Department of Rasashastra and BhaishajyaKalpana is a branch of Ayurveda which deals with the preparation of medicines by using Kashtaoushadhi (Herbal), Rasoushadhi (Mineral) and Kashta-rasoushadhi (Herbo-mineral). Kasthaoushdhi includes different parts of the herbs both in wet and dry forms. It includes toxic drugs also, but these toxic drugs should undergo specific samskara like shodhana etc. before preparation of any medicines. Rasoushadhi includes minerals, metals, and animal origin drugs. These drugs must undergo proper samskaras like, shodhana, marana, etc. before preparing medicines to avoid toxicity of the drugs. All the samskaras mentioned in the classics are performed in this department to both UG and PG students.
Different types of formulations i.e. Vati, Vatika, Churna, Bhasma, Kupipakwa rasa, parpati, pottali, Varti, Asavarishta, arka etc. are prepared. UG and PG practicals are taken regularly. The department is well equipped with all instruments which are needed for UG and PG practicals. Well maintained museum containing all the specimens of metals, minerals, herbal drugs, pharmacy model etc. for the benefit of students. For both UG and PG’s Pharmacy visits are organized during the academic year to know about the pharmacy and industrial management regarding manufacturing. Department is attached with the GMP certified and ISO certified SDM Ayurveda Pharmacy, where more than 300 products are prepared regularly.
PG course in the department was started in the year 2000 with the intake of 6 students and Ph.D was started in 2018 which are attached with SDM Centre for Research in Ayurveda and allied sciences.