Indian and foreign experts recognized the effectiveness of herbal medicines in treating noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke at a three-day global conference that ended here Monday.
The Seventh International Congress of the Society for Ethnopharmacology was hosted here by Jamia Hamdard University, where experts and industry representatives deliberated on the strengths of the traditional medicine system and the challenges it faces.
The event supported by the AYUSH Ministry and the Biotechnology Department, among others, saw the participation of more than 60 experts from around 40 countries such as Canada, Nigeria, the United States and Australia.
Dr Ikshit Sharma of AIMIL Pharma explained in detail the potential of the herbal drug BGR-34 in the management of diabetes, not only by providing constant hypoglycemic effects, but also acting as a metabolic regulator.
Sitesh C Bachar, professor and chairman of the department of pharmacy at Dhaka University, Bangladesh, said that many modern drugs have been shown to be powerful radical scavengers, but they are also carcinogenic and cause liver damage.
His study highlighted the evaluation of natural compounds found in plants as effective drugs against liver complications.
Dr Peter O Ajagbouna, an expert from Nigeria, spoke about the pharmacological effects of a plant -Mausanga Cecropiodes – against cardiovascular disease which he experienced in animal models of hypertension, myocardial infarction and diabetes.
“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide today. Although modern drugs are effective, they have their side effects. In our country, therefore, many researchers have focused on screening for natural sources that have been designed with minimal side effects while being used in the treatment of these diseases, ”he said.
Director of Trigonella Labs in Australia, Dr Dilip Ghosh focused on the medicinal properties of fenugreek seeds which have generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status in the United States and are an effective and safe nutraceutical ingredient for the management of glycemia.
Likewise, Dr. Pradeep Visen, originally from Toronto, Canada, shared the results of clinical validation of herbal remedies in the management of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk factors.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease, once linked only to wealthy societies, are now global and the poor suffer the most.