Ayurvedic Bhasmas: Overview on Nanomaterialistic Aspects, Applications, and Perspectives
In this paper, we present an overview of Ayurvedic Bhasmas as nanomedicine of herbo-metallic and mineral origin with particular attention to their structural aspects. We find, the Bhasmas as nanomedicines may offer a huge potential for designing new drugs employing the concept of nanotechnology. Thus, the standardization of fabrication process of these formulations is a crucial issue to be addressed. The structure and effectiveness of the Bhasmas as drugs depend largely on their processing history. Bhasmas are generally safe drugs for human beings in spite of the presence of seemingly toxic elements and compounds as indicated by recent studies using modern analytical techniques. Nevertheless, more systematic nanomaterialistic investigations on Bhasmas are recommended for gaining the complete and reliable composition-processing-structure-effectiveness picture of these drugs.
KeywordsAyurveda Bhasma Nanomedicine Heavy metal toxicity
The author would like to thank Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for supporting his several research stays in Germany which triggered his interest in Ayurvedic medicines, in particular with Bhasmas. Dr. Surendra Kumar Gautam (Department of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Tri-Chandra Campus, Kathmandu) is thanked for critically reading the manuscript.
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