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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-40

Anti-arthritic natural medicine: Classical Ayurvedic and ethnomedical source

Department of Dravyaguna, IPGT and RA, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

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Reshmi Pushpan
Department of Dravyaguna, IPGT and RA, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar - 361 008, Gujarat
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Seers of Ayurveda recorded their clinical findings from drugs of vegetable, animal, and mineral origin. Ayurvedic therapeutics contains single, simple as well as poly-herbal formulations for the management of arthritic disorders such as Āmavāta, Vātarakta , and Sandhigatavāta0. In this paper, in addition to scientifically validated pharmacological studies, information about herbs from classical as well as ethno botanical sources are compiled, analyzed, and presented. Rāsnā (Pluchea lanceolata (DC) Oliv. and Hiern), Gudūcī (Tinospora cordifolia (Thunb.) Miers), Źunthi (Zingiber officinalis Roxb), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul (Stocks) Hook), Aśvagandhā (Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal), Śatāvarī (Asparagus racemosus Willd.), Balā (Sida cordifolia L.), Erandamūla (Ricinus communis L.), Punarnavā (Boerhavia diffusa L.) are a few prominent drugs in classical Ayurvedic literature recorded for joint disorders. Plants like Azadirachta indica A. Juss (seed oil and stem bark), Cardiospermum halicacabum L.(leaf) Drynaria quercifolia (rhizome), Hemidesmus indicus (L) R.Br, Dodonaea viscosa Jacq, and Leonotis nepetifolia (L.) R.Br were found to have multiple modes of administration for arthritis in ethno medicine.

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