Vol. 2, Issue 3, Part A (2014)
Evaluate the efficacy of freshly prepared juice of “Cassia alata L.” leaves in the management of Sidma Kushta - A preliminary study
Author(s): Weerasekara S, Weerasekera KR
Abstract: Sidma is one of the most common; most asymptomatic dermatological disease can be seen in today’s society. It is categorized under the types of Kushta in Ayurvedic texts, characterized by very thin, white or copper coloured scaly lesions, located in the upper part of the body. According to modern medicine, this can be described as a relatively common condition among young adults, caused by superficial fungal infection with 'Pityriasis versicolor', presents most commonly on the trunk with reddish brown scaly macules which are asymptomatic. Commonly this freshly prepared juice of “Cassia alata” leaves is used by traditional medical practitioners, Sri Lanka as an external application for Sidma patients. Therefore this clinical study was carried out to assess the clinical efficacy of juice of “Cassia alata L.” in the management of Sidma condition. The very mixture only consists of fresh leaves “Cassia alata L.” 25 patients of both sexes belong to age 15 – 60 years having symptoms of Sidma were randomly selected. The patients were advised to apply the juice on the affected area and wash it away after 30 minutes. Treatment was administered every day (morning and evening) and continued for three weeks. Subsequently all of them were examined weekly and fluctuations were recorded duly. The improvement in these patients was measured manually. After the completion of the treatment 60% was completely recovered, 25% was partially relieved from symptoms and 15% was not cured. Hence, it can be concluded that the fresh juice of “Cassia alata” leaves is effective on minimizing symptoms of Sidma.
How to cite this article:
Weerasekara S, Weerasekera KR. Evaluate the efficacy of freshly prepared juice of “Cassia alata L.” leaves in the management of Sidma Kushta - A preliminary study. Int J Herb Med 2014;2(3):37-38.