An Ayurvedic review on Hartala (yellow orpiment) : A Dhatuja Visha

  • Dr. Kirti Sharma Post Graduate Scholar, Department of Agad Tantra Evam Vidhi Vaidyaka, Govt. Ayurved College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, INDIA.
  • Dr. S. R. Inchulkar Professor, Govt. Ayurved College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, INDIA.
  • Dr. Yuvraj Kaushik Lecturer, Department of Agad Tantra Evam Vidhi Vaidyaka, Govt. Ayurved College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, INDIA.
Keywords: Hartala, Shodhana, Ayurveda, Dhatuja Visha, Orpiment

Abstract

In Ayurveda, usage of ‘Dhatuja Visha’ is given in different formulations which are having therapeutic significance. Hartala comes under Dhatuja Visha mentioned by Acharya Sushrut. It is inorganic irritant poison and has a Lomshatana property. It is known as yellow orpiment or arsenic trisulfide (AS2S3) and used as depilatory, coloring pigment and in flypaper. It is an Arsenic compound which is used in several skin diseases in spite of its toxic nature. Hartala or orpiment, a metallic drug, is taken as an ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations in spite of its direct use, purification is necessary before use and theses formulations are used externally as well as internally in chronic disorders. Here in the article an attempt has been made to collect the Ayurvedic review on Hartala from various Ayurvedic classics.

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Dr. Kirti Sharma, Dr. S. R. Inchulkar, & Dr. Yuvraj Kaushik. (2020). An Ayurvedic review on Hartala (yellow orpiment) : A Dhatuja Visha. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences, 5(04), 248-257. Retrieved from https://www.jaims.in/jaims/article/view/978
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