Ayurvedic medicine has been shown in various medical trials to help treat different diseases.
A clinical study conducted in 1990 showed that an extract of an ayurvedic herb, Gynema sylvestre was effective in controlling hyperglycemia. The treatment was administered to 22 diabetic patients for 18 to 20 months in addition to their conventional treatment. Virtually all patients showed some improvement in their condition with five of the group being able to discontinue use of their conventional drugs. The treatment appears to regenerate/repair the beta cells responsible for diabetes whereas the conventional treatments simply held it at bay.
In a 1995 study, Hp-200 (derived from the Ayurvedic therapeutic agent Mucuna prurient seed powder, as opposed to isolated active ingredients) was tested on 60 patients suffering from Parkinson's disease for 12 weeks. A control sample of 26 patients were given synthetic treatments. The results were monitored with the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale. The study showed that the Ayurvedic treatment was effective and only caused minor side effects.
Recent scientific studies on the effectiveness of Guggul Lipid, used by Ayurvedic practitioners for reducing the cholesterol and triglyceride levels, showed that the herb reduced the serum cholesterol substantially (as much as 20 percent) along with a 14-27 percent decrease in the triglyceride levels without the adverse side effects normally encountered by use of the other cholesterol lowering drugs.
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