Pharmaceutical and preliminary phytochemical studies on herbal alkaline formulation Tilakshara
Govindasharma K, Basavaraj Y Ganti, Archana Pagad
Three types of substances namely Jangama (Animal products), Sthavara (Herbal drugs) and Parthiva (Minerals) are considered as basic raw materials in Ayurveda medicines. Using these ingredients innumerable permutations and combinations are possible. Further based on pharmaceutical processing techniques with an aim of making the medicines suitable for internal administration, various dosage forms are possible. Kshara Kalpana is one type of such dosage forms. The dosage forms which can be used to scrape the tissues or erode unwanted growths are termed as kshara. They can be of mrudu (mild potency) Madhyama (Moderately potent) and Teekshna (Potent) varieties based on potency. When used externally they are called as pratisaraneeya kshara and paneeya kshara when used internally. There are three, Five and Eight kshara enumerated based on groups of drugs having similar characteristics. Tila kshara is a herbal alkaline material prepared out of Tila (Sesamum indicum Linn.) In the present work, kshara was prepared from Tila (Sesamum indicum Linn.) as per standard methods. It was analysed for the quality standards. The outcome of the study was suggestive that the final product had an alkaline pH and supported the inclusion of Tila under ksharashtaka. Microscopic studies could generate reference standard for Tila kshara.