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Quality assessment of Ayurvedic Medicines

sanchitmisra1
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5/16/2015 6:28:27 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
One of the major issues that is preventing Ayurveda, a medical system with tremendous potentials, to contribute to the healthcare needs of the world is the expectation that Ayurvedic medicinal preparations must adhere to the western standards of pharmaceutical parameters.

The aim of this communication is to make the policy makers understand the problems that could be solved by simple understanding of the differences in epistemology. This specifically points at the need for the acceptance of Ayurvedic epistemology by the western governments. It also emphasizes the need for tackling the main issue of raw material quality control at the pristine stages of product generation.

This communication will make one acknowledged with the actual challenges that Ayurveda is facing that are merely due to the lack of understanding of epistemology.

Ayurveda and Western medical system have dissimilar ideas of institutionalization. The definition of standardization is not restricted to the chemical composition of the drug. If one practices with the confidence that a medicine with a definite chemical composition will show the same therapeutic effect on all individuals, he is surely residing away from the practicalities of clinical practice.

The disease identification in Ayurveda occurs through the study of patient"s bodily constitution (prakriti), power of digestion (agni) and the integrity of tissues (dhatu) and the problems expressed by the patient (vyadhi). Hence, we have a patient specific strategy of healing and treatment that is entirely different from the modern medicine being in practice nowadays.

Normally, side effects by herbo-mineral compositions of the products are not seen. But if the patient works under the belief that it is natural and hence cannot harm at all, they tend to ignore the fact that these herbs are drugs. Ayurvedic preparations contain materials of herbo-mineral as well as animal origin which undergo a pharmaceutical procedure such that it shows desired healing effects on the patients. The credit for this goes to the potentiation, impregnation or levigation and then incineration or calcination processes it undergoes as described in Rasa Shastra (the text in Ayurvedic Medicine dealing with herbo-mineral drugs and their preparations) which neutralizes this harmful matter to certain valuable medicines known as herbo-mineral compositions of Ayurveda.

Now, what is required is that we have to bridge the gap between Ayurveda and the current sciences and bring up adequate appreciation for the epistemological principles and construct an environment that takes us more close to the common-sense and wisdom of Ayurveda

Your views please.
SithKiller
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6/8/2015 5:13:07 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 5/16/2015 6:28:27 AM, sanchitmisra1 wrote:
One of the major issues that is preventing Ayurveda, a medical system with tremendous potentials, to contribute to the healthcare needs of the world is the expectation that Ayurvedic medicinal preparations must adhere to the western standards of pharmaceutical parameters.

The aim of this communication is to make the policy makers understand the problems that could be solved by simple understanding of the differences in epistemology. This specifically points at the need for the acceptance of Ayurvedic epistemology by the western governments. It also emphasizes the need for tackling the main issue of raw material quality control at the pristine stages of product generation.

This communication will make one acknowledged with the actual challenges that Ayurveda is facing that are merely due to the lack of understanding of epistemology.

Ayurveda and Western medical system have dissimilar ideas of institutionalization. The definition of standardization is not restricted to the chemical composition of the drug. If one practices with the confidence that a medicine with a definite chemical composition will show the same therapeutic effect on all individuals, he is surely residing away from the practicalities of clinical practice.

The disease identification in Ayurveda occurs through the study of patient"s bodily constitution (prakriti), power of digestion (agni) and the integrity of tissues (dhatu) and the problems expressed by the patient (vyadhi). Hence, we have a patient specific strategy of healing and treatment that is entirely different from the modern medicine being in practice nowadays.

Normally, side effects by herbo-mineral compositions of the products are not seen. But if the patient works under the belief that it is natural and hence cannot harm at all, they tend to ignore the fact that these herbs are drugs. Ayurvedic preparations contain materials of herbo-mineral as well as animal origin which undergo a pharmaceutical procedure such that it shows desired healing effects on the patients. The credit for this goes to the potentiation, impregnation or levigation and then incineration or calcination processes it undergoes as described in Rasa Shastra (the text in Ayurvedic Medicine dealing with herbo-mineral drugs and their preparations) which neutralizes this harmful matter to certain valuable medicines known as herbo-mineral compositions of Ayurveda.

Now, what is required is that we have to bridge the gap between Ayurveda and the current sciences and bring up adequate appreciation for the epistemological principles and construct an environment that takes us more close to the common-sense and wisdom of Ayurveda

Your views please.

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