Ancient Indian science contribution has been subjected to many debates, but still many claims of Ancient Indian science have been backed by authentic data and have got the moderns science’s approval. There has been one such miracle drug, that has been acknowledged globally and deliberated extensively by our Indian scientist. The drug is Curcumin.
This drug has been made using the active principle of the spice turmeric. This spice has been native to Asia, especially to India and grown almost entirely in India.
Turmeric’s use can be traced to Vedic age which is around 4000 years old. In Indian homes, it is extensively used in cooking and other purposes like dye, cosmetic and medical purposes. In Ayurveda, turmeric has been put to a variety of uses.
It is used to treat flatulence, dyspepsia, liver disorders, common cold, eye and ear infection, smallpox, chicken pox and mostly for skin diseases. All modern research has shown that it is beneficial for wider sets of ailments. There has been no ailment against which Curcumin has not been tested in some laboratory or other.
Curcumin has shown as well as demonstrated that it is beneficial in a wide range of diseases like Alzheimer’s, cystic fibrosis, arthritis and other systemic disorder. Curcumin is safe for both dietary components as well as orally administered drug.
In spite of its wide range of uses, the fact remains that Curcumin is not an approved drug even for a single ailment, although USFDA has classified it as Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) molecule. The data from various clinical trials including cancer, using curcumin or in combination with existing therapy, have shown some positive trends, but it needs much larger clinical trials with appropriate randomised design.
It is the chance for Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to jump in and take proper action to promote Curcumin. With this move, India will be able to make a great contribution in the field of affordable therapy, which will be a great justice to our ancient medicine.
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