A Double Blind Study for Improving I.Q. of School Going Children with Guduchi
Kirti K. Rathod, V. K. Kori, K.S. Patel, Rajagopala S. and Arun Khatri
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Background: In this era of global competition, the competition spirit starts from the very beginning of the childhood of every individual. Even to get admission in a reputed school, the child has to go through various examinations. The early childhood is the phase in which the child perceives and retains unknown words, skilled processes etc. If any drug can enhance this process of grasping, retention and recalling, it will provide a great help to the paediatric population. In Ayurveda a class of drugs is mentioned as „Medhya Rasayana’ for this purpose, Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia Willd. Miers) is one such drug. Material and Methods: A double blind randomized placebo controlled Clinical study was conducted on 71 students to evaluate the effect of Guduchi Ghana in improving Intelligence Quotient (I.Q.) of school going children. Indian Adaptation of Wechsler‟s Intelligence Scale for Children (IAWISC-IV) modified by Dr. Arthur J. Malin was used as an I.Q. assessment tool. Twenty nine students in group „A‟ and Twenty Seven students in group „B‟ completed the course of intervention. Paired „t‟ test and unpaired „t‟ test were used for statistical analysis. Results: Guduchi Ghana capsules showed statistically highly significant increase in Verbal I.Q. score, Performance I.Q. score and Full scale I.Q. scores and Placebo-Wheat flour Capsules showed statistically significant increase in Full scale I.Q. score. When compared placebo Guduchi Ghana capsules showed statistically highly significant increase in Verbal I.Q. score, Performance I.Q. score and Full scale I.Q. scores.