Safety

Publication Title: 
Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift (1946)
Author(s): 
Surrmann, E.
Publication Title: 
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry

Kothala himbutu is a traditional Ayurvedic medicinal plant used to treat diabetes. We aimed to evaluate the safety of an aqueous extract of Kothala himbutu stem (KTE) in normal mice. The mice were divided into two groups: one was administered KTE and the other distilled water for 3 weeks. During the test period, the groups showed no significant differences in body weight gain or plasma parameters, such as fasting blood glucose level, oral glucose tolerance test, or aspartate transaminase (AST) or alanine transaminase (ALT) activity.

Author(s): 
Im, Ryanghyok
Mano, Hiroshi
Nakatani, Sachie
Shimizu, Jun
Wada, Masahiro
Publication Title: 
International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

CONTEXT: The availability of trained abortion providers is limited in India. Allowing ayurvedic physicians and nurses to perform medication abortions may improve women's access to the procedure, but it is unclear whether these clinicians can provide these services safely and effectively. METHODS: Allopathic physicians, ayurvedic physicians and nurses (10 of each), none of whom had experience in abortion provision, were trained to perform medication abortions.

Author(s): 
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J.
Kalyanwala, Shveta
Mundle, Shuchita
Tank, Jaydeep
Zavier, A. J. Francis
Kumar, Rajesh
Acharya, Rajib
Jha, Nita
Publication Title: 
Indian Journal of Experimental Biology

Gold containing Ayurvedic preparation, Swarna Vasant Malti, was given to 20 male persons in a dose of 100 mg twice a day for 40 days under supervision of Ayurvedic physicians. The total cumulative intake of 160 mg of gold at the rate of 4 mg per day in this form did not have any toxic effect on human body as evidenced by clinical examination, unaltered body weight, absence of urinary pathology and by 30 sensitive biochemical and enzymatic tests. The gold from this Ayurvedic preparation was found in plasma and erythrocytes, excreted partly in urine and was present in semen.

Author(s): 
Sharma, D. C.
Jha, J.
Sharma, P.
Gaur, B. L.
Publication Title: 
British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)

Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient Indian form of healing. It is gaining popularity as part of the growing interest in New Age spirituality and in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In this article the principles and practices of Ayurvedic medicine are outlined. In doing so, the safety of ayurvedic medicine is explored in the context of evidence-based practice and the implications of Ayurvedic medicine for nursing are discussed.

Author(s): 
Narayanasamy, Aru
Narayanasamy, Mani
Publication Title: 
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry

Kothala himbutu is a traditional Ayurvedic medicinal plant used to treat diabetes. We aimed to evaluate the safety of an aqueous extract of Kothala himbutu stem (KTE) in normal mice. The mice were divided into two groups: one was administered KTE and the other distilled water for 3 weeks. During the test period, the groups showed no significant differences in body weight gain or plasma parameters, such as fasting blood glucose level, oral glucose tolerance test, or aspartate transaminase (AST) or alanine transaminase (ALT) activity.

Author(s): 
Im, Ryanghyok
Mano, Hiroshi
Nakatani, Sachie
Shimizu, Jun
Wada, Masahiro
Publication Title: 
Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods

Turmeric is a well recognized and highly recommended herb in ayurvedic systems of medicine and it has also been used for culinary purposes for thousands of years. Bis-O-demethylatedcurcumin (BDMC) was found to be more efficacious than curcumin and the increased potentcy was attributed to a higher number of phenolic groups in BDMC.

Author(s): 
Krishnaraju, A. V.
Sundararaju, D.
Sengupta, K.
Venkateswarlu, S.
Trimurtulu, G.
Publication Title: 
International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

CONTEXT: The availability of trained abortion providers is limited in India. Allowing ayurvedic physicians and nurses to perform medication abortions may improve women's access to the procedure, but it is unclear whether these clinicians can provide these services safely and effectively. METHODS: Allopathic physicians, ayurvedic physicians and nurses (10 of each), none of whom had experience in abortion provision, were trained to perform medication abortions.

Author(s): 
Jejeebhoy, Shireen J.
Kalyanwala, Shveta
Mundle, Shuchita
Tank, Jaydeep
Zavier, A. J. Francis
Kumar, Rajesh
Acharya, Rajib
Jha, Nita
Publication Title: 
American Heart Journal

BACKGROUND: Intercessory prayer is widely believed to influence recovery from illness, but claims of benefits are not supported by well-controlled clinical trials. Prior studies have not addressed whether prayer itself or knowledge/certainty that prayer is being provided may influence outcome. We evaluated whether (1) receiving intercessory prayer or (2) being certain of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with uncomplicated recovery after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

Author(s): 
Benson, Herbert
Dusek, Jeffery A.
Sherwood, Jane B.
Lam, Peter
Bethea, Charles F.
Carpenter, William
Levitsky, Sidney
Hill, Peter C.
Clem, Donald W.
Jain, Manoj K.
Drumel, David
Kopecky, Stephen L.
Mueller, Paul S.
Marek, Dean
Rollins, Sue
Hibberd, Patricia L.
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Botanical dietary supplements with a history of safe human use may not require the same level of toxicity testing as synthetic pharmaceutical drugs. Most of the documented examples of acute toxicity caused by botanical dietary supplements have been caused by the substitution of toxic plants for the desired species, probably through misidentification or production errors, or by contamination with pharmaceutical agents, either as a result of poor manufacturing practices or adulteration.

Author(s): 
van Breemen, Richard B.
Fong, Harry Hs
Farnsworth, Norman R.

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