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CASE REPORT
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 30-35

Management of Alcoholic Liver Disease through Ayurveda


Dept. of Kayachikitsa, KLE University’s Shri B M Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, PG Studies and Research Centre, Shahapur, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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Kiran Kumar V Mutnali
Dept. of Kayachikitsa, KLE University’s Shri B M Kankanawadi Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, PG Studies and Research Centre, Shahapur, Belagavi
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2667-0593.350869

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Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD) involves a process of progressive destruction and regeneration of liver parenchyma leading to fibrosis and cirrhosis. About 30% adult Indians use alcohol of which 4 - 13% are daily users. The commonest cause of ALD is use of excess alcohol in terms of quantity, duration and patterns of drinking. A 38 years old male visited OPD complaining of anorexia, distended abdomen after food, yellowish discoloration of eyes and yellow urine since five months. He developed distention of abdomen since three months and pedal edema since one month. Bilirubin, SGOT and Alkaline Phosphatase were elevated. USG showed hepatomegaly with fatty changes suggestive of chronic liver disease, moderate ascites and right sided minimal pleural effusion. Based on the history and clinical examination, the condition was diagnosed as Jalodara manifested due to Yakrddalyudara. The choice of treatment in this condition is Nitya virechana that eliminate accumulated Dosha from Koshtha and help in Agni deepana. Considering this, Virechana with Haritaki churna and Go-mootra arka and Shamana medications were administered in this case. At the end of the treatment; improvement was noticed in appetite, pedal edema and abdominal girth was reduced. Total bilirubin, direct bilirubin and SGOT were reduced and urine color became normal. These observations infer that Ayurveda treatment approaches are beneficial in cases where hepatic functions are altered and manifest in complications like ascites.


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