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Abstract

ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY OF SIDDHA HERBO MINERAL FORMULATION OF RATHI NAGARA RASA MEZHUGU

Dr. Veerasivaraman M.*, Dr. Brunda S., Dr. Anbarasan B. and Dr. Rasakumar R.

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Siddha system of medicine is a renowned holistic system of traditional medicine emphasizing curative and preventative measures. The medicine used in Siddha are of plant origin, metals, minerals, and animal products. Most of the Siddha medicine has improvise the longevity of life through their anti–oxidant properties. The antioxidant activity of medicinal formulations and their roles in the prevention and treatment of various human chronic and degenerative diseases have attracted more and more attention. The drug “Rathi nagara rasa mezhugu” (RNM) is a herbo mineral formulation mentioned in the Siddha literature “Anuboga vaithya navaneetham part V” indicated for Penile cancer, Cervix cancer, Cervical adenitis, Leprosy, Syphilis, Rheumatoid Arthritis. Siddha system emphasis mainly on healthy long life by preventing ageing and degenerative disease with medicines having antioxidant activity. Even though this drug has been used based on traditional knowledge no scientific work has been done to evaluate the antioxidant properties of RNM based on various in vitro assays. The study results confirmed that the drug RNM has promising therapeutic antioxidant activity when compared with the standard drug. This research work can help for medical practitioners to use this herbo-mineral compound for the treatment of cancer.

Keywords: Rathi nagara rasa mezhugu, Anti-oxidant assay, DPPH, Siddha.


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