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A CASE STUDY ON THE EFFICACY OF SAMUDRAPHENA CHURNA IN THE MANAGEMENT OF KARNASRAVA (CSOM)

Sangeeta Bala* and Shamsa Fiaz

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Chronic suppurative otitis media is one of the most common complaint encountered in clinical practice and involves 65–330 million individuals with draining ears, 60% of whom (39–200 million) suffer from significant hearing impairment. Chronic suppurative otitis media is common infectious ailment affecting mostly children all over globe. It is one of the commonest causes of preventable deafness and can be correlated to Karnasrava which is characterized by discharge from Karna and occurs mainly due to Aavarana of Vata Dosha. The management strategies are limited in conventional system of medicine. Aural toileting remaining one of the basic and safe measure to achieve dry ear. Medicinal and surgical options are not free from side effects and many times may not be beneficial. Ayurveda stipulates a multimodal approach to this problem with use of various local procedures and oral medications. In present case study, 74 year old female patient came with complaints of recurrent ear discharge, pain and itching in both ears since 5 years and was diagnosed as Karna Srava or Chronic suppurative otitis media. She was treated by Karnapichu with Samudraphena churna (Cuttlefish bone powder). The signs and symptoms were studied before and after treatment and result of the study indicates that Samudraphena churna is effective in curing Karnasrava.

Keywords: Karna Srava, Chronic suppurative otitis media, Cuttlefish Bone, Samudraphena, Karnapichu.


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