ROLE OF AYURVEDA IN THE MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION OF HIV- AIDS
*Dr. Sandeep Charak, Dr. Monika Sharma and Dr. Sharad Porte
HIV, human immunodeficiency virus and AIDS means Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome continue be a major global public health issue including India. There are some antiretroviral drugs which inhibits the reproduction of HIV but no anti-HIV drug has been established till. Modern medical science recommend some nutrient to full fill the immunodeficiency produce by HIV which is also insufficient. Ayurveda is a huge store of herbal, mineral and herbomineral drugs for various diseases. Though the HIV and AIDS has not mentioned in any text book of Ayurveda directly, but there are so many indirect references of viral diseases and its hazards along with its management has been found in Ayurveda. Lisa virus which is RNA virus similar to HIV and its illness has been described under the heading of Alark visha. Immunodeficiency has been also described under the heading of ojakshaya. Herbal drugs like Bhumyaamalaki, Sunthi, Syamaparni, Austakhandus, Aak Samundarphala, Amar bel, Indian walnut, Haridra and Guduchi has been prove its anti-retroviral efficacy in lab study. Shilajatu Rasayana, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, Pippali, Amalaki and Yashtimadhu has also prove its effectiveness to improve immunodeficiency caused by AIDS. Thus by using Ayurvedic drugs HIV-AIDS can be managed effectively, though there is need of clinical trials to prove the anti-HIV effect of drugs.
Keywords: Bhumyaamalaki, Sunthi, Syamaparni, Austakhandus, Aak Samundarphala, drugs.
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