Effectiveness of Root Decoction of Indigofera tinctoria on Peptic Ulcer (Gunmam)

Pawmitha M.F.F., Paheerathan V.


This study is Quasi-experimental clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of root decoction of Indigofera tinctoria in the management of Peptic ulcer (Gunmam). It also determines the association of Peptic ulcer with hereditary, food habits, physical activities and mental disturbances. The plant Indigofera tinctoria belongs to the family Fabaceae which popularly known as Avuri in Tamil. It is low shrub. Peptic ulcer disease is a problem of the gastrointestinal tract. The researcher administered questionnaire was used to collect the data. Ten (10) patients were selected clinically during the period of May 2015 to June 2015 at the Rural Ayurvedic hospital, Kopalapuram. Patients were treated with 40ml of root decoction. Evaluation visits were made at baseline, 7th day, 14th day, 21st day, 27th day, 33rd day and 40th day. Effect of treatment was evaluated on changes in the sign and symptoms. Clinical parameters were analyzed by scores as difference between the visits on first day of treatment and after treatment. Statistically highly significant improvement (p<0.001) in heart burn, epigastric pain, indigestion, nausea & vomiting and eructation were observed in each visit while mean reduction also highly marked. On the basis of results and findings of this study shows remarkable reduction of degree of symptoms with highly significant improvement of the selected symptoms such as heart burn, epigastric pain, indigestion, nausea & vomiting and eructation.


Indigofera Tinctoria; Gunmam; Peptic Ulcer; Decoction

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