Vitiligo (Ven Kuttam): comparative study of traditional Siddha literatures and Atharvana Veda.
Ramasamy, P.R. (2006) Vitiligo (Ven Kuttam): comparative study of traditional Siddha literatures and Atharvana Veda.
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Traditional Siddha Medicine and Vedas are among the rich heritages of India and the notable, youngest among the Vedas is ‘Athatvana Veda’. All the colour changes occurring in the skin are classified under the general term ‘Kuttam’ in Traditional Siddha Medicine. It is further classified as 18 in number. In ‘Atharvana Veda’, a special note regarding the herb ‘Rajani’ draws attention. This was also noted as a ‘Miracle herb’for Kuttam and especially for Vitiligo (Ven Kuttam). References in the Veda clearly indicate that if ‘Rajani’ is correctly identified, Vitiligo can be cured. According to this author, Rajani is nothing but Turmeric (Curcuma longa). A special preparation having turmeric as the main ingredient has been mentioned for external application in the vitiligo lesions.
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