EFFICACY OF A TRADITIONALLY USED HERB NEPHAPHU IN HYPERTENSION

Dr. Jayanta Barman, Dr. Anup Baishya, Dr. Rajlakshmi Devi

Abstract


Hypertension is a major health problem that affects approximately 29% of the adult population
worldwide. It is a major risk factor for cardio-vascular disease, contributing greatly to morbidity and
mortality from stroke, myocardial infarction, end stage renal disease and congestive heart failure. Indian people traditionally
consuming different herbs for different ainments for prevention and cure of diseases. In North eastern region people use a
herbs traditionally called nephaphu (clerodemdrumcolibrookinum) as vegetables since long time in various diseases
specially in hypertension and they believe that due to that herb they are not suffering from hypertension. A clinical study was
conducted among 60 cases of hypertension among than 20 cases were newly diagnosed case of hypertension, 20 cases were
hypertension with or without disturbance of lipid prole, 20 cases were chronic hypertension under the modern medication
(amlopidine) were randomly selected from OPD and IPD of Govt. Ayurvedic College & Hospital, Jalukbari, Guwahati- 14,
Assam. The data should signicant result in all the three groups in the management of hypertension and complication were
found during and after the clinical study.
Indian people traditionally consuming different herbs for different ainments for prevention and cure of diseases. In North
Eastern region in Manipur, Mizoram,Meghalaya,Arunachal Pradesh and in some parts of Assam, people use a herb
traditionally called Nephaphu(clerodendrumcolibrookinum) as vegetables since long time in various diseases specially in
hypertension,and they believe that due to that herb they are not suffering from hypertension. Multiple study in vitro shows that it
has hypolipidaemic effect, but still no any clinical study paper found that it is effective in human also. So keeping that view in
my work, I have evaluated this traditional herb in hypertensive patient.


Keywords


Hypertension, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Myocardial Infarction, Nephaphu

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