A REVIEW ARTICLE ON EFFECT OF JALAUKAVACHARAN IN VICHARCHIKA W.S.R. ECZEMA
Dr. Ashwini Rautmare*, Dr. Manisha Dhole and Dr. Snehal Jadhav
In Ayurveda, all skin diseases have been described under the heading of ‘Kushtha’ which are further divided into Maha Kushtha and Kshudra Kushtha. Vicharvhika is one of the Kshudra Kushtha which is considered difficult to cure and if it is cured relapses are common. Vicharchika is characterized by symptoms like Kandu (Itching), Pidika (Vesicles), Srava (Discharge) and Shyava varn (Discolouration). Vicharchika is often correlated to eczema based on clinical presentation. Eczema which is also called as atopic dermatitis is characterized by dry itchy skin with area of poorly demarcated erythema and scale. In acute phase, eczema is vesicular and oozing and in chronic phase it may become hyperpigmented and lichenified. Stretch marks (Excoriations) are seen. The modern science has no specific medicaments for sure cure of eczema but in modern science symptomatic treatment like steroids are used. Steroids have side effects like skin cancer, osteoporosis, nephroxicity etc. Jalaukavacharan is best gift of Ayurveda to the modern world. Jalaukavacharan also known as Leech therapy. It works by inject on saliva into patient’s tissue during process of blood sucking. Jalaukavacharan is considered as Shodhana karma which is cost effective and it has less side effects.
Keywords: Vicharchika, Jalaukavacharan, Eczema.
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