ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: PHYSICO-CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF MUNDA LOHA AND MANDOORA BHASMAS AND UNDERSTANDING THEIR HAEMATINIC EFFECT IN ALBINO RABBITS
Article Category: Original Research articles
DOI: DOI: 10.7897/2277-4343.100249
Author: Sujith A, Rajam R *, Sasikumar Nechiyil, Shibi IG
Abstract: Rasasastra practitioners are well-versed in the processing of metals and minerals before making it applicable to the human body as medicines. South Indian Physicians flawlessly and keenly use some loha preparations for many ailments. One among them is bhasmam made from Munda loha which is used in place of Mandoora for making bhasmam. The present study was carried out to identify the physicochemical nature of Munda loha and Mandoora and the changes associated with the transformation of the same to the bhasmam state. Modern techniques like XRD, ICP-AES, SEM, FTIR and so forth are made use for the analysis. Munda loha (ML) is found to be fayalite-orthorhombic and the Munda loha bhasmam (MLB) obtained is αFe2O3. The Haematinic effect of the Bhasmam prepared from Munda loha and Mandoora are studied using Albino rabbits for comparing their respective activity. It is experimentally seen that Munda loha bhasmam has better action than that of Mandoora bhasmam (MB).
Keyword: Munda loha, Mandoora, Physicochemical, Haematinic effect, Animal study