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Efficacy of Virechana karma and Vamana purvaka virechana karma in the management of Ekakushta w.s.r. Psoriasis – A comparative study

Rohit Mehta, VinayKumar KN, Kiran M Goud

Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Healthy skin is the reflection of healthy body where in the affliction of former will not only have an impact on somatic make-up but also on psychological and social aspects of an individual. Among various varieties of Kushta (leprosy), Ekakushta takes upper hand by the way of its chronicity, severity, involving large extent of body parts, difficulty in its curability and is often compared to Psoriasis, a chronic, non-infectious skin disease characterized by well defined, slightly raised, dry, silvery erythematous macules and typical extensor distribution. Ekakushta, as it is predominant of Vata - Kapha dosha, the first line of treatment that comes into picture is Vamana Karma (Emesis Therapy). The prime cause for the manifestation of Kushta is mostly Viruddha Ahara (unwholesome food) which has to be handled by administering Virechana Karma (Purgation Therapy) and Vamana Karma (Emesis Therapy). In toto, the line of treatment of Kushta speaks about both Vamana Karma and Virechana Karma. In this regard, an approach of treatment blended with both Vamana Karma and Virechana Karma may be more effective in treating the disease Ekakushta. Hence, a comparative study was taken up to evaluate the effect of Virechana Karma in Group A and Vamana poorvaka Virechana Karma {Kramataha Shodhana (repetitive purification)} in Group B in the management of Ekakushta w.s.r. to Psoriasis and the results were statistically analysed.