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BOOK REVIEW
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 151-152

Safety and prescription trends of rasaushadhis critical appraisal of reported medical practices of Ayurveda herbomineral formulations from CCRAS experience: Book review


Research Officer (Ayurveda), Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), New Delhi-110058, India

Date of Submission09-Feb-2022
Date of Acceptance31-Mar-2022
Date of Web Publication14-Sep-2022

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ramavtar Sharma
Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jdras.jdras_24_22

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Sharma R, Sharma BS. Safety and prescription trends of rasaushadhis critical appraisal of reported medical practices of Ayurveda herbomineral formulations from CCRAS experience: Book review. J Drug Res Ayurvedic Sci 2022;7:151-2

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Sharma R, Sharma BS. Safety and prescription trends of rasaushadhis critical appraisal of reported medical practices of Ayurveda herbomineral formulations from CCRAS experience: Book review. J Drug Res Ayurvedic Sci [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Sep 25];7:151-2. Available from: http://www.jdrasccras.com/text.asp?2022/7/2/151/356054





The present technical report deals with the retrieved data on safety and prescription trends from reported medical practices of 15 commonly used Rasaushadhis at different clinical research facilities at 24 CCRAS centres across India. To assess the Safety and Prescription trends of Rasaushadhis prescribed to patients attended at 24 clinical institutes of CCRAS across the country for various disorders during the period of 2012–17, the council undertook this Retrospective observational study. The study was aimed to document and analyze information from clinical records data in light of pharmacoepidemiology pertaining to gross safety and prescription trends of different Ayurvedic Rasaushadhis among different populations at different geographical regions across the country.

The compendium details about the retrospective data of OPDs of 5 years (2012–17) of patients were retrieved from these 24 institutes in a prescribed format. Subsequently, data has been examined on various parameters such as Age of patients, Sex, Dose, Anupana, Dosage form, Duration of treatment, drug related adverse reaction (if any), Reaction type, Suspected Adverse effect and number of diseases in which medicines were prescribed. The information w.r.t 15 Rasaushadhis namely Agnitundi vati, Arogyavardhini vati, Chandraprabha vati, Dhatri lauha, Kamadhudha rasa, Krimimudgara rasa, Laxmivilasa rasa, Maha yogaraja guggulu, Punarnavadi Mandura, Shirashooladivajra rasa, Simhanada guggulu, Suta shekhara rasa, Shwasakuthara rasa, Tribhuvan kirti rasa and Vatagajankusha rasa have been retrieved from the record of overall 1,09,307 OPD patients. The study procedure was limited upto review and documentation of existing clinical OPD prescription records for reporting safety and prescription trends of Ayurvedic Rasaushadhis prescribed to the patients. The total effect of drug or intervention therapy was assessed in terms of patients reporting improvement in their sign and symptoms before and after the treatment. The study has covered 21 States/UTs of India under different geographical locations.

The book stands with evidence overall 1,09,307 patients were treated with prescribed Rasaushadhis in OPDs, there was no Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) or Suspected Adverse Reaction (SAR) or any kind of untoward effects reported associated with the prescribed Rasaushadhis, during full course of treatments as well as further follow-up. These Rasaushadhis were prescribed at variant doses and Anupana in different geographical area of the Country as per the conditions of Roga/vyadhi (disease) and Rogi (patients) based on the assessment/knowledge/experience of the physicians. The present publication also states that clinical applications of these Rasaushadhis have been in the line of fundamental concepts of Ayurveda i.e. individualistic approach.


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  1. The present publication intends to present the retrieved data on safety and prescription trends from reported medical practices of Rasaushadhis at different clinical research facilities presenting with critical appraisal which would certainly serve as basic evidence on clinical safety and prescription trends of 15 commonly used Rasaushadhis at 24 CCRAS centres across India.


  2. The book clearly states the Aims, Objective, Methodology, Result and analysis of data which will help to replicate the study in future.


  3. It deals with Primary data collected from CCRAS clinics/ hospitals (OPDs) prescription records of patients during last 5 years (1st April, 2012 to 31st March, 2017), irrespective of age, sex and religion.


  4. Also Evaluation of these clinical OPDs records confined to prescription trends and consumption of 15 common Rasaushadhis (herbo-mineral formulations) for minimum 3 days.


  5. Generating data for safety, prescription trends and rational use of Ayurvedic Rasaushadis and Judgment of leads on new indications if any for known drugs, intervention and approach is one of the key attribute of this compendium.


  6. References of Rasaushadhis as per Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India (API) have been annexed in the book for ready reference of the readers.


  7. Validation of safety of different herbomineral/rasakalpa/bhasma published by CCRAS are also annexed in the book for further knowledge of readers.


  8. The colorful graphs and images along with simple and easy language of expression made this publication attractive and readers friendly.


Way forward

This effort would certainly disseminate the merits of Ayurvedic Rasaushadhis in light of safety and rationale use among diverse stake holders such as practicing physicians, researchers, policy makers and pharmaceutical industries more so ever public in general. This publication will certainly help in understanding the gross safety and prescription trends of different interventions among different populations at different geographical regions across the country and record the use of Ayurveda interventions specially herbomineral formulations. This would also serve as national data for sharing with international communities for recognition of Ayurveda drugs/formulations across globe.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.






 

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