Sharbat Rooh Afza was introduced in 1907, and was included in the first list of drugs of Hamdard in 1908. According to the alphabetical order, it occures against item No. 293. The qualities attributed to it at that time were mainly medicinal. The reason is obvious.


The Name’Rooh Afza’

It has not been found out yet how the founder of Hamdard came upon the name ’Rooh Afza’. Some think that this name is the product of his mind. Others express the view that it came from some book of ancient myths and legends. Of such books, one is very famous, the Masnavi Gulzar-e-Nasim which was first published around 1254 hijri. In this book, the name of a character is ‘Rooh Afza’ who, according to the writer , was the daughter of Muzaffar Shah, the king of Firdaus(Heaven).

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