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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 1-2

Researches in Traditional Systems of Medicine

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Ayurveda Case Reports (AyuCaRe), All India Institute of Ayurveda, Gautam Puri, Mathura Road, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi – 110076, India

Date of Web Publication13-Jul-2022

Correspondence Address:
Tanuja Nesari
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Ayurveda Case Reports (AyuCaRe), All India Institute of Ayurveda, Gautam Puri, Mathura Road, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi – 110076
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DOI: 10.4103/2667-0593.350864

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Herbal medicines form an important part of most traditional systems of medicine. Majority of the world’s population in developing countries still relies on herbal medicines to meet their health needs. They are often used to provide first-line and basic health service to people living in remote and poor areas. Even in areas where modern medicine is available, the interest on herbal medicines has been increasing rapidly in recent years because of many reasons. The significant contribution made by herbal medicines to human health has led to increased official and commercial interest.

Very recently, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) warned that the world is staring at a post-antibiotic era when common infections will no longer have a cure. In addition; drastic changes in life style, increased pollution and industrialization; global population is affecting with various kinds of life style diseases. Unless addressed, the mortality and disease burden from these problems will continue to increase. Though the conventional systems of medicine have ample of drugs to treat such pathologies; these drugs are known to develop certain adverse reactions. Considering these limitations of conventional drugs, emphasis on botanical sources for drug discovery and development of new effective molecules has been realized globally. Vinblastine, Reserpine, Atropine, Artemisinin, Plumbagin, Morphine, Codeine, Curcumin, Berberine, Glycyrrhizin, Digoxin etc. are a few such molecules discovered by contemporary scientists and are being used in conventional system of medicine.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of UNDP are the universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve quality of life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities. WHO also emphasized their priority areas by focusing upon Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and actioned towards providing leadership and evidence base for prevention and control of NCDs and disabilities. Besides NCDs; Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) that is threatening the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi is another concern of WHO. New resistance mechanisms are emerging and spreading globally, threatening ability to treat common infectious diseases, resulting in prolonged illness, disability, and death.

These two areas including NCDs and AMR can be answered by approaches of Ayurveda. Many herbs used in Ayurveda are classed as rejuvenators. They are a rich source of substances that have several therapeutic properties like hepato-protective, nephro-protective, cardio-protective, chemo-preventive and other effects. They are reported to be potential on various systemic disorders of hepatic, cardio-respiratory, endocrinal, neuro-psychiatric, gastrointestinal systems. They are also found to increase quality of life in individuals suffering with various forms of NCDS etc. These can form basis for a healthy and curative nutrition also. Such experiences provide a substantial basis for their safe and effective use. They also can be supplemented as an adjuvant to the main stream of contemporary drugs in specified pathologies. Herbs with Rakshoghna, Jantughna and Krimighna properties can be explored as potential anti-microbial drugs with broad spectrum activities. Under public health outreach activities; Ministry of AYUSH also focussed upon reducing the incidences of NCDs.

As most of the diseases have multi-factorial causation, drugs as a whole (against extract of herbs) acting on a number of targets simultaneously is likely to be more effective. Traditional formulations are multi-component, thus have special relevance in such cases. Ayurveda with its armamentarium can answer and provide promising results in many of such situations. Ayurvedic drugs are a big ray of hope and can play crucial role in restricting complications, and improving quality of life of the suffering population.

This rise in the demand for herbal products has given rise to various forms of abuse and adulteration leading to bad reputation to the system. Hence, quality control and validating clinical efficacy for establishment of desired biological activity of herbal medicines becomes an essential aspect that needs to be concentrated. Well documented observational studies, case reports, case series, pharmaco-epidemiological studies will help in generating evidences on the actual usefulness of herbal formulations in the pathologies afflicting the global population.

Herbs as potential source of therapeutics has attained a significant role in health system all over the world not only in the diseased condition but also as potential material for maintaining health. All such efficiencies of herbal preparations in providing long lasting cure for specific diseases need to be compared, documented and published in standard journals, rather than obscure journals. This is the right time to think and discuss about the impact of Ayurveda practices in maintaining health and preventing chronic diseases. We take the opportunity to appeal all researchers to communicate their researches in the form of Case Reports that disseminate the actual potential of Ayurveda.


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