KAMAL IN THE MANEGEMENT OF RAKTAPITTA :A REVIEW

Vd. Vedanti A Kulkarni, Vd. Kamal S. Naik

Abstract


Kamal (Nelumbo nucifera) the National flower of India is a well-known traditional medicinal plant which is also known as sacred lotus. Each and every part of Kamala is reported to have therapeutic uses. Kamala is mentioned in various diseases in various forms and formulations. Kamal traditionally used to treat diarrhoea, cholera, fever, hepatopathy, hyperdipsia,promoting conception,improving the skin condition,urinary problems,hypertion and many bleeding disorder. In Ayurveda,Charakacharya described use of Kamala in Raktapitta chikitsa. Charakacharya says observations,handling, contact of Kamala flower is useful in Rakatpitta also visiting lakes and ponds of Kamala will be helpful in Raktapitta 1 . If just observation or contact of Kamala is said to be helpful in the management of raktajvikara then there is need to study Kamala with reference to bleeding disorder i.e.Raktapitta. Classically mentioned Raktapitta resembles nearly with bleeding phathologies. Aggravated Pitta, due to its ushnata and dravata further affect Rakta and vitiate Rakta. This vitiated and increased Rakta along with Pitta cause Raktapitta. 2 It further shows symptoms like epistaxis,peptic ulcers, esophageal varices, bleeding in small intestine or colon etc. Kamala by its attributes works on Raktapitta. It balances the vitiated Pitta and Rakta which in turn helps in avoiding further etiology. 3 Hence review of literature of Kamala with reference to Raktapitta is mentioned in this article.


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Nelumbo nucifera, Raktapitta

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