J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 3(suppl. 1): S80, 2015
Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Pharmacology of Natural Products FAPRONATURA 2015 September 21st-25th, 2015; Cuban Society of Pharmacology. Topes de Collantes, Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.
OC-83: AYURVEDA: AN EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE
Gaidhani SN, Dhiman KS, Padhi MM.
It is general perception that herbs are safer than the pharmaceutical drugs, as they are obtained from natural resources. The origin of Indian Systems of Medicine namely Ayurveda, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa etc. originated from India and have been widely in practice for ages. These have been used as primary system of medicine used for treatment of various ailments. The herbal medicine has been largely used in developing countries and is also increasingly used among the western countries for various ailments ranging from cosmetics to cancer. As like the pharmaceuticals, the inadvertent use of herbal medicines in large doses may result in potential adverse effects. Many herbal products have been reported to contain pesticide levels above the permissible limits and also to have been adulterated either with prescription drugs or substituted with incorrect/wrongly identified plant. Hence, there is a need to regulate the use and monitor the safety of herbal medicine and their products. Therefore, it has become important to objectively evaluate the quality and safety of herbal medicines for its safe use. A nationwide study is required to be undertaken on therapeutic actions of concentrations of heavy metals in the different herbs, which vary in different parts of the herbs and the soil and climatic conditions of the place where they grow. However, so many research works have been carried out to provide additional evidence of its safety and efficacy profile. But the quantity and quality of the safety and efficacy data on Ayurvedic medicines are far from sufficient to meet the criteria needed to support its use worldwide. To ensure quality, Government of India has prepared Pharmacopoeial standards for single herbs and multi ingredient formulations. There are wide publication showing standardization, safety and efficacy of Ayurvedic single drugs and compound formulations. In research of new drugs, the procedure of preclinical studies are appropriately followed like proper identification, phytochemical analysis, quality control, safety/toxicity and efficacy studies and then clinical trial is conducted following ethical norms. Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is a pioneer organization in the field of research on Ayurvedic medicine. This organization has given enormous efforts since last forty years in research on Ayurvedic medicines. In this present paper, the studies on standardization and safety/toxicity profile of Ayurvedic preparations have been enlightened.
Citation Format: Gaidhani SN, Dhiman KS, Padhi MM (2015) Ayurveda: an evidence based medicine. [Abstract]. In: Proceedings of the FAPRONATURA 2015; 2015 Sep 21-25; Topes de Collantes, Sancti Spiritus: CSF. J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 3(Suppl. 1): S80. Abstract nr OC-83.