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A TRADITIONAL THERAPEUTIC REVIEW OF PIPPALI (PIPER LONGUM) AND ITS ROOT IN CLASSICAL AYURVEDIC TEXTS

Dr. Shalu Sharma*

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Acharya Charaka described it frquently in Dipaniya Mahakashaya, Kanthaya Mahakashaya, Sula prashaman Mahakashaya, Kasahara Mahakashaya, Hikkanigrahan Mahakashaya. Charaka used Pippali in various Rasayana formulations and seeing its importance used single herb as a formulation such as Pippali Rasayana and Vardhmana Pippali Rasayana. Charaka restricted the excessive use of Pippali. According to Charaka Pippalimula is the drug of choice or best for Aganimandya and Aanaha. Thus it is seen that Pippalimula is recommended especially in disorders due to Agnimandya as Arsha, Udara, Gulma, Shool etc. According to charaka Pippali is having Katu Rasa and ushna Virya. Acharya Sushruta quote Pippali Dvaya as Pippali and Gaja Pippali and stated that it is Pitta Virodhini. He included Pippali in Virechana Dravya. Panchkola is the famous compounds of Pippali Phala and Moola described by Vagbhatta in Ashtanga Hridya. Vagbhatta in Ashtanga Hridaya did not mention Pippali in classification, he also quote Pippali Dvaya as Pippali and Gaja Pippali. In this review article an attempt has been done to described classical categorization, morphology, Raspanchaka, synonyms, Karma, indications and Therapeutic importace of Pippali in Ayurveda.

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