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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 26-31

Role of Raktamokshana by Ghati Yantra in treatment of Gridhrasi (sciatica): A pilot study

1 Department of Rachna Sharir, Bhausaheb Mulak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
2 Samadhan Ayurved Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Conservative Dentistry, VSPM's Dental College and Hospital, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ayu.AYU_212_15

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Introduction: The incidence rate of Gridhrasi (sciatica) is quite significant as more than three-quarters of the world's population are affected by the disease. It is characterized by the onset of Ruja (pain), Toda (pricking), and Stambha (stiffness), initially in Sphika (gluteal region) and then radiating distally to Kati-Prishtha (low back), Janu (knee), Jangha (thigh) till Pada (feet). The patients suffering from Gridhrasi have restricted movements due to painful limb, affecting the daily routine activities. Aim: To assess the role of Raktamokshana (blood letting) done by Ghatiyantra in the patients suffering from Gridhrasi. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on twenty patients who had reported for the treatment of Gridhrasi at an Ayurvedic hospital. Raktamokshana was done on Sphik (gluteal region) or Kati (low back) region with the help of 18 no. needle and Ghatiyantra (Kanchapatra) in four settings (0, 5th, 10th and 15th day). The sign and symptoms, namely Ruka, Toda, Stambha, and Spandana (fasiculation) were given scores depending on their severity. The patients were also assessed for straight-leg raise (SLR) test. Follow-up was done at an interval of 5 days for three times and the scores were noted down before and after treatment. The scores were analyzed by SPSS 18 software using Student's t-test. Results: Marked reduction in severity of mean scores of Ruja, Toda, Stambha, and Spandana was seen in the patients after the use of Ghatiyantra for Raktamokshana, which was statistically significant. Conclusions: Ghatiyantra is the simple and effective treatment (in adjunct to other treatment) for reducing Ruka, Toda, Stambha, and Spandana in Gridhrasi.

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