Formulation development and preliminary physico-chemical characterization of Kushtha taila

Goriya D. Pankaj, Dhwani H. Sagar, R. Galib, V. J. Shukla, P. K. Prajapati

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Importance of topical formulations in therapeutics has been noticed by the ancient seers. In suitable cases, they preferred topical medicaments along with internal medicaments. Kushtha taila is one such formulations of topical application advocated to be applied after incision of umbilical cord. Though the formulation is useful; its form poses certain inconveniences. Considering them, attempts were made to convert the oil form into certain conventional forms and develop their preliminary physico-chemical profiles. The raw material was procured from the Pharmacy, Gujarat Ayurved University and the excipients were purchased from Janak formulabs, Vatava, GIDC, Ahmadabad, India. Experiments were carried-out by following standard methods. Gel form was found to be more convenient in comparison to other conventional forms. All forms were found to possess antimicrobial properties. As these conventional forms are non-irritant, possess antibacterial and antifungal activities and are comparable to that of the standard drugs; the conventional forms (preferably gel) can replace the classical oil form. The therapeutic potential of such formulations may motivate researchers for further exploitation for their commercial viability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-251
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerosil
  • Anti-microbial
  • Ayurveda
  • Gel
  • Kushtha
  • Spreadability
  • Topical application

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery


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