IJSRP, Volume 6, Issue 11, November 2016 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Hoong Keong Hui, Surekha Pimple, Navneet Sonawane, Ganesh Shresta
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is generally characterized by inadequate blood flow and usually affects lower limbs. It results in considerable discomfort with symptoms such as aching, itchiness, tiredness and swelling in the legs. In chronic state, pharmacological treatments (surgery, sclerotherapy and mechanical compression) are generally advised because they are easy to administer and well tolerated compared to less compliant compressive treatments (eg. elastic stockings). However, in the early state, conventional treatments such as lifestyle changes and use of topically applied natural or herbal phlebotonics are preferred by patients for the symptomatic relief and Patch-It® (Nutriworks Ltd, Hong Kong) is one such treatment, wherein a herbo-mineral adhesive patch consisting of mandarin wood vinegar, green tea powder and black tourmaline is applied to soles of the feet.