Vol. 4, Issue 7 (2018)
Exploration of the efficacy of panchakarma treatment in endosulfan affected population
Author(s): Dr. VC Deep, Dr. P Radhakrishnan, Dr. S Vijaya
Abstract: The study “Exploration of efficacy of Panchakarma treatment in Endosulfan affected population” was conducted at Government Ayurveda Hospital Kasaragod & Government Ayurveda Hospital Cheemeni under the leadership of National Research Institute for Panchakarma sponsored by Central Council for Research in Ayurveda & Siddha, of Department of AYUSH during the period 2011-12. This study was carried out with the objective to find out the efficacy of Panchakarma treatment in Endosulfan affected population. Mild cases of endosulfan affected population and those eligible for svedana (sudation therapy) and virechana (Purgation therapy) were selected. After completion of therapy the results were assessed based on the improvement in presenting clinical features. Statistical Analysis was done to analyze data scientifically. The therapeutic effect of Dooshivishari choornam was also evaluated. A total 52 cases were studied. It was observed that even after 2 decades of aerial spraying of endosulfan; the toxic effects were still prevalent at different parts of Kasaragod district. The affected patients belonged to the villages, where endosulfan was aerially sprayed. Many of them worked in the plantations. Most of the victims were very poor. The main symptoms that were observed include: skin diseases, deformity, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy etc. The suitable patients who are eligible for Panchakarma treatment were admitted in the Hospital. Bashpasveda was given for 3 days initially. Virechana with Avipathy choorna was given on fourth day, followed by samana therapy. The Dooshivishari choorna was given orally along with honey. Each patient was observed for a period of 64 days. It was noted that, after treatment there were symptomatic relief to the patients. The general health of patients was also improved; no side effect was noted. Statistical analysis of blood investigation showed no difference in values before and after the treatment. This shows the safety of this treatment. Most of them got marked relief. The SF-36 score showed that general health of the patients improved.
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