Clinical trials on Ayurvedic drugs

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Clinical trials on Ayurvedic drugs are clinical trials carried out on Ayurvedic medicine.


Reverse pharmacology is one of the approaches to clinical trials on Ayurvedic drugs.

Current trials[edit]

There are trials going on for diseases like Alzheimer's,[1][medical citation needed] stress,[2][non-primary source needed] and rheumatoid arthritis.[3][medical citation needed]

Trial design[edit]

The U.S. National Institutes of Health states that

"Most clinical trials of Ayurvedic approaches have been small, had problems with research designs, or lacked appropriate control groups, potentially affecting research results."[4]

The Indian Council of Medical Research has issued guidance on conducting trials of ayurvedic substances. It says the substances must adhere to the recipes traditionally used and care must be taken to ensure there is no contamination of plant ingredients (e.g., by herbicides).[5]

Draft of the guidelines[edit]

The government of India has come up with a draft of the guidelines.[6]

According to Cancer Research UK, "there is no scientific evidence to prove that Ayurvedic medicine can treat or cure cancer or any other disease".[7]

See also[edit]