SIGNIFICANCE OF KNOWLEDGE REGARDING “KOSHTHA” IN PANCHAKARMA
The Koshtha is very important matter in study of Ayurveda especially in Panchakarma. Koshtha has three types - Mridu, Madhyama and Krura on the bases of dominant Dosha in person and effect of some specific Ahara and Vihara after consuming it. After Koshtha examination, physician gets knowledge about predominant Dosha and makes judgement for line of treatment, advice regarding do and don’ts. Appropriate diet can be decided as diet is supposed to be one of the lines of treatment. Since 5 cleaning procedures are inevitable in case of vitiation of Dosha and Snehana is inevitable preoperative procedure before performing cleaning ones. For Snehana which unctuous material should be used is decided by Koshtha examination. Also dose and drug of choice of emetics and purgatives can be decided by it.
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