A COMPARATIVE CLINICAL STUDY ON THE EFFECT OF AJMODADI CHURNA AND KATI BASTI IN THE MANAGEMENT OF GRIDHRASI W.S.R. TO SCIATICA
In Ayurveda, Gridhrasi is considered as one of the Vataja Nanatmaja Vyadhi having vitiation of Vata and sometimes Vata Kapha Dosha. The cardinal signs and symptoms of Gridhrasi are Ruk (pain), Toda (pricking sensation), Stambha (stiffness) and Muhurspandan in the Sphika, Kati, Uruh, Janu, Jangha and Pada in order and Sakthiuthkshepanigraha (hinderence in lifting of the legs). In Kaphanubandha -Tandra, Gaurav, Arochaka are present. The signs and symptoms of ‘Gridhrasi’ can be correlated with that of ‘Sciatica’ in modern terminology. Sciatica is a very painful condition in which pain begins in lumbar region and radiates along the posterior lateral aspects of thigh and leg along with difficulty in walking. SLR test, sitting test, Lasegues sign are helpful not only to diagnose the sciatica but also to assess the progress of the therapy. With reference to the management of Sciatica, in modern medicine, various modalities are available. These modern therapies have their own limitations and these management tools are not affordable for the poor, especially in the developing countries. Therefore, the choice of treatment commonly opens to reveal some effective, simple, safe and economic modalities. Total 30 patients were registered in this study. 15 patients were assigned to group A (Ajmodadi Churna) and 15 to group B (Ajmodadi Churna and Sahacharadi Taila Kati Basti). Each patient was examined thoroughly before treatment and observed keenly during the procedure and follow up.
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