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Ayu. 2012 Jan-Mar; 33(1): 73–77.
PMCID: PMC3456869
A randomized controlled clinical trial to assess the efficacy of Nasya in reducing the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis
C Radhika, G. Vinod Kumar,1 and K. Mihirjan2
Lecturer, Department of Dravyaguna Vijnan, Government Ayurveda College, Kannur, India
1Professor and Head, Department of Panchakarma, Nangeli Ayurveda College, Kuthamangalam, India
2Associate Professor, Department of Kaya Chikitsa, Government of Ayurveda College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Address for correspondence: Dr. Radhika C, Lecturer, Department of Dravyaguna Vijnan, Government Ayurveda College, Kannur, Kerala - 670503, India. E-mail: radhicheruvath/at/gmail.com
Abstract
This work was designed to assess the efficacy of Nasya in reducing the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis. The patients attending the O. P. D of Department of Kaya Chikitsa and Panchakarma, Government Ayurveda College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram were enrolled and subjected to the treatment schedule. Total duration of treatment was 21days. The schedule for the first 14 days was similar in both the groups. It included Rooksha Sveda for 7days followed by Patra Pottali Sveda for 7days. During this period, 90 ml Gandharvahastadi Kashaya twice and Guggulu Tiktaka Kashaya once were given internally. After this, in the Nasya group Nasya was done for 7days with Dhanwantaram Tailam (21times Aavartita), Mridu Paka in Madhyama Matra (8Bindu). Along with this Guggulu Tiktaka Kashaya was given thrice. In the control group, Guggulu Tiktaka kashaya alone was given thrice daily. Assessments were done with regard to pain, tenderness, radiation of pain, numbness, range of movements and hand grip strength. These were done before treatment, before nasya, after treatment and after 1month follow-up. The statistical hypothesis was tested using paired ‘t’ test and ‘Z’ test for proportion. The trial proved that conventional management along with Nasya was more efficacious than conventional management alone in reducing the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis.
Keywords: Cervical spondylosis, Gandharvahastadi Kashaya, Guggulu Tiktaka Kashaya, Nasya
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