ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: LEKHANIYA GANA KASHAYA IN THE MANAGEMENT OF OVERWEIGHT (STHOULYA) INDIVIDUALS: A CASE SERIES STUDY
Article Category: Case Reports
DOI: DOI: 10.7897/2277-4343.100240
Author: Admaja Prabhakaran *, Pradeep K
Abstract: Overweight/ obesity is one of the biggest health concerns of communities across the world. It can be correlated to the condition called sthoulya in Ayurveda. Sthoulya is due to vitiation of medo dhatu which is caused either by malfunctioning of medodhatvagni or over supply of medovriddhikara dravyas. Lekhaniya gana kashaya, mentioned in Charaka Samhita, has kapha-medohara and lekhana nature. A case series study has been undertaken to observe the response of individuals with sthoulya and its complications, to lekhaniya gana kashaya. Participants with overweight (sthoulya) were taken in the study. Diagnosis of overweight was done on the basis of body mass index i.e. BMI between 25 and 29.9 kg/m2. BMI, waist/hip ratio, body fat %, skeletal muscle % and fatigue based on visual analogue scale, sthoulya problems and medodhatu vitiation were the assessment parameters. Body composition monitor was used to check BMI, skeletal muscle % and body fat % of the participants. Problems associated with sthoulyata and vitiation of medodhatu was assessed on the basis of gradation of symptoms. Lekhaniya gana as phanta kashaya was administered to the participants for 21 days early morning. Phanta kashaya kalpana was preferred since it was easy to prepare. Participants were advised to continue their normal diet and regimen Outcome: post administration assessments of most of the criteria were found reduced. There was reduction in BMI, waist/hip ratio, body fat % and skeletal muscle % after the intake of the phanta kashaya. There was reduction in fatigue. Discussion: lekhaniya gana kashaya could bring desirable effect in controlling overweight (sthoulya).
Keyword: Overweight, Sthoulya, Lekhaniya gana kashaya, BMI