A Preliminary Pharmaceutical and Physicochemical Study of Kushmandakhanda Leha
Sharada N Chikurte, Kinnari Mehta
Inroduction: Kushmanda (Benincasa hispida) is a well-known plant in relation of its multipurpose use of different parts of the plant in Ayurvedic literature. The drug Kushmandakhanda leha is used by Acharya Vagbhatta and Acharya Govinddas for the treatment of Amlapitta. Many formulations of Kushmanda have been described by Acharyas. Aim: To prepare Kushmandakhanda leha and to generate physicochemical profile of Kushmandakhanda leha.
Materials and methods: Kushmandakhanda leha is prepared from the reference of Rasa Ratna Samuchchaya. Kushmanda swarasa and Avaleha (from swarasa) were prepared. Organoleptic and physicochemical profile was generated.
Results: pH value is 6.5, specific gravity is 1.4992, ash value is 1.9%, water soluble solids is 89.81%, water insoluble solids is 18.11%, acidity is 0.31%, reducing sugar is 11.47%, and fat content is 6.51%.
Conclusion: The present study provides the detail of Kushmandakhanda leha preparation, its physicochemical characters which may help in laying down a standard protocol for further research works.
Amlapitta, Avaleha, Benincasa hispida, Formulations, Kushmandakhanda leha, Physicochemical analysis