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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 206-207

A statistical cum structural review on publication entitled “Consequences of Madhurarasa Atiyoga: A case–control study”


1 Department of Rog Nidan evum Vikriti Vigyan, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Sharir Kriya, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, India
3 Division of Translational Research & Biostatistics, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission12-Jan-2022
Date of Decision09-Feb-2022
Date of Acceptance23-Feb-2022
Date of Web Publication29-Apr-2022

Correspondence Address:
Siddharth Kumar
Department of Rog Nidan evum Vikriti Vigyan, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jras.jras_8_22

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Dear Editor,

We have read with great interest the publication entitled “Consequences of Madhurarasa Atiyoga: A case–control study”[1] published in your journal. We appreciate the efforts made by the authors in the analysis of data from 356 volunteers to establish the relationship between excessive use of Madhurarasa and signs/symptoms produced by it using a specially prepared questionnaire. These are the findings that we came across while reading this publication in your journal, which may be addressed to make the article scientifically more relevant and useful.

The data presented in Tables 2 and 3 of the publication reveal that odds ratio (OR) for young, middle, old, male, female groups, and eight dependent variables: Sthaulya, Aalasya, Nidra, Anannabhilasha, Agnimandya, Aanaha, Galashopha, and Aasyamadhurya, are incorrectly quoted. Correctly calculated OR is depicted in [Table 1] of this Letter to the Editor publication.
Table 1: Correctly calculated versus incorrectly calculated odd's ratio

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We learned that the subjects with Sthoulya, Aalasya, Nidradhikya, annabhilasha, Agnidourbalya, Anaha, Gala Sopha, and Aasyamadhurya were included as cases, but no justification is provided for nonselection of cases with Mardava, Gourava, Swasha, Kasa, Pratisyaya, Alasaka, Sitajwara, Jwara, and Gandamala like complications which are also mentioned as complications of Madhurarasa Atiyoga in the same text of Charak Samhita from which the above have been selected.[2]

In the “Materials and Methods” section of this publication, the authors have mentioned that the Sthoulya parameter was assessed with the help of a height–weight chart[1] the data of which could have been provided. The authors could have provided at least some reference, rationale, or pre-existing data from previous publication, study, or book for fixing the estimated levels for atiyoga and normal intake of various items.[1] The reference authors used for substantiating the assessment variables for Agnimandya only justifies the Jarana Shakti parameter and does not contain any reference of Abhyavaran Shakti in the actual text or the commentary.[3] The publication is also devoid of the Rajasthani language questionnaire and information about validation of the designed questionnaire.[1]

Missing crucial references at several places such as

  • Madhurarasa is one of the major organoleptic entities in foods of the present day, which always tempts the consumer to consume it immediately.[1]


  • Being Guru, Snigdha, and Sheeta Guna, Madhurarasa has the ability to promote longevity and strengthen body tissues.[1]


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      References Top

    1.
    Talekar M, Nareshrao DP, Reddy RG. Consequences of Madhurarasa Atiyoga: A case–control study. J Res Ayurved Sci 2017;1:303-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
        
    2.
    Agnivesha. Charaka, Charaka Samhita revised by Charaka and Dridhabala, Sutrasthana, Atreyabhadrakapyiyadhyaya 26/42. Yadavji Trikamji editors. 1st ed. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Surbaharati Prakashana; 2016. p. 143-4.  Back to cited text no. 2
        
    3.
    Agnivesha. Charaka, Charaka Samhita revised by Charaka and Dridhabala, Vimanasthana, Trividharogavisheshvigyaniya 4/8. Yadavji Trikamji editors. 1st ed. Varanasi: Chaukhambha Surbaharati Prakashana; 2016. p. 248.  Back to cited text no. 3
        



     
     
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