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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 469-474

Role of an Ayurvedic Compound (Panduhara Yoga) in the management of Iron Deficiency Anaemia in Children


1 Research Fellow, P.G. Dept. of Bala Roga, National Institute of Ayurveda, Madhava Vilasa Palace, Jaipur, India
2 Associate Professor, P.G. Dept. of Bala Roga, National Institute of Ayurveda, Madhava Vilasa Palace, Jaipur, India
3 Professor & Head, P.G. Dept. of Bala Roga, National Institute of Ayurveda, Madhava Vilasa Palace, Jaipur, India

Correspondence Address:
Asish Kumar Garai
Research Fellow, P.G. Dept. of Bala Roga, National Institute of Ayurveda, Madhava Vilasa Palace, Jaipur
India
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Pandu Roga (Anaemia) is one of the common problem in the developing countries like India specially in women and children. Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) is the commonest form of anaemia in children. Allopathic iron preparations are gastric irritant and having common side effects of oral iron including nausea, abdominal pain and either constipation or diarrhoea. To find out a satisfactory answer for the problem an Ayurvedic herbo-mineral compound (Mandura Bhasma one part +Amalaki Churna ten parts) was formulated and named as Panduhara Yoga. According to Ayurveda, Mandura Bhasma (ferrosoferic oxide) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) are very good drugs to prevent and manage the cases of Pandu Roga in children. Amalaki is Rasayana and it contains Vitamin-C that helps in the absorption of iron. Amalaki can increase bioavailability of Mandura Bhasma and can prevent the common hazards of oral iron therapy. A single blind clinical study was conducted in children of IDA. Panduhara Yoga has been administered in the dose of 110mg/kg body weight in two divided doses with honey after food for a period of 6 weeks. Hemoglobin level was improved with mean increase of 1.19gm/dl in three weeks (8.12΁1.56g/dl to 9.31΁1.35g/dl, p<0.001), and 2.64gm/dl in six weeks (8.12΁1.56g/dl to 10.76΁1.11g/dl, p<0.001). After 6 weeks treatment with Panduhara Yoga overall 93.33% children showed very good improvement on clinical features, whereas 50% children showed very good improvement on blood hemoglobin level. The results suggest that Panduhara Yoga is significantly effective in the management of iron deficiency amaemia in children. No adverse effect has been noticed during the therapy.


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