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Dr. Harshad C. Komreddiwar* and Dr. Prerana P. Jawale


Acharya Charak has explained 80 vataja nanatmaja vyadhi one of them is Ardita. It can be correlated with facial palsy in modern science. Facial palsy is defined as an idiopathic acute non suppurative inflammation of facial nerve. Ardita (facial palsy) affects speech, mastication, expression of mood and emotions. Major complication of the condition are chronic facial spasm, facial pain and corneal infection; to avoid that, it is necessary to start treatment as early as possible. The present management of Facial palsy is oral steroidal therapy and antiviral therapy, but respond rate to these treatments is very less. Also steroidal therapy has its various adverse effects. In this article a case report of 62 years old male patient who came to OPD with complaints of slurred speech, deviation of mouth towards right side, dribbling of saliva, inability to close left eye, difficulty in wrinkling forehead and inability to blow whistle since approximately 24 hours. Three settings of Jalaukavacharan was done over affected side of face anteriorly to ear approximately, around the surface anatomy where the facial nerve divides into 5 branches. Along with this oral medication and excercise was also advised. The clinical sign and symptoms of Ardita were reduced significantly after the application of leech i.e. jalaukavacharana.

Keywords: Ardita, facial palsy, jalaukavacharana.

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