Concept of Pratinidhi Dravyas and their Role in Ayurveda Practice: A Review
The concept of Pratinidhi dravyas resembles drug substitutes which are used in absence of original drug (Abhav dravya), in this regards Bhavprakash enlist Pratinidhi dravya as Mishra varga prakaran and Yog ratnakar abhav varga mentioned these substances separately. The substitution of drugs with another substances or utilization of Pratinidhi dravyas is possible when both the drugs (Abhav and Pratinidhi) offer similar Guna and therapeutic activities. The Pratinidhi dravya mainly uses when some drugs are unavailable due to the loss on habitat, over exploitation of plants and extinction of rare plants. The precious gems and stone which are too expensive like diamond and gold, etc. can also be substituted with cheaper substances of similar therapeutic properties. The Pratinidhi dravyas selected and utilizes deliberately after consideration of rationale reasoning to achieve the desired effect. Present article explored Ayurveda concept of Pratinidhi dravyas and their clinical utilization.
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