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Dr. Nilima Satish Begani* and Dr. Vivek S. Chandurkar


Ardita is a disease in which there is a vakrata (deviation) or crookedness leading to deformity of ardha mukha (half of the face). Aggravation of vata is responsible to cause Ardita.[1] On the basis of its origin and symptoms mentioned in Sushruta Samhita, Ardita can be correlated with facial paralysis or Bell’s palsy Caused by involvement of VII cranial nerve.[2] The present study was conducted with an objective to find the effective Ayurvedic management in Ardita (Bell’s palsy). A 55 year-old male subject presented with history of left sided facial weakness, vak-aspashatata (difficulty in speaking), jivha jadatav (heaviness of tongue), vamatah mukha vakrata (left sided deviation) etc. He was given Vata-Kapha shamak medicine internally. Along with this medication the karmas explain in the chikitsa shutra of Ardita was given like Abhyaga, swedan, nasya, moordhani tail etc. In this case study using the reference of shonitmokshan in jivha roga[3], vedhan karma was selected to seen the relief in vaka-aspashtata. Appreciable results were observed in the form of difficulty in speaking, lalastrava, mukhavakarata. The positive result in the symptoms and signs of Ardita concluded that Ayurvedic managment described in classical text is helpful in Ardita.

Keywords: Ardita, Bell’s palsy, Jevha vedhan, Nasya.

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