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GYNAECOLOGY AND OBSTETRICS IMAGING
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 225-231

Clinical study on efficacy of the Traditional Sri Lankan Oil 'The Kakodumbaradi Taila' with selected Ayurvedic preparations on Shvitra (Vitiligo)


1 Senior Lecturer, Department of Nidana Chikitsa, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka
2 Intern Medical Officer, Ayurvedic Teaching Hospital, Borella, Sri Lanka
3 Medical Officer, Ayurvedic Teaching Hospital Borella, Sri Lanka
4 Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya & Ayurvedic Teaching Hospital, Borella, Sri Lanka

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E.R.H.S.S. Ediriweera
Senior Lecturer, Department of Nidana Chikitsa, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya
Sri Lanka
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Shvitra is a disease described in Ayurveda; which is produced by vitiation of Vata, Pitta and Kapha Doshas. The signs and symptoms of Shvitra are; non exudative white, red or coppery-red coloured patches on the skin, destruction of the skin, loss and discolouration of the hair, roughness, dryness, itching and burning sensation of the patches. It can be correlated with Vitiligo which is progressive whitening of the skin and hair characterized by the total absence of melanocytes in affected areas of the skin. This clinical study was carried out to scientifically evaluate the efficacy of the traditional Sri Lankan oil, 'Kakodumbaradi Thaila' which was used by Rev. Kirielle Gnanavimala, supplemented with selected additional Ayurvedic preparations namely; Thriphala Kwata, Shwetari Rasa, Kaishor Guggulu, Manibhadra Choorna and Ithriphal-E-Shahthira on Shvitra. These supplementary preparations were in-cooperated through experience, by Dr. Karunarathna. Thirty five Shvitra patients were selected and divided into two groups randomly. First group, which consists of twenty five patients, was treated with the aforesaid medicines and the second group, which consists of ten patients, was treated with the placebo. The duration of the treatment was 120 days. The response to the treatment was recorded and therapeutic effects were evaluated through symptomatic relief of the patients. Re-pigmentation of white patches was observed in the treated group and the other signs and symptoms of Shvitra (Vitiligo) were also reduced partially or completely during the treatment period. It was observed that Kakodumbaradi Thaila and aforementioned medicines are effective in treatment of Shvitra (Vitiligo).


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