Clinical evaluation of Chocoherb Granules in Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infected teenagers
The relationship between nutrition and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a vicious cycle. HIV compromises nutritional status, and poor nutrition further weakens the immune system, increasing susceptibility to opportunistic infections. The study has been planned with aim to provide sufficient nutrition to malnourished HIV infected children via safe, effective, curative herbs which ensure well nourishments, boosts immunity, increases intellectual and restores the sickness to health and to evaluate the efficacy of Chocoherb granules in malnourished HIV infected children.
The Ayurvedic herbal product named Chocoherb is administered to HIV infected teenagers of age group between 11 to 18 years for 3 months under Civil Hospital - Rajkot Gujarat living with HIV. Chocoherb (Chocolate flavored granules with herbal extract in 10 gms. Individual sachet) twice daily with plain water. In present study, total 20 HIV infected teenagers of age group between 11 to 18 years were observed for weight improvement 1.45 % (p < 0.05), height improvement 0.28 % (p < 0.05), improvement in BMI 1.16% (p < 0.01) and in CD4 count -0.18 % (p > 0.05). The overall therapy shows improving in general health status of malnourished HIV infected teenagers.