RASA-PANCHAKA: (Ayurvedic Principles of Drug-Action)

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Item Code: IDG226
Publisher: Chowkhamba Krishnadas Academy
Author: Dr. S. C. Dhyani
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 9788121801257
Pages: 162
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5"X5.5"
Weight 150 gm
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Book Description


Despite rapid advancing theories in modern pharmacology; much remains to be said about Drug versus Disease, pharmacokinestics, bio-transformation, selective affinity of drugs to a particular cell or system and so on. Ayurvedic pharmacological principles offer new fields of research and re-orient the basis of drug-therapy.

There is much similarity in the Ayurvedic and modern pharmacology. Various factors influence the drug-action at the molecular level and even though the exact mechanism of drug-action is not yet fully known to modern pharmacology, they explain it one the basis of ionisation, polarity, inter atomic distances, stearic structure and isomerism, which fairly correspond to Rasa, Vipaka, Guna, Veerya and Prabhava, respectively.




  Page No.
1. Introductory Considerations  
  Definition and scope of Dravya 5
  How the drug acts? 6
  Actions or Effects of Drugs 7
  Potency of Drugs 9
  Pharmacokintetics 11
  Site of action 13
  Route of administration 15
  Time of drug administration 17
  Mode of action 18
  Vriddhi and Kshaya 19
  Poshyabhava-Poshakabhava-Agni 21
  Local, General and Remote actions 22
  Elective Affinity of Drugs 23
  Results of Drug Therapy 24
  Drug Therapy 25
  Anupana (Vehicle) 30
2. Treat the man as a whole and Give the drug as a whole 32
  Treat the man as a whole 32
  Give the drug as a whole 37
3. Rasa Definition-Description-Determination 43
  Review of Literature 43
4. The origin of six Rasas Vis a Vis The origin of life 46
  i Cycle of the evolution of Rasas 48
  i Cycle of Rasas 48
  ii Cycle of Rasas 52
  iii Cycle of Rasas (Physiological Cycle) 52
  The importance of the Rasas 55
  Definition of Rasa 56
  The kinds or number of taste 56
  Specific characteristic of Six Rasas 61
  Amla Rasa 62
  Actions of Amla 62
  Lavana Rasa 63
  Katu Rasa 63
  Tikta Rasa 64
  Kashaya Rasa 64
  The mechanism of taste 65
  Problems 65
  Solutions to the problems 65
  Tables showing the Rasa of drugs 66
  Method to determine the Taste-threshold 68
  Classification of the intensity of taste 76
  Ecological effects on taste-threshold 86
5. Vipaka (Determination of digestion and metabolism of
  Definition of Vipaka 89
  Avasthapaka and Nisthapaka 89
  Kinds of Vipaka 90
  Trividha Vipaka 92
  Vipaka at the level of Agnis 94
  How to determine Vipaka 96
  Practical works and conclusions 97
6. Gunas (Qualities of drugs) 99
  Guna 101
  Definition of Guna 101
  Adhyatmika Gunas 101
  Gurvadi Gunas 102
  Paradi Gunas 102
  Visista Gunas 102
  Twenty Sharira gunas and Six types of Treatment 107
  Santarpana Treatment 107
  Apatarpana Treatment 107
7. Veerya (Potency of drugs) 110
  Definition and scope of Veerya 111
  Kinds of Veerya 112
  How to determine Veerya 114
  Some experimental studies on Veerya 118
8. Prabhava and Medicaments 123
9. Medicaments (Identification of drugs, assessment of their  
  properties & evaluation of their actions) 127
  Name and N. O. of drugs 129
  Controversy in Identification 131
  Physical and chemical properties 131
  Therapeutic actions 132
  Habitat 135
  Method of preservation 136
  Pharmaceutical processing of it's preparation 136
  Dosage 136
  Clinical trials and results 137
  Trials on healthy volunteers and patients 138
  Gorakhaganja (Avera lanata) 140
  When a drug is given, a risk is taken 141
10. Alphabetic list of drugs and their parts used 144


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