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Author(s): Madhamshetty Hariprasad | Sawant Ranjeet S | Bhingare S. D

Journal: International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy
ISSN 2229-3566

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 363;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Ayurveda | Rasashastra | Hartala | Rasamanikya | ESCA

Hartala (Orpiment) is being in practice widely in Ayurvedic formulations in spite of its toxic nature. Rasamanikya is the drug prepared from only Hartala is proved to be much effective in various disorders like Vata-rakta (Gout), Kushtha (Skin disorders), Shwasa (Bronchial asthma), etc. This study was undertaken to understand the basic difference between these two forms of Arsenic. One is Hartala (As2S3) and Rasamanikya (As2S2). The study includes -1. Purification of Hartala (Orpiment) 2. Preparation of Rasamanikya. and 3. Comparison of purified Hartala and Rasamanikya. Hartala purified with help of Juice of Kushmand i.e. Benincasa hispida Linn. by dolayantra (process of steaming) Method. Rasamanikya prepared by four different methods and compared to get most standard product.On chemical analysis it was found that Arsenic percentage was highest in Rasamanikya prepared by electric bulb method and least when prepared in Abhraka patra samput. The percentage of Sulphur was found to be high when prepared in Abhrakapatra samput and least in Sharav Samput method. On comparing Purified Hartala and Rasamanikya it was found that there was reduction in bulk density, moisture content and ash value from purified Hartala to Rasamanikya. It shows that preparation of Rasamanikya from purified Hartala is its conversation in to easily absorbable and more potent form. On ESCA analysis it was found that there is no elemental arsenic present in both samples which is toxic in nature, but in the form of sulphide complex form.

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