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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 74-80

Shelf life computation of Bhallataka Rasayana: A preliminary disquisition

Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Shivani Sharma
Department of Rasashastra and Bhaishajya Kalpana, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi 110076
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdras.jdras_61_22

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BACKGROUND: Bhallataka Rasayana (BR), an Ayurvedic formulation, contains Bhallataka (Semecarpus anacardium L.f.) as the main ingredient. This ingredient is well-known for its anti-oxidant, anti-atherogenic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-reproductive, CNS stimulant, hypoglycemic, and anti-carcinogenic activities. Although it is an effective classical formulation, yet no published data is available on its stability. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to evaluate the shelf life of each formulation following parameters predominant in the concerned scenario. Here, an attempt has been made to determine the shelf life of BR through an accelerated stability study. METHODS: Following classical reference, BR was prepared in the Pharmaceutical Laboratory, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi. The samples were subjected to an accelerated stability study maintaining temperature and humidity of 40°C ± 2°C, and 75% ± 5% respectively. Relevant analytical parameters were performed at an interval of 0, 1, 3, and 6 months to check the degradation levels in the formulation. RESULT: Insignificant changes were observed in the organoleptic parameters, while significant changes were observed in some of the physico-chemical constants at different stages of analysis. Also, microbial contamination and heavy metals examination tests were found within the permissible limits. On extrapolation of the observations, the shelf life of BR is found to be 4 years and 4 months. CONCLUSION: The shelf life of BR exceeds the classical standards for confectionary preparations. Increased shelf life may be due to minimal ingredients and strict following of standard manufacturing procedures with proper hygiene maintenance.

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