Katigraha is one of the Vatavyadhies which affects the normal function of lower limbs hampering the daily activities of a person. It is a neurological as well as musculoskeletal disorder. Among Ayurveda classics, Sharangdhara Samhita has considered Katigraha as a Nanatmaja Vatavyadhi. The cardinal features of Katigraha is pain and stiffness in low back region (Katipradesha) and restricted movement of the spine. Root cause of Katigraha is aggravated Vata and it may manifest with or without the association of Ama. Eranda is a preferred drug to treat Vata because most of the properties of Eranda is opposite to that of
Vata. Eranda pacifies Vata by its hot, unctuous, heavy and laxative properties. Eranda with its laxative property also helps to cure constipation by dislodging the encrusted matter. Eranda is the chief ingredient of Gandharvahastadi eranda tailam. The preparation contains 7 more ingredients with which it become more potent for pacifying Vata dosha. The medicine is administered internally in the dosage of 5mL with warm water or appropriate kwath before food. It’s an effective medicine for Katigraha.
R. Priya, K., U. Pillai, and Abhaya Kumar Mishra, “Effect of Gandharvahastadi eranda taila in Katigraha”, AAMJ (Anveshana Ayurveda Medical Journal), vol. 1, no. 5, pp. 352 - 354, 2015.