LIVER FUNCTION TESTS AND ITS AYURVEDIC INTERPRETATIONS
Keywords:Jaundice, Bilirubin, Biochemical tests, Yakrit vikaras, Kamala
Liver function tests are the biochemical parameters for the evaluation of various liver disorders. Correct interpretation of the levels provide direct clues regarding the underlying etiology and pathology. The set of tests includes serum bilrubin-direct/conjugated and indirect/unconjugated, liver enzymes like transaminases( SGOT, SGPT), Alkaline Phophatase (ALP), Gamma glutamyl transferase, Proteins-albumin, globulin, Prothrombin time, alpha feto protein. The aim of investigations are to detect hepatic abnormality, identify specific cause and measure the severity of liver damage. Ayurveda explains the involvement of Yakrit in several disease conditions like Kamala and its types (Koshtaasritha, Shakhaasrita), Pittaja Pandu, Yakritdora, Madatyaya and Raktapitta. In various Yakrit vikaras (liver disorders) there will be involvement of ranjaka pitta, rakta dhatvagni, mala roopi pitta and dhamani arising from the Yakrit. The assessment of various biochemical parameters and its interpretation to understand disease pathology is a significant contribution of contemporary science. Therefore liver function tests can be utilized to understand various Yakrit vikaras in a better way and plan appropriate treatment.
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