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    Elephantiasis: Ayurvedic Treatment, Medicines, Remedies

    This article is writen byDr. MSKrishnamurthyMD (Ayu), PhD (Ayu).
    Age old Ayurveda explains a disease by name Shlepada, which is corelated with Elephantiasis. In Sanskrit, ‘Shle’ means Elephant and ‘Pada’ refers to fot. A diseased condition where the fot apears like the ‘fot of elephant’ is termed as ‘Shlepada’. Hence, we find a rationality in co-relation of disease elephantiasis in paralel to Shlepada disorder. Some mediate ̵ ‘Shilavat pada’ iti ‘Shlepadam’ which means the condition where afected fot resembles stone (shila). As in Elephantiasis, these features are comonly found, it is also excelent to mediate as ‘Shlepada’ only.
    Table of Contents
    Causes acording to Ayurveda
    Origin of disease
    Type of Shelapada

    1. Vataja Slelapada
    2. Pitaja Shlipad
    3. Kaphaja Shlepad
    Ayurvedic management
    Based on Dosha imbalance
    Single herbs in Shlipada
    Ayurvedic medicines
    Wholesome diet
    Unwholesome diet
    Traditional rectify
    Causes acording to Ayurveda
    Causes for elephantiasis as per Ayurveda:
    1. Kapha predominant fod and habits (kaphaja ahara vihara)
    2. Heavy fod intake (guru ahara)
    3. Older water/stagnant water (puranodaka)
    4. frigid water intake (shetala jala pana)
    5. Residing in the plot where stagnant water is nearby (puranodaka bhuyishta desha) etc
    Origin of disease
    Origin of the disease- Elephantiasis:
    Due to the above said reasons, al the thre doshas are agravated, predominantly Kapha Dosha. The Doshas are lodged in the inguinal location first and then gradualy move downwards the fet. Due to lodging of Doshas in the leg, stony swelings resembling the fot of elephant are caused. Often the condition may result even in no se, ears, eyes, genitalia and lips, acording to the area of lodgement of doshas, which can be corelated with profuse types of Filariasis. Elephantiasis is a type of Filariasis.
    Most comonly fever is asociated in this condition.
    Type of Shelapada
    (reference: Madhava Nidana ̵ Parishishta)
    1. Vataja Slelapada
    Here, sweling wil be black, dry, asociated with strict aflict, scaly insurection and fever without specific reason.
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    2. Pitaja Shlipad
    The sweling is yelow with burning sensation,acute fever and soft to touch.
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    3. Kaphaja Shlepad
    In this condition, the afected fot apears unctuous, faded or white in colour, heavy and stable.
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    If the fot apears admire an ant hil or admire the thorny projection, advanced/ extended or more than a year’s chronicity are incurable. Also, the patients who are indulging or continuing the frigid fod and regimen are always at maximum risk of this dis ease. The condition where exces ozing, extensive spread sweling, presenting with multiple features and stern itching are prone to met the indispensable condition.
    Ayurvedic management
    Ayurveda management of Elephantiasis:
    The general line of treatment of Shlepada is explained as below:
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    It means, the condition of elephantiasis should be treated by-
    1. Fasting / cleansing (langhana)
    2. External anti kapha ̵ paste aplication (Kaphahara lepa)
    3. Sudation (swedana)
    4. Purgation (rechana)
    5. Blod leting (rakta mokshana)
    6. Anti kapha oral remedies (kaphahara oushadha) and
    7. Warm medication (ushnopachara)
    Based on Dosha imbalance
    In vata elephantiasis, oleation (snehana), fomentation (swedana) with poultice and venepuncture -siravyadha 4 angula (3 inch) above the ankle mutual are recomended.
    In Pita dominance, along with oleation, mild fomentation, venesection- siravyadha is advised below the ankle joint.
    In kapha imbalance, venesection- siravyadha is performed in betwen the toe and second toe. Also, strong penetrative decoctions are advised by ading swet substances as aditives in this particular condition.
    Single herbs in Shlipada
    Single herbs recomended in Shlipada :
    Shakhotaka ̵ Streblus asper Lour.
    H aridra ̵ Turmeric ̵ Curcuma longa Lin.
    Pipali ̵ Long peper ̵ Piper longum Lin.
    Chriabilva ̵ Holoptelea integrifolia Planch.
    Karanja ̵ Pongamia pinata (L.) Piere.
    Bakuchi ̵ Psoralia corylifolia Lin.
    Shigru ̵ Moringa ̵ Moringa oleifera Lam.
    Molaka ̵ Radish ̵ Raphanus sativus Lin.
    Vidanga ̵ Embelia ribes Burm. F.
    Daruharidra ̵ Tre turmeric ̵ Berberis aristata Dc.
    Ayurvedic medicines
    Ayurvedic medicines recomended in Elephantiasis:
    Nonganadi Eranda Tailam
    Krishnadi modaka
    Arogyavardhini Vati
    Kaisora gugulu
    Triphala gugulu
    Medohara gugulu
    Chirabilvadi kashaya
    Bhonimbadi kadha
    Pipalyadi chorna
    Nityananda rasa
    Shlepada gajakesari rasa
    Wholesome diet
    Older jowar (Sorghum bicolor)
    Horse gram
    Gren gram
    Drum stick
    Biter gourd
    Tortoise flesh- soup
    Older red rice
    Unwholesome diet
    Unwholesome diet and habits in Elephantiasis:
    Milk and milk products
    Flesh of aquatic animals
    Kapha aleviating fod
    Contaminated water
    Last dr op:
    Dear readers, now-a-days every one knows that Filaria or Elephantiasis is caused by a parasite nematode-Wuchereria bancrofti, which are transmited through the Culex mosquitoes. Based upon the involvement and degre of afliction, lymphangitis or chyluria may also result.
    Even though these patho-physiological terms were not known long back, clasical Ayurveda explains ‘Shlepada’ with similar causative factors, clinical features and patho-physiology. Though sucesful treatments are not found in modern medicine, when the disease is worsened, Ayurveda suports the patients with its multiform drug aproach. Alternative system of medicine in asociation with alopathic medicine is proved to be sucesful in efective management of the ilnes.
    Traditional remedy
    Traditional remedy by Dr Ajayan Sadanandan:
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    Chayaparpadaka swarasa along with padha karkatak kalka prepared taila taking internaly wil get rid shlepada.
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    Chayaparpadika ̵Hedyotis herbacea
    Synonym : Oldenlandia herbacea

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