EPN 2022

Saroja Weerakoon

Saroja Weerakoon, Speaker at W.A.S. Saroja Weerakoon: Speaker for Pediatrics Conference
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Title : Evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of Ayurveda Treatment Regimen on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Becker Muscular Dystrophy using Reliability of Quantifying Muscle strength.


Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a severely degenerative, inherited disorder of skeletal and cardiac muscles that affects 1 in 3500 male births. Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) is also an inherited disease with a male distribution pattern and a clinical picture similar to that of DMD.  BMD is generally milder than DMD, and the onset of symptoms usually occurs later. The estimated incidence of BMD is 1 individual per 30,000 male births. No treatment exists in the Western or Ayurveda system of medicine to cure these dystrophic conditions. During the last period of fifteen years, a special Ayurvedic treatment regimen has been used to manage DMD and BMD in Sri Lanka.  The main objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of an Ayurvedic treatment regimen on DMD and BMD patients by measuring muscle strength using, a hand-held dynamometer. Before and after the treatment, muscle strength in 10 groups of distal and proximal muscles of the upper limb, lower limb, and neck muscles was measured. other than that, pre-treatment and post-treatment recording measurements such as calf muscle circumference, regularity of falls (per week), the time has taken for activities such as 10 m walk, Gower's maneuver, climb 4 stairs, rising from chairs, putting on a shirt, and CPK level has been used to evaluate the progress of the treatment regimen. The treatment continued with internal and external special therapies including Panchakarma treatments. The relief of signs and symptoms of affected children has shown that the Ayurvedic treatment regimen has a powerful effect on the management of these dystrophies.

What will audience learn from your presentation?

  • The audience will update their knowledge on available Ayurvedic management on Muscular dystrophies such as DMD and BMD


Dr. W.A.S. Saroja Weerakoon, Grade I Senior Lecturer in Ayurveda Pediatrics, Institute of Indigenous Medicine (IIM), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Ayurvedic Consultant Pediatrician in National Ayurveda Teaching Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has completed her Master Degree in Ayurveda Pediatrics, University of Colombo and PhD Degree in Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. As a clinical and an academic researcher engaging to strengthen research competence in Ayurveda and Traditional Medical System in Sri Lanka.

Her research interests include bioactivities of indigenous medicines and Pediatric related disorders such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Attention deficit Hyperactive disorders and Muscular dystrophies. Current research and consulting areas are; research on Pediatrics behavioral disorders and muscular dystrophies. She is a Member of Ethics Review Committee, Institute of Indigenous Medicine and a member of Editorial Board of Sri Lanka Journal of Indigenous Medicine at present.