An Approach to Establish Ayurvedic Medicine in Healthcare Segment

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Dear Bloggers, At the commencement of the skill test 2011, i present to you all my first blog. In India, Ayurveda is considered not just as an ethno medicine but also as a complete medical system that takes into consideration physical, psychological, philosophical, ethical and spiritual well being of mankind. It lays great importance on living in harmony with the Universe and harmony of nature and science. This universal and holistic approach makes it a unique and distinct medical system. This system emphasizes the importance of maintenance of proper life style for keeping positive health. This concept was in practice since two millenniums and the practitioners of modern medicine have now taken into consideration the importance of this aspect. Not surprisingly the WHO's concept of health propounded in the modern era is in close approximation with the concept of health defined in Ayurveda.1 Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research which show the value of herbal medicine in the treatment and prevention of diseases. India also has a very unique position in the world, where a number of recognized indigenous systems of medicine viz. Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, Homeopathy, Yoga and Naturopathy are practiced even today for health maintenance. Ayurvedic medicines & Herbal Medicines are in great demand in the developed as well as developing countries for primary healthcare because of their wide biological activities, higher safety margins and lesser costs. They also offer therapeutics for age-related disorders like memory loss, osteoporosis, immune disorders, benign prostatic hyperplasia etc and Chronic diseases like AIDS, Cancer, tuberculosis for which modern medicine is available but they are expensive and have less therapeutic effect. Public, academic and government interest in Ayurvedic & herbal medicines is growing exponentially due to the increased incidence of the adverse drug reactions and economic burden of the modern system of medicine.2,3 Today World Health Organization (WHO), recommends and encourages traditional herbal remedies in National Health Care programmes because these drugs can be made available easily at low cost and are comparatively safe. People's faith in such remedies is reflected by a hoping annual turnover of Rs.450 crores of the herbal market. Besides a healthy 11% annual growth rate, an increasing export potential has attracted several large and medium scale pharmaceutical companies including some Multi-National corporations.4 In India, the herbal drug market is about $ one billion and the export of plant based crude drugs is around $ 80 million. But the most important challenges faced by these formulations arise because of their lack of complete standardization. Ayurvedic & Herbal medicines are prepared from materials of plant origin which are prone to contamination, deterioration and variation in composition. Therefore, quality control of Ayurvedic & herbal medicines offers a host of problems. To solve this problem, first and foremost task is the selection of the right kind of plant material which is therapeutically efficacious.5 Phytochemistry or natural product chemistry research is the backbone of ayurvedic & herbal industry and directly/ indirectly responsible for both failure and success of herbal drugs. For promoting the use of herbals in modern medicine, phytochemistry should be envisaged for: * Isolation, purification and characterization of new phyto-constituents. * Use of newly isolated phyto-constituent as "lead" compound for the synthetic design of analogues with either improved therapeutic activity or reduced toxicity. * Conservation of lead phyto-constituents into medicinally important drugs. Thus, we can conclude that although improvements have to be made, Ayurvedic medicines have an edge over other systems of medicine and hence need to be promoted in the right way so that the people prefer Ayurveda over other systems of medicines for either small or chronic ailments. References: 1. Kurup, P.N.V., 2004. Ayurveda- A potential Global Medical system. In Scientific Basis for Ayurvedic Therapies. (Mishra, L.C. Ed.). CRC Press- New York. 1-15. 2. Handa SS. Plants as drugs. The Eastern Pharmacist 1991;34:79-82. 3. Schilter B, Andersson C, Anton R, Constable A, Kleiner J, Brien JO, Renwick AG, Korver O, Smit F, Walker R Food Chem Toxicol 2003;41:1625-1649. 4. Palav, YK., Priscilla, M., 2006. Standardization of selected Indian medicinal herbal raw materials containing polyphenols as major phytoconstituents. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 8(4), 506-509. 5. Tamizhmani T, Ponnusankar S, Nancy J, Suresh B. Toxicity of using Herbs. The Indian Pharmacist 2003;14(2):13. Thanks & regards, Hardik Soni Leader - Ayurpreachers

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SS Md Shafi's picture

Dear sir.... Great information really .wish you all the best.

shafi ..

K Rajakrishna's picture

Its nice to see that we have one in the competation who is an concern about a system which is next to the allopathi. I would be very eagerly waiting for your informative blog. You have given a good introductory blog,
Ankur sood's picture

dear sir, nice information.

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