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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 35-40

Efficacy of Vachadi vati in the management of childhood obesity

Department of Kaumarbhritya, I.P.G.T. and R.A., G.A.U., Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

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Dr. Vishal Prajapati
Department of Kaumarbhritya, I.P.G.T and R.A., G.A.U., Jamnagar, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JACR.JACR_1_20

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Childhood obesity is on the rise. Unaddressed situation may lead to various complications. It needs to be intervened at the appropriate level. Sthaulya (~obesity) and Medoroga (~disorder of fat metabolism) explained in the Ayurvedic texts are comparable with obesity. Acharya Charaka has described Sthaulya among the eight most Nindita purusha (~despicable personalities). A 10-year-old, school-going female child was brought to the outpatient department, I. P. G. T. and R. A. Hospital, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, by her parents with complaints of excess weight gain for 2–3 years. On clinical examination, the child had 58 kg body weight with Body Mass Index (BMI) >30 kg/m2. Vachadi vati (an Ayurvedic formulation) was given in a dose of 3.5 g in three divided doses before meal with luke warm water for eight weeks along with diet and lifestyle modification. Anthropometric assessment and laboratory investigations were done before and after the treatment. After eight weeks of intervention, there was 10% reduction in body weight and BMI, reduction in chest circumference and waist-hip ratio. As per this case study, it can be said that Vachadi vati could be used in the management of childhood obesity along with some diet and lifestyle modification.

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