A Persuasive in the Management of Indralupta (Alopecia areata) with Ayurvedic approach

  • Rani Manju
  • Agarwal Riju
  • Gupta Kumar Prashant
  • Dhiman K S
Keywords: Alopecia areata, Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Treatment, Indralupta, Leech Therapy, Shalya Tantra, Baldness


The aim of the case study is to evaluate the efficacy of Leech therapy along with ayurvedic treatment in Alopecia areata (INDRALUPTA). It is prospective interventional case report on alopecia areata treated with leech therapy and ayurvedic formulations. Using a subjective evaluation, an improvement in growth of hair on bald patches over scalp region was observed. An 18-year-old female patient, resident of Delhi, presented with complaints of two bald patches (right parietal & vertex) over the scalp without any secondary changes. With these complaints, the patient visited Shalya Tantra, Outpatient department (OPD No 16) at Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan, New Delhi. She took treatment for six weeks and got complete remission in her symptoms. Line of treatment adopted was tridosha shamaka, rakta-shodhaka and raktamokashana (Leech application). Leech therapy supplemented with ayurvedic formulations have definite role in Alopecia Areata (Indralupta) especially of recent origin. A case series or pilot study may further strengthen above case report and open new treatment arena for such cases. This case report can also be used to formulate hypothesis for management of baldness from an ayurvedic perspective.

Author Biographies

Rani Manju

Associate Professor, Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan, GGSIPU, New Delhi,

Agarwal Riju

Associate Professor, Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan, GGSIPU, New Delhi.

Gupta Kumar Prashant

Associate Professor, Shri NPA Govt Ayurved College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

Dhiman K S

Director General, CCRAS, Janak Puri, New Delhi.