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WEBs to understand AYUVERDA Ayurvedic medicine, a mix of ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge) as described in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, the department of National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): USA.gov, according to the definition of the word in Sanskrit is a type of medical system that survived in the embedded structure of the Eastern credence for thousands of years. As popular and accepted as this type of malady management is in India especially, its use remains unfamiliar and uncommon to the Western medicine. Documents of the Ayurvedic medicine Caraka Samhita- the oldest of the medicinal instruction books. It describes all plants and their benefits.It is also surrounded by controversy since it recommends the use of t he metal Nāga (Lead) and poisonings associated with this treatment has been documented. 2 3 4 Sushruta Samhita- ophthalmologic manual instructing on cataract surgery. Sushruta is described in ancient text dating cca 600 BC, as the surgeon performing eye surgeries.5 Astanga Hridaya -ancient manual of hallucinogenic medications and what was thought of as psychiatric disorders. The mind ( manas ) functions under three psychological characteristics satva ,” mind, reality, truth, pure quality , rajas stain, passion, agitation and tamas darkness, ignorance . 6 Researched in the West Ayurvedic approaches for schizophrenia and for diabetes rheumatoid arthritis digestive disorders anti-inflammatory and immune system effects of Boswellia. Cautions Ayurvedic products have the potential to be toxic Researchers have studied Ayurvedic approaches for schizophrenia and for diabetes; however, scientific evidence for its effectiveness for these diseases is inconclusive. A preliminary clinical trial in 2011, funded in part by NCCIH, found that conventional and Ayurvedic treatments for rheumatoid arthritis had similar effectiveness. The conventional drug tested was methotrexate and the Ayurvedic treatment included 40 herbal compounds.
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Ayurvedic practitioners use turmeric for inflammatory conditions, among other disorders. Evidence from clinical trials show that turmeric may help with certain digestive disorders and arthritis, but the research is limited. Varieties of boswellia ( Boswellia serrata, Boswellia carterii , also known as frankincense) produce a resin that has shown anti-inflammatory and immune system effects in laboratory studies. A 2011 preliminary clinical trial found that osteoarthritis patients receiving a compound derived from B. serrata gum resin had greater decreases in pain compared to patients receiving a placebo.
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  • Fall '16
  • Ayurvedic Medicine

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