Ayurveda (Sanskrit Āyurveda आयुर्वेद,"life-knowledge", English pronunciation /) or Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and a form of alternative medicine. The oldest known ayurvedic texts are the SUSRUTHA SAMHITA and the CHARAKA SAMHITA. These Classical Sanskrit texts are among the foundational and formally compiled works of Ayurveda.
By the medieval period, ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments. Current practices derived (or reportedly derived) from Ayurvedic medicine are regarded as part of complementary and alternative medicine and, and, along with Siddha and Traditional Chinese medicine, form the basis for systems medicine.
Safety concerns have been raised about Ayurveda; for instance, two US studies found that about 20 percent of Ayurvedic US and Indian-manufactured patent medicines sold via internet contained toxic levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsemic. Other concerns include the use of herbs containing toxic compounds and the lack of quality control in Ayurvedic facilities. Mostly Ayurvedic products are not approved by US Food and Drug Administration. There is an import alert on some Ayurvedic medicines issued by US FDA since 2007 which prevents these products entering the US.
Eight components of Ayurveda.
In classical Sanskrit literature, Ayurveda was called "the science of eight components" (Sanskrit aṣṭāṅga अष्टांग), a classification that became canonical for Ayurveda. They are:
- (General Medicine) – Kāya-chikitsā: "cure of diseases affecting the body"
- (Paediatrics) – Kaumāra-bhṛtya: "treatment of children"
- (Surgery) – Śhalya-chikitsā: "removal of any substance which has entered the body (as extraction of darts, of splinters, etc.)"
- (Opthalmology/ENT) – Śālākya-tantra: "cure of diseases of the eye or ear etc. by sharp instruments"
- (Demonology/exorcism/psychiatry) – Bhūta(past)-vidyā: "treatment of mental diseases supposed to be produced by past experiences"
- (Toxicology) – Agada-tantra: "doctrine of antidotes"
- (Elixers) – Rasayana-tantra: "doctrine of Rasayana"
- (Aphrodisiacs) – Vājīkaraṇa tantra.
- Kids Massaged with Dabur Lal Tail experience "2 TIMES" faster Physical growth
Now Proven in Clinical ReserachA comparative clinical study was conducted to assess the efficacy and safety of Dabur Lal Tail Massage in the Growth and Behavioral Assessment of Neonates and Infants. The study was conducted at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, Maharashtra under Dr Jayant Vagha, Professor of Pediatrics as Investigator and Dr Bhavna Lakhar, Professor and Head, Pediatrics as Co-Investigator.Massaging neonates and infants has been an important component of infant rearing in many traditions and has been practiced globally over the years. The practice of neonatal massage has gained recent favor in many neonatal care units in developed countries. Recent evidence from human and animal studies suggests that topical application of certain oils may improve skin barrier function, resulting in a number of potential benefits to neonatal health. Baby massage is now considered to play an important role in a baby's development, as it has many proven health benefits as well as encouraging bonding between parents and baby. It can assist children and infants in achieving age-appropriate gross motor skills.Dabur Lal Tail developed by Dabur India Limited contains all natural ingredients like Till Tail, Ratanjyot, Shankha Pushpi, Camphor and Urad. As per the literature, Till Tail or Sesame Oil improves growth and post-massage sleep, Ratanjyot protects against skin infection, Shankha Pushpi cures general weakness, Camphor improves blood circulation and Urad nourishes muscles & bonesThe present study was planned with the primary objective to assess the efficacy of Dabur Lal Tail massage on Growth in neonates and infants in comparison with placebo (Talcum powder) massage and with no massage.The study subjects were recruited from Pediatric Out Patient Department of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Sawangi, Wardha (M.S.) after due consideration of inclusion and exclusion criteria. Permission was obtained from Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) prior to conduct the clinical study. A written informed consent was also obtained from subject’s Parent/Guardian as well.
Full term normal babies of both sexes with height and weight appropriate to age (between the age group of 7 days to 6 months) at the time of enrolment were enrolled in the study after considering the others specified selection criteria. These babies were divided into different groups. The mothers were given instructions and training for uniformity of massage strokes in terms of technique (force and direction) and time spent on massaging an individual body part. Each subject’s Guardian/Parents was asked to use the assigned investigational product for 10 weeks (from baseline) as per the application schedule. The participant’s Guardian/Parent was called for evaluation after every 2 weeks and the respective trial medicine for two week’s application was handed over to them on each follow-up visit. Subjects were assessed on basis of Improvement in Anthropometrical measurements, Infant’s sleep questionnaire, subjects and Investigator’s global assessments for therapeutic response at each visit. Any Adverse Drug Reaction/Adverse Events reported were also recorded in Case Record Forms.
The therapeutic end point was calculated after 10 weeks of massage with trial drug.
The demographic details of recruited subjects showed an almost equal distribution of male and female children in all the groups. The age wise distribution of children was comparable in all groups except for no massage group, where the mean age was slightly lower.Physical GrowthA significant improvement in weight gain was observed among the massage group from first follow up visit onwards. The usual parameter of growth in infants is Growth Velocity calculated in terms of rate of weight gain. In our study on Dabur Lal Tail, the calculated Growth Velocity in terms of weight was almost two times in Dabur Lal Tail group as compared with the no massage group. This increase in the Growth Velocity was observed at various time intervals i.e. 28 days, 42 days, 52 days and 70 days when compared with the baseline. Thus this finding of increase in Growth Velocity was found to be consistent through out the study.An increase in mean length of children was observed in all the groups except for no massage group. The maximum change in mean length was observed in Dabur Lal Tail (DLT) group. Evaluation of growth can be further reinforced by rate of increase in crown to heel length of the infants. In our study even the rate of change of length was also found to be consistently increasing almost two times when compared with baseline.Thus increase in rate of Length change along with rate of gain in weight further reinforces that Massaging with Dabur Lal Tail leads to DOUBLY FASTER PHYSICAL GROWTH..
Head circumference in all groups was found in line with the normal growth curve of Indian population while the changes in mean mid arm circumference and mid leg circumference were found to be clinically better in massage group.
The more positive behavior was seen in neonates and infants who were undergoing oil massage than those, who underwent talcum powder massage and no massage.The subjective assessment of neonates and infants by parents showed that the sleep was improved in more than 80% of children, who had undergone oil massage. The better results were observed in Dabur Lal Tail group.
Similar changes were observed on other parameters assessed by parents which were activity, appetite, muscle mass, bone strength and overall improvement.No adverse events were reported during the course of study.To conclude it can be summarised as
All types of oil Massages may help in better growth and development including the physical and behavioural growth of children.
- The Growth Velocity as well as Velocity of change of length was found to be more than two times in Dabur Lal tail group in comparison to no oil massage group.
- Oil massage improves sleeping pattern in children and Dabur Lal Tail massage was found to be better than that of other massages.
- Massage with Dabur Lal Tail was found to be safe in babies. .