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Ayu. 2012 Apr;33(2):224-9. doi: 10.4103/0974-8520.105242.

Clinical efficacy of Shodhana Karma and Shamana Karma in Mandala Kushtha (Psoriasis).

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Lecturer, Department of Swasthavritta, Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Ayurvedic College, Renwal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.


In India an estimated 0.8% of the population is suffering from Psoriasis. It is a papulo-squamous disorder of the skin, characterized by sharply defined erythemato-squamous lesions. It is chronic and is well known for its course of remissions and exacerbations. The exact etiology is still unknown. This condition is comparable with Mandala Kushtha in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Shodhana procedures are reliable to control the disease. Forty patients, fulfilling the inclusion criteria, were selected and randomly divided into four groups with 10 patients in each group. In Group A, Vamana and Virechana was administered once during the trial period. In Group B, Vamana and Virechana followed by Dermo-care in the dose of 5 g twice a day for the period of 2 months. In Group C, only Dermo-care was administered. In Group D, Tab. Neotrexate (Methotrexate) 7.5 mg/week was given under the supervision of dermatologist. Marked improvement was observed in 10% of the patients in Group B. Moderate improvement was observed in 20% of the patients in Group A, 90% in Group B, and 80% in Group D. Mild improvement was observed in 80% of the patients in Group A, 100% in Group C, and 20% in Group D.


Mandala Kushtha; Psoriasis; Shamana; Shodhana; Vamana; Virechana

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