ISSN 2321–3647
Sun, 19 Nov 2017

Evaluating the role of Majoon Falasfa (Herbal Formulation) in health promotion of elderly: A randomized single-blind placebo controlled study

Basharat Rashid1*, Zarnigar2

1. P.G Scholar Dept.of Preventive and Social Medicine, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bangalore 91, India

2. Lecturer Dept.of Preventive and Social Medicine, National Institute of Unani Medicine, Bangalore 91, India


ABSTRACT

The present study was conducted to evaluate the role of Majoon Falasfa in health promotion of elderly. A randomized single-blind placebo controlled trial was carried out on 30 patients at National Institute of Unani Medicine Bangalore. After obtaining ethical clearance, 30 eligible patients were randomly assigned into test and control groups. Test group was  administered with 10 gm  of Majoon  Falasfa  orally in the morning  and  same  dose  in the evening for two months while control  group was given placebo for the same period of time as that of test drug. Written informed consent was sought from every subject before inclusion in the study. Present study was completed within a period of one year. Response was measured by the assessment of Haemoglobin%, Physical activity score, Appetite score, Weight, Dementia score and Grip strength score. Patients were called for follow up on every 15th day. The results were statistically analyzed by applying Student’s ‘t’ test, two tailed dependent for intra group comparison and two tailed independent for intergroup comparison. Test group showed strongly significant increase in Weight (p<0.001), Appetite score (p<0.001), Grip strength score (p<0.001) and Dementia score (p<0.001). The study revealed that test drug appeared to be promising in health promotion of elderly and exhibited significant effects in improvement of weight, grip strength, appetite, memory and haemoglobin content hence can be safely recommended as a prophylactic measure in old age to counter the effects of ageing.

Keywords: Unani Medicine, Ageing, Elderly, Health Promotion, Majoon Falasfa


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