FACT FOOD #19

In ancient India, the practice of surgery required that the patient be made unconscious, however in the absence of chloroform or any other drug to administer anesthesia, special liquors from fruits, sugarcane and even some types of roots were used. The generic name by which these liquors were known ‘arka’ which in Sanskrit word means ‘essence’. The English word ‘arrack’ is derived from the Sanskrit word.