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January 12, 2014

US Patent for Ayurveda Drug

Prof. G.P. Dubey, professor emeritus of the faculty of ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS)-BHU, has   secured a US patent for his ayurvedic medicine that claims to slow down the ageing process, works in prevention and management of senile dementia and age-related neurodegenerative changes. A Chennai-based firm is all set to start commercial production of the medicine.

Prof. G.P. Dubey, professor emeritus of the faculty of ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS)-BHU, who has obtained the patent on products prepared out of three medicinal plants — Bacopa monnieri, Dioscorea bulbifera, and Hippophae rhamnoides — said that the medicine would be affordable for the common man.

The professor told reporters in Varanasi that global attention is gradually shifting to traditional forms of medicine to meet the health care needs of the general population and India has a rich tradition in the ayurveda, Siddha and Unani systems of medicine. Read in full here.

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Rationalising Ayurveda Medicines

Professor M.S. Valiathan of Manipal University and  Professor Subhash Lakhotia of Banaras Hindu university has initiated programs to understand some ayurvedic medications using the tools of modern biology. They were trying to understand how Traditional Medicine  works using the knowledge we have gained using the tools of modern chemistry, molecular and cell biology, genetics and pharmacology.

To do so, they collaborated with the famous Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala and had the formulations made as per recorded practices, determined the components using modern methods of chromatography, ensured no lot-to-lot variations, and thus made certain of the quality, purity and identity of the test material. Read in full here.

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December 15, 2013

Infertility – An Ayurvedic treatment opinion

Filed under: Ayurveda, medicinal plants, traditional remedies — ayurvedam @ 12:44 pm

Here’s a discussion on infertility issues:

Ayurveda has a well worked out routine to help women conceive. Of course, this has to be tailored to the needs of every individual.

There are certain herbs which are commonly used such as Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) Poonaikali (Mucuna pruriens) Bhilawa (Salmalia Malabarica) Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) and Kumari (Aloe Vera) which are very helpful in generally toning up the uterine system.[Read More here …]

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October 3, 2008

Sceintific studies on effectiveness of alternative medicine

We had written on many occasions about the need for the involvement of Government of India in long term clinical studies of effectiveness of Ayurveda and traditional medicines. Such a study would enhance and rejuvenate Ayurveda medicine’s stand all over the world. It has to be a big and credible effort from the government’s side as there is a tendency to rubbish small studies as snake oil science.

A recent article in New York Times summarizes a few such efforts undertaken by various Universities, research institutions and academic centers across America. The article talks about opportunities and efforts on conducting studies on effectiveness of alternative medicine.

That kind of fog is what Dr. Briggs and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, with a budget of $122 million this year, are trying to eliminate. Their trials tend to be longer and larger. And if a treatment shows promise, the center extends the trials to many centers, further lowering the odds of false positives and investigator bias.

For instance, the center is conducting a large study to see if extracts from the ginkgo biloba tree can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The clinical trials involve centers in California, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania and recruited more than 3,000 patients, all of them over 75. The study is to end next year.[Using science to sort claims of alternative medicine]

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September 21, 2008

Continuing the ‘research’ on Ayurveda medicines.

After the recent flawed study, Dr.Robert Saper of Boston University is continuing to the next step. He is researching the effect of Ayurveda medicines – concentrating on south Asian communities in New York City and in Kerala.

Saper is currently working with the New York City Department of Health and Human Hygiene on a study focusing on neighborhoods with high concentrations of South Asian immigrants, interviewing people about their use of ayurvedic products and checking their blood for the presence of metals. They’re also doing a similar study in the Indian state of Kerala. Finally, says Saper, “when we bring up instances of lead poisoning among users of these products, the response of the ayurvedic community is that the medicines were not properly prepared or that the manufacturer cut corners.” So Saper will lead a laboratory analysis of the chemical and physical structure of rasa shastra products made in the traditional way to see if there’s a mechanism whereby these metals can indeed be broken down safely. [Ayurvedic medicines merit a closer look]

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September 2, 2008

Department of Ayush’s response to Ayurveda toxicity findings

It took nearly a week for Department of Ayush(Government of India) to get their act together to do a press release in response to Dr.Sapper’s ‘findings’.

Here’s the press release:

The bias of Dr. Saper against Ayurvedic medicines becomes very apparent from the fact that he has included even those Ayurvedic medicines being sold in USA in Table 3 of the above mentioned article in which lead is below WHO’s maximum permissible limit of 10ppm. Further, as per Dr. Saper’s article, these medicines are sold by internet which does not indicate the source of their origin. Further, some of the medicines mentioned in Table 3 of the article, namely Akangvir Ras, Agnitundi Bati, Arogyavardhini Bati are herbo metallic compounds which contain these metals as therapeutic agents after purification process. Dr. Saper has visited India and has been in touch with several Ayurveda experts and is fully aware that these herbo-metallic preparations used in Ayurvedic system of medicine contain heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic as therapeutic agents after proper de-toxification process and no significant adverse drug reactions have been reported regarding their use in India. Dr. Saper is also fully aware that a high level scientific research is being undertaken in India for physio chemical characterization and safety of herbo metallic preparations for Rasa Aushadhies.

It needs to be emphasized that as per the directions issued by Department of AYUSH, herbo metallic compounds are not being officially exported because of heavy metal concerns and only purely herbal Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha medicines are being exported from India with effect from 1.1.2006 after certification of heavy metals below the permissible limit by the manufacturing unit. In view of the above, the above mentioned article of Dr. Saper and his associates is seriously flawed and discloses a strong bias against Ayurvedic medicines. Indian scientists and research institutions will be responding to the issues raised by Dr. Saper, howsoever flawed they may be, through research articles based on their work on Ayurvedic medicines in due course.[Read the full press release here]

September 1, 2008

Some Reactions to the recent findings of heavy metals in ayurveda…

Filed under: Ayurveda, medicinal plants — Tags: , , — ayurvedam @ 12:18 am

Some reactions to the recent finding of heavy metals in ayurveda medicine.

A study in the Journal of the American Medican Association (JAMA) says lead, mercury and arsenic were found in unhealthy levels in some Ayurvedic medicines sold in the U.S.

From an LAT report by Alan Zarembo:

Lead, mercury and arsenic were found in the traditionally Indian herbal mixtures at levels that would surpass California safety guidelines, says a researcher who is calling for FDA curbs.

Ayurvedic medicines — herbal mixtures dating back thousands of years in India and increasingly popular in the West — are frequently contaminated with lead, mercury or arsenic, according to a study published today.

A fifth of the nearly 200 concoctions tested contained levels of the toxic metals that, if taken at the maximum recommended doses, would surpass California’s safety guidelines.
Dr. Robert Saper, a Boston University professor of family medicine who led the study, said the findings should spur the Food and Drug Administration to start clamping down on the largely unregulated world of pills, herbs and powders classified as dietary supplements.
“It shouldn’t be me trying to figure this out,” Saper said.
Zarembo points out that there are no unified standards for what is considered safe.
Lead levels allowed by the World Health Organization are 500 times the California limits.

[New Medical study raises questions …]

August 27, 2008

Ayurveda medicines and toxicity – More reports

Ayurveda is a way of life and is a time tested way of healthy living. At a time when Ayurveda is trying to reach out to all over the world and spread its wings there is bound to be resistance and negative news reports. Moreover there are opportunists who try to make a quick buck or two riding on Ayurveda’s increasing popularity. Ayurveda is not a few over the counter herbal medications, it’s a way of life. This message need to be amplified.

There is another barrage of news reports in western media about presence of heavy metals in Ayurvedic medicines. It’s high time that Government of India step in and create a FDA like body to regulate the Ayurvedic medicine market. If positive steps are not taken now Ayurveda medicines will be stigmatized and an opportunity to reach out to newer markets and serve will be squandered.

Below is report on one such study which claims that 21% of Ayurvedic medicines contain heavy metals.

Traditional herbal supplements used by thousands of Americans may contain dangerously high levels of lead and other toxins, a study shows. Nearly 21% of Ayurvedic medicines — plant-based products used in India for thousands of years to promote health — actually contain lead, mercury or arsenic,according to a study in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association.[Study finds toxins in …]

Interestingly enough, the researchers say that they bought all the medicines used for the study over the internet. Would that give the researchers the authority to claim that 21% of all the Ayurvedic medicines, used by millions of Indians, contain heavy metals?

Saper and his colleagues purchased all of the medicines on the Internet. In a 2004 study, he also found lead, mercury and arsenic in 20% of Ayurvedic supplements sold in Boston-area stores.[Study finds toxins…]

Having said that, it’s easy to lay blame on such narrow studies. The actual blame lies on the makers of Ayurveda supplements who has the eye only on the quick profits. Unless a strict quality regime is imposed, there will be more such researches and more skepticism towards Ayurveda.

PS: If ayurveda was that toxic, indian population would have been extinct by now.

August 6, 2008

Arthritis treatment – frankincense gaining recognition

Filed under: arthritis, Ayurveda, medicinal plants — Tags: , — ayurvedam @ 4:56 pm

Recent study brings hope for the millions of Arthritis patients…

In a study in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy, researchers found that an enriched extract of Indian frankincense, known as 5-Loxin, a product developed by Laila Nutraceuticals, not only reduces the pain of arthritis, but does it quickly.

Researcher Siba Raychaudhuri, professor at UC Davis, recruited 75 patients who had the pain of arthritis in their knees, hips, hands, wrists, feet or spines. One group of 25 people got a placebo. Two other groups of 25 each got the supplement, one taking 100 mg daily for three months, and the other taking 250 mg daily for three months. Both groups that took the supplements reported they could move with less stiffness and pain, and the group that took the higher dose began feeling relief in about a week.[Hey, Wise Man, got anything for my aching back? ]

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April 30, 2008

More negative publicity in west on ayurveda and toxicity

Filed under: Ayurveda, exports, medicinal plants — Tags: — ayurvedam @ 4:04 pm

Its high time that a concerted effort is formulated to project the correct image and facts of ayurveda. In the absence of such an initiative ayurveda would seen as a primitive and dangerous medicine system. More than that, government of India should strictly regulate the export and conduct quality control of Ayurveda medications. Here’s some news excerpts :

Two Indo-Canadians have been diagnosed with heavy-metal poisoning after ingesting ayurvedic remedies, in this case tainted powders comprising herbal formulas combined with the toxic heavy metal lead.
Native to the Indian subcontinent, the 5,000-year-old ayurveda system of naturopathic treaments includes a plethora of herb-based powders, pills, oils and dietary supplements often laced with heavy metals, including arsenic, mercury and lead.
In many instances, small quantities of these heavy metals are knowingly ingested in the belief they will cure what ails. In other cases, the practitioners have no idea what they are ingesting, or to what degree.
“Both patients suffered from extremely high levels of lead poisoning from taking ayurvedic remedies,” said Rob Gair, a pharmacist with B.C.’s Drug and Poison Control Information Centre, commenting on the two recent poisonings. In the first case, the patient suffered from vomiting and diarrhea.[When medicine turns toxic]

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