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Etymology/ Definitionक्षिप्तोष्णतोये मृदित: फाण्ट इत्यभिधीयते । च.सू.४/६ चक्रपाणि
Literary MeaningM / w – infusion, decoction, pounded medicinal substances mixed with four parts of hot water and then filtered.
Implied MeaningA medicine is prepared by putting a drug in boiling water and then squeezing it. The filtrate out of it is known as Phaan`t`a.
ElaborationOne of the five basic preparatory processes in Bhaishajya Kalpanaa .
As per S`haarangadhara description of Phaan`t`a is as follows:
One Pala ( 12 gm ) of rough ground plant is added to one Kud`ava of boiling water. After mixing them thoroughly the mixture is covered till it becomes lukewarm. Then it is filtered through a clean cloth. The finally obtained liquid is called Phaan`t`a . Due to the involvement of boiling processes this type of decoction is easily digested as compared to Svarasa Kalka . It is prepared from single or multiple plants as per the requirement. Prakshepa ( additions to the final preparation ) like jaggery, sugar are added to compensate for the strong properties of Dravya . E. g. Aamraadi Phaan`t`a ( juice obtained from Mango leaves ) is useful in fever.
This is generally made of aromatic plants that have volatile ingredients that are unstable at strong boiling.
Contemporary ColloquialHot Infusion

Last updated on June 16th, 2021 at 05:40 am

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