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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 211-216

The Role of Media in the Preparation of Vanga Bhasma


1 Lecturer in Rasashastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana , J. S. Ayurveda College, Nadiad, India
2 Reader, Department of R.S.& B.K.including Drug Research, I.P.G.T. & R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India
3 Head -Pharmacology Laboratory, I.P.G.T. & R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India
4 Professor & Head, Department of R.S.& B.K. including Drug Research, I.P.G.T. & R.A., Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, India

Correspondence Address:
Jalpa H Jani
Lecturer in Rasashastra & Bhaishajya Kalpana , J. S. Ayurveda College, Nadiad
India
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Vanga Bhasma is one of the renowned Ayurvedic metallic preparations commonly prescribed by the physicians; mostly in Prameha Roga (Urinary diseases). For its preparation, several media (Marana Dravya) and methods are recommended in Rasashastra texts, most of them are utilizing herbs as a media. Total 80 different methods are found described in classics for the preparation of Vanga Bhasma, out of which two methods are adopted for comparison through this present study. One of them was prepared through Jarana (combustion with herbs) and Marana (incineration), the application of heat by means of Upala (dry cow dung cakes) following the reference of Rasamritam (3/88-94) which is in common practice now a days. Another method is very unusual, in which application of heat was given by Vastraputa (heating by burning of cloths) without Jarana, as per the reference of Rasa Ratna Sammuchchaya (5/162). Though the second method found suitable for easy preparation but it is not useful for large scale manufacture. VMD of the Vastraputa Vanga Bhasma was 37.2 μm found which is larger than Vanga Bhasma (15.7 ΅m) prepared by Puta Method. For both the Bhasma XRD shows major phase as SnO2


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