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THE CLINICAL EFFICACY OF AVARAI ULUNTHU PATRU IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THANDAGAVATHAM – A CASE SERIES

Dr. B. Vinubharathi*, Dr. R. V. Idhya, Dr. V. Mahalakshmi, Dr. N. J. Muthukumar, Dr. V. Banumathi

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Siddha system is the foremost of all medical systems in the world. External therapies is a feather in the cap of siddha medical system. The 32 types of external therapies are as important as internal medicines in the management of various diseases and patru is among them. According to Therayar, patru is the method of applying fine powder or crude drugs grinded with an appropriate liquid as a semi solid poultice. Patru is widely used to treat muscular strain, arthritis, and few surgical conditions like haemorrhoids, abscesses etc. Patru application is mainly absorbed through the transcellular routes of the skin layers and reduces inflammation. Diseases frequently affecting the spinal cord such as lumbar spondylosis, osteoporosis, spondylolisthesis can be correlated with thangavatham in siddha system. The treatment of arthritis is big challenge to the health care professionals. This study is aimed to test the effect of Avarai ulunthu patru in the management of pain in thandagavatham patients. Patients admitted in the IPD of National institute of siddha were included in the study based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The subjects were adviced to apply patru for once in a day at an interval of 5 -15 days depending on the illness of the patient. The outcome of the study was assessed using universal pain scale. Overall the patients had pain reduction at a faster rate and improvement in the quality of life.

Keywords: Avarai ulunthu patru, thandagavatham, pain management.


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