World Journal of
Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences

An International Peer Reviewed Journal for Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences
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*Dr. Mohammad Ruman Khan


Charaita or Charaita is a well known Unani drug which is being used as medicament from centuries for the treatment of Amraze Jildiya (skin disease) as well as for other systems like hepatobilliary, cardiovascular, antidiabetic etc by Unani Physicians and they mentioned their medicinal efficacy in Unani Classical texts. It is native of India, China, Nepal and Bhutan. In India it is found naturally in northern hilly areas at altitude ranges of 1400-3200m. There are musaffi e khoon, mulattif, mohallil properties due to these it act and dissolves epidermal and dermal rashes and eruptions as well as pruritus and usually used in amraze jildiya (skin diseases).There are two principal chemical constituents documented such as ophelic acid and chiratin both are bitter in taste. Majun musaffi khoon, Majun Ushba Majun Chobchini are the famous compound drugs having Charaita as an ingredient. The present review reveals that Swertia Chirata is a valuable source of natural medicament and its use will lead a strong pillar in field of dermatology. This review also aimed at the minimal side effect and strong efficacy of the Charaita as used in crude form(holistic approach) one of the principal philosophy of Unani system of medicine.

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