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CASE REPORT
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 119-125

Ayurvedic management of Gridhasi (Sciatica)


1 Assistant Professor Department of Panchakarma, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved college Hospital and Research Centre, Salod, Wardha, Maharashtra, India
2 Assistant Professor Department of Rachana sharIr, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved college Hospital and Research Centre, Salod, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Punam Sawarkar
Assistant Professor Department of Panchakarma, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved college Hospital and Research Centre, Salod, Wardha, Maharashtra
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The most common disorder which affects the movement particularly in the most productive period of life is low back pain, out of which 40% of patients suffers from severe pain which comes under the umbrella of Sciatica-syndrome. With the advancement of busy professional and social life, improper sitting posture, over exertion, jerking movements during traveling and sports; increasing tendency of computerization and also because of increasing body weight, mental stress creates undue pressure on the spinal column and play an important role in producing low backache and Sciatica. The signs and symptoms found in “Sciatica” in modern contemporary medicine are similar to the condition Gridhrasi mentioned in Ayurveda. Gridhrasi, which is one among the eighty Nanatamja Vyadhi is very commonly seen in clinical practice As Vasti Chikitsa is said to be as best treatment remedy for Vatvyadhi. Present study is undertaken to evaluate the effect of Ayurvedic management having Shodhana and Shamana therapy Gridhasi. A male patient suffering from above ailments having low back pain, radiating pain from lumber, gluteal region to left leg; difficulty and pain while walking, stiffness in lumber region was admitted in Ayurvedic Hospital and specific Ayurvedic treatment including Erandmooladi Vasti, Kativasti with Patra Pinda Sweda (fomentation with medicated leaves) along with medications such as Maharasnadi Qwath and Sunthisidhha Eranda oil was prescribed to him. All these treatment were continued for 1 month. Outcome of these treatments was found to be very positive. After completion of therapy, there was substantial recovery in walking duration and movements of lower extremities and pain relief was observed. This approach may be useful for clinical practices and further studies on treating Sciatica. Ayurvedic management done by using collaborative approach of Shodhana and Shamana Chikitsa can effectively manage Gridhasi which arises due to lumber disc ailments such as IVDP by doing pain management and good performance in daily activities and ultimately improving quality of life ofpatient.


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