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Clinical trials on Ayurvedic drugs

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Preliminary research has been conducted into the use of ayurvedic remedies for treating rheumatoid arthritis, but no firm evidence was produced.[1]

The U.S. National Institutes of Health states that "Most clinical trials of Ayurvedic approaches have been small, had problems with research designs, or lacked appropriate control groups, potentially affecting research results."[2]

The Indian Council of Medical Research has issued guidance on conducting trials of ayurvedic substances. It says the substances must adhere to the recipes traditionally used and care must be taken to ensure there is no contamination of plant ingredients (e.g., by herbicides).[3]

The government of India has issued draft guidelines.[4]

According to Cancer Research UK, "there is no scientific evidence to prove that Ayurvedic medicine can treat or cure cancer or any other disease".[5]

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  3. "Ethical guidelines for biomedical research on human participants" (pdf). Indian Council of Medical Research. 2006. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  4. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2012-01-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. "Ayurvedic medicine". Cancer Research UK. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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