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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 80-84

A case study on Ritukala Shodhana (seasonal purification therapy) in childhood bronchial asthma


1 Asst. Prof., Department of Koumarbhritya, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurveda College Hospital & Research Centre, Salod (H), Wardha (MH), India
2 Asst. Prof., Department of Shalakyatantra, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurveda College Hospital & Research Centre, Salod (H), Wardha (MH), India

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Priyanka Shelotkar
Asst. Prof., Department of Koumarbhritya, Mahatma Gandhi Ayurveda College Hospital & Research Centre, Salod (H), Wardha (MH)
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Prevalence of Bronchial asthma worldwide is 200 million with a mortality of 0.2 million per year. The disease causes a great burden on the number of lost school days and interferes with academic achievement and social interaction in children. The present study was aimed at evaluating the role of periodic Shodhana Chikitsa (Purification Therapy) in, Tamaka Shwasa (Bronchial Asthma) in children and also to study the effect of Shamana (conservative Treatment) followed by Shodhana as Apunarbhava Chikitsa (Treatment to avoid recurrence). A 12 year old female child came with complaints of breathlessness, cough, sneezing especially early in morning often since childhood. All these symptoms were aggravated in winter season. Patient was taking allopathic treatment and was continued on bronchodilators in the form of rota cap. As per etiological factors and pathogenesis the condition was diagnosed as Tamaka Shwasa and bronchial asthma according to modern science. So principle of the treatment was to focus on Strotorodha (Obstruction in systems). Knowing Doshprakopavashta (a season of vitiation of particular Dosha) periodic Shodhana was followed by Shamana Chikitsa. As patient came in Sharada Rutu (September-October month) first Virechana (Purgation Therapy) was given. In Vasant Ritu (February-March) Vamana (Emesis Therapy) was given. After each Shodhana, Shamana Chikitsa was continued where patient didn’t need any bronchodilator for 3 months. But as aetiology occurs, again patient came with same complaints. Then Shamana Chikitsa was continued and planned for Matrabasti (Oil Enema) in Varsha Rutu (July-Aug. month). Shodhana followed by Shamana Chikitsa gave marked relief from the complaints. All allopathic medicines were stopped especially rota cap (Bronchodilator). Stepwise periodic Shodhana Chikitsa according to Rutukala (Vitiation of Dosha in particular season) has proved to be effective. After Shodhana, Nidanaparivarjana (Avoiding etiological factors) was advised to be followed.


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