The Substitutes for Herbs
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Have you ever thought of deforestation, pollution and excessive use of herbs has developed a scarcity of herbs? If you intend to get any herb you will certainly face the problem of getting it.

Ayurveda has a big drawback of the availability of the herbs. Many of the herbs mentioned in various texts are not available today. So there ere some substitutive herbs. This substitution is said as pratinidhi dravya. Meaning representative drug of the original drug. The original drugs efficacy is altered by the use of substitute but for the extinct drugs there is no way at all.

Now a days the original Ashtavarga is extinct so the so propagated Ashtavarga yukta Chavyanprasha (Chavyanprasha is confectionary based preparation of amla with ashtvarga (octate) included is containing the representative drugs in it.

Thus representative drugs are useful for Ayurveda pharmacy. Here is a list of representative drugs. Some times a drug is not available at that times the use of another herb or drug is essential that’s why one must have knowledge of representative herbs and drugs to have command over herbal therapy and ayurveda.

Alphabetical listing

Original drug / Herb Representative

1. Chitrak - Danti

2. Chitrak - Apamarga

3. Dhanyavas - Duralabha

4. Moorva - Jingine twak

5. Tagar - Kushta

6. Arinhnsa - Mankaarda

7. Laxmana - Mayurshikha

8. Bakul - Rakta Kumudini

9. Neelotpala - Kumud

10. Jatipush - Lavang

11. Arkksheer - Arkapatra

12. Pushkarmula - Kootha

13. Langli - Kushtha

14. Sthaunekya - Kushtha

15. Chavika - Pipplimula

16. Gajapippli - Pipplimula

17. Somaraji - Chakramarda Phala

18. Daruhaldi - haldi

19. Rasanjam - Darhahdi

20. Saurashtri - Sphatika

21. Talispatra - Swarna Talis

22. Bhargi - Talispatra

23. Ruchak Lavan - Kantkari Mula

24. Madhuyashti - Dhataki

25. Amlavetas - Chukra

26. Draksha - Kashmari Phal

27. Draksha - Bandhuk Pushp

29. Kasturi - Kankol

30. Karpoor - Granthiparna

31. Kumkum - Nava Kusunbh Pushp

32. Shewatachandan - Karpur

33. Chandan - Raktachandan

34. Karpoor - Rakta Chandan

35. Rakta Chandan - Ushir

36. Ativisha - Musta

37. Haritika - Amlaka

38. Naag Keshar - Padma Keshar

39. Meda Mahameda - Shatavari

40. Jeevak & Rishpak - Vidori

41. Kakoli & Ksheer Kakoli - Ashvagandha

42. Riddhi & Vriddhi - Varahi Kanda

43. Varahi Kanda - Charma Kasaluk

44. Bhallatak - Rakta Chandan

45. Bhallatak - Chitrak

46. Ikshu - Nala

47. Swarna - Swarna Makshika

48. Makshika - Swasna Gairikam

49. Swarna and Raupya Bhasma - Kant Lauha bhasma

50. Kant Loarha - Teekshna lanha

51. Mukta - Muktashukti

52. Madhu - Jeernaguda

53. Mishri - Shaskara

54. Sharkara - Khand

55. Ksheer - Mugda Yash Rasa

References: - Different Nighantu Text

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