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Śatāhva Arka is a liquid preparation obtained by hydro-distillation of fruits of Anethum sowa.
|Śatāhva API||Anethum sowa||Fr.||1.0 kg|
|Jala API for soaking and for preparation of Arka||Potable Water||–||12.0 l|
Method of preparation
- Take the raw materials of pharmacopoeial quality.
- Wash, dry and powder the ingredient number 1 of the Formulation Composition and pass through the 355 µm I. S. sieve (sieve number 44) to obtain coarse powder.
- Place 100 g of Śatāhva powder in a round bottom standard joint flask of 3.0 l capacity. Add 1.2 l of Jala.
- Attach the proper distillation assembly with double surface condenser and receiving flask and enough circulating water to condense the distillate i.e. Arka.
- Place the flask on a heating mantle. Adjust the temperature control when boiling starts and continue the distillation to collect about 700 ml of Arka.
- Store in containers and pack them air-tight to protect from light and moisture
- Śatāhva Arka is a slightly turbid liquid with pleasing fruity odour of fresh sowa fruits and sweetish spicy, slightly bitter taste.
- Store in a cool place in tightly closed containers, protected from light and moisture.
- Jvara (fever), Vāta Kaphaja roga (diseases due to Vata and Kapha dosha), Vraṇaśūla (pain due to wound), Akṣiroga (diseases of eye), Agnimāndya (impairment of digestive power), Atisāra (diarrhoea).
- 10 to 20 ml per day in divided doses.
|Specific gravity (200)||0.991 to 0.998|
- THE AYURVEDIC PHARMACOPOEIA OF INDIA, PART-II, VOLUME-III, page no 22.