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CLINICAL RESEARCH
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114-119

A cross-sectional study on the role of stress in hyperglycemia and the effect of Mahatiktaka Kashaya (an Ayurvedic formulation) in its management


1 Department of Kayachikitsa, Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College, Kottakal, Kerala, India
2 Medical Officer, Department of ISM, Government of Kerala, Thrissur, Kerala, India
3 Department of Course Coordinator, Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College, Kottakal, Kerala, India
4 Registrar, KUHS, Thrissur, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Prakash Mangalasseri
Department of Kayachikitsa, Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College, Kottakal, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ayu.AYU_200_19

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Background: Stress is a potential contributer to chronic hyperglycemia. Pitta Prakriti (body constitution) individuals are more prone to stress and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in stressed out individuals is much more. Aim of study was to evaluate the role of stress in hyperglycemia in individuals of Pitta predominant constitution and to assess the effectiveness of Mahatiktaka Kashaya in stress-induced hyperglycemia. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was carried out in 100 Pitta predominant patients having fasting blood sugar level greater than 140 mg/dl, to find the association of stress and hyperglycemia, using International Stress Management Association questionnaire followed by open lebelled clinical trial with Mahatiktaka Kashaya (Decoction). Trial drug was administered at a dose of 15 ml twice daily for 14 days. Assessment was done before and after the treatment. Observation and Analysis: 80% of Pitta predominant individuals have reported stress-associated hyperglycemia. Overall effect of Mahatiktaka Kashaya in major domains of Stress Assessment Questionnaire, i.e., symptoms, stability and strategies was significant. Furthermore, the trial drug showed significant improvement in biochemical parameters of diabetes. Conclusion: The study concludes that there is significant association between stress and hyperglycemia in the individuals of Pitta constitution. Mahatiktaka Kashaya is found to be highly significant in stress-associated hyperglycemia in the above said group.


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