Anti-secretory and Acid Neutralizing Effect of Shankha Draavaka in Albino Rats
Introduction: Shankha draavaka is a unique preparation explained in classics for ashtavidhashoola (eight types of shoola), agnimandya (anorexia) and grahaniroga (sprue). It is widely indicated in all types of shoola i.e. shoolam-ashtavidham-hanthi (alleviates eight types of pains). The two prominent indications of shankha draavaka are annadravashoola and udarashoola. They are usually co-related with gastritis and colic pains respectively. These two complaints are quite common in day today practice. Taking into account, these two prominent indications of shanka draavaka, this research work was taken up to revalidate the medicinal effects of shankha draavaka. Methods: With a motto to assess anti-secretory and acid neutralizing effect of shankha draavaka the experimental study was taken up. In the beginning, the selected albino rats were categorized into 3 groups viz. control group (fed with distilled water), standard group (administered with ranitidine, the standard drug) and test group (administered with shankha draavaka 0.054 ml / 200 g body weight). Results: The results suggested that the test drug possessed anti secretory and acid neutralizing effect. Conclusion: The study concludes that shankha draavaka possess alkaline property (pH-9.65) and exhibits anti secretory and acid neutralizing effect in acidic environment of gastrium.