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‘Tuvaraka beej taila’ is the potential healer for all types of ‘kshudra kushtha’. Tuvaraka is a classical drug of Ayurveda. The disease ‘vicharchika’ which is one among the ‘kshudra kushthas’ is co-related with eczema. 

It is characterized by blackish brown eruptions over skin associated with itching and with excessive exudation. The signs of eczema over the affected skin are - skin redness and swelling with ill-defined margins, papules, vesicles and blisters, exudation and cracking, scaling, thickening, lichenification, a dry leathery thickening, fissures and scratch marks and pigmentation.

In this pilot study ‘tuvaraka beej taila’ is used for treating the selected vicharchika conditions to re-discover and re-prove its therapeutic efficacy ‘vicharchika’.
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Prevention and Management of Hypertension and associated disorders by Bhastrika Pranayama (A breathing exercise)

Hypertension is a very commonly prevailing problem in our community, which is increasing day by day with an alarming rate. Excessive eating of saturated fatty oily foods, sedimentary life style and avoidance of physical exercise produces deposition of cholesterol in the blood veins and arteries which results hypertension and further cardiac disorders. It becomes necessary to find a non invasive medical solution to this problem. Therefore in the present study, Bhasatrika Pranayama was selected and performed on 30 patients for 60 days to evaluate its efficacy on hypertension and related signs and symptoms. It was observed that Bhastrika Pranayama alone may diminish hypertension and associated symptoms because it not only produces symptomatic improvement but also improves various mental faculties to produce significant improvement in metabolism of all the patients.  Therefore, Bhastrika Pranayama can be administered effectively to the healthy people as well as patients of hypertension as a remedy for preventive and curative aspect.
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Antimicrobial activity of Gotukola leaves and Neem leaves-A Comparative invitro study

Aim: The study was done to assess and compare the antimicrobial activity of gotukola leaves and neem leaves using different solvents against test pathogens.

Materials and method: An experimental invitro study was conducted to assess antimicrobial activity of gotukola leaves and neem leaves. Test pathogens used in this study are Streptococcus mutans, Lactobacillus acidophillus and Candida albicans. Fresh gotu kola leaves and neem leaves were collected. The leaves were dried and powdered. 25gms of powdered neem leaves and gotu kola leaves were dissolved in 75ml of the solvents (i.e., Hexane, Ethyl acetate and Acetone) separately. The bottles were kept in the orbital shaking incubator at 370c for about 3 days. On the 4th day, solvents were filtered and evaporate. The weighed extract was dissolved in 3 ml of dimethyl sulphoxide. Agar-well diffusion method was employed for microbiological analysis and the zone of inhibition of the growth was measured. ANOVA was used for statistical analysis.

Results: Both neem leaves and gotukola leaves had an effect against Steptococcus mutans with neem leaves having more effect than gotukola leaves. Gotukola leaves had much better effect against Lactobacillus acidophillus than neem leaves with hexane as a solvent and showing no effect with ethyl acetate as a solvent. Gotukola leaves also showed mild effect against Candida albicans whereas neem leaves showed no effect.

Conclusion: It can be concluded from the study that gotu kola leaves had an better effect than neem leaves against Lactobacillus acidophillus with hexane as a solvent and it was statistically significant (P<0.05). Gotu kola leaves also have mild effect against Candida albicans with acetone, hexane and ethyl acetate as a solvent.

Key words: Neem leaves, gotu kola leaves, Streptococcus mutans, Lactobacillus acidophillus and Candida albicans.



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Donation of organ is much essential to save life of recipient.these organ can achieved by living or deceased body .however there are certain legal terms ethics processes should have to follow during organ donation.Organ donation improving quality of life and reducing morbidity and mortality. Today most organ transplant are relatively safe procedures no longer considered as experiment but considered as a treatment option for thousands of patients with medical indication such as those suffering from renal failure ,heart disease, respiratory disease, cirrhosis of liver.[1]  Intensive fungal infection are major cause of death in organ transplant patients.[2]organ transplant is a safe procedure that gives new hope and new life when dealing with this issues it should not be forgotten that this is a decision of life and death where decision is made on who lives, who dies  and why this issue is also regarding real people who are suffering and decision made based on good ethics and proper understanding of social religious aspect will facilitate and make the process less painful.Both community and physicians should therefore approach organ transplant  positively and treat social and religious issues as “Negotiable” perspectives and not barrier to organ transplants.[3]

After completion of this article reader should able to know legal process of organ transplant how will organ donor which part of body can  be donated.

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Proposing Bilateral Integration of Traditional and Conventional Medical Education and Practice Perceiving Mahamana’s vision

This article is dedicated to the eminent educationist, great freedom fighter and the founder of the Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Ratna Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviya on the occasion the Centenary year celebrations of Banaras Hindu University.

Total 69% of Allopathic doctors prescribe branded Ayurvedic preparations. In a study by Verma et al.(2007), in North India, it has been observed that, the prescriptions of Allopathic doctors contained 88% allopathic and 12% Ayurvedic drugs. Another study by Kumar reported that Ayurvedic drugs were prescribed by 5.26% of allopathic-practitioners. Hence, even without formal knowledge and training, allopathic physicians do not want to refer patients to Ayurvedic doctors but prefer to prescribe Ayurvedic drugs on their own to the patients. This tendency of allopathic doctors is unethical and unwarranted. Similar cross prescriptions are also common among Ayurvedic doctors who frequently prescribe modern drugs, but they are given formal allopathic training during their UG and PG education, which may justify their prescription of Allopathic drugs to some extent.

Thus, it is obvious that how important it is for Allopathic practitioners to learn the basics of Ayurveda as its demand is increasing and as it is a fact that the practice of Complementary Ayurveda by Allopathic practitioners is also as important as practice of Complementary Allopathy is by Ayurvedic practitioners for a successful practice.

Thus “Bilateral Integration” of both streams of Medicine in India has now become essential for sustaining the ethical practice with legal provisions in public interest.

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 Hypertension is sustained high blood pressure; sometimes also called arterial hypertension, is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in arteries is elevated.  In Morden era hypertension is a major health challenge worldwide because of its prevalence and role as a risk for cardiovascular disease. Since the proportion of hypertensive people is increasing dramatically worldwide, the prevention, detection, treatment and control of this condition should be on top priority. Ayurveda symbolises holistic approach towards treating diseases, and prevention is better than cure as its main motto. This study describes the antihypertensive effect of panchakarma therapy and other ayurvedic drugs.

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Multi-Dimensional Fatigue Inventory: A Tool to Assess Shrama

Abstract: Assessment of human being (Purusha) is the basic essential pre-requisite in Ayurveda. To fulfill both goals of Ayurveda that is, swasthya rakshana and vikara prashamana after proper assessment of person health promoting measure should be applied. Treatment of disease will be possible after proper analysis of disease and diseased. Shrama is defined as tiredness. The drugs and regimen that removes shrama are known as shramahara. Acharya charaka enumerates ten drugs in shramahara dashemani. As of today there are no inventories or scales to quantify shrama and measure shramahara karma in humans. Shrama arbitrarily holds equal with the concept of Fatigue of contemporary science. The similarity is observed in physiological and pathological platforms. Fatigue is a subjective feeling of tiredness that can be assessed by various scales. Multidimensional fatigue inventory is a novel tool developed to assess fatigue. This article proposes that Multi-Dimensional Fatigue Inventory can be used as an assessment tool for shrama and shramahara karma.

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Nidana (etiology) is defined as the factors, which cause the disease. Treatment becomes easier by knowing the causative factors of a disease. In this light, it has been clearly stated that ‘Nidana Parivarjanam’ is one type of Chikitsa. With the review of Ayurvedic literature it is evident that no specific aetiological factor has been described separately for Pakshaghata. Disorders of Vata, including Pakshaghata have been classified as Nanatmaja Vata Vyadhi, so all the factors vitiating Vata in the body are likely to be the root cause of Pakshaghata. Hence, the general causative factors of Vata Vyadhi or factors vitiating Vata Dosha in the body may be regarded as the aetiological factors of Pakshaghata as well. In this article etiological factors for Pakshaghata (Stroke) are analysed.


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Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by Wet Cupping – A Case Report and Review of Literature

Abstract: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the commonest endocrinopathy among women of reproductive age with an estimated prevalence of about 4 to 12%. It is a lifelong multisystem genetic disorder and is traditionally first noticed in puberty as menstrual irregularities and weight gain. The treatment of PCOS is surrounded by many controversies. The choice of treatment depends upon the symptoms the patient presents with. There is a scope for alternative management of the disease. In Unani literature the syndrome is not mentioned as such. It can be correlated with the clinical presentation related to PCOS; Ehtebase tams (amenorrhea), qillate tams (oligomenorrhea), hirsuitism and uqr (infertility) have been described. It has been quoted that ehtebase tams (amenorrhea) usually set in those women who are fair and have phlegmatic temperament. These women with ehtebase tams may present with masculine features such as hoarse voice and hirsutism. Different treatment modalities have been proposed to resume normal menstrual flow as it is considered to be the root cause of many ailments. One such mode is through Hijamah mae shurt (wet cupping therapy). This article presents a successful treated case of PCOS by Hijamah mae shurt (wet cupping therapy).

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Hepatocellular jaundice arises because of damage to hepatic cells. Jaundice is a condition in whichyellowness of skin, sclerae, mucous membranes, and excretionsoccurs due to hyperbilirubinemia and deposition of bile pigments. It occurs when the ability of the liver to conjugate normal amounts of bilirubin into bilirubin diglucoronide is significantly reduced by inadequate intracellular transport or enzyme systems. In Ayurveda jaundice is described as kamla roga. Kamala has been described in detail along with its etiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, complications and management also. In Ayurveda kamala roga is divided into two parts and Hepatocellular jaundice is very similar to kosthashrita kamla. A lot of medicines either in form of kvatha, vati, churna or arista has been described during the description of treatment of kamla in Ayurveda. Here a case report of a 17 1/2-Years-male having jaundice with increased prothrombin time is being presented who was treated with Ayurveda effectively. 

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“A Case discussion on Vicharchika (Eczema)”

Eczema is a clinical and histological pattern of inflammation of the skin seen in a variety of dermatoses with widely diverse aetiologies. Clinically, eczematous dermatoses are characterized by variable intensity of itching and soreness, and, in variable degrees, a range of signs including dryness, erythema, excoriation, exudation, fissuring, hyperkeratosis, lichenification, papulation, scaling and vesiculation. Histologically, the clinical signs are reflected by a range of epidermal changes including spongiosis (epidermal oedema) with varying degrees of acanthosis and hyperkeratosis, accompanied by a lymphohistiocytic infiltrate in the dermis. This condition is comparable with Vicharchika Kushtha in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Vicharchika (Eczema) is not a life threatening, it makes worried the patient due to its appearance, severe itching disturbing routine and it’s naturally susceptible to be chronic. A case report of 42-year-old male, who presented with complaints of rashes over lower part of both legs and palmer surface of both hands linked with intense itching and told oozing in some lesions. As a result of persistent scratching, lichenification was present in some lesions has been presented here.

KEYWORDS: aragvadha patra lepa; arogyavardhini vati; eczema; kaishore guggulu

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Management of Huntington’s Disease through Ayurveda – A Case Study

Purpose: To present a case study of Huntington’s disease managed through Ayurveda.

Design/ methodology/approach: A female aged about 47 years was admitted on 30.06.2014in _______ with the complaints of Involuntary and uncontrollable movements of body (hands, legs & head), Difficulty - in speech, holding objects, swallowing and chewing, hearing, can’t able to stand and walk its own with mild behavioral changes since 6 years.Genomic DNA analysis suggest –the number of CAG repeats on one of the alleles at the HD locus falls beyond the normal range of 6 – 33 repeats i.e. 41 repeats. It was diagnosed as Huntington’s disease or Tandavaroga. Treatment planned according to Avastha on the basis of Vatasyopkarma and Brihmana. Selected medicines intervened through the procedures like Nasya, Shirostalam, Abhyanga, Basti etc.

Results: After giving Nasya and Shirostalam for three days, complaints of difficulty in swallowing, chewing and speaking was reduced which suggested good recovery. After 3 days, Abhyanga and Matra Basti started which shown gradual improvement in standing, balancing, walking, involuntary movements and holding objects. After 10 days, she was able to swallow and chew food along with able to stand and walk independently.

Conclusion: After 10 days of treatment, in female patient of Huntington’s disease or Chorea there was remarkable improvement seen in signs and symptoms of Tandavaroga.

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Vol 3, No 3 (2015): Journal of Ayurveda and Holistic Medicine (JAHM)

Table of Contents

Clinical Study

Ravindra Angadi 1-6
Prevention and Management of Hypertension and associated disorders by Bhastrika Pranayama (A breathing exercise) PDF
Rajendra Singh Ranawat, Veena Agarwal, Vishal Kumar Sharma, Pavan kumar Sharma 7-10

Experimental Study

Antimicrobial activity of Gotukola leaves and Neem leaves-A Comparative invitro study PDF
Vaishnavi perumal 11-15

Review Article

Ashish Naresh Jaiswal 16-22
Proposing Bilateral Integration of Traditional and Conventional Medical Education and Practice Perceiving Mahamana’s vision PDF
Sanchit Misra 23-27
Multi-Dimensional Fatigue Inventory: A Tool to Assess Shrama PDF
Suma Patil, Suma Patil 32-36

Case Report

Treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome by Wet Cupping – A Case Report and Review of Literature PDF
Wajeeha Begum, mariyam roqaiya 41-45
neera saini 46-48
“A Case discussion on Vicharchika (Eczema)” PDF
Manisha Talekar, Sisir Kumar Mandal 49-52
Management of Huntington’s Disease through Ayurveda – A Case Study PDF
Girish KJ, Amit Kumar, Devendra Kaushik, Diwakar P Joshi 53-57

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