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AHIFEN/OPIUM
BOTANICAL NAME PAPAVER SOMNIFERUM
FAMILY: PAPAVERACEAE
SANSKRIT: Ahiphena, Chosa, Kasabijam, Nagaphena, and Ullasata.
ENGLISH Opium poppy, Gear, Maw seed, Scag, Smack
HINDI Afin, Kashkash, Doda, Afim.
KANNADA Biligasgase, Gasagase, Khasakhasi.
MALAYALAM Karappu, Kasakasa
TELUGU Gasagasala, Nallamandu
TAMIL Kasakasam Posttakkai, Vellai postakay, Abini
MARATHI Aphu, Afeem, Khaskhas

DISTRIBUTION:

hough Opium plantation is distributed worldwide it is available adequately in Mediterranean region, and most of the areas in India, it is cultivated under government control.

PARTS USED: NIRYAAS
DOSE: 30 – 125 mg.

CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS

As extracts of opium contains many important chemicals that are having addictive chemicals such as Morphine, Codeine, Thebaine, Narcotine, Narceine, Xanthaline, Codamine, Meconin,
Thebamine.

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES:

QUALITY (GUNA) Laghu, Ruksha, Suksham, Vayvayi, Vikashi.
TASTE (RASA) Tikt, Kashaya.
METABOLISM (VIPAKA) Katu
POTENCY (VIRYA) Ushna.
IMPACT (PRABHAVA) Madaka.

PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTION:

THERAPEUTIC USES

Analgesic property of Ahiphena is used for vata hara medicinal preparations.
As it has Ecitement stimulating properties, it can be used for swapna vikaras or sleep disorders.

SOME OF THE COMMON FORMULATIONS

  • Ahiphenasava
  • Astaksari gutika
  • Hemanantha rasa
  • Kaminividravan rasa
  • Nidroday rasa

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