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Clinical efficacy of Laghumanjishthadi Kwath in the Management of Kitibh Kushtha w.s.r. to Psoriasis

Pallavi Suresh Mundada, Sakshi Sharma, Sima Kurule and Manoj Raut

Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease, in which skin cells replicate at an extremely rapid rate. It is characterized by sharply defined erythematous lesions with dead cells building up on the skin; forming thick and flaky patches called plaques. Psoriasis, although not fatal, can be painful and profoundly disruptive to one‟s life. The disease is common, chronic and costly both in monetary terms and quality of life with no reliable solution all over the world. Majority signs and symptoms of psoriasis resemble with those of kitibh kushtha, a type of kshudra kushtha, mentioned in Ayurveda. So a study with aim to evaluate the clinical efficacy of Laghu Manjishthadi Kwath (ref. Brihat Yog Tarangini) in management of kitibh kushtha with special reference to psoriasis was carried out on 30 patients diagnosed with psoriasis, of either sexes with age more than 18 years, without any other co morbidity or medication. The drug was found to be significantly effective in pacifying all the signs and symptoms of psoriasis (itching, blackish discoloration, erythema, scaling, dryness, plaques /keratosis, discharge and fissuring). The study provides strong evidences that prove keratolytic, antipruritic, anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activities of the drug without producing any side effects.