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A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL TO ASSESS THE EFFICACY OF ABHAYAM GHRITHA IN PREVENTING BALAGRAHA WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO INFECTIONS

Dr. Nazeema P. K.* Dr. S. K. Ramachandran and Dr. Santhi Krishna

Journal Title:World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research
Abstract


Introduction: Balagraha are common Infection symptom complex disorders in pediatric practice exhibiting high morbidity rates especially among infants. The diseases caused by unidentified factors were often classified under idiopathic causes whereas early infancy infections were attributed to the common ailments afflicting them the most like Cold, Cough, Fever, Constipation and other Balagraha. Thus, the scope of Balagraha with special reference to infections in Ayurveda encroaches to the unidentified areas of pediatric infections and plays a major role in prevention and cure of common pediatric ailments. Objectives: To study the efficacy of Abhayam Ghritha in reducing the morbidity of early infancy period by preventing affliction of Balagraha with special reference to Infections. Material and Methods: Therapeutic Single Blind Randomized Controlled trial, conducted at the immunization unit of Govt. Ayurveda College Hospital for infants below 6 months of age, where 60 children were enrolled to the study. The children in trial group were given Abhayam Ghritha on alternate days for a period of 30 days along with the regular immunization schedule whereas control group received regular immunization schedule for the same period. Monthly assessment of Morbidity index was done for 60 days. Results: The trial drug was found to be highly significant (p<0.001) in reducing infection symptom complex and duration of cold, cough, fever and constipation commonly seen in early infancy. Conclusion: Balagraha with special reference to infections like cold, cough, fever and constipation were treated with Abhayam Ghritha and was found effective in controlling the infection symptom complexes of early infancy.

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