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Title: Clinical evaluation of the efficacy of polyherbal Unani formulations in scabies
Authors: Ali, Syed Mahtab
Alam, Mahe
Jamal, Anwar
Keywords: Polyherbal formulations
Unani medicine
Herbal formulation
Issue Date: Apr-2006
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl8: A61K36/00, A61P17/00
Abstract: Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by a burrowing mite. Intense itching is induced by the mite burrowing into the skin to lay eggs, generally in the area of the wrist, fingers, genitals or feet. The disease is spread by close contact with infected person or from contaminated clothes. It affects hands and wrist (63%), extensor aspect of elbow (10%) and other sites (27%). It is commonly found in densely populated areas and especially in low socioeconomic groups. In Unani System of Medicine, an oral formulation consisting of Shahtra (Fumaria indica Pugsley), Chiraita (Swertia chirayita Roxb. ex Flem. Karst), Sarphonka (Tephrosia purpurea Linn. Pers.), Gul-e-mundi (Sphaeranthus indicus Linn.), and Unnab (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) along with local formulation of Gandhak (Sulphur), Murdaarsang (Letharg) and Kaphoor (Cinnamomum camphora Linn.) is evaluated in patients fulfilling the diagnostic criteria. The study showed significant reduction in the signs and symptoms of scabies after 15 days of treatment. The objective of the study was to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of polyherbal formulations in scabies with a view to find a cheaper and effective treatment, free from side effects.
Page(s): 220-223
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Source:IJTK Vol.05(2) [April 2006]

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