Ayurveda can cure Arithritis – AIIMS study
In a significant validation for traditional therapies, AIIMS has found certain Ayurvedic formulations effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis that causes irreversible joint damage.
The study conducted on 125 RA patients, found Ayurvedic medicines Ashwagandha powder and Sidh Makardhwaj helped in relieving pain in tender and swollen joints and increased mobility in a majority of subjects. The study was part of larger research at AIIMS on therapies offered under traditional medicine. The PMs endorsement of alternative medicine has given further push to the programme.
Apart from RA, AIIMS is studying alternative therapies for epilepsy, Alzheimers and chronic heart failure among others. Dr YK Gupta, head of pharmacology at AIIMS, said scientific validation of alternative medicines was one of the mandates of the institutes. “Interest in traditional medicine is renewed and growing due to the adverse drug reactions and economic burden associated with modern system of medicine. The central government is promoting them too,” he added.
Article as published in The Times of India – Mainstream newspaper in India