Effect of Dhupana Karma (fumigation) with smoke arising from burning coconut leaves on Sheetapitta (Urticaria) – A case study
In Sheetapitta, Vata and Kapha are two Dosha, which are primarily vitiated. These in turn are associated with Pitta Dosha resulting in Tridosha Prakopa, leading to elevated patches, swelling, itching and burning sensation in the skin. Sheetapitta can be corelated with Urticaria, a disease characterized by sudden eruptions of itchy wheals which may appear on any part of the skin and mucous membranes. Dhupana Karma (fumigation) using fumes emitting from burned fresh coconut leaves is practiced by Sri Lankan traditional physicians in treatment of Sheetapitta (urticaria). A patient suffering from Sheetapitta was treated with fumes arising from burned fresh coconut leaves and itching, burning sensation, redness in the elevated patches and swelling was completely reduced. Dhupana Karma using fresh leaves of coconut is beneficial in treatment of Sheetapitta (urticaria).