Author(s): Mahajon Bidhan*, Nath Rupashri, R. Remadevi
There is a need to renovate Ayurveda into a dynamic, scientifically validated and evidence based which takes its heritage from rich knowledge base of oral practice and scriptures. A vast majority of prescription drugs used in the world contain compounds that are directly or indirectly, via semi-synthesis, derived from plants. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 % of the world’s population relies on traditional healing modalities and herbs. Chakradutta, the textbook of medicine, composed by Chakrapani Dutta, is the great source of such kind of healing modalities in Ayurveda. This book is one of the most reliable sources of clinical comprehension among Ayurvedic physicians throughout India. Numbers of single drug remedies are documented in this book. These are traditionally used by experienced and successful Ayurvedic physicians. In this study single herbal medication mentioned in Chakaradutta, based on easily available medicinal plants are scientifically studied out. Botanical sources of the respective medicinal plants along with their indications and mode of uses are tabulated. Available scientific data regarding the particular therapeutic uses are analysed. The study also suggests that scientific screening of these documented medicinal plants should be done in order to justify the textual references.