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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-10

Randomized placebo controlled clinical trial on role of Shatapushpa Choorna in enhancement of intelligence quotient in school going children

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Kaumarabhritya, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital & Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
2 Asst. Prof. Dept. Kaumara bhritya, MGACHRC, Wardha, MS, India
3 Principal, JSS Ayurveda Medical College, Mysore, Karnataka, India

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Assistant Professor, Department of Kaumarabhritya, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital & Research Centre, Wardha, Maharashtra
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Intelligence is the capacity to acquire knowledge, understanding and using it in different novel situations. Children with high level of intellectual power are inevitable for the present competitive era and a healthy childhood is therefore mandatory for expecting a healthy adult life. Shatapushpa (Anethum sowa Kurz) is a simple and easily available drug with its action in various diseased and healthy conditions. Acharya Kashyapa had well praised the drug by indicating it to increase Medha (Intellect), Smruthi (Memory) and to boost the individual Shruthadhara (one who retains what is heard). However no study has been conducted with respect to its efficacy in children, hence the present study was intended. Assessment of Medha and Smruthi as Medham Grahnena (grasping power) and Smruthim Smaranena (retention power) is found in Charaka Samhitha. Based upon this reference Intelligent Quotient (IQ) is taken as the criteria for assessment with the help of Indian adaptation of Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children 3rd edition. The scale consisted of 5 verbal and 5 performance subtests the entities assessed by them are considered as various functional units of Buddhi, Medha and Smruthi. Study revealed that trial drug Shatapushpa increased verbal (14.64%), performance (13.34%) and overall IQ (13.93%) significantly when compared to placebo after one month of treatment.

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