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ROLE OF VIRECHANA AND SHAMANA SNEHAPANA IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SHWITRA W.S.R. VITILIGO: A CASE STUDY

Bahatkar Seema D., Lodha Sheetal G. and *Karade Ruchika S.

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Introduction: Vitiligo is one of the skin disorders presenting with white patches over the skin, which is occurring as a result of lack of colouring pigment melanin, due to the destruction of pigment forming cells known as melanocytes. Worldwide prevalence of vitiligo is observed as 1% of the world population. It is estimated between 3-4% in India. It affects the patient physically, psychologically, and socially as well. In Ayurveda, vitiligo can be considered as Shwitra and it has a predominance of tridoshas. Due to the chronic nature, long- term treatment, lack of uniform effective therapy and unpredictable course the disease are usually very difficult to treat. Various treatment modalities available in the contemporary system of medicine but, these are time-consuming and some even have adverse effects. So, it becomes a challenge to provide effective and safe treatment protocol for vitiligo. Aim and Objective: To evaluate the effect of virechana and shamana snehapana in a shwitra w.s.r. to vitiligo. Materials and methods: In the present case, a 21 years old female patient was diagnosed as a patient of shwitra having white patches on both hands, upper extremeties (excluding hands), lower extremeties (excluding feet), encroaching elbow and knee joints, and behind the ear. Severe itching with constipation and loss of appetite were associated complaints. The patient was treated by shodhana therapy like virechana, raktamokshana, and shamana snehapana, and shamana aushadhi. Observation and Results: Significant result was observed in white patches, discoloration, itching, and associated complaints. Conclusion: Panchakarma therapies like virechana, raktamokshana, and shamana sneha provides effective relief in the case of shwitra i.e vitiligo.

Keywords: Raktamokshana, Vitiligo, Virechana, Shamana snehapana, Shwitra.


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