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Pharmaceutical Review of Gandhak Shodhan and Comparative Physico-chemical analyses of Ashodhit and Shodhit Gandhak

Neelam Choudhary

Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Rasashastra is most important and popular branch of Ayurveda related to Herbo-mineral (Rasaushadhis) preparation techniques with their therapeutic uses. Gandhak (Sulphur) is most important drug in Rasashastra , used largely to prepare kajjali, many bhasma, Kupipakwa, Pottalli, Parpati kalpa which are most selling drugs and effective within smallest dose of 125- 250 mg. Ashodhit Gandhak contains impurities and causes disorders in body, Gandhak should be used in Shodhit form. It indicates that requirement of Shodhit Gandhak is of large quantity, so if we can lower the production cost of Shodhit Gandhak then above preparations will be affordable to large populations. Among the Rasashastra classical texts, Ayurved Prakash and Rasayansar have mentioned different quantities of Goghrita for Gandhak Shodhan using same Dhalan method. Change in materials quantity during Shodhan process may affect whole process and structural changes in drug. In the present study, Gandhak Shodhan has been done according to Ayurved Prakash and organoleptic and physico-chemical properties of Ashodhit and Shodhit Gandhak have been compared.