Pyllanthus Emblica Case Study

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Phyllanthus emblica was a major constituent of 10% of herbal formulations mentioned by the informants during the present study. Colucci et al. (2015), Smith et al. (2017) have also reported Phyllanthus emblica as a possible phytoremedy for vitiligo. Fruits of Phyllanthus emblica help to boost immune response due to its vitamin C content (Suresh et al., 1997). Phyllanthus emblica being a source of anti–oxidants like ascorbic acid, other polyphenols, flavonoids and tannins has potency to correct imbalances in ox–redox status in vitiligo. Studies have shown that the supplement with antioxidants in patients with vitiligo might represent a valuable instrument to increase the effectiveness of other vitiligo treatments. Oral supplementation with an …show more content…
It was present as a major constituent of nearly 12% of herbal formulations suggested by the locals for treating vitiligo. A number of earlier studies (Kaur et al., 2012) have also reported Ficus carica as phytoremedy for vitiligo. Ficus carica leaves are reported to have two photoactive furanocoumarins, Psoralen and bergapten (5–methoxypsoralen). Since the content of T–lymphocytes was reliably reduced in patients with vitiligo (the number of T–helpers was decreased and T–suppressors were increased), it is recommended to include immune–modulating drugs in complex therapy. Leaf extract of Ficus carica shows promising immune–stimulant properties (Patil et al., 2010), has comparatively higher levels of psoralens (Zaynoun et al., 1984; Ali et al., 2011; Alam et al., 2015) and hence can be effectively used in treating vitiligo (Chunyan et al., …show more content…
Poor digestion results in build–up of toxins in the body which may trigger vitiligo. Therefore, restoring digestion is the essential part of the Ayurveda treatment (Jiva Ayurveda). In the present study, triphala was used in a number of preparations. Triphala is a mixture of the dried powders of three fruits such as Phyllanthus emblica, Terminalia belerica and Terminalia chebula in equal proportions. Triphala is rich in antioxidants, possess antibacterial, anti–viral, and anti–cancer properties (Kumar et al., 2016). Triphala works by stimulating the mucosa of the gastric–intestinal tract, improving and balancing digestion, and also eliminating toxins from the intestinal tract (Kumar et al., 2016). With the anti–oxidative and immunostimulant properties of the active constituents of triphala, the trio forms important part of various herbal formulations for treating

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