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Abstract

A CLINICAL EFFECT OF AYURVEDIC TREATMENT IN PAKSHAGHATA (STROKE): A CASE STUDY

Vd. Vaishnavi Narhari Saka* and Vd. Vivek Chandurkar

ABSTRACT

Stroke is defined as the rapid onset of focal neurological disorder resulting from diseases of cerebral vasculature and its contents. Stroke represents the third most common cause of death in developed nations. The prevalence of stroke in india is approximately 9.94% Pakshaghata is a severe blow to the sufferer’s life. The patient not only suffers physically but also goes through a severe mental depression due to inability. The present case deals with a 73 yrs old female patient diagnosed case of hemorrhagic stroke presenting with left sided hemiplegia with acute infarct in Rt parital region in C.T. brain. The ayurvedic diagnosis of vama Pakshaghata was made and managed with panchakarma therapy which includes snehana, svedana and basti therapy along with other medicines as a shamana therapy continuously. Two assessments were made before and after treatment. Maximum improvement was noticed in the symptoms of facial palsy, aphasia and dysarthria. There were also improvement in left lower and upper extremity functions. At the end of the treatment she could walk without support. Panchakarma plays a key role in the management of pakshaghata. The recovery was promising and worth documenting.

Keywords: Ayurveda, Pakshaghata, Panchakarma, Stroke, Hemiplegia, Neurological disorder.


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