AN APPRAISAL OF KSHARA KALPANA
Tamaka Shvasa is described as a most difficult to cure (Yapya) among all diseases in Ayurveda. In present study Tamaka Shvasa is correlated with Bronchial Asthma because of its symptomatology is much similar with Tamaka Shvasa. In modern medical science, steroids and bronchodilators are mainly used for its management, but they cause certain side effects. Present study was undertaken to provide safe and effective remedy for Tamaka Shvasa through Ayurvedic medicaments. Shirishadi tablet was given as internal medicine for 30 days. Upto 60% relief was found in signs and symptoms of Tamaka Shvasa. Ayurveda describes various dosage forms for the administration of the medicament in human body. These dosage forms are denoted by the term Kalpana. Many Kalpana have been described in the classical texts along with five basic Kalpana. One such Kalpana is Kshara Kalpana. The utility of Kshara is mainly seen in the field of Shalya Tantra where it is used in the management of the cases of Arsha, Bhagandara, Nadi Vrana etc. but at the same instance it also provides fruitful results in the cases of Shwasa, Mootrakrichha etc. Kshara proves its utility in the processing of Parada whereby it acts as a Vida and makes the processing of Parada easy. Due importance has been given to Kshara preparation in most of the classics but at the same moment, we find differences in the various methods mentioned for the preparation. Hence an attempt has been made to compile the various references available in the classical texts and to justify their probable use in the present paper.
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