LOOKING FROM PAST TO PRESENT- CHAKSHUSHYA DRUGS IN BHAVAPRAKSHA NIGHANTU AND RESEARCH DONE ON THEMAbstract
Bhavaprakasha is unique in the sense that it shows the slow amalgamation of traditional Indian materiamedica with several new additions which came to the Indian subcontinent through trade and exchanges with foreign civilizations. The Nighantuportion of Bhavaprakasha is an excellent repertoire of herbs and minerals used in Ayurveda. Several plants with properties related to augmentation of ocular function like chakshushya, and to the treatment of eye diseases are mentioned in Bhavaprakashanighantu. Many of these drugs have been subjected to various biomedical in-vitro and in-vivo studies globally over the past decades. They hold the promise of being new therapeutic agents against various ocular diseases like cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, which have no efficient treatment options in existence at the moment. There are more drugs yet to be studied upon. This article is a review of drugs with pharmacological properties related to ocular function or management of eye diseases described in Bhavaprakasha Nighantu and the modern scientific research done on them in recent times.
A. V. Nair * and K. Sreekumar
Department of Shalakyatantra, Government Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.
24 May 2020
01 February 2021
13 June 2021
01 July 2021