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Kumar Sanjeev* Amit kumar**
Phd scholar, Department of Dravyaguna, I.M.S, B.H.U,Varanasi, India
M.D Scholar, Department of Dravyaguna, I.M.S, B.H.U,Varanasi, India
The Nighantus, Ayurvedic form of Materia Medica could help significantly in this direction. Numerous Nighantus have been written from the very beginning of Ayurvedic period to solve the hidden meanings of cryptic names of medicinal plants. It is believed that at the end of each samhita a Nighantu was there. Indisputably the third millennium is witnessing the worldwide changes in healthcare. Ayurvedic system of healthcare has gained good popularity. Ayurveda is a profound and comprehensive system of health care that originated in India. This system endeavors to rationalize the all phenomena governing empirical experiences with natural products in medicine. Ayurvedic medicare system has attained popularity at global level to replace the synthetic chemicals as they have shown less adverse reactions. Plants have been one of the important sources of medicines since the beginning of human cultivation. There is a growing demand for plant based medicines, health products, pharmaceuticals, food supplements, cosmetics etc. Mulethi used as mild laxative, anti‐arthritic, antiinflammatory,anti‐biotic, anti‐viral, anti‐ulcer, memory stimulant (being MAOinhibitor), anti‐tussive, aphrodisiac, anti‐mycotic, estrogenic, anti‐oxidant, anti‐caries agent, anti‐neoplastic, anti‐cholinergic, anti‐diuretic, hypolipidemic agent. In this work a Nighantu of Sushruta named Sausruta Nighantu and another by Vagbhata the Astanga Nighantu are discussed. The present work aims to discuss Mulethi in various Nighantus as manuscripts or just as evidence - in a chronological order.
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