A THEMATIC REVIEW ON AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF PAMA KUSHTHA (SCABIES)
Keywords:Scabies, Pama Kushtha, Kushtha Chikitsa, Kshudra Kushtha
Scabies is a common parasitic skin infection caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite, it is highly prevalent in young as well in children. It is a highly contagious skin disease having prevalence of 5 – 10% in children. In Ayurveda, Pama is Kapha- Pittaja disorder found very common in childrens, it can be correlated with scabies on the basis of similarity of symp-toms. Scabies is infectious and spreads in group of population within a small period of time. In the ancient Indian books such diseases are termed as highly contagious diseases. They be-lieve that these diseases are spread by the Rakshasas, according to modern Microorganisms; the important thing is that they have had an effective treatment, and more importantly this treatment is proved highly effective even today after thousands of years. In Ayurveda all types of Kushta (skin disease) Apatarpana Chikitsa is indicated which includes Langhana, Swedana and Rukshana. The main Chikitsa is Langhana Chikitsa. It includes Samshod-hanadi and Samshamana Chikitsa. The Tikta and Kasyaya Rasa containing drugs are the choice of treatment in Samshamana Chikitsa of Pama(scabies).
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