“AGATHIYAR KUZHAMBU”- NOT ONLY A PURGATIVE- AN OVERVIEWAbstract
The Siddha System of Medicine is one of the most ancient traditional medical systems was popular in the ancient Southern part of India. In this system, the herbals, metals, minerals and animal products have been used to prepare the medicines for treating diverse illness. Siddha medicines are divided into inner drug treatments and external drug treatments. Agathiyar Kuzhambu is one among the 32 internal medicines contains 11 ingredients which has a vast area of indications. Agathiyar kuzhambu is mainly used as purgative medicine. But its action changes widely based on the adjuvant or vehicles used along with it. Being an internal medicine, it not only shows its action internally but also externally. Its external applications sometimes act surprisingly and effectively which gives evidence for its therapeutic action mentioned in the literature. This review describes the phytochemicals and medicinal uses of the part of each ingredient used in this formulation. Ingredients of the formulation and their pharmacological action in various research studies are discussed in this review.
S. D. Muralidass * and M. S. Shree-Devi
Siddha Central Research Institute, CCRS, Arumbakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
25 August 2018
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