SUCCESSFUL AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF STEROID DEPENDENT NEPHROTIC SYNDROME-A CASE REPORT
*Sarita Pradip Gaikwad and Maj. Pradip Yashwant Gaikwad
Nephrotic syndrome is a kidney disorder, presents with heavy proteinuria (>3.5 g Proteins/ 1.73 m2 body surface area/24 hour), minimal hematuria, hypercholesterolemia, hypoalbuminemia, edema and hypertension. If left untreated or undiagnosed, there is progressive damage to glomeruli causing renal failure. Heavy proteinuria is the main characteristic of this syndrome. Several studies have noted that higher the 24-h urine protein excretion, more rapid is the decline in GFR. It may be primary or secondary to other systemic diseases. Case report: This 3 year old female child developed Nephrotic syndrome and was placed on steroids therapy, but used to relapse when steroids were withdrawn. The case was treated by Modern Medicine for more than 2.5 years but there was no cure. This case was successfully managed within few days by Ayurvedic treatment principles of Deepan pachan, Kled-Strotorodh-nashak, Shoth-har, Vatanuloman. Steroids were withdrawn gradually and completely over more than one month. There was no relapse. The case was free of proteinuria. This case study is the example of importance of alternative medicine in treating steroid dependent cases. When modern treatment has some limitations to treat such cases, it is ray of hope to thousands of poor sufferers of Nephrotic syndrome, finding them an effective alternative of Ayurvedic treatment.
Keywords: Nephrotic syndrome, Steroid sensitive, Steroid dependent, Ayurvedic management, Dridamula Basti Shotha.
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