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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 205-209

A comparative clinical trial on the role of Panchakarma therapy and Unmada Gajankusha Rasa in the cases of major depressive disorder vis-à-vis kaphaja Unmada

1 Division of Manasa Chikitsa, Department of Kayachikitsa, Institute of Medical Sciences,Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Medical Sciences,Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
3 Department of Ayurvedic Pharmacy, Institute of Medical Sciences,Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

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J S Tripathi
Associate Professor & Incharge, Division of Manas Chikitsa(Psychosomatic Medicine & Psychiatry), Department of Kayachikitsa, Faculty of Ayurveda, I.M.S., B.H.U., Varanasi
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.72396

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Depression is a common but serious mood disorder which exerts wide range of physical, physiological and psychological impact. On the basis of the severity of disease, depression is classified under various categories. Of all the types of depression, major depressive disorder resembles the features of kaphaja Unmada. The patients of Kaphaja Unmada are dirty in appearance, their speech and activities are retarded and they prefer to remain in solitude and lonely places. The present study has been conducted in eighty patients of major depressive disorder dividing them into four groups, A, B, C and D using Vamana therapy and Unmada Gajankusha Rasa in the dose of 250 mg twice daily with water. The results were assessed on scoring of clinical symptoms and signs and by using Hamilton depression rating scale (HDRS).The results reveal the mild to moderate degree of response over various parameters which has been presented in detail in the article.

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