Aroma therapy in Ayurveda C oncept and Therapeutic applications . N.SRIKANTH ASSISTANT DIRECTOR CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH IN AYURVEDIC SCIENCES Department of AYUSH Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India. Start of process. Natural products Botanical Animal
CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH IN AYURVEDIC SCIENCES
Department of AYUSH
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Government of India
origins from India have initiated the scientific quest of Drugs since antiquity.
Susruta’s Approach: Reverse Pharmacology
Charaka’s Approach: Meticulous design & Emphasis on Reproducibility
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*Status and Role of AYUSH and Local Health Traditions Under National Rural Health Mission- Report of a Study; National Health Systems Resource Centre, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India New Delhi; 2010
WHO traditional medicine strategy 2002-2005. Document WHO/EDM/TRM/2002.
actions attributed to aromatic properties
can be traced from oldest Indian literatures like
Upanishads, epics, etc.
- For Vata Disorders : Guggulu
- For Pitta Disorders : Chandana
- For Kapha Disorders : Jatamamsi
e.g. Restoring consciousness of Lakshman is an example of application of aromatic nasal medicaments as narrated in Ramayana.
- therapeutic utility of essential oils
-pharmaceutical SOPs for preparations of distillates from aromatic plants for topical and internal use.
Aromatic Drugs may be Organic or Inorganic
Organic –Animal Origin
(Mud surrounding Lotus).
Select any E.O. as per the condition add 5 to 20 ml. of almond oil and use for massage, this is beneficial for massage of scalp and face but for other parts or whole body massage use ginger or coconut oil mixed with E.O.
Add 6-10 drops of selected E.O. to warm water in oil burner and light it, the generated vapors will give desired effects.
Add 2-3 drops of E.O. to a bowl of boiling water, cover your head and the bowl with towel, the vaporized steam will act through respiration.
Used for delicate aromatic herbs, leaves, flowers etc. Preparing an infusion is like making a cup of tea.
The boiled water poured over an herb or mixture of herbs,
it is covered to 10 to 15 minutes and then can be consuming.
This is used for tougher and more fibrous plant material. Instead of steeping in hot water, the plant material is boiled for a longer time to soften the hard woody material and release active constituents.
A tincture is an alcohol and water extract used when the plants active chemicals are not very soluble in water. The shelf-life of tinctures is more.
Dried aromatic plant material is covered in cool water and soaked overnight. The herb strained oil and the liquid is taken.
Poultices and compresses
To relieve local pain or overcome poultices and compresses are used.
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