Ayurveda – Anti Diabetic

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New anti-diabetic medicine made from five ayurvedic medicinal plants is likely to hit the market very soon. The Central Council of Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has developed a new drug formulation AYUSH-82, which has proven clinically efficient in treatment of diabetes, AYUSH minister Shripad Yesso Naik said.

“The trials of the drug has shown significant reduction in blood sugar levels along with clinical improvements.No toxic effects were noted during the trial,” Naik said in a written response to the Lok Sabha on Friday.

The council has also initiated the process to commercialize the medicine and so far three leading drug makers, Dabur India, Kudos Laboratory India and La Granade Herbs and Pharma, have been given licences for manufacturing it.

Apart from AYUSH-82, research on cow urine has also found “novel” use of it with anti-infective and anti-cancer agents, Naik said.

“CSIR (Council of Scienctific and Industrial Research) has reported that its constituent laboratory namely Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Lucknow in a study undertaken in collaboration with Go-Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra in Nagpur have found novel use of cow urine distillate as activity enhancer and availibility facilitatory for bioactive molecules including anti-infective and anti-cancer agents,” Naik said.

He said that cow urine distillate was found to possess the property of bio-enhancement of an anti-cancer natural agent `taxol’ (paclitaxel) which is produced in microscopic amounts by the Yew tree.

He said cow urine distillate besides enhancing the killing activities of different antibiotics on bacteria could also enhance the cell division inhibitory activity of paclitaxel against breast cancer line MCF-7.
Naik said public and private research institutes may seek grant from government under various schemes to do such research.

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