AN INSIGHT INTO THE APPLICABILITY OF THE STANDARDIZATION FOR PANCHAKARMA PROCEDURES
Dr. Nitin V.*, Dr. Ananta S. Desai and Dr. Ahalya Sharma
Panchakarma, a comprehensive, and an integral part of Ayurvedic treatment and has its role in every therapeutic condition. Due to its long lasting and radical relief of chronic diseases, it is now developing globally. If Panchakarma therapy is not used in proper dose, in recommended indications and with proper environment, it may lead to hazardous effects. To avoid these effects, scholars have advocated many subjective parameters and few objective parameters. But they need to be standardized for the effective application in current practice.
Panchakarma therapy should be carried out only by an expert person to provide better therapeutic efficacy and to avoid complications. Whether there is a need for standardizing (in terms of the dosage schedule, exact procedures, medicaments and effects) the classical panchakarma procedure in consideration of today’s panchakarma practice is what to be thought, discussed and implemented. To standardize something is to make it fit a certain guideline or requirement. Standardization is a method which confirms or ensures validity of adopted procedure or formulation or mechanism in a view to average out, equalize, homogenize & systematize a standard, or to bring into conformity with a standard especially in order to assure consistency and regularity. In today’s modern era standardization has gained great importance. Efforts are being made to standardize everything in each field. Ayurveda is also not an exception for that. In Panchakarma various researches are going on for standardization of equipments, procedure and aushadhi matra used in different karma etc. Taking an example of the aushadhi matra, it is usually decided taking into consideration the agni bala, aatura bala and vyadhi bala, vyadhi avastha, vaya, prakruti, etc. Ayurveda has described matra as Prasruta for Basti, Prastha for Raktamokshana, Bindu for Nasya, Angulee pramana for the measurement of various body parts, Anjalee pramana for measuring quantity of body fluids, etc.
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