Effect of Ksheera Vaitarana Vasti, Janu Vasti along with Adjuvant Ayurveda Drugs in the management of Sandhigatavata (Osteoarthritis in knee joint)- A case study
Sandhigatavata is a disease with Shoola (pain), Shotha (swelling) and Hanti Sandhi Gatah Sandhi (impairment of the functions of joints). This can be correlated with osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative arthritis. While any joint can be affected in osteoarthritis, knee joint is most commonly affected. Vangasena Samhitha mentions Ksheera Vaitarana Vasti as a treatment for Janu Sankocha (stiffness of joint), Kati Prushta Shoola Shotha (swelling and pain in waist, knee and back). Prasarana Akunchanayoh Pravrutthishca Savedana (pain during contraction and extension of limbs) is described as a symptom of Sandhigatavata and stiffness in joint is a symptom of osteoarthritis. Sri Lankan traditional physician family ‘Weerasinghe’ treat Sandhigatavata with Belimul Thippilimul Amu Inguru Kashaya with effective results. Gugguladi Thaila is described in Sri Lankan Ayurveda Pharmacopeia in treatment of Vata Roga. Susruta advises to conduct Snehana in treatment of Vata Roga. Janu Vasti is one method of administering Bhahya Snehana to Janu Sandhi (knee joint). A 65 years old female with an 8 years history of Sandhigatavata Ayurveda treatments for 21 days. Ksheera Vaitarana Vasti was conducted for seven days and from Day 8 to 21, with oral administration of Belimul Thippilimul Amu Inguru Kashaya along with Janu Vasti using Gugguladi Thaila. After completion of treatment, it was observed that swelling, tenderness and pain during contraction and extension of limbs were completely relived. It is concluded that above treatment regimen is effective in treatment of Sandhigatavata (osteoarthritis).
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