Medicine, Ayurvedic

Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the scientific evidence on guggul for hyperlipidemia including expert opinion, folkloric precedent, history, pharmacology, kinetics/dynamics, interactions, adverse effects, toxicology, and dosing. METHODS: Electronic searches were conducted in nine databases, 20 additional journals (not indexed in common databases), and bibliographies from 50 selected secondary references. No restrictions were placed on language or quality of publications.

Author(s): 
Ulbricht, Catherine
Basch, Ethan
Szapary, Philippe
Hammerness, Paul
Axentsev, Serguei
Boon, Heather
Kroll, David
Garraway, Levi
Vora, Mamta
Woods, Jen
Natural Standard Research Collaboration
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Dermatology

BACKGROUND: Globally, governments have recognized the growing popularity of Complementary and Alternative Medicines and the possibility of their combined use with biomedicine. Decisions within the Government of India have led to a conducive environment for conducting clinical studies, to achieve integration of more than one system of medicine, so that their combined benefits can be brought to bear on chronic, difficult-to-treat conditions. AIM: To develop integrative dermatology treatment protocols for patients with long-standing skin diseases who have received treatment from many centers.

Author(s): 
Narahari, Saravu R.
Ryan, Terence J.
Bose, Kuthaje S.
Prasanna, Kodimoole S.
Aggithaya, Guruprasad M.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

This paper considers the problem of evaluating multimodal integrative medicine treatments for complex pathologic conditions. The example is given of evaluation of highly successful treatments of lymphedema using Ayurvedic and Yoga medicine practices together with modern medicine. For a framework to evaluate such a complex intervention, we base our proposal on Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) guidelines.

Author(s): 
Narahari, Saravu R.
Ryan, Terence J.
Aggithaya, Madhur Guruprasad
Bose, Kuttaje S.
Prasanna, Kodimoole S.
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery

Complementary therapies are becoming increasingly popular in cultures dominated by biomedicine. Modalities are often extracted from various healing systems and cultural contexts and integrated into health care, expanding the focus from treatment of disease to the promotion of health. The cultural aspects of biomedicine are presented and compared and contrasted with other healing systems. Three healing systems; traditional Chinese medicine, Yoga, with roots in Ayurvedic medicine and Shamanic healing illustrate these fundamental differences in approaches to healing.

Author(s): 
Engebretson, Joan
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Dermatology

BACKGROUND: Globally, governments have recognized the growing popularity of Complementary and Alternative Medicines and the possibility of their combined use with biomedicine. Decisions within the Government of India have led to a conducive environment for conducting clinical studies, to achieve integration of more than one system of medicine, so that their combined benefits can be brought to bear on chronic, difficult-to-treat conditions. AIM: To develop integrative dermatology treatment protocols for patients with long-standing skin diseases who have received treatment from many centers.

Author(s): 
Narahari, Saravu R.
Ryan, Terence J.
Bose, Kuthaje S.
Prasanna, Kodimoole S.
Aggithaya, Guruprasad M.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Ethnopharmacology

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India (API) is a unique book of standards describing the quality, purity and strength of selected drugs that are manufactured, distributed, and sold by the licensed manufacturers in pan India. It is developed in two parts; the part one comprises of mono-monographs of medicinal substances of natural origin and part two includes selected compound formulations sourced from the schedule - I books under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 comprising of popular Ayurvedic classics of different period of times.

Author(s): 
Joshi, Vinod Kumar
Joshi, Apurva
Dhiman, Kartar Singh
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

This paper reports on the results of a literature survey involving 166 different species of plants used in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia, based on a sampling of the literature available to us. We found a wide range of clinical and other in vivo studies for many of the plant-based therapies utilized in the Ayurvedic system. Of the 166 plants investigated, 72 (43%) had at least one or more human studies and 103 (62%) had one or more animal studies.

Author(s): 
Khan, S.
Balick, M. J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)

A previous paper hypothesized that the tridosha of Ayurveda--vata, pitta, and kapha--constitute regulatory systems respectively controlling input/output, turnover, and storage; functions systems analysis identifies as fundamental to all open systems. This would make them universal properties of all living organisms, as Ayurveda itself maintains. This paper proposes independent scientific evidence for the proposed identification of the doshas and for the systems analysis on which it is based. In particular, it points to coenzyme A, a key component of fatty acid metabolism.

Author(s): 
Hankey, Alex
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Patients with diabetes frequently use complimentary and alternative medications including Ayurvedic medications and hence it is important to determine their efficacy and safety. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of Ayurvedic treatments for diabetes mellitus.

Author(s): 
Sridharan, Kalpana
Mohan, Roshni
Ramaratnam, Sridharan
Panneerselvam, Deepak
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Ayurvedic medicine has been used to treat mental health problems since 1000 BC. OBJECTIVES: To review effects of Ayurvedic medicine or treatments for schizophrenia. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group Trials Register (March 2007) and AMED (March 2007), inspected references of all identified studies and contacted the first author of each included study.

Author(s): 
Agarwal, V.
Abhijnhan, A.
Raviraj, P.

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