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MANAGEMENT OF GRIDHRASI (SCIATICA) THROUGH AYURVEDIC THERAPY - A CASE REPORT

Gill Dimpal* and Mahto Raja Ram**

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Ayurveda classify Gridhrasi as one of diseases caused by vitiation of Vata dosha. Sometimes still Kapha vitiation along with Vata (vata kaphaj) also causes Gridhrasi. Ayurvedic treatments for Gridhrasi focus on bringing back the aggravated Vata or Vata Kapha to the state of equilibrium and there by to the state of health. According to Acharya Charaka major cardinal symptoms of Gridhrasi are pain, stiffness, and twitching over from lower back (Kati) to thighs (Jangha), knees (Janu) and legs (Pada). Similarly, sciatica is usually presented with the radiating type of low back pain and may be associated with neurological deficits. Conventional treatment usually advices analgesics, bed rest and physiotherapy for sciatica as per the condition. People who have significant neurologic deficit might be advised for surgery. There is no such satisfactory treatment for this disease in modern medicine, but in Ayurveda it can be treated to a much greater extent. Here is a case report of 35 years female patient attended Kayachikitsa OPD of AIIA with complaints of An acute pain in Right low back region and hip joint radiating from hip to leg posteriorly since one year and associated numbness and tingling sensation over the right lower limb since 15 days, difficulty in walking since 10 days, patient was taking allopathic medicine but could not got relief, so she was admitted and treated with ayurvedic treatment. Conclusion: The patient had been treated with Shodhan and Shaman medicines. This case report shows that the classical Gridhrasi treatment with Sthanik Patra pinda svedan, Kati basti and Matra basti with Pelvic Traction belt along with Shaman medicines is very effective in Gridhrasi. The complaints of the patient were assessed with VAS, SLR test. After the treatment, she got a marked improvement in his conditions.

Keywords: Ayurveda classify Gridhrasi as one of diseases caused by vitiation of Vata dosha. Sometimes still Kapha vitiation along with Vata (vata kaphaj) also causes Gridhrasi. Ayurvedic treatments for Gridhrasi focus on bringing back the aggravated Vata or Vata Ka


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