Author(s): Bhardwaj Vikas *, M Chetan, Sharma Pankaj, C Sahana
Karma is defined in Ayurveda as the effort to achieve something. Ayurvedic texts have delineated various pharmacological actions (Karma) of drugs, one is Lekhana. Lekhana Karma is the one which scrapes out the Dosha from the body. It is by and large employed in Kapha-Medo Dusti conditions. Drugs possessing Lekhana Karma are predominant of Agni and Vayu Mahabhuta, having Ruksha Guna. One of the diseases where Kapha-Medo Dusti takes place is Sthoulya which is described in the framework of Santarpanjanya Vyadhis. In Sthoulya, Srotovarodha occurs leading to malformation of Dhatus and to remove obstruction in Srotas, drugs having property of Lekhana can be employed. Lauha Bhasma which has the property of Lekhana, Guru Guna, Tikta-Kashaya Rasa and Sheeta Veerya can be employed in conditions of Sthoulya. Tikta and Kashaya Rasa do the Soshana of Kleda, Meda, Sweda, Mutra and Pureesha thus undertaking Karshana/Lekhana. The study was conducted to assess the Lekhana karma of Lauha Bhasma in Sthoulya based on the principle of Karma Siddhanta. Lauha Bhasma has significant effect in improving HDL, RBC, ESR, Ayathautsahaupachaya, Excess sweating, Dyspnea, reducing Snigdhata in Oshta and Pureesha because of Lekhana Karma.