Management of Hyperlipidemia in females with herbal medicament 'Sujee'

Author

K C Perera, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka

Proceeding

1st International Conference & Exhibition on Women's Health & Asian Traditional (WHAT) Medicine

Date

23/8/2005

Keyword

hyperlipidemia, women 'sujee' herbal medicament, total lipid profile

Abstract

Objective: To manage the Hyper Lipidemia among the women through 'sujee' herbal medicament. Introduction Hyperlipidemia is a major health problem among the women of today especially in those in the age group, of 30 to 50 years. Suddenly deaths are common in this group. All over the world plenty of research is being carried out to eradicate this problem, with no significant benefit. The aim of this study is to normalize the total lipid profile especially high level of triglyceride (TG) and high amounts of low density lipid (LDL) in the blood. There is a high risk of myocardial infarction or ischemic heart disease in patients who have high levels of TG or LDL in their blood. Methodology: A group of 102 female patients with high lipid profile attending our private medical clinic were selected. All the patients in the study were subjected to physical examinations, socio economical back ground survey, and lipid studies. Their physical activities, alcohol consumption, smoking habits, saturated fat intake were recorded. Body mass index was calculated in each patient. Total cholesterol was measured by the method of Ztalkis et.al. VLDL and LDL cholesterol levels were derived by the formula suggested by Cheryl et.al. Serum triglyceride was estimated by the method of Von Handel and Silver Smith. High lipid profile was the main criteria for the selection of the patients. The comparative study was carried out with an Ayurvedic herbal medicament and allopathic medicine. Those suffering from high blood pressure, Ischemic heart disease, necessitating other treatments were excluded. Both the experimental and comparative groups consisted of 51 female patients separately. The experimental group were administered the powder of 'Sujee' herbal medicament in 5mg doses orally with lukewarm water three times daily after meal for a period of six months. The comparative group consisted of 51 patients with high lipid profile and same socio economical back ground with continued allopathic treatments. Both groups were prescribed the same diet and were in the same age group of 25 to 45 years. Each individual lipid profile was estimated before the treatment and every two months after the treatment for six month. Paired 'T -test' was used to calculate the significance. Hypothesis- 'Sujee' could have a 'hypolipidemic' effect in blood - Results: Seventy five percent of the cases belonged to middle social class and forty two percent of them were house wives. Seventy five percent of them lived in semi rural area. Eighty two percent of women consumed alcohol occasionally. Two percent of them smoked cigarettes, majority of cases were office workers or did light house hold duties. Within four months of administration of this trial drug experimental cases showed more significant results than those using allopathic medicine. There was a considerable reduction in high level of LDL and TO levels too in the blood. No side effects of any nature were observed. Conclusion: "Sujee"has Hyperlipidemia action in blood. Further prolonged study is suggested to obtain more data in the mode of action of the drug in cases where significant improvement was recorded.