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CLASSICAL AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF JUVENILE IDIOPATHIC ARTHRITIS: A CASE STUDY

Dr. Devendra Kumar and Dr. Pinky Chauhan

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Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common form of childhood arthritis that causes joint inflammation and stiffness for more than six weeks in a child aged 16 or younger. The symptoms of disease Amavata in Ayurvedic classics have similarity with rheumatism as well as JIA in paediatric age group which is characterized by Angamarda (body pain), Aruchi (loss of taste), Thrishna (thrist), Gourava (heaviness), Klama (tiredness without doing work), Apaka (indigestion) and fever. In the later stage pain may begin to migrate from place to place with a Vrishchika Damshavat Vedana (intense stinging type of pain) and burning sensation. This case is the retrospective observation study of this condition in one male patient aged 16 years was admitted in paediatric ward with Reg. no.-3721 with complaints of morning stiffness, pain and swelling in the joint and patient receiving Ayurvedic treatment in Paediatric ward of Punjab Ayurveda Medical College & Hospital Morjand Khari, Sri Ganganagar. Despite vast range of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), immunosuppressive agents, corticosteroids etc., the complete remission of this disease is still not possible. The Patient was managed with Panchakarma procedures like Baluka Swedana and Vaitarana Basti for 30 days along with Shamana Aushadhi. These combined therapies gave moderate improvement in all the symptoms with improvement in reduced physical activity.

Keywords: Amavata, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Vaitarana Basti.


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