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Jangam Dhana Lakshmi* and M. Paramkusha Rao


Padadari is a disease described in Ayurveda under kshudraroga. It can be correlated to cracked feet. Cracked feet are a common cosmetic problem and a nuisance to most people. But when the fissures or cracks are deep, they are painful to stand on and the skin can bleed and in severe cases this can become infected. Common cause for crack foot include fashionable high healed and improper fitting shoe, excessive walking involving athletics, psoriasis, diabetes and reduced humidity and dries out the skin. The disease involves the vruddha vata dosha leading to dryness, cracks and fissures. The symptoms may include vedana, kandu, daha, raktasrava. So the line of treatment is controlling vata, overwhelming dryness and healing the cracks, which is possible by cleaning, drying and applying sneha dravya to the affected area. Acharyas have mentioned number of single and compound drugs to treat Padadari most of them developed by practice. Euphorbia neriifolia is an herb extensively used in the Indian system of medicine. Snuhi kshira is one among renowned Ayurvedic herbal drug which is believed to be effective in Padadari. The present study was taken from the Vaidyamanorama. In this study 45 patients were divided in to 3 groups. Snuhi kshira malahara (SKM) Group-1, Snuhi swarasa malahara (SSM) group-2 and placebo (Wheat powder) was given to group-3. Group-1 patients have shown better percentage of relief when compared to other 2 groups. That means snuhi kshira malahara is more effective than other forms. The results with group-2 that snuhi swarasa malahara has shown next better results. Placebo (Wheat powder) group has shown minimal results.

Keywords: Padadari, Snuhi Kshira, Rakta Srava, Psoriasis, Snuhi Kshira Malahara, Snuhi Swarasa Malahara etc.

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