Medicinal Effectiveness of Candana with Special Reference to Carakasaṃhitā, Suśrutasaṃhitā and Bhaiṣajyaratnāvalī
Author(s): Kushal Kalita
Abstract: Candana is one of the essential elements of almost of all Hindu religious work. It is mostly used as tilaka. Apart from the spiritual influence, application of candana has great medicinal effect. In Ayurveda candana is used as the remedy for both physical and mental disorders. In Carakasaṁhitā Caraka has mentioned candana as the remedy of numerous diseases. According to him candana relieves body ache (dahapraśamaṇa), relieves thirst (tṛsnā nigrahana), improves complexion of the skin (varṇya) etc. Suśrutasaṁhitā also has mentioned it as vimlapana- (cleanses) and oedema (allevites). Besides these, candana is also used as jvargna (antipyretic), mutrakṛcchraghna (anti dysuria), rakta stambhaka (arrests bleeding) and pitta rogaghna (alleviates diseases due to vitiation of pitta doṣa). Candana is also used as remedy of internal diseases like liver stimulant, gastric mucosa, etc. Candana has managed to secure its place as the most necessary medicinal herb in this present day of scientific medicine through its effectiveness. Through this paper, an attempt is made to emphasize the medicinal effect of candana as mentioned in the Ayurvedic literature.