Tradition and innovation of an ayurvedic drug for Parkinson´s disease.

Manyam BV

USA

Parkinson´s disease was described under the name Kampavata in Ayurveda. Herbal preparationsmade from the seed powder of Mucuna pruriens (Atmagupta, Sanskrit), which contained levodopa, were used as a treatment. Currently, levodopa is the major drug for the treatment of Parkinson´s disease. We report an innovative approach to reevaluate the efficacy and safety of this traditional remedy applying modern techniques…

…These studies show that the cost-effective pre-clinical and simultaneous clinical data collection can be undertaken in Ayurvedic drugs and HP-200 developed from the seed powder of Mucuna pruriens appears to be safe and effective in the treatment of Parkinson´s disease. Further, drug development from Ayurvedic sources is highly cost effective compared with that of synthetic sources with a high degree of success.

5th International Congress on Traditional Asian Medicine, Hall (Saale), Germany 18th - 24th August 2002, abstract.

 

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