Influence of Bhavana on pharmacognostical parameters of Amalaki Rasayana vis‑a‑vis Amalaki powder

Shaizi Layeeq, Anup Thakar, Harisha Channappa Rudrappa


Background: Rasayana is an ancient concept of Ayurveda, attributed to tissue nourishment and rejuvenation. Bhavana is
an important Samskara mentioned in classics by which even a small dose of a drug may be made to produce a very high
result. Amalaki Rasayana is a herbal formulation mentioned in classics to treat various disorders. Aims: To screen the
differences in pharmocognostical profile of Amalaki Churna before and after Bhavana. Materials and Methods: Amalaki
Rasayana was prepared by levigating the Amalaki powder seven times with fresh Amalaki juice (squeezed from mature
fruits, procured from local market). Results: After Bhavana significant changes were found in epidermal cells, mesocarp cells
and fibres.
Key words: Amalaki, Bhavana, pharmacognosy, Phyllanthus emblica, rasayana

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