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CASE STUDY
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 397-400

Effect of Basti (oil enema) therapy for the management of cough in pertussis


1 Associate Professor, Department of Kaumarabhritya, B.V.D.U. College of Ayurved, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Dravyaguna, B.V.D.U. College of Ayurved, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Professor, Department of Kayachikitsa, S.S. Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.127722

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Bordetella pertussis continues to circulate even in countries with good childhood vaccination coverage. Sporadic cases are still observed either due to no vaccination, incomplete vaccination or as a result of failure of vaccination. Though acute in nature it has a longer disease span with multiple life-threatening complications despite adequate management. This study was undertaken to study the effect of Sneha Basti (oil enema) in pertussis in relation to reduction in intensity of cough and complications of the disease when administered along with the conventional pharmacological therapy. Patients with the clinical picture mimicking pertussis were screened, investigated for pertussis and appropriate conventional pharmacological therapy of Erythromycin a preferred antimicrobial agent was started. Concurrently, Sneha Basti was administered to these two children. Both patients showed favourable results in terms of reduction of Kasa (cough) and the disease period with a faster recovery when compared to conventional therapy alone as has been observed routinely. No complications incurred during the complete disease span. It was concluded that if the pharmacological therapy is augmented with the complimentary systems of medicines, it can reduce the prolonged span and intensity of the disease and prevent other complications.


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