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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 126-134

Clinical efficacy of Narayan Churna in alcohol addiction: a single-blinded randomized clinical trial

P.G. Department of Agad Tantra, National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Sandeep Charak
P.G. Department of Agad Tantra, National Institute of Ayurveda, Amer Road, Jaipur 302002, Rajasthan.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jism.jism_115_20

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Background: Alcohol, alcoholism, and alcohol withdrawal have been mentioned in Ayurveda under the heading of Madya (alcohol), Madatya (alcoholism), and Panapkaram (alcohol withdrawal), respectively. Alcohol abuse is widespread in most parts of the world, and alcohol addiction is one of the major problems in society. According to the WHO, 38.3% of the population in the world consumes alcohol. An individual older than 15 years of age consumed 6.2 liters of alcohol annually. In fact, there are dozens of risk factors that play a role in the development of alcohol addiction. Aim: To assess the clinical efficacy of Narayan Churna, Tagaradi Kwath Ghan Vati, and Bhumyamalaki Ghan Vati in alcohol addiction and withdrawal symptoms. Materials and Methods: The clinical studies were conducted by the single-blinded random control method; this method compared the clinical efficacy of Narayan Churna with Ashtang Lavan Churna. Supportive drugs such as Tagaradi Kwath Ghan vati and Bhumyamalaki Ghanvati have been given in both groups to manage the hepatotoxicity and they control the withdrawal effects such as insomnia anxiety and agitation, respectively. The clinical manifestations of alcohol withdrawal were assessed by the Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment-Alcohol revised (CIWA-Ar) scale before and after treatment. Clinical manifestation of alcohol withdrawals observed in between 5 and 10h of stoppage of alcohol was considered as a baseline for before treatment; clinical manifestation of withdrawals was considered after the completion of one month for after treatment. Result: In both the study and control groups, 13.3% of the patients showed excellent relief. In both the control and study groups, 26.6 % and 13.3% of patients showed moderate relief, respectively. Conclusion: Overall, 36.66% of patients were found to be de-addicted during the entire clinical trial, which is a big achievement for Ayurveda science.

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