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Evaluation of Shothahara Mahakashaya of Charak Samhita: A Literary Review

Vimla Kumari*, Kamini Kaushal, Ashwini K Sharma, Rajesh Mishra, Meera Bhatt and Pradeep Soni

Department of Dravyaguna, MMM Govt. Ayurved College, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Vimla Kumari
PG Scholar
Department of Dravyaguna
M.M.M. Govt. Ayurved College, Udaipur
Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
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Received Date: August 01, 2017; Accepted Date: August 22, 2017; Published Date: August 28, 2017

Citation: Kumari V, Kaushal K, Sharma AK, Mishra R, Bhatt M, et al. (2017) Evaluation of Shothahara Mahakashaya of Charak Samhita: A Literary Review. J Tradit Med Clin Natur 6:236.

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Abstract

Shothahara mahakashaya denotes group of ten medicines, which act on Shotha roga. Shotha roga can be correlated with the term edema/Swelling of modern medicine. Shothahara Mahakashaya is the 38th gana of the 50 mahakashaya gana described in fourth chapter of Sutra sthan of Charak Samhita and includes patala, agnimantha, bilva, syonaka, kashmariya, kantakari, brihati, shalaparni, prishaniparni, goksura ten ingredients. These 10 plants are work together and give enhanced effect. They are also effective individually. These plants having Katu, Tikta, Kasaya Rasa, Ushna Virya, Katu Vipaka, Ruksha, Laghu Guna and Tridoshaghan (Mainly Vataghana) properties.

Keywords

Shothahara mahakashaya; Swelling; Dashamula; Ayurveda; Anti-edematous; Diuretic

Introduction

Shothahara mahakashaya, group of ten dravyas, which act on Shotha roga. Shotha roga can be correlated with the term Swelling/ edema of modern medicine [1-3]. In Ayurveda, various varities of Shothaare described. These include mainly three types as described by charakasamhita-Vataj shotha, Pittaj shotha, kaphaj shotha. Two types (Nija & Agantuja or Ekangaja, Sarvaja four Vattik, Pattik, Shlaismika & Agantuja, seven types Vattika, pattika, Shlaismika, Shanipataja, vata-pattika, vattashlaismika, pittashlaismika eight types Vattika, pattika, Shlaismika, Shanipataja, vatapattika, vattashlaismika, pittashlaismika, agantuja [4-6].

Samprapati

Bahya sira prapya yada kaphasrikapitani samdushayati.

Tairbadhamarga sa tada visharpatyutsedhalinga shawathum karoti.

(Charaka Samhita chikshasthan) [7-9].

Mentioned causative factors of shotha roga, kapha, asrik (Blood) and pitta enter the external vessels (Bahaya sira) and afflict vata dosha. As a result, the channel of circulation gets obstructed which spreads to the nearby areas, leading to shotha. Shotha is characterized by swelling (Tables 1-3).

S. No. Name Botanical Name Family English Name Useful Part
1. Patala Stereospermum suaveolens DC Bignoniaceae Rose flower fragrant Root bark, flower, seed, leaf, kshara
2 Agnimantha Clerodendrum phlomidis Linn. Verbenaceae Glory Bower Root bark, bark, panchang, leaves
3 Shyonaka Oroxylum  indicum Vent. Bignoniaceae Midnight horror, oroxylum, Indian trumpet flower Root bark
4 Bilva Aegle marmelos Corr. Rutaceae Bael tree Fruit, leaves, root
5 Gambhari Gmelina arborea Linn. Verbenaceae Kumil, White teak, Gamar Root, fruit, flower,  leaves
6 Kantkari Solanum surattense Burm./S. xanthocarpum  Schrad and Wendl Solanaceae Yellow berried night shade Whole plant, root,
7 Brihati Solanum indicum Linn. Solanaceae Poison berry, Indian night shade,, African Eggplant, Bush Tomato Root, fruit
8 Shalaparni Desmodium gangeticum  DC Leguminosae Sal leaved desmodium Whole plant, root
9 Prisnaparni Ureria picta Desv. Leguminosae Indian uraria Root
10 Gokshura Tribulus terrestris Linn. Zygophylaceae Land caltrops/Puncture vine/cow hage Root, fruit

Table 1: Shothahara Mahakshaya Dravyas [2-7].

S. No. Sanskrit Name Guna Rasa Virya Vipaka Dosha Karma Main karma
1 Patla Laghu, Rooksha Tikta, kashaya Ushna Katu Tridoshahara Shothahara,  mutral,
2 Agnimanth Laghu, Rooksha Tikta, Katu, Kashay, Madhur Ushna Katu Kaphavatahar Shothahara, vednasthapak
3 Syonaka Laghu, Rooksha Madhur, tikta, kashaya Ushna Katu Kaphavatahar Upashosan, mutral, shothahara
4 Bilv Laghu,Rooksha Kasaya,Tikta Ushna Katu Kaphavatahar Shothahara, Dipan, pachan
5 Gambhari Guru Tikta, Kasaya, Madhur Ushna Katu Tridoshahara Shothahara, mutral
6 Kantkari Laghu,Rooksha,Tikshna Katu, Tikta Ushna Katu Kaphavatahar Kashahar, mutral,
7 Brihati Laghu,Rooksha,Tikshna Katu,Tikta Ushna Katu Kaphavatahar Kashahar, mutral, hridroghara
8 Shalaparni guru, snigdha madhur, Tikta Ushna madhur Tridoshahara Angamardprashaman,  Shothahara, deepan
9 Prisnaparni laghu, snigdha madhur, Tikta Ushna madhur Tridoshahara Angamardprashaman,deepan
10 Gokshur Guru, Snigdha Madhur Sheeta Vatapittahara Mutravirechaniya
These 10 dravyas are considered as Dashamoola. Shothahara mahakashaya having Katu, Tikta, Kasaya Rasa, Ushna Virya, Katu Vipaka, Ruksha, Laghu Guna and Tridoshaghan (Mainly Vataghana) properties and with Ushna Virya and Katu Vipaka change sentence

Table 2: Properties and action.

S. No. Dravya  Name Chemical constitutes Extract/Active chemicals Mode of Action
1 Patla Flavonoids, terpenoids, saponin, stereolensin, Iridoid glycoside,  beta-sitosterol etc Ethanol extract of bark Its inhibition on histamine and 5-HT release at the site of inflammation or by blocking their action responsible for prostaglandin synthesis or by inhibiting prostaglandin synthesis through COX-2 inhibition mechanism
2 Agnimanth Beta-sitosterol, luteolin, alphelandrine, premnine, betulin, ganiarine etc. Chlorofom extract of aerial part, aqueous extract of root bark Inhibition of the synthesis of prostaglandins & other inflammatory mediators
3 Syonaka Baicalin, tetulin, oroxindin, aloe-emodin,chrysin, oroxylium A, p-coumaric acid, scutellarein-7-rutinosides, prunetin, beta-sitosterol etc. Ethanol Extract of Stem Bark Suppressed the activation of pro-inflammatory cytokines including NF-κB, TNFα, IL-1β, and IFNγ and the activity of cyclooxygenase enzymes
4 Bilv Root-Xanthotoxin, umbelliferone, marmesin, marmin, skimmin, etc. Root-three active compounds aegeline, skimmianine, and marmin Potently inhibited the histamine release from rat mast cells
5 Gambhari Beta-sitosterol, ceryl alcohol, gmelinol, butyric acid, tartaric acid, apigenin, arborone, ardorel, isoarborel, cutytyl ferulate, epieudesmin, gmelanore, etc. Aqueous and Methanolc extract of bark Inhibition of prostaglandin and other autocoids
6 Kantkari Beta-carotene, diosgenin, carpesterol, solasodine, solamargine, beta-solamargine, solasonine, solasodino-L-rhamnosyl-B-D-glucoside, solanocarpine,  tomatidienol etc. Methanolc Extract of Leaf Inhibitory effect on the release of active pain substance such as histamine, serotonin, polypeptides or prostaglandins
7 Brihati Carotene, solasonine, carpesterol, solanocarpone,  diosgenin,beta-sitosterol, lanosterol, solanine, solamargine, solasodine, vit-C etc. Methanolc extract of fruit Inhibition of pain substance like histamine, serotonin & inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins, inhibit of the cyclooxygenase pathway
8 Shalaparni Flavonoids , N,N-dimethyltryptamine, hypaphorine, hordenine, caudicine, gangetin-3H, gangetinin, desmodin etc. Ethanolic extract of leaves Flavonoids-anti-inflammatory effects through its inhibition of the cyclooxygenase pathway
9 Prisnaparni Flavonoids, steroids, triterpinoids, tannins, carbohydrate, Amino-acids, Methanolc Extract of aerial part Histamine,prostaglandins, kinin and pro-inflammatory cytokinins
10 Gokshur Root-campesterol, beta sitosterol,stigmasterol,neotigogenin Ethanolic extract of fruit Inhibited the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), suppressed the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines

Table 3: Shows chemical constitute pharmacological properties.

Sign and Symptoms of Shotha Rog

Ushma tatha syadwathuh siranamayam ityev ca poorvrupm.

Sgoravam syadanavsthitatvam sotsedhamoosmaatha siratanutavam.

Slomaharshaangavivarnata ca samanyalingam swathoh pradistam.

(Charaka Samhita chikshasthan 12/10-11)

Ushma-Increased temperature;

Davathu-Burning sensation;

Siranam Ayam-Dilation of the vessels of Locality;

Sa gauravam-Heaviness;

Anvasthitatvam-Instability;

Utseda-elevation;

Loma harsa-Horripilation;

Anga vivarnata-Discoloration of skin over the limbs [10-12].

Shothahara Mahakshaya Dravyas

Patlaagnimanthsyonakabilvakashmriyakantkarikabrihatishal-parniprishamanigokshuraiti dashemani swayathuharani bhawanti. (Charaka Samhita Sutrasthan 4)

Discussion

Dashmool reduces vitiated Tridosha; when there is a high Vata & it can be used as a tonic to strengthen the system, exhibits anti-oxidant, anti-cancer activity, strengthens the body and enhances the production of tissue. Dashmoola is used in Ayurveda texts for the following disorders- use ayurveda terms (Pyrexia (different types of fevers )), (acute and chronic asthma), (chronic cough), (hiccups), (cough), all types of vata disorders, pain disorders, epilepsy, heart diseases, renal disorders, all types of paralysis, ascites and all types of post-delivery complaints, tetanus aphrodisiac, infertility and in panchkarma treatments mainly Basti, ShiroDhara, Swedan Karma [13-19].

Conclusion

All the drugs are and having Alkaloids, Lignan, Flavanoid etc which, Help the reduce the edema. All the 10 drugs are having the quality to treat the shotha roga. Shothahara mahakashya helps re-establish normal physiological function in the affected tissues and organs.

Dosha karma (Effect on humors) specifies mainly vata dosha, normalizes kapha dosha.

Dhatu (Tissue effect)-Rasa, Mamsa, Asthi.

Organs effect-Nerves, Muscles, Bones, Joints.

Main Indication-Vata disorders.

Physician can select the best drug among these with the help of Yukti Pramana.

Shothahara mahakasaya every dravya though an ingredient of Dashmool, an anti-inflammatory formulation from Ayurveda, is not indicated in Ayurveda as a single drug formulation for internal use in treatment of inflammatory disorders.

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