ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON ANTI-BACTERIAL AND ANTI-FUNGAL EFFECT OF DHOOPANA KARMA WITH APARAJITHA DHOOPA CHOORNA
Article Category: Original Research articles
Author: Rohit Bhatt *, Vijay B Negalur, Srinidhi Dhanya
Abstract: Clean air is one of the basic requirements for the well-being of human beings. Airborne diseases are on the rise than the vector-borne diseases, according to WHO around 4.2 million people die every year due to air pollution. As concern over the outside air grows, so does the concern over the indoor air environment where the individual spends most of the time. The indoor air environment is a potential source of airborne pathogenic micro-organisms which causes adverse effect to the individuals. The hospital air environment is more dangerous, as there are potential carriers and cases which expel the micro-organism into the environment resulting in nosocomial infections. Many methodologies have been adapted to disinfect the rooms, among which formaldehyde fumigation is most common, but such methodology is very harmful to the individual. Dhoopana is one such treatment modalities explained in the classics for the disinfection of various rooms and places. So, this study was taken up to evaluate the effect of Anti-Microbial and Anti-Fungal effect of Dhoopana Karma using Aparajitha Dhoopa Choorna. The Objective of this study is to assess the Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal property of Dhoopana Karma with Aparajitha Dhoopa Choorna. Three Microorganisms were selected - Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus niger and kept inside a closed glass chamber where Dhoopana was done. Formaldehyde fumes were given as a standard. There was a significant reduction in the Colony Forming Units of all the three microorganisms.
Keyword: Dhoopana karma; Indoor air environment; Air borne disease.