ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: EFFECT OF MAHAMASHA THAILAM AS SHIROPICHU IN SENSORI-NEURAL DEAFNESS OF CHILDREN UP TO 12 YEARS
Article Category: Original Research articles
Author: Sreedivya *, Ramachandran S.K
Abstract: Deafness is a condition which affects hearing and other milestones in children. If not detected early and adequate measures taken, delay in language and social development can occur. The trial was aimed to assess the efficacy of Mahamasha thailam as shiropichu in Badhiryam (with special reference to sensori-neural hearing loss) in children up to 12 years. It was also intended to find out the effects on associated speech deficits. The study was carried out in Govt. Ayurveda College Hospital for Women & Children, Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram as an interventional, open randomized controlled clinical trial. Children with hearing loss associated with recurrent respiratory tract infections, behavioral problems, systemic disorders like diabetes mellitus, osteogenesis imperfecta and tumors like acoustic neuroma were excluded from the study. The total sample population constituted 20 children. Mahamasha thailam as shiropichu was done for 41 days in the study group whereas no treatment was given to the control group. The final assessment showed statistically significant results (p < 0.01) in both hearing and speech components like vocabulary and clarity. The treatment could not improve hearing in all children but it clearly arrested progression of hearing loss in all the subjects of study group. In the control group, deterioration in hearing was observed after the follow up period. It can be concluded that Mahamasha thailam as shiropichu arrests the progression of hearing loss and improves vocabulary and clarity of speech in sensori-neural deafness of children upto 12 years.
Keyword: Mahamasha thailam, Shiropichu, Ayurvedic Intervention, sensori-neural deafness, language development