Ayurveda literally meaning the science of life is a comprehensive system of health
care great antiquity, based on experimental knowledge and soen with compendia of
Indian wisdom called Vedas, which are believed to be cocumented around 6000
years back. Rigveda and Atharvaveda are replete with information on health and
maladies and their management with natural modes and codalities. The knowledge
expanded with laying down of fundamentals and concepts of Ayurveda and systematization in classical texts like Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and Ashtanga
Sangraha. Present form of Ayurveda is the outcome of continued scientific inputs
that has gone into the evolution of its principles, theories and guidelines of healthy
living and disease management. Considering health of an individual as dynamic integration of environment, body, mind and spirit, Ayurveda lays great emphasis on
preservation and promotion of health and preventing the occurrence of disease. besides, it advocates holistic approach to understand all aspects of human life including
diagnosis and management of disease.
In the current scenario use of Ayurveda has expanded globally and is continued to
be used for primary health care of the poor in India and in certain other developing
countries where conventional medicine is predominjant in the national health care
system. With the growing use of Ayurveda and its pharmaceutical sector, the safety
and efficacy as well as quality control concerns of both regulatory authorities and
the public are being addressed systematically. Standard operating procedures (SOPs)
and Pharmaceutical standards have been evolved for Ayurvedic drugs to prevent
batch to batch quality variation. Apart from GMP requirements, necessary regulations
are in place to encure the quality of products. The products should pass the physicochemical quality control parameters and also limits for microbial load, heavy metal content, pesticide residue and aflatoxins.
Sandhigatavata (Osteo-arthritis)is one among the chronic and degenerative diseases
has become a challenge to the detailed description authorities and public. The de-
tailed description concerning aetiology, clinical teatures and line of management are
available in ancient and medicinal classics of Ayurveda. Ayurveda attributes factors
such as improper and irregular diet preactices (Viruddha Ahara), impaired
gastrointestinal functions (Mandagni), repeated trauma etc. as pivotal factors result-
ing in the degenerative changes in this condition.
Ayurveda offers a comprehensive, safe and effective approach to the management of
Sandhigatavata (osteo-arthritis). The contemporary approach of management comprising of NSAIDS etc. cause certain adverse events like gastric irritation, gastric ulcers
etc. leading to considerable amount of discomfort.
Considering this Council has initiated the preclinical studies of Yogaraj Guggulu and
Mahanarayana taila in albino rats/mice at our councils centre. This monograph contains standard manufacturing procedure including standardization, biological activity
and safety studies of Yogaraj Guggulu and Mahanarayana taila in lab animals.
I appreciate the efforts of Dr. Sudesh Gaidhani, Asst. Director (Pharmacology), Dr.
M.M. Padhi, Deputy Director (T), Shri Arjun Singh, Research Officer (Chemistry),
Dr. B.S. Sharma, Research Officer (Ayurveda) and Miss Suman Kumari, SRF
(Chemistry) in bringing out this monograph.
I hope that this monograph will help students, practitioners, academicians, research
scholars, scientists and certainly help in catering better health care services.
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