P. Sankarankutty's research while affiliated with Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology and other places
Ayurveda, the Indian system of traditional medicine, uses a concoction of several spices, herbs and minerals for the treatment of diseases. In a clinical prospective study we have evaluated the efficacy of Ayurveda treatment (a concoction in cow's milk of powdered Mucuna pruriens and Hyoscyamus reticulatus seeds and Withania somnifera and Sida cordifolia roots) in 18 clinically diagnosed (with a mean Hoen and Yahr value of 2.22) parkinsonian patients. As per Ayurveda principles, 13 patients underwent both cleansing (for 28 days) and palliative therapy (56 days), 5 patients underwent palliative therapy alone (84 days). Only the former group showed significant improvement in activities of daily living (ADL) and on motor examination as per UPDRS rating. Symptomatically, they exhibited better response in tremor, bradykinesia, stiffness and cramps as compared to the latter group. Excessive salivation worsened in both the groups. Analyses of powdered samples in milk, as administered in patients, revealed about 200 mg of L-DOPA per dose. The study establishes the necessity of cleansing therapy in Ayurveda medication prior to palliative therapy. It also reveals contribution of L-DOPA in the recovery as observed in Parkinson' disease following Ayurveda medication.
...  CODEN (USA): JDDTAO in plant drugs, and this is because of numerous reasons particularly, artificial medicine can be inefficient, offensive or faulty use of these medicines results in harmful side effects, whereas drugs obtained from natural plant origin are non-narcotic, having refusal or less side effects and are cost effective 17,18 . Hence the proposed work was intended to consider the molecular composition and absorption of the unknown compounds in Sargassum wightii by using UV- Visible and FT-IR analysis. ...