AN OBSERVATIONAL CLINICAL STUDY OF JALUKA IN MANAGEMENT OF AMAVATA (RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS)
Leech therapy is used in the Indian system of medicines from the ancient era. In Ayurveda, it is considered as regimental therapy. Amavata (Rheumatoid Arthritis) is one of the most challenging diseases caused by ama combining with vitiated Vata. It causes swelling, pain, and stiffness of joints. A total of 40 patients having Amavata were taken from OPD and IPD wards; between ages 16-60 years. Jalauka (Leech) was applied to the affected knee joint as described in Ayurveda textbooks.
As per Ayurveda Leeches first suck the vitiated blood resulting in a reduction in vitiated rakta and also there is the removal of srotoavrodha of vatadosha this both changes reduce the pain and inflammation. From the study, it can be concluded that Jalaukavacharana can be an ideal therapy for pain management in inflammatory painful joint disorders, as it helps not only in reducing pain but also reduced swelling and redness without any side effects. Apart from the mainline of treatment, this can help reduce the signs of Amavata.
Amavata, Ajmodadi, Rheumatoid arthritis, Vatak.