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Panda A.K.,Regional Research Institute Ayurveda | Panda A.K.,Sri Jayendra Saraswati Ayurveda College
Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources

Zinc is a trace element and plays a vital role in all physiological processes in humans. It has been introduced as a drug in the prevention and treatments of diseases since last two decades. The Ayurvedic physicians have practiced both oral and topical applications of zinc after sodhana (purification) and marana (calcification) before 14th century A.D. Rasaka or Kharpara (zinc ore or zinc carbonate), Yasada (zinc metal), Puspanjana (zinc oxide) and Pittala (brass) are zinc-containing minerals used as therapeutic agents in Ayurveda. Rasaka or Kharpara are found in most (20 i.e. 66.66%) of the formulations, Yasada (zinc metal) in 5 (16.66%), Pittala (brass) in 4 (13.33%) and Puspanjana (zinc oxide) is used in one formulation. Therapeutic uses of zinc in Ayurveda and modern system of medicine have been discussed in this paper. © 2014, National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR). All rights reserved. Source

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