India working on Ayurvedic and herbal cure for HIV/AIDS

Tuesday 9th September, 2008

Ayurvedic and herbal medicineScientists from India and Japan are attempting to develop Ayurvedic and herbal formulations to treat HIV/AIDS, according to the former Indian president.

Speaking at the Southeast Asian conference on Tuberculosis and Chest diseases, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (an eminent scientist himself) said scientists are working with nearly 60 plant species and have found that 16 of those have the properties to fight AIDS.

Kalam also said that Army Medical Corps are also working on formulations based on Ayurvedic Medicine to cure HIV/AIDS. However, he did not specify which plant species were involved or where the research was taking place.

India currently has 2.5 million HIV/AIDS patients with over 700,000 of those being children under 14 years-old.

“Herbal medicines are part of our age-old traditions and we should work on them to treat diseases,” said Kalam.

There are a number of recommended alternative medicine and complementary therapies for HIV including Counselling, Naturopathy and Life coaching.



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