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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 295-299

A Clinical Study to Access the Efficacy of Karaveer Taila on Kikkisa (Striae Gravidarum)

1 Reader, PG Dept. of Prasuti Tantra & Stri Roga, R. G. Govt. P. G. Ayurveda College Paprola, Dist. Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Research Scholar, PG Dept. of Prasuti Tantra & Stri Roga, R. G. Govt. P. G. Ayurveda College, Paprola, Dist. Kangra (Himachal Pradesh), India
3 Professor & HOD, Shalakya Tantra, IPGT & RA, Jamnagar, India

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Kamini Dhiman
Reader, PG Dept. of Prasuti Tantra & Stri Roga, R. G. Govt. P. G. Ayurveda College Paprola, Dist. Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
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Reproduction is an important part of the life of female. Some physiological, hormonal and metabolic changes occur in mother's body to accommodate and support the fetus throughout pregnancy. In response to these changes some ailments appear during pregnancy. Among the common ailments of pregnancy as recognized by various pioneers of Ayurveda, Kikkisa is a common disorder which appears on the abdomen during seventh month. If we look at the etiology of Kikkisa, it shows that various sages has compiled the same cause i.e. vitiation of tridosha due to the growing fetus which leads to burning sensation and itching as symptoms and stretch marks as a sign. Above said causative factors and symptomatology of Kikkisa has close resemblance with Striae Gravidarum (S.G.) as described in modern texts. In this study an attempt has been made to define Kikkisa, on scientific grounds vis-a-vis S.G. In present study, 30 clinically diagnosed Kikkisa patients were divided into two groups of 15 each and given Karaveer (Neriun indicum Mill.) taila for local application for 2 months trial period. Karaveer taila was prepared from leaves of Karaveer and Til oil as per the method of preparation of oil described in classics. Patients were assessed thoroughly for a total period of 3 months including 1 month follow up period. A statistically highly significant (p<0.001) decrease was observed in features of itching and colour of Kikkisa. No untoward reactions were observed in both the groups throughout the study period.

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