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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 230-234

Ayurvedic approach in the management of spinal cord injury: A case study


1 Department of Panchakarma, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Panchakarma, M.J.F. Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sarvesh Kumar Singh
C109, Gole Market, Jawahar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan
India
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Source of Support: National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India., Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0257-7941.160870

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Spinal cord injury (SCI) is associated with consequences such as full loss of spinal movements, incontinence of bladder functions, bed sores, etc. There is no satisfactory treatment available in biomedicine with only limited treatments only for enhancement of spinal cord function. These treatments have many limitations. Ayurvedic drugs and Pancakarma procedures have been in use to treat such conditions since a long time. We present a case of SCI with lesion at C4 level which was treated for 2 months with an Ayurvedic combined intervention. The combined treatment plan involved Ayurvedic oral medications (Brhadvātacintāmaṇi rasa - 125 mg, Ardhanāgavātāri rasa - 125 mg, Daśamūla kvātha - 40 ml, Aśvagandhācūrṇa [powder of Withania somnifera DUNAL] - 3 g, Amṛtā [Tinospora cordifolia WILLD] - 500 mg, Muktāśukti piṣṭi - 500 mg and Trayodaśāṅga guggulu - 500 mg) twice daily. Combined procedures involved such as śāliṣaṣṭika piṇḍasvedana (sudation with medicated cooked bolus of rice) every day for 2 months and Mātrā basti (enema) for first 15 days with Aśvagandhā oil. From 16 th day, Mustādi yāpana basti (MYB, enema with medicated milk) was given for 16 days. After an interval of 7 days, MYB was further repeated for next 16 days. Substantial clinical improvement was reported after 2 months of the Ayurvedic treatment in existing neurological deficits and in quality of life.


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