“An Ayurvedic Perspective of Evalution of Efficacy of Kushmanda Avaleha in Intrauterine Growth Retardation (IUGR)” – A Conceptual Study
The incidence of Intra Uterine Growth Retardation (IUGR), among hospital born live birth infants is 9.65 % as reported by National Neonatal prenatal database of India. In Ayurveda, for the treatment of Intra Uterine Growth Retardation (Upavishtaka), Aacharyas have mentioned to use Ghruta & milk medicated by Bhoutika, Jeevaniya, Bruhaniya Gana, Madhura rasatmaka, Vatahara & also Kaphakaraka drugs to increase fetal growth and development. Kushmanda, belongs to Bruhaniya Gana which acts as Bhruhan, Balyakaraka. Kushmanda Avaleha, along with its contents i.e. Trikatu, Ela, Jeeraka, Dhanyaka, Twak etc., act as Deepaniya and Pachaniya. Kushmanda Avaleha is having Madhura, Amla Rasa, Laghu, Snigdha Guna, Sheeta Veerya, Madhura Vipaka, Tridoshahara. It also, contains Amino acids, Proteinase, Vitamins, Arginine etc, which is used in Modern science, for the treatment of IUGR.
Conclusion- Kushmand Avaleha was given to some patients with sonographically diagnosed IUGR, which showed beneficial effect in improving maternal health and fetal growth. Hence, it can be concluded that, Kushmanda Avaleha has a good nutritive value and is beneficial in increasing the intrauterine fetal weight.
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