Clinical research in Ayurveda

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Ayurvedic sciences are expected to play a significant role in the future healthcare system. With the onset of research and development activities in Ayurveda and the herbal system of medicine, there is an acute need for conducting clinical trials with traditional drugs. Most of the work reported in literature is based on pre-clinical studies. Some drugs like Terminalia arjuna (for hearts aliments) and Commiphora mukul (for obesity and arthritis) have been scientifically validated for ancient claims. The need of the hour is documentation of clinical knowledge on herbs available with us. At the same time clinical trials on ancient formulations are also warranted.

In the subsequent table clinical trials on selected medicinal plants used in Ayurvevda have been elaborated.

Table 7.5 Clinical research on medicinal plants used in Ayurveda.

S.no

Medicinal Plant

Disease area

Part used/ Preparation

1.

Asparagus officinalis

Duodenal ulcer

Roots

2.

Bacopa monnieria

Anxiety neurosis and epilepsy

Dried herb

3.

Boswellia serrata

Bronchial asthma and rheumatoid arthritis

Gum-resin

4.

Commiphora mukul

Acne vulgaris, hyperlipidemia obesity , osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Gum-resin

5.

Dashmula

Diabetic neuropathy

N/A

6.

Emblica officinalis

Dyspepsia, hyperacidity and hyperlipidemia

Whole part

7.

Enicostemma littorale

Diabetes mellitus type-2

Pills

8.

Mucuna pruriens

Parkinson's disease

Seed powder

9.

Ocimum sanctum

Diabetes mellitus type-2

Leaf-powder

10.

Solanum trilobatum

Bronchial asthma

Leaf

11.

Solanum xanthocarpum

Bronchial asthma

Leaf

Table 7.5 contd...

S.no

Medicinal Plant

Disease area

Part used/ Preparation

12.

Terminalia arjuna

Congestive cardiac failure

Bark powder and bark extract

13.

Tylophora asthmatica

Bronchial asthma

Leaf-powder and alcoholic extract

14.

Withania somnifera

Anxiety neurosis and rheumatoid arthritis

Alcoholic extract

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