Clinical efficacy of Vrukshamla Beeja Taila (Kokum Butter) in the Management of Padadari (Cracked Heels)
Introduction: Padadari (Cracked heels) is one of the commonly existing podiatric diseases in our society, which is basically caused by the habit of excessive walking that is often associated with excessive dryness leading to the cracking or splitting. Kokum butter oil extracted from the seeds of Vrukshamla (Garcinia indica Choisy.) is used by folklore Vaidyas in Western Ghats of India to treat Padadari, but no study has been documented till date regarding its efficacy in the management of the Padadari. The drug is available easily and used extensively in folk practice. Methods: The Vrukshamla beeja taila (VBT) was prepared by traditional seed-kernel boiling method and then given to 23 patients of Padadari, which were selected from out-patient and in-patient departments of SDM Hospital of Ayurveda, Udupi. It was given for external application on the site of lesion for twice a day that is morning and night before sleeping, for 15 days. Results: Except oozing, all assessment parameters were found to be statistically significant. Conclusion: The study revealed that the VBT a significant effect in the management of Padadari.