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A RANDOMIZED CLINICAL STUDY TO EVALUATE THE EFFICACY OF ASHWAGANDHA RASAYANA ON KARSHYA W.S.R. TO UNDERWEIGHT

*Sharma Sudhanshu Dutt, Masand Sameet, Sharma Suryanshu Dutt, Sharma Gopal Dutt and Thakur Jyotsna

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Background: A majority of the population in the developing countries suffer from malnutrition and under nutrition. In the global campaign of health for all, promotion of proper nutrition is one of the 8 elements of primary health care. Ayurveda with its holistic approach can help in this condition with its unique way of lifestyle management and the drug therapy. Aim: Evaluation of efficacy of Ashwagandha Rasayana overcome the problem of low body weight (Karshya). Material and Methods: An open clinical trial was conducted at Government Ayurveda college Hospital, Tripunithura on 30 patients of Karshya on the basis of body weight, BMI and Haemoglobin. Follow up was done before and after treatment. The results were statistically analyzed. Result: The study shows statistically significant increase in Body weight, BMI and Haemoglobin. The mean value of Body weight was increased from 38.66 to 39.11 after treatment with statistically significant p-value of (P<0.0042). The mean value of BMI increased from 15.89 to 16.08 after treatment with statistically significant p-value of (P<0.0044). The mean value of Haemoglobin was increased from 11.85 to 12.76 after treatment with statistically significant p-value of (P<0.001). Conclusion: Ashwagandha Rasayana is effective in management of Under Weight; which promotes the strength of body and has rejuvenating action, it provides nutrition to all the cyclic process of origin, maturation and degeneration of the body fulfilling the principle of rejuvenation. Ashwagandha Rasayana was found to have significant effect on increasing body weight, BMI and Haemoglobin.

Keywords: Ashwagandha Rasayana, Karshya, Body weight and Body Mass Index (BMI), Haemoglobin.


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