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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 111-114

Practical application of Langhana therapy in the management of dyslipidaemia: A case reports

1 Department of Samhita and Siddhant, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Sharira Kriya, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Samhita and Siddhant, JSS Ayurveda Medical College, Mysuru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Anita Choudhary
All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jacr.jacr_78_20

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Dyslipidemia, in current times, is gradually increasing the incidences of heart disease and associated risks. Globally, one-third of ischemic heart diseases are caused due to the high levels of cholesterol. Dyslipidemia is a major cause of disease burden in both the developed and developing world as a risk factor for ischemic heart disease and stroke. In Ayurveda, dyslipidemia can be correlated with Medo dushti (~vitiated fatty tissue). The deranged lipid or fat molecules can be compared to Ama in the body. Ama is a type of Rasa pradoshaja vikara. Acharya Charaka has explained Langhana (~fasting) therapy in Rasaja vyadhi (~disease due to vitiated Rasa) that is known to initiate important cellular repair processes and causes changes in hormone levels to make accessible the available body fat. Langhana therapy is also beneficial for the maintenance of lipid profiles. Fasting by focusing Ayurveda protocol aids in the improvement of the lipid profiles in healthy, obese, and dyslipidemia patients. In the present case report, a 50-year-old male patient was treated with Langhana karma. After 10 days of strictly following the Ayurveda protocol of Langhana therapy, the serum cholesterol and serum triglycerides levels were decreased, inferring that the Langhana therapy is effective in the management of dyslipidemia.

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