A comparative evaluation of medicated oils prepared using ayurvedic and modified processes
Herbal Research Laboratory, Hindustan Unilever Research Centre, 64 Main Road, Whitefield, Bangalore-560 066, India
P Lahorkar Herbal Research Laboratory, Hindustan Unilever Research Centre, 64 Main Road, Whitefield, Bangalore-560 066 India [email protected]
Medicated oils prepared using process as mentioned in Ayurveda are used for external and internal administrations to treat various disorders. Taila pak vidhi provides detailed description of such processes. Medicated oils are prepared by prolonged cooking of sesame oil with pasty mass of herbs and decoction of herbs in presence of large quantity of water. We report preliminary findings of physicochemical and chromatographic profiles of changes brought out by such processes and the role of each component. Changes observed when the processes were altered to deviate from those prescribed in Ayurveda are also reported.