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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 190-197  

Efficacy of a classical antiobesity Unani pharmacopial formulation (Safoof-e-Muhazzil) in systolic and diastolic blood pressure: A randomized, open-labeled, controlled clinical study

1 Department of Moalejat(Medicine), Faculty of Medicine, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Medicine, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, New Delhi, India
4 LRIUM, CCRUM, Department of AYUSH, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication15-Nov-2013

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Umar Jahangir
Deparment of Moalejat, Faculty of Medicine, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi-110062
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-4040.121413

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The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of a Unani formulation in hypertension. A total of 90 patients with total cholesterol level of more than 220 mg/dl with associated conditions were included in this study. A total of 30 patients having a mean systolic blood pressure (BP) of 133.86 mmHg comprising Group A received Unani formulation Safoof-e-Muhazzil (SM) in its classical powder form in the dose of 5 g twice a day orally. Group B comprising of 30 patients with a mean systolic BP of 133.13 mmHg received same drug, but in compressed tablet form in the same dosage, whereas, 30 patients comprising Group C with a mean systolic BP of 129.45 mmHg, received Atorvastatin 10 mg as a standard control. Patients were evaluated on each follow-up at 2 nd , 4 th and 6 th week. The mean systolic BP in Group A and B before treatment was 133.86 ± 3.028 mmHg and 133.13 ± 2.852 mmHg, which significantly decreased to 119.33 ± 1.922 mmHg (P < 0.001) and 119 ± 1.760 mmHg (P < 0.001) respectively. In the control Group C before treatment BP was 129.45 ± 2.499 mmHg and after treatment it significantly decreased to 124.34 ± 1.794 mmHg (P < 0.01). The percentage change after treatment was 10.85%, 10.61% and 3.94% respectively in each group. Mean diastolic BP in Group A and B before treatment was 85.06 ± 2.11 mmHg and 84.56 ± 1.5 mmHg, which significantly decreased to 79.06 ± 1.56 mmHg (P < 0.001) and 79.96 ± 1.15 mmHg (P < 0.001) respectively, BP before treatment in Group C was 83.23 ± 1.588 mmHg, which was decreased to 124.34 ± 1.794 mmHg (P < 0.01). The study results indicate that the test drug was quite effective in reducing both systolic as well as diastolic BP.

Keywords: Diastolic blood pressure, obesity, Safoof-e-Muhazzil, systolic blood pressure, Unani formulation

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Khan AA, Jahangir U, Jalees F, Kapoor P, Urooj S. Efficacy of a classical antiobesity Unani pharmacopial formulation (Safoof-e-Muhazzil) in systolic and diastolic blood pressure: A randomized, open-labeled, controlled clinical study. J Adv Pharm Technol Res 2013;4:190-7

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Khan AA, Jahangir U, Jalees F, Kapoor P, Urooj S. Efficacy of a classical antiobesity Unani pharmacopial formulation (Safoof-e-Muhazzil) in systolic and diastolic blood pressure: A randomized, open-labeled, controlled clinical study. J Adv Pharm Technol Res [serial online] 2013 [cited 2023 Feb 1];4:190-7. Available from: https://www.japtr.org/text.asp?2013/4/4/190/121413

  Introduction Top

In present times, for the human race, the prime challenge is the cardiovascular disease (CVD) which account for approximately 50% of all deaths world-wide and is the leading cause of death in western and developing countries. [1] According to National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (NCMH-2008), a Government of India Undertaking, there would be around 62 million patients with CVDs by 2015 in India alone and of these, 23 million patients would be younger than 40 years of age. [2] An estimated 17.5 million people died from CVDs in 2005, representing 30% of all global deaths. [3]

Amongst, CVDs, hypertension is the leading cause of death world-wide and accounts for 13.5% of all deaths. [4] Hypertension is also emerging as major health problem in India. It accounts for two-third of all strokes and one half of all ischemic heart diseases in India. [5]

The association between hypertension, obesity and hyperlipidemia is well-established. Undoubtedly, one of the most important risk factors for hypertension is obesity [6] and all overweight and obese persons are at risk for hypertension, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and coronary heart disease. [7] Hyperlipidemia is strongly associated with hypertension and plays a crucial role in the development of CVD, which has become the leading cause of death in most developed countries as well as in developing countries. [8]

The test drug Safoof-e-Muhazzil (SM) is a classical Unani pharmacopeial formulation indicated for obesity [9] and also proven to be anti hyperlipidemic. [10] The relation between weight loss and corresponding decrease in hypertension has already been established. [11] The test drug in each 5 g contains five herbal ingredients Tukhme badyan (Foeniculum vulgare) −1 g, Nankhwa (Trachyspermum ammi) −1 g, Zeera Siyah (Carum carvi) −1 g, Sudab (Ruta graveolens) −1 g, Marzanjosh (Origanum vulgare) −0.25 g, one animal origin drug Luc Maghsool (purified stick lac) −0.5 g and a mineral origin drug Bura Armani (Borax) −0.25 g. Many of the constituents of the test drug are known to possess diuretic and antihypertensive properties individually. [12],[13],[14],[15]

  Materials and Methods Top

The study was conducted at a Hospital in New Delhi after obtaining written informed consent from patients and approval from the institutional ethics committee under No: DM/FOM/JH/Ethics Committee/09 prior to enrollment of patients in the study. During the trial Helsinki declaration, GCP and ICMR guidelines were adhered to strictly. The study was randomized, open-label, comparative, standard controlled. Out of total screened patients, 128 were enrolled in this study fulfilling the inclusion criteria and had total cholesterol above 220 mg/dl. Randomization was done on the bases of pre-assigned case numbers as per computer generated chart.

Patients were randomized into Test Group A, Test Group B and a Control Group C. Out of 124 patients 90 completed the trial with 30 in each group. The Test Group A was given SM in its conventional powdered form, 5 g twice a day orally with water. The Test Group B was put on compressed tablets of equivalent dose of SM 5 tablets orally twice a day with water. The control group was prescribed Atorvastatin 10 mg orally once daily.

The test drug SM of a single batch manufactured by GMP compliant Company was procured from the market of which half of the drug was compressed into tablets. The composition of this particular formulation is as per the Qarabadeen e Jadeeedi and Bayaz e Kabir; Vol-II. [9]

During the protocol therapy subjects in all the groups were asked to adhere to the diet prescribed diet of 1600 calories and exercise, which was defined as half an hour brisk walk daily. Duration of protocol therapy was 6 weeks with follow-up at 2 nd , 4 th and 6 th week.

Assessment of efficacy and safety was done on clinical and biochemical parameters before, at each follow-up and after the completion of protocol therapy as per the approved protocol. Hemogram, liver function test and kidney function test were conducted before and after the study to record the safety and tolerability of the drug.

Adverse effects

Adverse effects, if any, either reported or observed by the patient were recorded in the clinical research file at each follow-up with information about severity, date of onset, duration and action taken.

Statistical analysis

Assessment of results was performed as per the protocol using Graphpad Instat 3.10 32 for windows [Graphpad softwares Inc., San Diego, California, USA] created July 10, 2009 by using paired t-test, repeated measures analysis of variance and Tukey-Kramer multiple comparisons test. Test results were ranked as:

ns - Non significant, *P < 0.05 significant, **P < 0.01 very significant, ***P < 0.001 extremely significant

  Results Top

Out of total patients, 5.55% belonged to 20-29 years age group, 23.33% belonged to 30-39 years, 30% belonged to 40-49 years age group, 24.44% belonged to 50-59 years age group, and 16.66% belonged to 60-70 years age group.

Group A consisted of 18 men and 12 women with an average age 45.2 ± 1.91 years, Group B also had men and women in the same ratio with an average age 45.86 ± 2.01 and Group C consisted of 12 men and 18 women with an average age of 46.63 ± 2.27. Out of total study subjects, 17 (18.88%) patients were vegetarian, whereas 73 (81.11%) were non-vegetarian. Only 12.22% of total patients had significant/relevant past history such as ischemic heart disease whereas, 87.77% did not have any significant history [Table 1], [Graph 1] [Additional file 1]. In all three groups out of total subjects 40% had a body mass index of ≥25 kg/m 2 [Table 2], [Graph 2] [Additional file 2] which decreased by around 3% in the test groups and by less than 1% in the control group [Table 3], [Graph 3] [Additional file 3].
Table 1: Distribution of patients according to significant personal history

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Table 2: Distribution of patients according to BMI

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Table 3: Group wise effect on BMI

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Systolic blood pressure (BP)

In Group A, mean systolic BP was recorded to be 133.86 ± 3.028 mmHg before treatment and decreased to 128.8 ± 2.311 mmHg which is non-significant at first follow-up. With a significant reduction recorded at 123.96 ± 2.285 mmHg (P < 0.01) at second follow-up. After treatment it significantly decreased to 119.33 ± 1.922 mmHg (P < 0.001). The percentage change was 3.78%, 7.49% and 10.85% respectively [Table 4], [Graph 4] [Additional file 4].
Table 4: Group wise effect on systolic blood pressure

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In Group B mean systolic BP before treatment was recorded at 133.13 ± 2.852 mmHg. Subsequently, it significantly decreased to 125.93 ± 2.071 mmHg (P < 0.001) and 121.93 ± 1.890 mmHg (P < 0.01) at second and third follow-ups. After treatment significant reduction was recorded at 119 ± 1.760 mmHg (P < 0.001). The percentage change was 5.4%, 8.41% and 10.61% respectively.

In Group C mean systolic BP was 129.45 ± 2.499 mmHg before treatment, which significantly decreased to 124.8 ± 2.030 mmHg (P < 0.01) at first follow-up, and non-significantly to 125.88 ± 2.44 mmHg at second follow-up. After treatment, it decreased to 124.34 ± 1.794 mmHg (P < 0.01). The percentage change was 3.59%, 2.75% and 3.94% respectively.

Diastolic BP

Patients in Group A before treatment recorded a mean diastolic BP of 85.06 ± 2.11 mmHg. On first follow-up a non-significant decrease to 82.33 ± 1.75 mmHg was recorded. Subsequently, it decreased significantly to 80.93 ± 1.69 mmHg (P < 0.01) and 79.06 ± 1.56 mmHg (P < 0.001) at next follow-up and at the completion of therapy respectively. The percentage change at each follow-up was 3.20%, 4.85% and 7.05% respectively [Table 5], [Graph 5] [Additional file 5].
Table 5: Group wise effect on diastolic blood pressure

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In Group B mean diastolic BP was recorded 84.56 ± 1.5 mmHg before treatment and significantly decreased to 82.2 ± 1.12 mmHg (P < 0.01), 81.26 ± 1.29 mmHg (P < 0.001) and 79.96 ± 1.15 mmHg (P < 0.001) at subsequent follow-ups until completion of therapy respectively. The percentage change was 2.79%, 3.90% and 5.47% at each interval.

Group C patients recorded a mean diastolic BP of 83.23 ± 1.588 mmHg at base line, It initially decreased to 82.7 ± 1.605 mmHg non-significantly and subsequently decreased significantly to 81.13 ± 1.45 mmHg (P < 0.01) and 81.5 ± 1.394 mmHg (P < 0.05) at further follow-ups respectively. The percentage change was 0.63%, 2.52% and 2.07% respectively.

  Discussion Top

The high prevalence of hypertension condition continues despite the introduction of increasingly effective numbers of anti-hypertensive agents. It is thought that stress of everyday life with a change in environmental factors, living, eating habits and lack of exercise have led to this increase. Previously hypertension which is 90-95% essential in origin, was predominant only in industrialized and developed countries. Of late, a sudden increase in the number of such cases in the developing countries has also been reported.

In this study, we evaluated the effect of the test drug SM, which is mainly an antiobesity formulation as mentioned in the ancient Unani pharmacopeias, on systolic and diastolic BP. Further, the powdered drug was compressed into tablets to make it more palatable. The test drug was evaluated in both its traditional powder form in one group and compressed tablet form in the other group in equivalent dose of 5 g twice daily orally against Atorvastatin 10 mg once daily orally as standard control in a third group.

Overall picture of all three groups indicates significant changes in pre- and post-treatment systolic and diastolic BP reading. This can firstly be attributed to the prescribed exercise patients had adhered to during the study. [16]

But secondly, when we compare the difference of percentage change in study groups and the control group the difference in BP (systolic as well as diastolic) is around 3 times more in study groups. This clearly indicates the antihypertensive activity of the test drugs which is both understandable as well as explainable because many of the constituents of the test drug are already known to have diuretic, antihyperlipidemic, antiobesity, vasorelaxant and even antihypertensive properties individually as proven through different studies. [12],[13],[14],[15],[17],[18],[19],[20],[21],[22]

It was also observed that in both test groups serum potassium levels were slightly raised after treatment, which in most likelihood could be due to the presence of potassium in some of the ingredients of the test formulation as already known. Dietary supplementation of potassium can lower BP in normal and some hypertensive patients. [23] Hence the potassium in the test drug also might have contributed in lowering BP [Table 6], [Graph 6].[Additional file 6]

On the safety parameters, the test dug did not exhibit any side effects [Table 7], [Table 8], [Table 9], [Graph 7] [Additional file 7],[Graph 8] [Additional file 8] and [Graph 9] [Additional file 9]
Table 6: Group wise effect on serum electrolytes

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Table 7: Group wise effect on blood counts

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Table 8: Group wise effect on LFT

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Table 9: Group wise effect on KFT

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  Conclusion Top

Overall the results in all three groups are indicative of around two and a half times decrease in systolic as well as diastolic BP levels along with certain other parameters in both test groups when compared with the test group. The ingredients of the test drug with its diuretic, antiobesity and hypolipidimic effect have a played a significant role in controlling the BP levels.

Findings of this study are proposed to lead to better understanding of obesity and hypertension and their relation with each other. Unani system of medicine coupled with the scientific information available can amalgate toward the development of a new and comprehensive treatment regime.

It will pave the way for managing the cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension and obesity in a more efficient manner without or least adverse effects of drugs in the future.

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