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Ayurveda - gaining ground in the face of synthetic medicine

Ayurveda: using herbs for life

Ayurveda's legacy is legendary. Only that clinical evaluation is bringing Ayurveda to the masses. Turmeric's potency to heal wounds was authenticated by reserach at the Mississippi Medical Centre in the year 1995.

Take the issue of patenting a process for stabilising azadirachtin (neem extract), thus giving this natural insecticide a longer shelf-life. This is not theft of traditional knowledge but an improvement on it. Other inventors can further improve on it, rendering W.R. Grace's patent obsolete. This invention too is based on Ayurveda.

It is good to see traditional herbal medicine gain over synthetic medicines. Herbal medicine comes from nature and is easier for the body to absorb without harmful side-effects.

About 80 percent of the world's population relies on traditional medicine, particularly herbal drugs for their primary healthcare. The western population is looking for safe and effective natural remedies. So the focus has shifted to utilise eco-friendly and bio-friendly plant-based products for prevention and cure of various diseases. India, which is famous for ayurveda well-recorded and traditionally well-practiced medical science possesses over 3,000 plants known for their medicinal value. In fact, there are very few medicinal herbs of commercial importance which are not found in this country. There are nearly 7,000 licensed manufacturing units in India engaged in manufacturing Ayurvedic, Sidha and Unani formulations. India will be able to meet the requirements of about 75 percent of the medicinal needs of the Third World countries.
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