“A CLINICAL STUDY ON UPANAHA SWEDA IN SANDHIGATAVATA (OSTEOARTHRITIS of KNEE JOINT)”
AbstractSandhigatavata is one among the vatavyadhi. It may be correlated to osteoarthritis due to resemblance in signs and symptoms. Though, many treatments are available for osteoarthritis, pain management is essentially preferred. Snehana and swedana are prescribed as common treatments in vatavyadhi. Upanaha sweda is one among the modality of swedana used widely in the management of sandhigatavata, which is found to be beneficial clinically too. So this clinical study is planned to evaluate the efficacy of Jatamayadi upanaha in the management of sandhigatavata (OA of knee) as, it has vatahara, shothahara (anti inflammatory), shoolaghna (analgesic) action. 20 patients fulfilling the diagnostic and inclusion criteria belonging to either sex were selected for this single blind study. Subjective and objective parameters were suitably graded to assess the results based on clinical observations before and after treatment. It was observed that jatamayadi upanaha is very much beneficial to reduce swelling and tenderness instantly. Statistically results were highly significant (P<0.001) in criteria like pain at rest, ability to climb up and walk down stairs, ability to squat, swelling, tenderness and range of movement. In the present study, 20% of the subjects got marked improvement, 40% got moderate, 35% mild and 5% got poor response.
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