SHAKA DRAVYA AS NUTRACEUTICALS – AN OVERVIEW
Keywords:Nutraceutical, Shaka Varga, Bhavprakasha Nighantu
The word Nutraceutical is made up of two words – Nutrition and Pharmaceuticals. Nutraceuticals refers to foods having a medicinal effect on health of human beings. The need of herbal medicine is increasing day-by-day owing to the side effects of modern medicine. With the modernized, competitive and stressful conditions, all types of diseases are having a field day. Allopathic cure is available for most of the diseases but they are not cost-effective and associated with a variety of side effects. Therefore, many people are inclining towards change in lifestyle and use of herbal products. These products may range from processed foods, dietary supplements, genetically engineered foods, etc. Aims & objectives: To explore the various kind of Dravya mentioned in Shaka Varga of Bhavprakasha Nighantu. To explore the application of these Dravya in Nutraceuticals. Material and methods: Detailed review from Ayurvedic texts, modern and Ayurved research articles. Result: Dravyas mentioned in Shaka Varga of Raja Nighantu can be used as different Nutraceutical products. Conclusion: Several different Nutraceutical products can be made out of these Dravyas mentioned in Shaka Varga. These products can be beneficial in preventing and control of disease condition.
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