Abstract
ARKA AS LEPA WITH REFERENCE TO ARKA PRAKASHA: A REVIEW

Gazala Hussain*

ABSTRACT

Ayurveda pharmaceutics is a branch in Ayurveda that deals with designing of formulations. Various dosage forms are mentioned in pharmaceutics that are used for internal administration and external application. Lepa is one dosage form that is mentioned for external use. Arka Prakasha is a treatise that has a collection of arka (distillates) of various drugs from plant origin, mineral origin, etc. Arka are distillates of the dravya that are extracted through the process of distillation using any distillation apparatus. Arka have been mentioned for internal administration as well as for external application. A literary search through the book has put light on various arka that are indicated as lepa in various disorders. A few arka are from single dravya and a few are in combination with multiple drugs. These arka, as lepa are indicated in various diseases.

Keywords: Arka, Lepa, Arka Prakasha, Ayurveda pharmaceutics.


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