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Role of Virechana (Therapeutic Purgation) in the Management of Ekakushtha (Psoriasis) -A Case Study

Megha G. Pandya, Hetal D. Vyas and Rita H. Khagram

Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Psoriasis is consider as type of Kushtha (skin diseases) and may be well correlated to various varieties of Kushtha, among them Eka-kushta, Kitibha are the commonest due to the resemblance of signs and symptom. Here, Ekakushtha is accepted as Psoriasis because the description and characteristic features of it are co-related with description of Psoriasis than any other type of Kushtha. Effective therapeutic agents for the treatment of Psoriasis in contemporary medicine may have long-term toxic side effects, which makes alternative system of medicine a good choice because it overcomes the said limitations. The mainstay of treatment in Ayurveda for Kushtha is shodhana (bio purification), which eliminates the vitiated doshas. Virechana (therapeutic purgation) is less stressful procedure than Vamana (therapeutic emesis) and has less possibility of complications. So, the present work has been under taken to study the role of Virechana (therapeutic purgation) in the management of psoriasis- A case study. After treatment patients recovered symptomatically, the itching and scaling was relieved completely, burning was very mild and intermittent. But, there is mild improvement in nail changes. So, it is concluded that Virechana (therapeutic purgation) was effective and showed considerable improvement in the patient of Psoriasis.