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NEWS ON HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese traditional medicine against AIDS
New progress for Chinese traditional medicine against AIDS : Chinese Academy of Preventive Medical Sciences and Beijing AIDS Clinic Research Centre have witnessed new progress in their development of new AIDS drug purely made of Chinese traditional medical herbs. Clinical testing results turned out by Beijing Ditan Hospital a clinical experimental base authorized by Ministry of Health has demonstrated the apparent effects of the new drug on AIDS viruses.
(HEALTH NEWS: News from China, New Delhi, 1998/12/30 )
Wonder Drug for Heart Patients
Wonder drug to replace heart surgery : A family of doctors in the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh claims to have hit upon a wonder drug which will save the heart patients with blocked arteries. The USP of the drugs is that a heart patient need not undergo the painful process of heart surgery, which is an expensive and unending method. 'Atherocid' is the most sought after drug developed by this family, which is a combination of seven herbs. It has shown very promising results in lipid profile lowering, blood pressure reduction in angina attacks. Clinical trials are being conducted, as part of a pilot project, on the drug "atheroid" on a series of ECG-proved 100 patients. The formulation is based on authentic references of Ayurveda and a number of studies on its ingredients.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Observer of Business & Politics, New Delhi, 1999/01/16 , pg01 )
'Gulancha' boosts immune system, an anti-ageing drug
'Gulancha' boosts immune system : BARC study : Scientists have found that a herb, used in Ayurveda in 'Rasayana' preparations and as an anti-ageing drug, boosts body's immune system to fight against infections. A recent study, carried out by BARC, Mumbai, shows that the extract of this plant do have an immunomodulatory property.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Observer of Business & Politics, New Delhi, 1999/11/10 , pg10)
Herbal drug helps concentration : Hyperactivity and lack of concentration
Herbal drug helps concentration : Hyperactivity and lack of concentration among today's children, largely an offshoot of an increasingly fast-paced world , can now be remedied through a memory-enhancing drug owing its genesis to traditional Indian herbs, recent scientific research has shown. Clinical trials conducted by scientists of the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow on Memory Plus, a drug which owes its origin to the traditional herb 'Brahmi', have established its efficacy in children suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) , a condition in which children are hyperactive and lack the will or the power to concentrate.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Tribune, Chandigarh, 1999/04/12 , pg08)
Ayurvedic cure for pollution ill-effects
Ayurvedic cure for pollution ill-effects: Ayurvedic potion made from the extract of rare herbs now comes to the rescue of pollution affected city dwellers. Chintparni, Himachal Pradesh based 87-year-old noted Ayurvedic practioner Vaidya Lekhraj has prepared the first Ayurvedic elixir, which he claims is a wonder cure against the ill effects of pollution.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Observer of Business & Politics, New Delhi, 1999/01/19 , pg06 )
A new line of herbal medicines called Chinac
Metabo life has a new way to sell Chinese Medicines : Can a U.S. company make a single line of traditional Chinese medicines appeal to consumers in both countries ? Michael Ellis has been on a three-year, $11million quest to find out. Both the US and China have a huge appetite for herbal medicines, but their vastly different concepts of medicine have stymied companies that want to unlock both markets with one product. Mr Ellis, the chief executive of San Diego-based Metabolife International Inc., is gambling he can do so, hoping Americans are ready for a more sophisticated use of herbs and the Chinese a more simplified approach to their herbal heritage. The effort culminated Saturday with the launch of a new line of herbal medicines called Chinac.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Asian Wall Street Journal, Hong Kong, 2000/01/31 , pg01)
Traditional Systems of Resource use
A leaf from the book of life : Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is coming of age. That may seem to be an odd thing to say about a discipline with 2,000 years of recorded history. But the past decade has seen growing confluence of several trends: TCM doctors approaching the tradition on a more scientific basis: Western doctors and researchers recongnising that Chinese herbs offer much that they do not know: and patients becoming more open to non-Western practices.
(Asian Week, Hong Kong, 1999/08/06 , pg26)
Organic herbs project
Goodcare Pharma plans organic herbs project: Goodcare Pharma Pvt Ltd, a Baidyanath Group Company, in an attempt to cater to the paucity of herbs that would arise in the next two decades and to tap the growing market for lifestyle products, plans to grow herbs organically at Joka, near Calcutta.
(HEALTH NEWS: Business Line, New Delhi, 1999/07/16 , pg04)
Herbal cure for hepatitis developed
Herbal cure for hepatitis developed: A major breakthrough has been achieved in the cure of hepatitis, ailments of the liver. The Delhi-based Dabur group in association with King George Medical College of Lucknow has developed a unique medical herbs after seven years of collaborative research. The new formulation whose salts are kept a closely guarded secret, is a sure cure for any victim of Hepatitis A, B and E which are most dreaded and contagious in the country, said the team of researchers led by Dr D.B. Anantha Narayana, heading the Dabur Research Foundation.
(HEALTH & MEDICAL SCIENCES: The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 1999/05/07 , pg01)
Unique ethnobotanical database
Rare database on medicinal herbs gathers dust in AP : A unqiue ethnobotanical database containing information about 700 medicinal herbs and plants has remained unused even after five years after its preparation, apparently as the Andhra Pradesh government has not shown any interest in utilising it. The database - Medflor-India (AP)-was prepared by a Hyderabad-based NGO, Institute of Health Systems (IHS), at the behest of Girijan Corporation (GCC), a subsidiary of the state Tribal Welfare Department in 1994.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Indian Express, New Delhi, 1999/04/19 , pg04 )
Conservation, use of herbs
Scheme for conservation, use of herbs : Since herbal medicines have gained wide acceptance in the Western world and within the country also, the demand for these medicines has increased tremendously in the past few years, thus putting great pressure on natural sources. Consequently, over-exploitation of the resources has caused a threat to the survival of medicinal herbs. That is Why more than 40 species of medicinal plants in Himachal Pradesh have been declared endangered.
(BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION: The Tribune, Chandigarh, 1998/12/22 , pg03)
Nepal's valuable herbs
Nepali herbs losing value : Nepal's valuable herbs, among the world's most wanted, have become worthless because of the lack of skilled manpower, technical equipment and practical laws. However, even in this neglected state, the Department of Forestry makes 10 million US$ each year by exporting the non-timber forest products, according to Herbs Production and Processing Comapny Limited (HPPCL).
(HEALTH NEWS: The Kathmandu Post, Kathmandu, 1998/11/13 , pg08)
Herbs show signs of reducing ailments
Herbs show signs of reducing ailments : According to Dr Chittarnajan Andrade, Additional Professor of Psychopharmacology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), there are " some signs of evidence" that a combination of five herbs help in reducing problems in elderly people with memory and other intellectual impairments.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, 1998/10/01 , pg08)
Ayurveda to comabt HIV/AIDS?
Will herb work their magic on HIV?: Ayurveda centres are famed for their rejuvenating oil and mud baths. But Ayurveda to comabt HIV/AIDS? Why not, say its proponents as they gear up for the first-ever meet in India on traditional medicines and HIV/AIDS. The meet, funded by the WHO, will be held here on November 9-10. Results of 10 years of trials will be studied for the first time and are likely to throw up a full-fledged programme. Some of the medicines could then be patented, said Dr Ranjit Roy Chowdhury, president of the Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs. This society along with the Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health in Oxford has organised this meet.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Times of India, New Delhi, 2000/11/05 , pg08)
Indians rediscover their roots and herbs
Indians rediscover their roots and herbs : Years after Western countries began using ayurveda, Indians are now rediscovering their 4,500-year old system of medicine. Young professionals are snapping up herbal remedies to combat stress and aging. Doctors are intergrating Eastern and Western medicine for the first time in modern hospitals.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Asian Wall Street Journal, Hong Kong, 1999/12/24 , pg01)
Biopiracy is flourishing
Biopiracy is flourishing : Firms swoop down on Asia : Long before the arrival of western drugs, indigenous doctors pounded and prepared medicine from wild plants and flowers gathered from Sri Lanka's thick tropical forests to treat a variety of illnesses. The ancient formulations of the ayurveda system of medicine were zealously guarded and passed on from one generation to the next in families. In the north-central town of Plonnauruwa, an indigenous doctor treats patients with heart problems who would otherwise require bypass surgery for a fraction of the cost of surgery whch is at least $4,000 in hospitals in Sri Lanka.
(HEALTH NEWS: Third World Network Features, Malaysia, 1999/02/13)
Wonder drug to replace heart surgery
Wonder drug to replace heart surgery : A family of doctors in the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh claims to have hit upon a wonder drug which will save the heart patients with blocked arteries. The USP of the drugs is that a heart patient need not undergo the painful process of heart surgery, which is an expensive and unending method. 'Atherocid' is the most sought after drug developed by this family, which is a combination of seven herbs. It has shown very promising results in lipid profile lowering, blood pressure reduction in anginal attacks. Clinical trials are being conducted, as part of a pilot project, on the drug "atheroid" on a series of ECG-proved 100 patients. The formulation is based on authentic references of Ayurveda and a number of studies on its ingredients.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Observer of Business & Politics, New Delhi, 1999/01/16 , pg01)
Ayurveda institute formulates herbal drugs for cancer treatment
Ayurveda institute formulates herbal drugs for cancer treatment: The Holland-based European Institute for Scientific Research on Ayurveda(EISRA) has formulated herbal combinations that have been found efficacious in treatment of cancer. Based on the formulae contained in various ayurveda texts, and modified through research and practical experience, a selection of drugs had been made to help control imbalances, Dr. Anil K. Mehta, Director of EISRA said here today.
(HEALTH & MEDICAL SCIENCES: The Hindu, New Delhi, 1998/06/11 , pg07)
Ayurvedic medicine being patented by US company
Ayurvedic medicine being patented by US company: Another valuable medicine - known to Ayurveda - is now being patented by a US pharmaceutical firm for treatment of jaundice - one of the most energy depleting and degenerating disease of the liver. The herb botanically known as Phyllanthus Niruri was "smuggled out" to the US several years ago and later strengthened bio-technologically through breeding research and development, according to Dr. Chandrakant Kokate, acting President of the Pharmacy Council of India.
(BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION: Business Line, New Delhi, 1998/04/21 , pg09)
Ayurvedic physicians are now successfully treating cancer patients
Ayurvaids say their cancer treatment is 65% successful: Ayurvedic physicians are now successfully treating cancer patients with new drugs they have formulated. They are claiming "at least 65 per cent success" in treating 73 patients, suffering from various types of cancer. Doctors at the Ashtvaidyan Ayurveda Foundation - an NGO dedicated to spreading the system of medicine all over the globe - have called for a greater role for the traditional system of medicine in the coutry's health care system.
(HEALTH NEWS: The Indian Express, New Delhi, 1998/03/31 , pg05 )
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