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Abstract

LITERATURE REVIEW OF LAKSHA (LACCIFER LACCA)

Dr. Chetana Chaudhari* and Dr. Indira Ujagare

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Laksha (Laccifer lacca) is a widely used drug in different formulations of Ayurveda as well as Unani. Laksha was first mentioned Rigveda for having healing properties. It is also well described in Atharvaveda. More than hundred formulations and divided uses of laksha are described in Bruhat trayi. Various therapeutic indications of Laksha are mentioned in Samhitas and Nighantus. Laksha was mentioned not only in ayurvedic literature, but also in puranas, Vedas as well as in Chinese literature, Unani literature, Greeco Roman literature, etc. The present article highlights the ayurvedic description of Laksha.

Keywords: Laksha, Lakh, Laccifer lacca.


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