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CRITICAL REVIEW OF MALAHARA- A TOPICAL DOSAGE FORM

Dr. Anand Londhe* and Dr. Yoginee Patil

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Very wide range of topical formulations are described in texts of Ayurveda. Malahara Kalpana is one of them. Malahara Kalpana is very convenient form of topical application. Tracing its historical evolution, it is revealed that Rasatarangini (2000 A.D) describes this dosage forms in detail. Malahara Kalpana is modified dosage form of other topical dosage forms like lepa, upanaha etc. Evolution of Malahara as dosage form from other primitive topical dosage forms is needed to be elaborated. Malahara has advantage over other topical dosage in terms of shelf life and applicability. Evolution of Malahara Kalpana with Pharmaceutical preparation methods, Standardization parameters, probable pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics is tried to elaborate through this review article.

Keywords: Topical formulations from Ayurveda, Malahara Kalpana, Ointments, Standardization and mode of action of Malahara.


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