Qualification: 
MS, BAMS
ashwinibn@am.amrita.edu

Dr. Ashwini B. N., currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Shalakya Tantra, Amrita School of Ayurveda. She completed BAMS from Ashwini Ayurveda Medical College, Davangere in 2009 and Post Graduation from S.D.M. College of Ayurveda, Hassan in 2012. She worked in Sri Jagadguru Gavisiddeshwara Ayurveda College, Koppal, Karnataka, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Shalakaya Tantra for 2 years. Carried out CCRAS Research Project in collaboration with AYUSH as part of dissertation in 2010- 2012. She has delivered guest lectures at various colleges and conducted hands-on training on Shalakya kriya kalpas at different institutions. Dr. Ashwini has attended the workshop on Fundamentals of Biostatistics, Principles of Epidemiology and SPSS – June 2019 conducted at CMC, Vellore. Authored a book ‘Kairali’ comprising the translation from Malayalam Keraleeya Ayurveda formulations to English. She had presented many papers in International & National Conferences.

Publications

Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title

2019

K. Siva Balaji, Ashwini B. N., Anoop, A. S., and Kanakasabapathy, P., “Standardisation and Automation of Netra Seka Technique in Ayurvedic Drug Delivery System”, Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research, vol. 13, no. 2, 2019.[Abstract]


Netra Pariseka/Seka (procedure for closed eye irrigation) is an ayurvedic treatment method of pouring a very fine stream of medicated liquid over the closed eyes from a height for a specified time period. This procedure is done to cure eye-related diseases through ayurvedic medicines. Presently this Seka procedure is done manually where there are chances for human errors. To override this, an automation system is introduced that includes flow control heat control and speed control.

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2018

K. Siva Balaji, Sundararaman,, and Ashwini B. N., “Resolution of fluid and normalised hearing sensitivity in otitis media with effusion by ayurveda management”, Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, vol. 12, no. 11, pp. MD01-MD03, 2018.[Abstract]


The current treatment modality for otitis media with effusion is surgical intervention but recurrence is common. This case report discusses the Ayurvedic treatment of a case diagnosed as otitis media with effusion, which was posted for myringotomy with grommet insertion. A five-year-old boy on antihistamines and antibiotics for 3 months presented with constant hearing loss and difficulty with speech discrimination. The features suggestive of otitis media with effusion were diagnosed by pure tone audiometry and tympanogram. Ayurveda medication was started and surgery was deferred because the patient responded positively. The 45 dB and 30 dB conductive hearing loss detected by audiometry improved to 15 dB and 11.6 dB, which is within normal limits. The patient became asymptomatic and recovered his sense of hearing. Till date, there has been no recurrence. Non-surgical intervention of otitis media with effusion demonstrated normalised hearing sensitivity and relief from symptoms. Validation should be further conducted using larger studies.

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2018

K. Siva Balaji and Ashwini B. N., “Shrinkage and non-recurrence of Ethmoidal Nasal Polyp with ayurvedic treatment – Case report”, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, vol. 9, no. 2, 2018.

2017

K. Siva Balaji and Ashwini B. N., “A pre and post-test study to assess the effect of Virechana in lowering lipid profile”, Conference Abstract presented at Amrita Samyogam 2017, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, vol. 9, no. 2, 2017.

2017

K. Siva Balaji, Ashwini B. N., and Sundararaman, “A critic on the physiological and pathological aspects of drishti and its clinical application”, International Journal of Current Research, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 50929-50931, 2017.[Abstract]


Ayurveda is a science of life emphasizing the concepts of maintenance of health in healthy and treatment of the diseases. It has 8 branches dealing with various specialties, among which Shalakya Tantra deals with the study of functioning and diseases related to the sense organs. Amongst the senses, eye is given the most importance as once the vision is lost the, one will not be able to differentiate day –night and enjoy the beauty of nature. Around 76 diseases are being explained dealing with eye diseases. The classification of these diseases is based on the site of the disease. The diseases with disturbance in vision in any form falls in the category of drishtigatarogas where the patalas are afflicted by the vitiated doshas. The concept visual perception in physiological and pathological conditions will be discussed further.

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2016

K. Siva Balaji, Sreedevi,, Ashwini B. N., and Raman, S., “Ayurvedic management of episodic tension headache - A case report”, International journal of research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy, vol. 6, 7 vol., pp. 65-67, 2016.

2016

P. V. Anandraman, K. Siva Balaji, Ashwini B. N., Shukla, A., Prakesh, S., and Raman, S., “A Case Report on Retinitis Pigmentosa and its Ayurvedic Management”, Ayurveda Journal of Health, vol. Vol. XiV, pp. 28-32, 2016.

2015

Ashwini B. N., K. Siva Balaji, James, C., and , “A case report on Age Related Macular Degeneration and its ayurveda management”, Journal of AYUSH, vol. 4, no. 2, 2015.[Abstract]


Eyes are one of the most important organs of the body. In the modern era of computer science, social networking and life in highly polluted environment, maintaining the health of the eyes is indeed a big challenge. Ayurveda provides natural and cost effective ways of maintaining the health of the eyes. This article says about the ayurvedic management done in ocular disease, i.e., macular degeneration. The macular degeneration is a condition which leads to vision loss, where the contempory science has no curative treatment in which Ayurveda gives an effective management.

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2015

Ashwini B. N. and K. Siva Balaji, “Role of Trikatu Taila Nasya in the Management of Kaphaja shirashoola w.s.r. to Maxillary Sinusitis”, IAMJ journal, vol. 3, no. 1, 2015.[Abstract]


Shalkya tantra comprises the study of diseases affecting the organs situated above jatru (clavicle) and their treatment kaphaja sirasoola is one among the sirasoola mentioned in classics. Hence kaphaja sirasoola is taken as clinical study by administration of nasya under two groups and compare the effect. In the present clinical study patients were divided into 2 groups with 20 patients in each group. Group A patients were given Trikatu Taila nasya and Group B patients were given sarsapa taila nasya . the sarsapa taila nasya was given to compare the efficacy with that of trikatu taila.

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2015

Ashwini B. N. and K. Siva Balaji, “Clinical evaluation of efficacy of Mahatriphaladya Ghrita in management of Dry Eye Syndrome (shushkakshipaka)”, IAMJ Journal, vol. 3, no. 2, 2015.[Abstract]


Background & Objectives: Shalakya Tantra is one of the branches of Astanga Ayurveda and Netra roga vigyana is its sub division. Shuhkakshipaka (Dry Eye Syndrome) is one of the Sarvagatha Netra rogas characterized by Gharsha (Irritation), Kunita (Photophobia), Avila Dashana (Blurred Vision), Toda (Pricking type of Pain), Daha (Burning Sensation) and Raktharji (Congestion). All these symptoms can be correlated to the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. Objective of the management of dry eye syndrome (Shuhkakshipaka). Methods : 50 patients fulfilling the inclusion criteria Dry eye syndrome were randomly selected and subjected to the trail. Source of patients : patients were selected randomly from O.P.D. and I.P.D. of shalakya tantra, S.D.M. Ayurvedic college, Hassan. Clinical signs and symptoms were given with suitable scores according to their severity and assessment was based on relief after treatment . the results having P value less than>0.001 were considered as statistically significant in this study. Results:complete remission(100% relief) seen in 12% marked improvement in 32% Moderate improvemtn in 34 % , mild improvement was seen in 18 % patients. Interpretation & conclusion : Mahatiphaladya Ghrita showed significant result in relieving all the symptoms of Shuhkashipaka with maximum of 92 % and minimum of 36 %

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2015

Ashwini B. N. and K. Siva Balaji, “Ayurveda and ocular manifestations in aids w.s.r posterior outer retinal necrosis”, Journal of Biological & scientific Opinion (JBSO), vol. 3, no. 2, 2015.[Abstract]


Ayurveda, said to be the ‘Scientific of life and longevity’, is the most holistic or comprehensive medical system from India. It has attributed preventive as well as curative aspects in various disorders. It not only aims in healing, but also comprises of basic measures to maintain a healthy living. It consists of eight branches, out of which shalakya Tantra is that branch, which deals with all the normal and abnormal conditions of the parts lying above clavicle i.e. Jathu Urdvagatha Bhagas, especially the sense organs. One sub division of this branch deals with the ‘eye’ starting from its development, affection and various therapeutic measures adopted for alleviating their pathological conditions. Posterior outer rental Necrosis (PORN) is a variant of necrotizing herpetic retinopathy seen in AIDS patients. The patients will loss his vision due to HIV Virus. So the article says about the how to analysis the symptoms of PORN under Ayurveda and its management due to which the vision will be protected.

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2014

Ashwini B. N. and K. Siva Balaji, “Sushakasipaka an Ayurvedic Approach”, International Journal on Researches in Alternative Medicines, 2014.

2013

K. Siva Balaji, Amaranth, H. K., and Ashwini B. N., “Ayurvedic Approach on Computer Vision Syndrome”, IAMJ Journal , 2013.[Abstract]


Computer vision Syndrome (CVS) is one among the lifestyle disorder in the present era. About 88% of people who use computers everyday suffer from this problem. CVS is a complex of ocular and visual problem due to near work which is experienced of ocular and visual problem due to near work which is experienced during the use of computer and television. Therefore, an Ayurvedic approach in understanding the samprapti and management thereafter is hypothesized for CVS.

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