Clinical effect of Sepalika (Nycanthes arbortristis) Niruha Vasti, Sepalika Sudulunu Kashaya and Lakshadilepa on Grudhrasi (sciatica)-A case study
Grudhrasi is a disease occurred by vitiation of Vata Dosha alone or Vata Dosha in association with vitiated Kapha Dosha. Grudhrasi has a close resemblance with sciatica in modern parlance. Sciatica is a term often used to describe low back pain that radiates from back to hip and thigh and along the leg. Sepalika Niruha Vasti, decoction of Sepalika Sudulunu, Lakshadilepa mixed with juices of leaves of Toddalia asiatica and rhizome of Curcuma domestica are used by traditional physiciansin Sri Lanka to treat patients suffering from Grudhrasi (sciatica). So far, no known scientific study has been done to evaluate the effect of aforesaid treatments. Hence the present study was undertaken. In this case study, a 57 years male patient suffering from Grudhrasi (sciatica) was selected from Indoor Patient Department, Ayurveda Teaching Hospital, Borella, Sri Lanka. The patient was treated for 19 days with aforesaid treatment. The response to the treatment was recorded and therapeutic effects were evaluated through symptomatic relief. At the end of the treatment, the patient was completely relieved. It is concluded that this treatment regimen is beneficial in treatment of Grudhrasi (sciatica).