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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 312-315

Hortus Malabaricus – A Treasure of Anukta dravya Practices

1 Department of Roga Nidana Evam Vikriti Vijnana, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Indian Systems of Medicine, Government Ayurveda Dispensary, Sivapuram, Government of Kerala, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
P Aswathy
Department of Roga Nidana Evam Vikriti Vijnana, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur - 302 002, Rajasthan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/joa.joa_292_20

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Objective: Hortus Malabaricus is a Latin book exploring the natural plant wealth of Malabar region of Kerala which contains detailed illustrations of 742 plants with their medicinal uses. This book contains details of unexplored Anukta Dravyas which was not mentioned in Samhitas and classical textbooks of Ayurveda. Thus the study was designed to explore the unexplored clinical practices of drugs mentioned in Hortus Malabaricus. Data Source: The data was collected from the twelve volumes of Hortus Malabaricus, related published journal articles, proceedings, and books. Review Method: The method of data collection includes literature review of Hortus Malabaricus and online literature search of journal articles and proceedings using Mesh terms. Conclusion: The results showed that Schagericottam, Karinjotta, Kattumayilellu, Neeruri, Mayilellu, Pavatta, Kurutu pala, Tindapariva, etc., explained in different volumes of Hortus Malabaricus had medicinal importance. These documented traditional knowledge practices in Hortus Malabaricus are to be scientifically evaluated for the betterment of public health.

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