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Informative Article | Ayurveda | India | Volume 12 Issue 2, February 2023
Importance of Rasaushadhies in Ayurveda
Dr. Satyarthee Shyam | Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh
Abstract: The word Rasa-aushadhies is basically used for "Preparations of Mercury". But, Rasa-aushadhies refer all herbo-mineral or metal formulations used for preventive as well as therapeutic purpose. Methods of manufacturing and preventive & therapeutic use of Rasa-aushadhies are studied in Rasa Shastra. Rasa Shastra is one of the Pharmaceutical & Clinical Sciences of Ayurveda developed in medieval India. Treatment with Rasa-aushadhies is known as Rasa Chikitsa and Physicians using 'Rasa-aushadhies' in the management of disease are called 'Rasa Vaidya'. Due to use of Rasa-aushadhies, Rasa Vaidyas are supposed to be superior to their professional counterpart using surgical procedures and plant drugs for treating disease. Now-a-days, many Rasa-aushadhies are considered as Nano-Medicine due to its Nano size & specific properties proved by modern scientists. The prime objective of Rasa-aushadhies to provide safe, effective and quality treatment. Rasaushadhies are herbo-minerals/metals Ayurvedic medicine in different doses form as Mercurial Rasaushadhies like Khalva Raskalp, Parpati Raskalp, Kupi Pakva Raskalp, Potali Raskalp and Non-mercurial Rasaushadhies like Dhatu Bhasmas, Satva, Pisti. The processes involved in manufacture of Rasaushadhies are Shodhan, Marana, Jarana, Amaritikarana, Lohitikarana, Bhasma Priksha, Bhavana etc. Rasa-aushadhies in Ayurveda keep very important place due to its quicker action, patability, easy to administration, bioassailable, gently absorbable, adaptable and digestible in body, enhancement of action of other ingredients of formulation, able to treatment of complex diseases, able to do symptomatic treatment, non-toxic, more shelf life, more effective and lesser therapeutic dose as compare to any other formulation of Ayurvedic aushadhi. Rasa-aushadhies being most efficacious drug in Ayurveda but due to lack of sufficient information in modern research scenarios are less acceptable on global platform. Therefore, more and more researches should be done to prove its actual importance regarding welfare of mankind.
Keywords: Ayurveda, Rasa Shastra, Rasa-aushadhi
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 2, February 2023,
Pages: 865 - 868