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A Systematic Review Protocol for Ayurvedic Interventions in Hemiplegia

Pratibha P Nair, Devi R Nair

Keywords : Pakshaghata, Protocol, Systematic review,Hemiplegia

Citation Information : Nair PP, Nair DR. A Systematic Review Protocol for Ayurvedic Interventions in Hemiplegia. J Res Ayurvedic Sci 2019; 3 (4):130-134.

DOI: 10.5005/jras-10064-0091

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 00-12-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Background: Hemiplegia is the paralysis/weakness of either side of the body with varying levels of loss of function. Stroke is one among the main causes of hemiplegia. According to Ayurveda, the symptomatic presentation of Pakshaghata resembles hemiplegia. Although different types of time-tested treatment protocols are being followed as per the disease severity or stage, many a time, a common treatment strategy, reliable data regarding a standardized treatment protocol, the cost-effectiveness, or adverse effects of the various treatment protocols are lacking. Hence, a systematic review is planned in this regard. This article comprehensively details the protocol adopted for the planned systematic review. Objectives: The manuscript reports the study protocol of a proposed systematic review with the prime objective of analyzing the published clinical data in view of safety and effectiveness of Ayurvedic treatment protocols in hemiplegia vis-à-vis Pakshaghata, qualitative review, and meta-analysis of the same. Materials and methods: The study shall be carried out by screening the published data and the gray literature available from famous search engines, namely, PubMed, Cochrane Library, AYUSH Research Portal, DHARA, Google Scholar, web page—Ancient Science of Life, Online clinical trials registers, Shodhganga@INFLIBNET. Papers on Ayurvedic management of hemiplegia/Pakshaghata will be screened for data analysis. Full articles of potentially eligible trials shall be obtained and independently evaluated for inclusion in the review based on the types of participants (inclusion criteria). Data extraction forms for individual study shall be prepared, which include methods, participant characteristics, interventions, and outcomes. Data extracted shall be systematically analyzed and presented using appropriate software. Discussion: The study outcome shall be disseminated in public domain. The data will reveal the benefits and adverse effects of Ayurvedic treatment in hemiplegia. This may help the stakeholders for drug/therapy selection, dose fixation, and framing future research. Systematic review registration: PROSPERO Reg. no: CRD42019131887

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