Trends and Effectiveness of Ajwa Dates (Phoenix dactylifera) Usage in Management of Coronary Artery Disease, Study in Urban Community of Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Shagufta Zafar Qureshi, Federal Government Polyclinic Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan
Abdul Wali Khan, Federal Government Polyclinic Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan

Objectives: To assess the trend and effectiveness of Ajwa dates usage in management of coronary artery disease.Methods: In this, hospital based descriptive study, 150 cases of CAD were divided into 3 groups. Group One taking Ajwa alone, group Two on allopathic medicine and group Three taking both Ajwa and allopathic treatment. Data was collected through self-constructed questionnaire. Analysis done on SPSS version 20.Results: There were 50 subjects in each group. Mean age 52 ± 12 years. M: F ratio was 2: 1. 66% of entire study population was hypertensive, 41% diabetic and 43% hyperlipidemic. Study subjects were assessed for symptoms like chest pain, dyspnea, orthopnea or mixed symptoms. 38% in group One, and 50% in group Two and Three each, had chest pain, 24%, 8% and 22% had dyspnea, 2%, 6% and 12% had orthopnea, whereas 2% 14% and 12% had mixed symptoms in each respective group. Symptomatic relief for chest pain was 37% in group One, 60% in Two and 76% in group Three (P value < 0.05). Dyspnea and orthopnea results were not statistically significant. Overall symptomatic relief was 66% in group Three (P value < 0.05), Out of 2 preparations, Ajwa paste (pulp + seed) and Ajwa combination (Ajwa paste + Ginger garlic syrup), combination therapy was better i.e. 30% in group One and 75% in group Three had symptomatic improvement. Overall, results were highly significant with P value .000. Conclusion: The study suggests that Ajwa has some role in management of CAD, especially in symptomatic improvement.

Ajwa Dates; Coronary artery disease (CAD); Complementary and Alternate medicine (CAM); Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).

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Shagufta Zafar Qureshi, Abdul Wali Khan, Trends and Effectiveness of Ajwa Dates (Phoenix dactylifera) Usage in Management of Coronary Artery Disease, Study in Urban Community of Islamabad, Pakistan. , SCIREA Journal of Health. Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2019 | PP. 1-12.


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