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CONCEPT OF PITTASHAMANA EFFECT OF PATOLA: A REVIEW ARTICLE

*Dr. Sundartai Sanjivrao Narwade, Dr. Jyotsna V. Kulkarni and Dr. A. M. Ghotankar

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Ayurveda is a science of life. Its main aim is to prevention from diseases and cured from diseases. Prevention is better than cured is the basic aim of Ayurveda.[1] In Ayurveda there is description about Dravya guna Vigyana; in which there is description of various drugs, its properties, and its Rogaghanata, Karma etc. Patola is commonly known as ‘Pointed guard’ in local language. Pointed guard is a very ancient Ayurveda medicinal herb and vegetable. It is used since the time of Acharya Charaka and Sushruta, since 2000 years. It is very beneficial to improve gastric health. Its root, leaf and fruit are used in many Ayurveda medicines. Patola has been mentioned in various Ayurvedic texts in the treatment of such life style diseases. The medicinal plants show the presence of various chemical substances such as alkaloids, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, glycolides, volatile oils, fatty acids, and tannins that are responsible for treating various diseases. The plant is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Tannins, Saponins, alkaloids etc. Therefore all are helps in Shamana of Pitta dosha.

Keywords: Ayurveda, Patola, Pittashamaka effect.


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