AYURVEDA TODAY

LACK OF SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE OR CONTAINING STEROID IN THE SYSTEM OF AYURVEDIC MEDICINE

IT IS NOT A TRUE FACT ANY LONGER

Immediate Press Release to Newspapers

Dr.Abhay Kumar Pati, CEO Best Nutrition Products Inc.
Hayward, California, USA

A researcher on phyto-chemicals, searching for phyto nutrients from land to sea

I read this aforementioned subject from time to time in newspapers. Therefore, I want to state my professional opinion on Ayurvedic Medicine and herbs.

I have a degree in integrated medicine from the State College of Ayurvedic Medicine in Kolkata (Asthanaga Ayurvedic College, (University of Calcutta) one of the oldest Ayurvedic Institutions of India). After India’s Independence, each State used to have an Integrated Degree both in Ayurvedic and Western Medicine until mid 70s. Later, those doctors went through MBBS, which was condensed in various States. When doctors started practicing western Medicine, Central Government and Central Council of Indian Medicine had to discontinue integrated system and introduced a BAMS degree from late 70s in all States. The number of Government Ayurvedic Colleges are over 200 in India, including 3 special Ayurvedic Universities, such as Gujrat Ayurvedic University in Jamnagar, National Ayurvedic Institute in Jaipur, Rajsthan, and BHU has a large Undergraduate and Postgraduate Department.

Kerala’s Tourism is based on Ayurvedic Medicine and visitors from all over the World, going there for Panchakarma Therapies. Today, 80% of India’s population depends on our indigenous system of Ayurvedic Medicine. Government of India has formed a Department called AYUSH to oversee the education, research and advancement of Ayurvedic medicine in India. Also in each State, there is a Central Research Institute (CRI) or Regional Research Institute (RRI) in Ayurvedic medicine. The demand of Ayurvedic medicine is growing day to day on an International level and plant based Biotech Industry is a new subject.

It is important that both doctors and general public must know Ayurvedic medicine deal with preparatory Ayurvedic formulas with Bhasma and Rasayana, which may contain many natural steroids, impurities and heavy metals like mercury, lead. Many Ayurvedic authentic formulas have more than 50 or 100 ingredients and it is hard to get an analysis of molecules, compound and structure of ingredients in such a product.

However single herb used in Ayurvedic medicine have many good therapeutic values like Aswagandha as an adaptogen, Curcuma (Haldi), Fenugreek,Psyllium (Isabgul), Neem, Valerian, Ocimum (Tulsi), Gugul and Boswellia,Gymnema and 100 other herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine. Many of these herbal extracts (phyto-chemicals or phyto-nutrients) are being used widely in many health products in USA, which are available in supermarkets, pharmacies to health food stores.

Government of India is fighting with many U.S. companies who have illegally trademarked some of Indian medicinal plants. Extensive clinical researches are available on single herbs of Ayurvedic medicine. These are small molecule drug and it works well in health food industry in USA and the World. Ayurvedic herbs have a large market share after Chinese herbs. India’s export of Ayurvedic herbal Extracts is more than 1 billon dollars in a year.

Unless a doctor is trained in Ayurvedic medicine it is hard to recognize an Ayurvedic herbal product in U.S. Health Food, drug store or Supermarket. Ayurvedic individual medicinal plant standardized extracts are extensively used in health food industry. Let’s forget those preparatory Ayurvedic combinations of complicated Shastriya medication in Ayurveda. It is not possible to introduce those products in the U.S. market.

Unless a doctor is trained in Ayurvedic medicine it is hard to recognize an Ayurvedic herbal product in U.S. Health Food, drug store or Supermarket. Ayurvedic individual medicinal plant standardized extracts are extensively used in health food industry. Let’s forget those preparatory Ayurvedic combinations of complicated Shastriya medication in Ayurveda. It is not possible to introduce those products in the U.S. market.

We find 90% of drugs are derived from plant sources. Once a plant chemical is identified as a fruitful remedy, it becomes a patent drug. Thereafter, it is chemically synthesized for mass production?

Morphine is  a plant(Opium poppy) used as a pain killer in Ayuvedic medicine 1000s of yrs back), is a derived alkaloid. Morphine identified as a derivative from plant

Today Texol is an anticancer drug (oncology drug). It is a plant-based drug. The National cancer Institute (NCI) has several ongoing collaborative programs, which screen plants for the possibility of new drugs.

  • Many hormones are steroids
  • Male hormones are steroids
  • Female hormones are steroids
  • There are animal steroids
  • There are synthesized steroids used in sports nutrition
  • There are plants and herbal steroids (Phyto Chemicals)
  • There are biologically synthesized steroids
  • Steroids are therapeutic
  • Many Isolates are steroids
  • Cortisones are steroids
  • Only excessive Steroids are extremely bad and have adverse action in our lifestyle

Ayurvedic medicine is a 5,000 years age old medical science. Many medical theories were derived from Ayurveda. Both Charak Samhita and Sushruta Samhita are very ancient with vast knowledge of medical science. It is a resource encyclopedia from India on today’s medical science to pharmaceutical science.

The Ayurvedic science does not deal only with preparatory medicine of Bhasmas(rasousadhi) like iron or Ferrous Sulphate (lauha or mandur ) Swarna (gold) or Rasa like Basanta Kusumakar rasa or Makardhwaj but also has many good philosophies in treating and having a better health life style than Allopathic system of medicine. Taking wrong pharmaceutical prescribed drugs more than 70,000 individuals die and many suffer from other health problems each year in the United States alone. Why we should not try safe alternative health therapies like Ayurvedic medicine and therapies too?

Ayurvedic medical science deals with food, nutrition, exercise, yoga, pranayama, meditation and nasal therapy (Netti). These are all part of Ayurvedic medical science. Ayurvedic medicine provides the guidelines on behavior and habits, which are important in maintaining a good healthy life style. It provides a stability of mind on stress management.

It is very hard for Western Doctors to learn Ayurvedic principles in a very short time. Getting a clinical data or having lab test of a Ayurvedic Products (Rasayana) are not the part of Ayuvedic Medicine at all. Unless a person is well trained should not practice Ayurvedic medicine at all. It is could be as bad as taking the wrong pharmaceutical products which may be a causative factor of many other health problems.

It is critical and inevitable that we do need the emergency medicine of Allopathic system as well as Ayurvedic medicine, which focuses on prevention and treatment. Ayurvedic medicine cannot be compared or compromised with Western medicine either.

Dr.Pati is an author of several books on herbs, alternative health therapies. He emphasizes on food, nutrition, fruits, vegetables and lifestyle. Dr.Pati has more than 50 websites and has business ventures across the globe. Presently Dr.Pati has founded a plant Biotech Company in the State of Orissa, BIOTECHAYUR at www.ayurnagar.com , Ayur Nagar Park-1 and Ayur Nagar Park-2 , where he intends to manufacture many standardized phyto-chemicals, nutritional supplements, protein, amino-acids with an advance Research Lab for drug analysis. Dr.Pati is searching for phyto-nutrients from sea to land across the globe.