Effect of Panchatikta Ghrita and Gandhakadi Taila in the Management of Kitibha (Psoriasis) - A Case study
Psoriasis is resemblance to the Kitibha Kushta in Ayurvedic perspective and has a significant impact on a patient's quality of life. Kitibha is one of the common dermatological health issue found in Sri Lanka and the study has been focused to evaluate the efficacy of two herbal formulae in the management of Kitibha disease. Fifty four years old male patient presented with Mandala (Erytromatous Plaque), Ruksha in the affected skin (Roughness of the skin), kandu (Itching), Twak Vidarana (scaling) along with Daha (burning Sensation) all over the body since 9 months, attended to the OPD in the Department of Kayachikitsa, National Ayurveda Hospital, Borella, Sri Lanka. The patient has been treated with Manibhadra Churna 10 mg morning and evening for consecutive 7days as internal medicine. At the end of the seventh day; Gandhakadi Taila has been applied as an external treatments for the lesions twice a day while Panchatikta Ghrita has been administrated 5 ml orally two times per day for three weeks. The visual Analog scale (VAS) has been adopted for the assessment of the efficacy of treatment regime. It was observed that end of the study period; clinical features of Kandu (Itching) Daha (Burning sensation) and Rakta Srava/ Rakta Pitika (Pin point bleeding) was reduced completely and 75% relief was showed in Vivarnatha (Discoloration of skin), Kina (dry scaling), Rukshata (Roughness) and Vruththan Vrudhimanthi (Elevation of the patches) accordingly. In view of the above it can be concluded that treatment protocol is effective in the management of kitibha Roga in Ayurveda perspective.