AN AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF ALOPECIA AREATA (INDRALUPTA) IN CHILDREN: A CASE STUDY
Vd. Vijaykumar U. Gawai and *Vd. Akshay A. More
Alopecia areata (AA) is a complex autoimmune condition that causes nonscarring hair loss. It typically presents with sharply demarcated round patches of hair loss and may present at any age, though incidence in children is less as compared to adults but it has been found to be associated with emotional stress, similar family history, down syndrome and autoimmune disorder. The disease can be correlated with Indralupta in Ayurveda, while traditional treatment options such as corticosteroids are moderately effective, a better understanding of the disease pathogenesis may lead to the development of new treatments and due to side effects and limitation of the contemporary science, some harmless and effective medicines are expected from Alternative medical sciences. Ayurveda has great potential to treat such autoimmune diseases. In ayurvedic literature we have detailed study of the disease Indralupta, here a case of alopecia areata successfully treated with Ayurvedic management is recorded.
Keywords: Alopecia, alopecia areata, Indralupta, Jaulokacharan, keshvardhini vati, gandhak druti, gunjadi tail, jaypal.
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