Associate Professor, Department of Rasa Shastra, Faculty of Ayurveda, Instituteof Medical Sciences, BanarasHinduUniversity, Varanasi-

  • Are the principles of herbal drug processing and mineral drug processing same ?
  • Are there any parameters to know the physical change in source material ?
  • What are the reasons for selection of particular process of particular drug ?
  • What is the basis of selection of particular drugs for particular formulations  ?

[Further reading] [slideshare-slide show]