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Formulation and Evaluation of Polyherbal Dhoop (Fumigation) for Sterilization
A.P. Sonawane, Tamboli Abhijeet S., Gokhale Omkar D

Abstract
Dhoop is widely used product in various religious rituals or practices in rural as well as in urban areas in India. Dhoopana is technique practiced in Ayurvedic literature for its contribution in reducing the microbial count in specific areas. There are various types of microbes around us which are mainly responsible for health related problems such as influenza, pertussis, common cold, etc. The patients suffering from Swine Flu, bronchial spasms, bronchitis, bsthma, dyspnoea, rhinitis, bad smell of the nose and mouth can be aided with Ayurvedic medicines. The current work is focused on modifications in general dhoop formulation. Medicated dhoop was prepared by incorporating hydro-distillated extracts of Eucalyptus, Clove, Tulsi, Mentha, Ajwain, and Neem. By performing dhoopana, various air borne diseases may be prevented as the product being easily available in remote areas leading to its sterilization.

Keywords: Dhoop; dhoopana; antimicrobial; influenza; polyherbal, fumigation