Shodhana of Gandhaka (Sulphur) with Bhringaraj (Eclipta Alba) and Goghruta (Cow’s Ghee)
Diware Chinmay Gopalrao
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
According to the Indian alchemy (Rasashastra) literature, Gandhaka has been included in Uparasa category. It is the next drug after Mercury in terms of importance. In Indian medicine it has been used both externally and internally. Even today it is being used for its antimicrobial activity. In Ayurveda Gandhaka is used after the Shodhan (Purification) process. In the present study chemical analysis of Gandhaka was done after its purification in Bhringaraj Swaras. Ayurvedic texts suggest that after the purification process, physical appearance of Gandhaka changes. The purification process mentioned in Rasashastra not only removes the impurity of Gandhaka but also increases its therapeutic activity for internal and external uses without producing any harmful effects.