Role of Mahishi Navaneeta and Madhuchista as a base for healing fissures of the feet w.s.r to Malahara Kalpana
In Ayurveda, Chikitsa is grouped under Bahir Parimarjana, Antah Parimarjana and Shastra Pranidhan. Bahirparimarjana Chikitsa includes different formulations like Lepa, Upanaha, Malahara etc. “Lepa and Malahara” are meant for the external application to the skin. These Lepas and Malaharas have the property of Snehana (oelation), Shodhana (cleansing), Ropana (healing), Lekhana (scraping) and Varnya (beautifying), depending on the drugs used in the preparation. Lakshanas of Padadari includes Padayo Kurute Dari (Fissure), Saruja (Pain), Rukshata of Pada (Dryness). In the contemporary science the treatment of cracked foot are Keratolytics (salicylic acid), paraffin, petroleum gel etc. These medicaments give a temporary relief and fail to minimize the reoccurrence. Bee wax is used for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes in Ayurveda. Mainly used for external applications. Mahishi Navaneeta has rich content of fat compared to any other Navaneeta. Mahishi Navaneeta and Madhuchista as base ingredients make a good emollient ointment. Therapeutically, this Malahara base helps in healing the cracks by its Vrana Ropana, Dahahara, Komalakara property reducing pain and swelling and thus prevents further cracking. Cosmetically it softens the feet and prevents from further roughening and cracking. So, it renders both therapeutic efficacy and cosmetic property.
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