Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2016)
The efficacy of Nasya Chikitchai (Nirgundi thailam) on Peenisarogam
Author(s): Arunthavarani Krishnaanantham, Ranjani Sivapalan
Abstract: Peenisarogam is one of the chronic diseases which affect nose and nasal passages. Mucous membrane of the air sinuses in the facial bone are repeatedly affected by internal and external causes. Chronic collection of fluid or phlegm or inflammation in the air sinuses is known as Peenisarogam. Symptoms of Peenisarogam are Nasal irritation, Nasal block, Sneezing, Head ache, Nasal discharge, Itching Eyes, Ears, Pharynx, etc. Nasya therapy acts as a preventive measure and also cures the diseases above the chest, such as nose, eyes, ears, mouth, and brain. The medicine is applied through the nostrils it is called Nasyam. In Nasya therapy the medical oil / milk / herbal juice / herbal powder is applied through the nostrils. Nirgundi is a medicinal herb known as Nochchi (Vitex nigundo). It is used for the nasal passage diseases. Vitex nigundo plant is growing well in the Jaffna district and since no research was undertaken to date, by administering Nasyatherapy for Peenisarogam. Therefor the researcher has planned to study the efficacy of the Nasyatherapy by administering Nirgundi thailam for Peenisarogam.100 Peenisa subjects were selected incidentally. Selected subjects were divided into two groups alternatively named as “A” & “B”. The patients of Group A were subjected to Sneha, Swetha and Nashya therapy with Nirgundithailam. The subjects of Group B were subjected to Sneha and Swethatherapy. This is an open clinical trial. To assess the efficacy of Nasyatherapy, the symptoms of Peenisarogam such as Nasal irritation, Nasal block, Sneezing, Head ache, itching on eyes were noted carefully before commencement and after completion of the treatment. Data were analyzed by simple statistical methods. In group A subjects, before commencement of treatment had Nasal irritation 29 (58%), Nasal block 40(80%), Sneezing 41(82%), Head ache 42 (84%), and Itching on eyes 26 (52%). In group B subjects, before commencement of treatment had Nasal irritation 33(66%), Nasal block 41(82%), Sneezing 44 (88%), Head ache 42 (84%), and Itching on eyes 35 (70%). End of the treatment marked improvement of symptoms of Peenisa disease were observed in group A subjects, Nasal irritation 23(79.3%), Nasal block 23(57.5%), Sneezing 33(80.48% ), Head ache 33(83.3%), and Itching on eyes 20(76.9%). In group B subjects, had improvement in Nasal irritation 20(60.6%), Nasal block 17(41.46%), Sneezing 23(52%), Head ache 24(57.6%), and Itching on eyes 18(51.2%). In comparison to group B subjects, group a subjects showed percentage wise better results in most of the symptoms.