ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: AN AYURVEDIC APPROACH OF ABHISHYANDA WITH REFERENCE TO SIMPLE ALLERGIC CONJUNCTIVITIS: A RETROSPECTIVE COHORT STUDY
Article Category: Original Research articles
Author: Bhavya B. M.*
Abstract: Allergic Conjunctivitis (AC) is an inflammatory response of the conjunctiva to an allergen. Abhishyanda which comes under Sarvagata Netraroga (types of eye diseases) exhibits similar features of Allergic conjunctivitis. This alone has been estimated in 6-30% of the general population. The Aim of this study is to observe the safety and efficacy of Triphala Seka, Bidalaka and Haridra Khanda orally in the patients suffering from Abhishyanda (Allergic Conjunctivitis) in the clinical setting. An Observational Retrospective Cohort study design was adopted for the study. The study included subjects of Abhishyanda (Allergic Conjunctivitis) treated with Seka and Bidalaka of Triphala along with Haridra khanda internally between July to November 2017. Subjects with follow-up time less than 4 weeks were excluded. Subjects were selected from the Eye OPD. The subjects were observed before (baseline) and 4 weeks after treatment for the Ayurvedic subjective parameters like Netra Kandu (eye Itching), Ragata (Redness), Ashru Srava (Lacrimation), Shopha (Edema), Sangharsha (foreign body sensation) using Visual Analogue Scale Scoring Method ranged between 0 (absent) to 100 (very severe). Observation showed that 20 patients were eligible for our study. There has been statistically highly significant result (p < 0.0001) and a higher percentage of relief in Edema (60%), followed by FBS (59.52%), Itching (55.04%), Redness (50.64%) and Lacrimation (43.09%) respectively. This Ayurvedic approach was found to be safe and effective in significantly reducing VAS Score parameters after 4 weeks of treatment.
Keyword: Ocular allergies; Ayurvedic Management; Seka; Bidalaka; Abhishyanda