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Article: CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF CHAKSHUSHYA DRAVYAS AND ITS CLINICAL APPLICATIONS WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO SUSHRUTA SAMHITA
Article Category: Original Research articles
Author: Amritha Mohan *, Pradeep Kumar K, Visakh MD
Abstract: Netra is considered as one of the very important organs in human body. Chakshushya dravyas are the materials which are believed to be beneficial for eyes, henceforth usages of those Dravyas are recommended in various contexts of Sushruta Samhita. In the light of this knowledge and based on Rasadi gunas of Chakshushya dravyas explained in Ayurveda, a critical analysis of those dravyas is done to find out the logic behind the labelling of ‘Chakshushya dravyas’. Triphala, Ksheera, Madhu, Ghrita, Prapaundarika, Saindhava, Yava, Shatavari, Mudga, Jeevanti, Patola are critically analyzed. Even though most of the Chakshushya dravyas are predominantly Madhura rasa dravyas, there are dravyas that are Katu and Kashaya rasa predominant which are seldom told as Chakshushya. Tikta rasa is not considered as Chakshushya but some of the Chakshushya dravyas are Tikta rasa Pradhana. Majority of Chakshushya dravyas possess Rasayana, Brimhana, or Vrishya properties and all of them are not directly contributing to vision. There are ‘Chakshushya Rasayana’ dravyas i.e., dravyas which directly enhances the vision and other dravyas which pacifies the underlying diseases of eye and prevent the secondary manifestations.
Keyword: Chakshushya dravya, Sushruta Samhita, Chakshushya Rasayana dravyas.