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A CASE STUDY ON PSORIASIS

Dr. Meher Jyotiranjan*, Dr. Meher Arunima and Dr. Samal Jitendra

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Aim: To assess the efficacy of Rasabhra guggul and Karanja taila in the management of Psoriasis (Ekakustha). Background: Psoriasis (Ekakustha) is one of the most common dermatologic diseases, affecting up to 1 to 2 per cent of the world's population. India has an incidence of approaching 1%-3%. It occurs in all age groups mainly at 20-30 years and about equally in men and women. Psoriasis is a skin disorder characterized by erythematous, swollen skin lesions covered with silvery-white scales. Ekakustha1 is one of the kshudraroga described in classical Ayurveda text which the sign and symptoms of Aswedanam[2] (absence of sweat), Mahavastu (big lesion), Matsyasakolapamam (Scaling) with Vata-kaphaja dosa[3] predominancy. The involvement of Vata results in dry silvery or blackish plaques of psoriasis. Whereas itching in those affected areas is due to Kapha. It is one of the most intriguing and perplexing disorders of the skin. The psychological aspect of psoriasis is most important in the etiopathogenesis and management of psoriasis. Results and Discussion: In the present study, the patient was taking "Rasabhra guggul” for oral administration along with Karanja Taila for external application. Both the drug has the property of vatakaphahara, ushna virya and kusthaghna for which it breaks down the pathogenesis of Ekakustha. Conclusion: Both the drugs Rasabhra guggul[4] and Karanja Taila[5] are highly effective to relieve the sign and symptoms of Ekakustha.

Keywords: Psoriasis, Ekakustha, Aswedanam, Matsyasakolapamam, Samana.


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