A comprehensive review of Kakaradi gana and its significance in Rasashastra
Keywords:Ayurveda, Rasashastra, Kakaradi Gana, Kakarashtaka Gana, Rasaushadhi, Pathyapathya, Rasa sevana kala
Among various branches of Ayurveda, Rasashastra is an important branch known for its various formulations called as Rasaushadhi (Mineral or Herbo-mineral medicines). According to various classics of Ayurveda, some Pathyapathya (Wholesome and unwholesome diet / regime) are explained which should be followed during the Rasasevanakala (period of consuming Mercurial Preparation). The group of fruits and vegetables which are advocated as Apathya (unwholesome diet) during the Rasasevanakala is known as Kakaradi Gana. In some texts, eight number of such dravyas are mentioned and this group is known as Kakarashtaka Gana. The total number of drugs mentioned under the Kakaradi Gana in various classics are different. These Kakaradi gana drugs also has other utility in the Rasashastra other than unwholesome regime. Here an attempt has been made to compile the Kakaradi gana, Kakarashtaka gana with Probable rationale behind elucidation of these gana and significance of these ganas are also discussed here.
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