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Management of Psoriasis through Unani Medicine: a Case Study

  • CELLMED
  • Abbr : CellMed
  • 2021, 11(2), pp.11-11
  • DOI : 10.5667/CellMed.2021.0011
  • Publisher : Cellmed Orthocellular Medicine and Pharmaceutical Association
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : May 16, 2021
  • Accepted : May 24, 2021
  • Published : May 31, 2021

Faiza Khatoon 1 Qamar Uddin 1 Arzeena Jabeen 1 Mohd Azahar 1 Md Aftab Alam 1 Abdul Munim 1

1National Research Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorders (NRIUMSD)

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ABSTRACT

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease clinically characterized by erythematous, sharply demarcated papules and rounded plaques covered by silvery white micaceous scales. It affects about 1-3% of the world’s population. Although considerable advances have been made in the management of psoriasis in recent years, the disease remains incurable. Current treatment does not affect disease activity, and relapse occurs quickly after cessation of treatment. Moreover, topical and systemic conventional therapies used in the management of psoriasis are associated with adverse effects. In Unani system of medicine, psoriasis is known as Taqashshur al-Jild, which is caused by predominance of black bile and characterised by scaling of skin. Various topical as well as systemic Unani formulations are effectively used in the management of psoriasis. This case study was aimed to evaluate the efficacy of Unani formulations, Itrīfal Shāhtra and Marham Ḥinā in the management of psoriasis. A 49-year-old male patient presenting with psoriasis came to the OPD of National Research Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorders, Hyderabad. Treatment was given to the patient for a period of 12 weeks. PASI score was significantly reduced from 40.5 at baseline to 2.2 after treatment. Unani formulations were found safe and effective in the management of Psoriasis as assessed by validated scales.

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