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THE PHARMA REVIEW OCTOBER 2006

Clinical Trials in India: Balancing Economic Opportunity with
the Public Health Context

Dr. Vimal Kumar

Abstract: The use of medicinal plants for the treatment of many diseases is associated to traditional and folk medicine from different parts of the world. Natural products from some plants, fungi, bacteria's and other organisms, continue to be used in pharmaceutical preparations either as pure compounds or as extracts. India has a rich history of using plants for medicinal purposes. Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) is an important medicinal plant extensively used in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and other traditional systems of medicine as a home remedy for the treatment of various diseases. Over the last several years, there has been increasing interest in Turmeric and its medicinal properties. Turmeric and its major chemical constituents, curcumin, curcuminoids, and dl-ar-turmerone exhibit a wide range of biological activities, e.g. anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, hypolipidemic, hepatoprotective, lipoxygenase, cycloxygenase, protease inhibitory effects, besides being effective active oxygen species scavengers and lipid peroxidase inhibitors activity. The Indians for millennia knew its multiple benefits and potential to entire mankind since long time.

 
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