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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-60

Principles and Practice of Ayurvedic Rheumatology

BAMS, Research Officer, AVT Institute for Advanced Research, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication23-May-2013

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Sujithra R Manohar
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Manohar SR. Principles and Practice of Ayurvedic Rheumatology. ASL Muscuskel Dis 2013;1:59-60

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Authors: Dr. Sanjeev Rastogi

Publisher: Chaukhambha Sanskrit Pratishthan, Delhi

Year: 2009

Binding: Hard Bound

Pages: 208

Price: INR 275

ISBN: 81-7084-409-7

Rheumatology is an important clinical specialty for Ayurvedic physicians and many clinics of Ayurveda are crowded with patients suffering from diseases of the musculoskeletal system.

In some clinics, up to 50% of the cases reporting in the Out Patient Department are conditions that come within the purview of rheumatology. In spite of the heavy patient load, it is lamentable that there is no textbook that provides proper guidelines for taking informed therapeutic decisions in the management of such conditions.

The book "Principles and Practice of Ayurvedic Rheumatology" by Dr. Sanjeev Rastogi fills this gap. The author is himself a champion of the evidence based approach in Ayurvedic clinical practice and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals to his credit. His earlier book, a monograph titled "Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis" was well received by scholars in the field. With this background, Dr. Rastogi goes about with the task of constructing an approach to management of musculoskeletal diseases making use of the current evidence especially from the fields of dietetics and physiotherapy. He blends these modern research findings with the tenets of Ayurveda in characteristic style that would enable the clinician to take informed decisions in clinical practice. Apart from clinicians, the book would definitely evoke common interest as it covers various fields - Epidemiology, Dietetics for Inflammatory Arthritis, Code of Ethics in practice of Ayurvedic Rheumatology and a brief section on Yoga with illustrations of various asanas (yogic postures). There is a complete listing of the pharmacovigilance cells in India that is concerned with the reporting of adverse reactions of drugs used in clinical practice.

The book is divided into well-defined sections starting from the pre treatment work up to post treatment work up. The diagnostic considerations are dealt with in sufficient detail and would enable the Ayurvedic physician to consider differential diagnosis and also identify conditions that need to be referred to specialists.

Dr. Rastogi brings a rational approach to the traditional wisdom embodied in the classical literature of Ayurveda and draws from his own experiences in clinical practice to chalk out a treatment plan that is extended to observations in the post treatment phase.

Dr. Rastogi points out the importance of equipping Ayurveda rheumatology clinics with necessary facilities for diagnosis and evaluation of the disease in all stages of progression. He gives emphasis on following up the patient beyond the treatment phase to assess long-term treatment responses and also to identify adverse events that could be potentially related to the treatments administered.

The book gives tips and information that would enable the physician to choose the apt formulation and execute the treatment with a well-defined plan. The book is a handy reference guide for researchers as it lists all the journals publishing articles on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal diseases, Journals of Ayurveda and Complementary Medicine, and Journals of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation separately. The lucid explanations of Ayurvedic theoretical concepts with the help of illustrations and diagrams will appeal to readers who are not familiar with the original texts of Ayurveda. The author has also made an attempt to correlate modern disease terminologies with the disease terminology in Ayurveda. However, an elaborate justification and analysis of these correlations is missing. The author has also included a tool for calculating body constitution (prakriti).

One of the limitations of attempts to write books of this kind is the lack of availability of well-researched material in the field of Ayurvedic rheumatology that would have further added authenticity and credibility to the work. It goes without saying that the author has made best use of the available evidence to create a model or a template for creating textbooks that will serve as beacon lights to establish evidence oriented practice in the field of Ayurveda.

The book has been well received by the Ayurvedic community and reviewed favorably in many publications. In the words of Prof. Siddhartha Das, Head, Department of Rheumatology at CSMM University, Lucknow, "The book on the whole, will be of use to students of rheumatology in whatever system of medicine."


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