ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: A CASE REPORT ON PRADHAMANA NASYA: AN AYURVEDIC POWDER INHALATION
Article Category: Case Reports
Author: Aswani P S *, Pradeep Kumar P P, Devi R Nair, P Radhakrishnan
Abstract: Nasal medication known as Nasya (medication through nasal route) is one among the Panchakarma (five internal bio-cleansing therapies) procedures which delivers drugs through the nasal route to cure ailments related to head and neck. Ayurvedic classics explain management of Sanyasa (coma) with immediate administration of most Tikshna (high potency) Nasya (medication through nasal route) and Pradhamana/Dhmapana Nasya (Nasya therapy by medicated powder insufflations). The present case report attempts to disclose the significance of an Ayurveda treatment modality Pradhamana/Dhmapana Nasya in an unanticipated medical condition (deep stupor) happened to a patient admitted to National Ayurveda Research Institute for Panchakarma (NARIP) Cheruthuruthy for the treatment of low back pain. On examination of the case, it was found that the patient was in deep stupor (Grade III state of awareness as per Grady coma Scale- and score seven on Glasgow coma scale GGCS). In this case, Rasnadi Choorna was selected for Pradhamana Nasya. The medicine was administered after placing the medicinal powder in a fine thin cotton cloth and a Pottali was made and it was just introduced into patent’s nostrils. Immediately after the administration of Pradhamana/Dhmapana Nasya the patient wake up from deep stupor state and became alert. This case report is an attempt to reveal the effect of Nasya in an unexpected medical condition and it also gives a new ray of hope to conditions of disturbed consciousness through nasal route of drug delivery.
Keyword: Panchakarma, Nasya, Pradhamana Nasya, Sanyasa, Coma, Deep Stupor, Rasnadi Choorna