Scientific Evidence for Ayurvedic Medicine

Scientific information relating specifically to Ayurvedic medicine can be found in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including The International Journal of Ayurveda Research, The Journal of Research & Education in Indian Medicine (JREIM), and the International Quarterly Journal of Ayurveda Research.

According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), most published human clinical trials on Ayurveda have involved only small subject groups and have had problems relating to research design. Based on the lack of rigorous research and scientific evidence (per Western standards), NCCAM has issued no determination on which Ayurvedic natural/alternative medicine practices are safe and effective.2

Some recent research relating to herbs regularly used in Ayurvedic natural medicine suggest that they may help prevent or treat the following diseases:

In addition, studies show that a number of Ayurvedic herbs exhibit potent antioxidant properties.1,47

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