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Channels of Administration
A general principle is laid down that medicine should be administered by the channels through which it can reach the seat of disease at the earliest. In the world of today the channels of administering a drug have increased, but they all fall within the above comprehensive precept.
�In the disease of stomach, the medicine administered by the mouth, in diseases of the head nasal medications, and in diseases affecting the colon the medications given by the rectum, act most readily. In local diseases arising in the various regions of the body and in acute spreading affections and pimple and similar lesions, local applications suitable to the part afflicted, will prove specially efficacious.� (Caraka Cikitsa XXX, 294-295)