A Scientific Insight on Evidence Based Research In Ayurveda: An Appraisal of Some Clinical Studies


G. S. Lavekar


Traditional & Complementary Medicine Exhibition 2007 (TCME 2007), Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




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Ayurveda and Siddha have been in vogue in this country from the earliest times and serving the medical needs of most of our people. These systems were developed by ancient scholars on the basis of their own philosophy, oriental methodologies and practices prevalent in the era and have popularized and almost completed it in all aspects as a systems globally, it is at the juncture to explore the potentials through scientific language to the scientific communities of various disciplines. Ever since dawn of history man has been in pursuit of new substances that could cure illness and promote health and longevity. Ayurveda, one such science that philosophies in not merely treating the illness but counter balancing the disequilibria that results in disease. It is the traditional system of medicine holds out to the world, the promise of healthy long life. Every country has its traditional cure for its disease. These prescriptions have evolved depending on geographical conditions, flora, mineral resources; India is one of the richest nations in the world in terms of natural resources of medicinal value. These natural resources still as potent and effective as they were thousands years ago. Ayurvedic literatures record more than 2000 medicinal plants having diversified pharmacological actions on different body systems and are being utilized to cure the wide range of suffering of the mankind. During the last decade, use of Ayurveda and Siddha medicine has expanded globally and has gained popularity. They have not only continued to be used for primary health care of the poor in developing countries, but has also been used in countries where conventional medicine is predominant in the national health care system. With the tremendous expansion in the use of Ayurveda and Siddha world wide, safety and eficacy as well as quality control of herbal medicines and traditional procedure-based therapies have become important concerns for both health authorities and the public. Ayurvedic and Siddha Pharmacopoeias are very rich and consist of preparation of all categories of medicines ranging from simple extracted plant juices to the most complex herbo-mineral preparations. But in the changing scenario of ecological variations, pollution and advent of new technologies the present laboratory based parameters are necessary to be identifed for standardization, clinical evaluation to create concrete evidences on quality assurance, safety, and eficacy through integrated approaches. These factors resulting from modern scientific technological advances disturbing universal laws of nature lead to increased Prevalence of Refractory life style conditions viz diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disorders etc. needs long term safe and effective therapies besides improvement in quality of life. The presentation highlights an appraisal of evidence based scientific studies on single and compound drugs in conditions viz. Anxiety Neurosis /Stress, Syndrome, Bronchial Asthma, Hepatitis, Psoriasis, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cancer, Obesity, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psychological disorders, Geriatric problems and so on.