A Randomized Controlled Trial of Godanti Bhasma against Balaposhaka Churna in Management of Balashosha w.s.r. to Protein Energy Malnutrition
Yogesh Shivaji Chavan and G Jai
Journal Title:International Journal of Ayurveda and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Background and Objective: Today Pediatric malnutrition constitutes a major public health problem in India and other countries of third world. Lots of attempts have been made to minimize this at National level but these are not sufficient. Therefore, Indigenous system of medicine especially Ayurvedic rasashastra can play major role in providing health to children. Design: A Randomized controlled trial was conducted. Methods: Thirty participants were selected from nearby rural Govt. U. P. School Velliyakulam (Chertala) that satisfied the inclusion and exclusion criteria. They were randomly divided in two groups. The trial drug Godanti bhasma is administered in study group and Balaposhaka churna in control group for duration of one month. Follow up was taken after completion of medicine and after three months. Assessment based on blood values and clinical features was done before and after the treatment. The results were statistically analyzed and compared in between two groups. After the treatment weight, height, mid upper arm circumference and S. Albumin was significantly increased in both the groups. In symptomatic evaluation both the drugs were significantly effective, but the trial drug was more effective on height gain and Serum Albumin than the control drug.