Indian researchers tested the efficacy of two Ayurvedic treatments for relieving rheumatoid arthritis. Both the Bhallatakadi Churnawith guda and Bhallatak guggulu methods were able to alleviate the signs and symptoms of the disease.
The study was supported by the Government Ayurvedic College and the National Institute of Ayurveda. Its results were published in the International Journal of Ayurvedic Medicine.
The Ayurveda is an ancient system of traditional medicine in India. It designated rheumatoid arthritis as "amavata" and has prescribed a number of treatments to treat "ama," a toxic state of incomplete transformation caused by bad digestion that is reputedly the cause of many illnesses.
A double blind intervention trial was conducted with 60 patients from the OPD and IPD of A&U Tibbia College and Hospital in Delhi, India. The age of the participants ranged from 20 to 60 years old.
Participants were randomly assigned to either Group A, whose members received Bhallatakadi Churna with guda treatment, or Group B, who got the Bhallatak guggulu method. The treatment period lasted for three months, during which the patients were followed up every 15 days.
The researchers assessed the efficacy of the two Ayurvedic drugs by judging clinical features and laboratory parameters. The latter included rheumatoid arthritis (RA) factor and antiseptrolysin O (ASO) titer.
Both groups displayed significant relief regarding the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. However, the group treated with Bhallatak guggula recovered faster and showed better improvements than the one using Bhallatak churna with guda.
The researchers came to the conclusion that Bhallatak guggulu is a safe and effective means of managing rheumatoid arthritis.
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