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Ayurveda

Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • An Ohio University (US) review showed Ayurveda (in preliminary, pilot studies) had positive results for depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. But concluded larger clinical trials were needed.
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  • A Cochrane review (2011) analyzing six studies that used Ayurvedic herbal mixtures - and one that tested 'whole system' Ayurvedic treatment - for type 2 diabetes concluded that despite some positive results, firm conclusions couldn’t be drawn due to design/size of the studies – also noting that Ayurvedic physicians prescribe an individualized course of herbs, diet, exercise, etc., and that these trials may not have replicated “whole system” Ayurvedic practice.
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  • A pilot study (Norway) showed Ayurveda purification therapy (combining diet, herbal food products and Transcendental Meditation) improved pain, fatigue, anxiety and depression symptoms in fibromyalgia patients.
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  • In a small, observational study at Harvard Medical School (US), a 5-day Ayurvedic cleansing retreat improved subjects’ adherence to new, healthier behavior patterns.
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  • An Immanuel Hospital (Berlin) meta-review (2014, 33 trials, 2,952 patients, testing 12 Ayurvedic drugs) concluded that the drugs Rumalaya and Shunti-Guduchi were safe, effective treatment for osteoarthritis - however further trials were needed.
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