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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 131-141

Clinical evaluation of the role of Tikta Ksheera Basti and Ajasthi Bhasma in the management of Asthi Kshaya vis-a-vis Osteoporosis


1 M.D. (Ayu), Ph.D. Scholar, Dept. of Kayachikitsa, I.P.G.T. & R.A., Jamnagar, India
2 Professor and Head, Dept. of Post Graduate Studies in Kayachikitsa, Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Heggeri Ext., Hubli-24, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjay Kadlimatti
M.D. (Ayu), Ph.D. Scholar, Dept. of Kayachikitsa, I.P.G.T. & R.A., Jamnagar
India
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Ayurveda explains health as an equilibrium of the Dhatus "Dhatu Samyam Arogata". Among the Dhatus, Asthi is blessed with the function of Shareera Dharana. Any derangement in Asthi results in disease. Asthi Kshaya is a condition in which there is Kshaya of the Asthi Dhatu. Asthi Kshaya may be compared to Osteoporosis, in which there is a decrease in bone mass leading to bone fragility and fractures. According to the principle of Ashrayaashrayee Bhava, when Vata increases Asthi decreases because, both are inversely proportional to each other. Classics mention the use of Basti prepared with Tikta Dravya, Ksheera and Ghrita for the treatment of Asthi Kshaya. To assess the efficacy of Tikta Ksheera Basti and Ajasthi Bhasma in the management of Osteoporosis, present study was undertaken on 40 patients of Osteoporosis. Patients diagnosed Osteoporotic by Bone Mineral Density test, were randomly divided into two groups, A and B consisting of 20 patients each. Patients of Group-A were administered Tikta Ksheera Basti in Kala Basti schedule (16 days) followed by Ajasthi Bhasma - 500 mg orally B.D. with milk as Anupana for 3 months. Patients of Group-B were given only Ajasthi Bhasma - 500 mg orally B.D. with milk as Anupana for 3 months. The combined therapy of Basti and Ajasthi Bhasma showed encouraging results in the subjective and objective parameters of Osteoporosis. The study shows that the Tikta Ksheera Basti and Ajasthi Bhasma are very effective in the management of Osteoporosis.


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