A classical approach to explore probable etiology of Janapadodhwansa caused by COVID-19 - A diagnostic perspective in Ayurveda

  • Vd. Devashree Siddesh Phatak Consultant Physician, Shree Gajanan Maharaj Medical Centre, Thane West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, INDIA.
  • Vd. Amit Achyut Pal Consultant Physician, Pals Health Care, Palghar, Mumbai, INDIA.
Keywords: COVID-19, Ayurveda Nidana, Janapadodhwansa, Keetavisha, Bhutasangha

Abstract

Background: Outbreak of COVID-19 has raised concerns all over the globe due to its high transmission capability and potential of leading to grave prognosis. Researches are being conducted to understand the disease pathophysiology as well as to develop vaccine and specific therapeutic interventions. Safe, effective and easily accessible solutions from traditional healthcare system like Ayurveda are also warranted. In order to provide solutions, the disease itself must be first understood in the light of Ayurveda principles. Aim: To study and search classical Ayurveda treatises to understand the etiology, pathophysiology and nature of COVID-19. Methodology: Understanding the pandemic nature of COVID-19, a search was conducted in Brihatrayi to find similar concept described in Ayurveda. With the help of that link further literature study was conducted to reach up to the probable etiology and nature of the COVID-19 according to Ayurveda. The clinical profile of COVID-19 was obtained by referring published scientific literature till date. Discussion: It was observed that, Janapadodhwansa explained by Charaka describes the same concept of epidemic or pandemic. Further the causes of Janapadodhwansa listed by Charaka were evaluated. The clinical features of manifestation of diseases caused by these factors were studied and compared with those of COVID-19. The study reveled that, the cause, nature and manifestation of Keetavisha toxicity explained in Ayurveda shares similarity with COVID-19 in many aspects. With the help of this, one can also explain the various characteristics of COVID-19 like asymptomatic nature in many cases, severity and grave complications in some cases, potential of leading to death and transmission of the diseases. Conclusion: Therefore, it was concluded that, the nature of the disease developing in humans due to SARS-Cov-2 infection is comparable to the Keeta Visha toxicity according to Ayurveda.

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Vd. Devashree Siddesh Phatak, & Vd. Amit Achyut Pal. (2020). A classical approach to explore probable etiology of Janapadodhwansa caused by COVID-19 - A diagnostic perspective in Ayurveda. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences, 5(04), 211-217. Retrieved from https://www.jaims.in/jaims/article/view/970
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