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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-20

Possible correlates of free radicals and free radical mediated disorders in Ayurveda with special referance to Bhutagni Vyapara and Ama at molecular level

Department of Kayachikitsa, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

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J S Tripathi
Department of Kayachikitsa, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
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The description of metabolic processes, operating at various levels insider the body, has been essentially covered in Ayurveda under thirteen types of Agnis and their functions at different levels, which are often compared with the enzymes and biochemical which take part in biological and / or biophysical transformations and reactions. When these Agnis, at different levels, get disordered they lead to the production of certain undesired elements or byproducts in the system, which are called as 'Ama' in ayurveda and are considered as very important morbid factor responsible for causation of a variety of diseases and playing key role in genesis of most of the diseases. The present article attempts to correlate the most recent concept of today's medicine i.e., Free Radical concept with that of the concept of Agni and Ama, described in Ayurveda and thereby opens newer vistas of search for remedies from Ayurvedic research, which may be helpful in the prevention and care of Free Radical Mediated Diseases.

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