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EFFECTIVENESS OF SIDDHA MEDICINE IN THE TREATMENT OF KARAPPAN (ECZEMA) – A CASE REPORT

M. K. Sangeetha*, K. Rajakumar, M. R. Srinivasan, M. Chithra, I. Nithyamala, S. Dinesh

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Siddha, a traditional healing science of India is an age old holistic medicine which emphasizes the maintenance of relaxed mind and body harmony and insists to keep pace with the laws of nature. In siddha system besides herbs, metals and mineral drugs are used as medicines. All the medicines have their own way of preparation and prescribed with specific dosage and with specific anupaanams and thunai marunthu in this system. Dermatitis and Eczema are a common problem all over the world. Their incidence is 2 – 3 % of medical problem seen in practice. In the practice of dermatology, the first step is to establish the clinical diagnosis of dermatitis and eczema. Then decide the clinic morphological pattern, viz. Contact, Atopic, Neurodermatitis, Gravitational, Endogenous or Seborrheic. The final and most important step to make an etiological diagnosis that is establish in the role of the different causes or cause responsible for the dermatitis. Eczema is a non – contagious inflammation of the skin characterized by erythema, scaling, edema, vesiculation and oozing. The term Eczema is a Greek word. The whole word implies “Boil out”. It is characterized by superficial inflammatory edema of the epidermis associated with vesicle formation. Itching varies from mild to severe paroxysm which may even interfere with work and sleep.[1]

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