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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 263-269

Comparative study of Vamana and Virechanakarma in controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes mellitus

1 Lecturer, Department of Panchakarma, Ayurveda and Unani Tibbia College and Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 HOD, Reader, PG Department of Panchkarma, Government Akhandanand Ayurved College and Hospital, Bhadra, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Nitin Jindal
Lecturer, Department of Panchkarma, Ayurveda and Unani Tibbia College and Hospital, Karol Bagh, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.123115

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Diabetes mellitus (DM) with its devastating consequences is a global health problem of this era. Presently India is having the largest diabetic population of 50.8 million. The characteristic features of DM have close resemblance with Prameha (obstinate urinary disorders including diabetes) in Ayurveda. Madhumeha is a Vatika subtype of Prameha that is most close to DM. One variety of this Madhumeha (DM) is Aavaranjanya (due to occlusion) in which Vayu aggravates due to occlusion by Pitta or Kapha. This type of Madhumeha (DM) can be managed if Samshodhana (bio-cleansing) is used in early stages of disease followed by palliative treatment. Vamana (emetic therapy) and Virechana (purgation therapy) are the Samsodhana Karma (bio-cleansing therapies) that are compatible to overcome this Aavarana (occlusion). A comparative study was planned to compare their efficacy in controlling blood sugar levels in patients with DM. Although none of them were completely able to control blood sugar in the long-term but the study yields some very interesting results in reducing the blood sugar levels which could be useful in the future studies related to DM.

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