Bookmark Kaumudi Online  Bookmark this site  Editor@Kaumudi  |  Marketing  Print Advt rates  |  Calendar 2012        Go!    
 
 
August 24, Thursday 2017 3:07 AM       

       HEADLINES: Kanthapuram says Triple Talaq ia part of religious freedom                                              CPM welcomes SC order on triple talaq: M A Baby                                              Union election in Maharajas: Mridula, girls' team win                                              Having denied leave, cop attempts suicide                                              Transgender's death: One arrested                                              Kaifiyat Express derails in UP, 50 injured                                              Lt. Col. Purohit released from Taloja jail after nine years                                              Suresh Prabhu Offers to resign as Railway minister                                              S Korea's first woman PM released from jail                                              11 beheaded in attack on Libya checkpoint: pro-Haftar forces                                              Trump urged to appoint US envoy to India on priority basis                                              Maxwell suffers mild heatstroke in Bangladesh                                              Gayle, Sehwag to play T10 league in UAE                                              Kaumudi Facebook
       LETTERS Next Article: Glorious Past of India revealed at Thiruvananthapuram  
       Personalised Ayurvedic interventions
 
         Posted on :11:56:39 Jul 18, 2011
   
A A
       Last edited on:11:56:39 Jul 18, 2011
         Tags: Personalised, Ayurvedic, interventions
 

Personalised Ayurvedic interventions have demonstrated clinically significant improvement in rheumatoid arthritis on a par with allopathy treatment with the added advantage of lesser side-effects, according to a study. The study was conducted by the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of Los Angeles, California, with funding from the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. and the Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (AVP), Coimbatore.

The project, to evaluate the efficacy of Ayurvedic medicines, was a randomised double-blinded, placebo (inert tablets)-controlled study, which is the gold standard for clinical research in modern medicine, said the research team headed by P. Ram Manohar, Director, Research, AVP and principal investigator (Indian side).

“We cannot make any tall claims with the results since it was a pilot study and the sample size was small. However, the study got a major stimulus when Dr. Edzard Ernst, the first professor of complementary medicine, called it a blueprint for research in Ayurveda,” Dr. Ram Manohar told The Hindu over telephone.

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology in June 2011 can be accessed through PubMed of the United States National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. This provides the Ayurveda stream of medical management with a much-needed boost for its hitherto lack of evidence-based medicine techniques.

The nine-month treatment and evaluation period had three groups with about 15 patients each, who were treated with the focus on rheumatoid arthritis. While one group was given only Ayurvedic medicines along with a placebo of allopathic medicine, another group was administered only allopathic medicines with placebos of Ayurvedic medicines and the third group was given a combination of Ayurveda and allopathic medicines.

Even the doctors prescribing the medicines were not aware of the medicines being given, said K. G. Ravindran, treating physician at the AVP, who was part of the research project.

It was a challenge to make standardised placebos for Ayurvedic medicines, said Reshmi Sarin, research co-ordinator at the AVP. In fact, the PubMed abstract mentions the development of the placebos as a unique feature of the study. Different combinations of internal and external Ayurvedic medicines were prescribed to the patients but the allopathic treatment consisted of standard doses of the drug Methotrexate. All patients were treated in the out-patient ward and no massage or ‘dhara' or any other in-patient treatment method was applied.

While the study was specific to rheumatoid arthritis, it also looked into whether complex Ayurvedic interventions could be studied in a clinical trial. The double-dummy, double-blind randomised clinical study has clearly shown the feasibility of further studies of this kind.

With a grant of Rs 1.2 crore, the three-year study, begun in 2005 and completed in 2008, was fully published in June. Two milestones were a poster presentation of the study in November 2010 at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology and a research letter in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Prasanth Nair

A A
       LETTERS
Next Article: Glorious Past of India revealed at Thiruvananthapuram
 
 
LETTERS HEADLINES
Views on Vizhinjam  
Harassment of seniors  
Which of these two systems is really democratic?  
Mullaperiyar Dam will burst soon due to under-design  
‘Our children want non veg’  
Comment on Koodankulam power plant  
Response to “The Appeal" of Jayalalithaa  
What will happen to Kerala and South India if Mullaperiyar Dam breaks?  
It is shameful that the PM addresses issues...  
A battle we must not lose  
Are we silent sufferers?  
How to detect hidden camera in trial room?  
Leave extension request for working abroad  
Report on Kodiatur teachers’ efforts on agriculture lauded  
Anna's fast  
Proposals of a new highway and railway line  
Pentecosts not against doctors & medicine  
Personalised Ayurvedic interventions  
Glorious Past of India revealed at Thiruvananthapuram  
The Treasure in Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple  
Treasure at Sree Padmanabha Swami temple  
Money power breeds mediocrity  
Brutality of Police  
Expedite Vizhinjam Project  
The poor have to suffer more  
 
Do you think the CBI had trapped Pinarayi Vijayan after coming under poltitical pressure?
Yes
 
No
 
No Opinion
 
 
 
Home Kerala India World Business Sports Sci&Tech Education Automobile CityNews Movies Environment Letters 
© Copyright keralakaumudi Online 2011  |  Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
Head Office Address: Kaumudi Buildings, Pettah P.O, Trivandrum - 695024, India.
Online queries talk to Deepu Sasidharan, + 91 98472 38959 or Email deepu[at]kaumudi.com
Customer Service -Advertisement Disclaimer Statement   |  Copyright Policy