A Critical Analysis of Gulma Aimed at Practical Management
Keywords:Gulma, Diverticulitis, Diverticulosis, Phantom Tumor, Gaseous Tumor, Grandhivat.
One of the diseases that have become enigmatic over a period of time, subsequently becoming one of academic interest and discussion is Gulma. Various theories were put forward regarding its pathology and modern equivalents like Phantom tumor, Gaseous tumor which are themselves non-specific in nature, none having a practical approach in daily practice. Sites of Gulma such as Hridaya. Nabhi, Parsva, Vasthi are also the sites of Diverticular disease. Diverticulum and its later manifestation as Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis are similar to Gulma and the diffenrent types like Vataja, Pittaja, Kaphaja and Sannipathaja Gulma as explained by our Acharyas. This disease is compared to Diverticular disease with justifications, so that physicians can try medical care, which, hitherto is limited purely as academic subject, and also paves the way for further analysis into the classification of Gulma and its manifestation as compared to Diverticulitis, so that Ayurvedic treatment modalities can be applied accordingly, which requires extensive clinical study.
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