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Abstract

EFFECTIVENES OF SIDDHA MEDICINES AND VARMAM THERAPY FOR MANAGEMENT OF MOOTU KANNESAIVU PISAGAL (PRIMARY OSTEO ARTHRITIS)

Dr. K. Elavarasan*

ABSTRACT

Siddha system of medicine is the ancient traditional medicine practiced
all over Tamilnadu. Siddha system is bestowed with various
specialities of few which are Varmam, Pranayamam, Yoga and
Kayakarpam. This systemhas a vast repository of internal and external
medicines. Varmamis one among such therapies used to treat multiple
ailments, especially related to musculoskeletal and neurological
deficits. Varmamis the vital life energy points located in human body
and was identified as 108 points by the Siddhars. Here the
Varmamtreatment for Azhalkeelvaayu (Osteoarthritis), one of the types
of Keelvaayu mentioned in the Siddha Noinaadal book is evaluated in
a sma l group of patients. Among the elderly knee Osteoarthritis is leading cause of chronic
disability in developed countries. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the second most common
rheumatologic problemand is most frequent joint disease with prevalence of 22% to 39% in
India. A study was done on 30 clinicaly diagnosed patients of osteoarthritis (knee joint). Such
patients who underwent varmamtherapy are observed and results are presented. The results
showed significant effect of Varmamtherapy for the management of Osteoarthritis which is
evident fromthe p value (P=1).

Keywords: Azhalkeelvayu, Siddha, Varmam, Osteoarthritis


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