Role of Leech application in Vatarakta: A pilot study

  • Shashank Jha
  • Londhe P D
Keywords: Leech therapy, crystal arthropathy, uric acid, Vatarakta


Now a day’s crystal arthropathies is emerging one of the most painful condition for human being. In all types of Crystal arthropathies gout is most common. Gout is the medical condition usually characterized by Recurrent attack of acute inflammatory arthritis a red, tender, hot, swollen joint. It is caused by elevated level of uric acid in the blood. The uric acid crystallizes and the crystals deposit in the joints, tendons and surrounding tissues. In Ayurveda Vatarakta shows close resemblance with signs of crystal arthropathies.

According to Ayurveda vitiated Vata & Rakta plays important role in development of Vatarakta disease. Leech application is one of the best treatments described for Vatarakta. The reason behind it is it removes impure blood from affected joint and removes avaran of vatadosh. Ten diagnosed patients of Vatarakta are selected for this pilot study. Clinical criteria for assessment of result were Sandhishool, Sandhishoph, Sandhivaivarna & Sandhidaha. Leech application without any medicine was applied to these patients and significant results were obtained in joint pain, erythema and edema
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