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Review Papers | Social Science | India | Volume 12 Issue 1, January 2023
Review on Laghu Shankha Prakshalana/ Shankha Prakshalana: A Safe and Effective Yogic Technique for Hypertension, Obesity, Constipation, Back Pain, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome by Targeting Bowel
Abstract: Objective: Laghu Shankha Prakshalana / Shankha prakshalana (LSP/SP) is a yogic way that corrects altered bowel habits. Bowel health plays a vital role in physical and psychological health as its association with the cardiovascular system, liver, kidney, unspecific pain, and psychological health (gut-brain axis), is well known. Local inflammation, dysbiosis, altered bowel habits, and hypersensitivity can play a role in the manifestation or worsening of other diseases. So, targeting the bowel can be a treatment strategy for many other diseases. The review aims to establish the evidence for LSP/SP targeting the bowel as a treatment option for different health-related problems. Method: A systematic search on PubMed, Embase, and Google scholar by the keywords "Laghu shankha prakshalana", "Shankha Prakshalana" and "Varisaradhauti" was done by three authors. A total of 12 studies came out were only 6 satisfied the inclusion criteria and were included in the study. Outcomes were not pre-decided as all the areas where LSP/SP contributed individually were aimed to study. Result: The review shows that LSP/SP has been administered safely to healthy individuals and patients with constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, early cases of renal failure, Chronic low back pain, hypertension, and obesity. Significant statistical changes in all the outcomes reporting are safe, are enthusiastic. Conclusion: LSP/SP is a safe and effective technique for bowel cleansing. Strong evidence is lacking because of inadequate sample size and randomization in some studies but the enthusiastic results open a way for the researchers to work on LSP/SP.
Keywords: Yoga, Bowel, Laghu shankha prakshalana, Constipation, Irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, lipid, Safety
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 1, January 2023,
Pages: 254 - 258