POTTALI RASAYANA— THE EMERGENCY MEDICINE OF AYURVEDA W.S.R. TO HEMGARBH POTTALI
Pottali rasayana is an abandoned miraculous medicine which has its existence in ayurvedic classics, though it is the only emergency medicine described in ayurvedic texts. The pottali rasayana is one among the mercurial compound processed with the help of sulphur, the name pottali is given to this preparation, based on its compactness. i.e. the medicine of large magnitude is compacted into a small pottali like structure. The administration of pottali rasayana is also very unique as this is applied on the tongue after rubbing on a hard surface with the help of honey, ardraka or pan swaras . As its quick assimilation in the blood results in instant effect which proves its utility in emergency condition. During ancient time, it was used in sannipataj awastha like shock, comma or delirium as mentioned in Rasamritum.
Key words- Pottali rasayana, emergency, medicine, sulphur, sannipataj awastha, shock, coma
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Prof. Dattatreya Anant Kulkarni, Ras Ratna Samuccaya, 2006 edition, Meharchand lachhmandas publications, Delhi, verse 1/79, page no. 9
Ibid, verse 3/16, page no. 45
Ibid, verse 5/9, page no. 93
Ibid, verse 5/46, page no. 100
Sushrut, Ambika data shastri, Sushrut Samhita part-1, 13th edition, 2002, Chaukhambha publications, Delhi, verse no. Su.Ni. 5/32-33, page no. 251
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