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A REVIEW ON SITHAANANTHA BAIRAVA MATHIRAI FOR THE TREATMENT OF THANDAGA VATHAM (LUMBAR SPONDYLOSIS)

A. Usha* and Radhika Madhavan

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Lumbar spondylosis is characterized by disc degeneration and osteophytosis, and is more prevalent among the middle-aged and elderly population. The prevalence of lumbar spondylosis ranges from 38% to 85% depending on age and ethnic groups. Siddha is one of the ancient system of medicine in much older that Ayurveda and is considered as the mother medicine of ancient Tamils/Dravidians in South India. Siddha medicine utilizes plant extracts and metal oxides for the preparation of medicines. Nowadays people are focusing their interest towards traditional system of medicine for a longterm relief. In Siddha system, Sithaanantha Bairava Mathirai a herbo mineral formulation has been indicated in Classical literature towards the management of Thandaga vatham (Lumbar Spondylosis). This review is focused on the various biological activity of the medicinal plants used in the Sithaanantha Bairava Mathirai with special focus on the anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and antioxidant properties on these medicinal plants. This review will enlighten the mind with effective pharmacological nature of the herbs used in Sithaanantha Bairava Mathirai and its medical importance in the treatment of lumbar spondylosis.

Keywords: Thandaga vatham, Lumbar Spondylosis, Sithaanantha Bairava Mathirai, Traditional medicine.


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