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   2008| January-March  | Volume 29 | Issue 1  
    Online since September 1, 2010

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Ayurvedic Management of Klaibya (Male Sexual Dysfunctions) with special reference to Manasa Bhava (Psychological Factors)
Nilesh N Bhatt, VD Shukla
January-March 2008, 29(1):46-51
Vata is responsible for all the Chesta, particularly of the Indriyas i.e. Dasha Indriya and Mana which are the keys for normal Sexual functioning. In five types of Vata; Prana, Vyana and Apana causes the impairment of the functioning of these Indriyas. The chief factors causing the condition Klaibya are Vata, Sattva (Mental stability or Mano dosha), Dhatukshaya in general and Shukra Kshaya in particular, Shukravaha Srotodushti and Marmabhighata. In Charaka Samhita Acharya Charaka has also narrated that Kama, Krodha, Bhaya, Shoka etc. factors affects Shukra, Deha Bala and Sattva bala leading to sexual dysfunction. The Vyakulatva of Manasa is a cause for Akshamata of Kama i.e. incapacity of Sattva (Manasa). Keeping about this view in mind, for this study 136 patients were registered and among them120 patients have completed full course of treatment which were equally divided in to four groups. The best relief in the amelioration of cardinal signs and symptoms were recorded among patients of combined group therapy.
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Importance of media in Shodhana of Vatsanabha (Aconite)
PK Sarkar, Subha , PK Prajapati
January-March 2008, 29(1):52-55
Vatsanabha (aconite) is a poisonous plant drug used as medicine in Ayurvedic system of medicine. It is used after proper 'Shodhana' treatment by various media like cow's urine, cow's milk, goat's milk, Triphala Kwatha, etc. In the present study the media after Shodhana of Vatsanabha was analyzed physico-phytochemically. The results are suggestive of extraction of toxic alkaloids in the media during Shodhana and cow's urine as better media for Shodhana of Vatsanabha.
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Kati Basti - A Clinical Study
Bharati , Adarsh Kumar, T Bhikshapati
January-March 2008, 29(1):42-45
The classical Panchakarma is a purification process. But Keraliya - Panchakarma has been derived and evolved as a health-promotion system. Kati Basti is a specialized technique of Keraliya Panchakarma in which warm medicated oil is put on Kati (lumbo-sacral region) for a specified period of time (say 40 to 45 minutes) while the patient is lying prone. The present pilot, open, clinical study was launched with a view to observe the effect of Kati Basti in 27 patients of Katishoola (low backache)/ Gridhrasi (Sciatica). Luke warm Mahanarayana taila was filled up into the trough (temp. 40 degree approx) and was kept for to 45 minutes. The procedure was carried out regularly, daily for 7 to 15 days according to the severity of the disease. Maximum prevalence of disease was observed in middle aged (38-40) and elderly (58-68). Maximum number of patients presented with difficulty in walking and low backache. Maximum number of patients of Katishoola/Gridhrasi/both showed Vataj prakriti. 15 patients showed pain during straight leg raising. After Kati Basti patients showed improvement in symptoms like low backache, pain thighs & legs, difficulty in walking, numbness soles & legs. Out of 27 patients, 5 showed good response, 4 showed poor response & 2 were lama.
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A Comparative Study on Vidangadi Churna and Trivritayukta Navaka Guggulu in the Management of Sthaulya (Obesity)
Amit Singh, Manjiri Nadkarni, SN Vyas, MS Baghel
January-March 2008, 29(1):56-62
Sthaulya (obesity) is the most common metabolic disorder in affluent societies caused by excessive eating, lack of exercise and is a direct result of the modernization combined with lifestyle changes. The incidence of Diabetes mellitus, Hypertension, Angina Pectoris, and Myocardial Infarction etc. is higher among obese individuals. Acharya Charaka has included Atisthool in eight varieties of impediments, which are designated as 'Astha-Nindita Purusha'. He categorizes this problem under Santarpanajanita Vyadhi. Atisthool Purusha is said to suffer from the following eight defects; Ayurhasa, Javoparodha, Alpa-vyavayita, Daurbalya, Daurgandhya, Swedabadha, Ati-trisha, Ati-kshudha. In this study Vidangadi Churna and Trivrityukta Navaka Guggulu were given in tablet form in the dose of 1 gm twice a day for 30 days in the OPD of I.P.G.T. & R.A.,G.A.U., Jamnagar. Total 55 patients were registered for clinical trial of the study. Out of which, 39 patients completed the study. Total 15 patients of Vidangadi Churna group completed the full course, of which 5 patients showed mild improvement (33.33%), 4 patients showed moderate improvement (26.67%) and 1 patient showed marked improvement(6.67%). Total 24 patients of Trivrityukta Navaka Guggulu group completed the full course, among which 10 patients showed mild improvement (41.67%), 8 patients showed moderate improvement (33.33%) and 3 patient showed marked improvement (12.50%).
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A Comparative Pharmaceutico- Chemical Study of 1, 7 & 50 Avartita Ksheera Bala Taila
Biswajyoti Patgiri, MS Krishnamurthy, Subrata De, Kulwant Singh
January-March 2008, 29(1):19-24
Avartana is one such technique by which oleaginous medicaments can be reduced into small dosage form, meanwhile increasing its potency. Avartita Ksheera Bala Taila was prepared by Atibala mula (Abutilon indicum Linn.), Taila (Black sesame oil) and Ksheera (Amul Gold 9 SNF) were taken in the ratio of 1 : 3.2 : 4. The gradual shift from Taila paka siddhi lakshana ('Phenodgama') to Ghrita Paka Siddhi Lakshana ('Phena santi') in 19th Avartana was observed in pharmaceutical study. Average 2.24 % v/v weight gain was observed in total 50 Avartita of Ksheera Bala Taila. Loss on drying, Specific gravity and Refractive index were observed decline in successive Avartana but Saponification value was found increased.
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Effect of Sama Veda and Hard Rock Music on Growth of Human Cancer Cell Lines In Vitro
Hari Sharma, Ellen Kauffman, Ralph Stephens
January-March 2008, 29(1):1-8
Sound affects the human physiology. Cells vibrate dynamically and may transmit information via harmonic wave motions. We compared the effects of 'primordial sounds' (Sama Veda from the Ayurveda system of natural health care), or hard rock music (AC/DC, "Back in Black"), and no sound on the growth of cells in culture. Five human tumor cell lines (lung, colon, brain, breast and skin) and one normal cell line (fibroblasts) were tested in triplicate for each of an average of four experiments. The recordings of Sama Veda and "Back in Black" were normalized to maintain the same maximum amplitudes, with no significant effect on the results. Primordial sound significantly decreased the average growth across cell lines (p = 0.005 ANOVA). In the presence of hard rock music, growth of cells was significantly increased (p = 0.03) but the effect was not consistent. We conclude that sound has an effect on the growth of neoplastic and normal human cells in vitro.
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Clinical Study on Psychic Traits in Stress Induced Chronic Insomnia and its Management with Mamsyadi Ghrita & Dashamula Kwatha Shirodhara
Anil Kumar Singh, HM Chandola, B Ravishankar
January-March 2008, 29(1):9-18
Thirty patients of stress induced chronic Insomnia (Anidra) have been studied to evaluate the role of psychic traits (Manasabhava) in etiopatho-genesis and management of disease. A compound herbal Ghrita based formulation consisting of Jatamansi (Nardostachys Jatamansi), Shankhapushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Ashvagandha (Withania somnifera) and Tagar (Valeriana jatamansi) 20gms twice a day for six weeks has provided highly significant relief (p<0.001) on Sleeplessness (86.54%), Distress (89.28%) and Sleep Time (94.29%).In other group of patients Dashamula kwatha Shirodhara half an hour daily in morning for 21 days showed highly significant relief on Sleeplessness (61.29%),Distress (63.64%) , Sleep Time, Sleep Quality and Freshness after Awakening (100% each).Relief in mental health has been observed in both groups based on Hamilton's Anxiety Rating Scale, Hamilton's Depression Rating Scale, Brief Psychiatry Rating Scale and Manasabhav pariksha on Ayurvedic parameters.
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Effect of Simhanada Guggulu and Punarnavarista in Tamakashwasa (Bronchial Asthma) - A Clinical Study
Parameshwarappa S Byadgi, Akash Chandra Tripathi
January-March 2008, 29(1):25-31
Tamakashwasa(bronchial asthma) is characterized by wheeze,chest tightness, dyspnoea, cough. It manifests due to exposure to dust, pollen grains, cold weather etc. Mainly vata and kapha is involved along with rasadhatu. Due to abnormality in the homeostasis of dosha and dhatu leading to development of ama (mainly sama rasadhatugata malarupi kapha) resulting into genesis of various reactions inside the pranavaha srotas. Present study reveals the efficacy of Simhanada Guggulu, punarnavarista, kunjal karma, pranayam in the management of tamakashwasa (bronchial asthma). Encouraging statistical data suggest the effective management of tamakashwasa by the selected therapy.
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Ethnobotanical uses and bioactivity studies of Scoparia dulcis Linn
E.R.H.S.S. Ediriweera, W.D. Ratnasooriya
January-March 2008, 29(1):31-41
Scoparia dulcis Linn (F. Scrophulariaceae) is a common weed which is widely distributed in many tropical countries. It is claimed to possess many therapeutic potentials according to traditional and folkloric medicine some of which are experimentally proven. This article describes its ethnobotanical claims and published bioactivities therapy.
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