Efficacy of navaka guggulu in the management of obesity: A case study
Obesity is a global public health problem because of its increased prevalence and health effects. It is the most common disorder encountered in clinical practice, which has serious social and psychological dimensions that affect all age groups. A 28-year old married obese male whose body weight and height were 97 kilograms and 5.9 feet respectively showed a body mass index (BMI) of 30. All the examinations and tests were normal before the study. There were 3 weight reduction regimes that included only walking in the morning during the first month, followed by walking with dieting in the second month and in addition to dieting and walking, two tablets of Navaka Guggulu was prescribed to be taken daily. The vital signs, bowel habits, micturition habits and appetite were assessed daily. After the interventions, the weight reduction was observed at 0.5, 0.8 and 4.7 kgs at the end of the first, second and fourth month, respectively. The results of routine blood parameters, autonomic function tests and respiratory function tests were normal with an increase in the haemoglobin level, high-density lipids and a decrease in the total cholesterol level, triglycerides, low-density lipids and very low-density lipids. The present study showed that Navaka Guggulu was not only beneficial but also safe and efficacious in the treatment of obesity.
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