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Importance of Murchhana Samskara in the Preparation of Medicated Oil – An Analytical Study

Pankaj Rai

Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Indian system of medicine i.e., Ayurveda is serving man kind since long. A wide range of dosage forms are available in Ayurveda that makes it more effective and popular. Snehakalpana (medicated oil/ oil preparations) are an important secondary dosage form described in Ayurvedic pharmaceutics and it has a broad range of medicinal uses in different medical conditions. For the preparation of medicated oil Tila Taila (Sesame oil) is generally used. Watery content in oil causes rancidity factors (amadosa) which is an important factor in the decomposition of fatty acids of oil leading to decrease in life span of medicines prepared with oil. Murchhana is a pretreatment process to remove rancidity factor (amadosha) and simultaneously enhancing therapeutic quality of medicine. In the present study, an attempt is made to authenticate the consequences of murchhana process for preparing medicated oil. The parameters like specific gravity, refractive index, acid value, saponification value, iodine value, peroxide value are analyzed to validate the importance of murchhana process. i.e., All the analytical values obtained are discussed in this paper.