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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 154-159

Hemodynamic effects of Sarvanga Swedana (Ayurvedic passive heat therapy): A pilot observational study

1 Department of Panchakarma, State Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Lucknow University, Lucknow, India
2 Department of Oral Biology and Medicine, UCLA School of Dentistry, CHS 63-090, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1668, USA

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Sanjeev Rastogi
Department of Panchakarma, State Ayurvedic College and Hospital, Lucknow University, Lucknow - 226 003, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.119669

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Sarvanga Swedana is a common procedure done in Ayurvedic Panchakarma units. Passive body heat therapy, which is akin to Sarvanga Swedana is known to cause systemic hemodynamic changes. Such studies would have been required to find the possible hemodynamic changes following the Sarvanga Swedana sessions also. An observational study was planned to observe hemodynamic changes among patients routinely receiving Sarvanga Swedana in a Panchakarma setting at an Ayurvedic hospital. Significant increase in blood pressure and pulse rate (PR) was observed in all patients immediately after the completion of Sarvanga Swedana therapy. Upon continuation of Sarvanga Swedana in a subgroup; however, a significant reduction in systolic blood pressure and PR was also observed.

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