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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 173-178

Effect of add-on Ayurveda treatment in the management of chickenpox


1 Central Ayurveda Research Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Central Ayurveda Research Institute, Guwahati, Assam, India
3 National Ayurveda Research Institute for Panchakarma, Cheruthuruthi, Kerala, India
4 RRAP-Central Ayurveda Research Institute for Cancer (Under CCRAS, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India), Podar Medical College Campus, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Ranjita Ekka
Central Ayurveda Research Institute, 4, CN Block, Sector 5, Bidhannagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700091
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jras.jras_64_21

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BACKGROUND: Chickenpox is a contagious infection caused by the Varicella-zoster virus with the clinical manifestation of itchy rashes with fluid-filled blisters and fever. Although it is a self-limiting disease, to shorten the recovery period as well as to avoid complications, Ayurveda medicine could be effectively used in the management of chickenpox. In the present case study, the effects of Ayurveda add-on treatment are studied in treating chickenpox and in healing papules. CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND DIAGNOSIS: A 38-year-old woman presented to the Out-Patient Department (OPD) of Central Ayurveda Research Institute, Kolkata, with severe itchy and painful papules all over the body and malaise along with difficulty in swallowing because of pain in the throat since 15 days. On the basis of clinical presentation, it was diagnosed as a case of chickenpox. INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME: Before visiting the Ayurveda OPD, the patient took allopathic medicine (acyclovir 800 mg TID, paracetamol SOS, and calamine lotion local application) for 15 days, but the disease continued to progress and developed painful lesions with itching and other difficulties. The Ayurveda intervention started after 2 weeks of the onset of the disease. The patient was advised to take Tribhuvankirti Rasa (250 mg BD) before food for 7 days, Haridrakhanda (3 g BD) after food, Panchatiktaghrita (5 mL BD) after food, and Guduchyadi Taila for local application for 15 days. RESULTS: Papules of chickenpox were healed in 15 days of the treatment. After taking Ayurveda medicines, the patient got relief from severe itching and pain within 2 days and also completely recovered within 15 days. CONCLUSION: Results suggest that the Ayurveda interventions effectively reduced the signs and symptoms of chickenpox and hastened the healing process. It may be concluded that Ayurveda medicines either alone or as add-on give promising therapeutic results in the management of chickenpox.


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