Ayurvedic management of Viral Hepatitis - Dr. Suryanarayana Mudadla
Abstract: Viral hepatitis is the most common form of hepatitis caused by A, B, C, D, and E virus. Viral hepatitis poses a major public health problem in the world with a death rate of 1.35 million deaths each year. Hepatitis A and E cause acute viral hepatitis (AVH), whereas B and C can cause chronic viral hepatitis, in addition to acute infection. The treatment of hepatitis A virus and hepatitis E virus is usually symptomatic and supportive, no specific treatment is available except nutritional therapy for hepatitis as per WHO . Ayurvedic medicine definitely has a lot to offer to the society by way of improving liver health and this is quite evident from the various studies reported in literature. In Ayurveda, hepatitis or jaundice is acknowledged as Kamala roga, caused due to impairment of pitta dosha and rakta dhatu. The condition occurs due to Kostha gata Pitta, Pitta Rakta dusti, and Yakrit asrita Pitta dusti. In this condition, aggravated pitta dosha further vitiates rakta and mamsa and produces Kamala. In the full paper Ayurvedic approach and various herbal drugs used in the management of infective liver disorders will be dealt in detail.