Herb-Drug Interaction in Diabetes: A Bane or a Boon

Malagi, KJ and Kamath, Madhusudhan and Adiga, Shripathi H (2014) Herb-Drug Interaction in Diabetes: A Bane or a Boon. Journal of Diabetes, Metabolic Disorders & Control, 1 (3). pp. 1-5.

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Diabetes one among the various life style disorders [1], has a pandemic existence in today’s world. It affects the population, irrespective of the age, sex, religion, etc.A survey work done in Canada recently found that 75% people with diabetes used herbal supplements, vitamins etc [2]. Overall the research indicates that people suffering from diabetes, are using herbal medicines in the form of a single herb or a polyherbal preparation, besides the prescribed medicine. These herbal formulations are considered to function as a nutritive supplement, nervine tonic or hypolipdemic agent [3]. Even though these herbal supplements are claimed to be free from side effects but needs to be approved by FDA.However, these herbs have their own pharmacological actions with the prescribed antidiabetic drug, which may be synergistic or antagonistic to the same. In the existing system, it is very difficult to control such concomitant usage of medicines of various types, as they are available for over the counter sale. Hence, an earnest attempt has been made here to review and analyze the positive as well as negative role of herbs and its modalities when they are used along with the contemporary medicine.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diabetes; Herb; Herb drug interaction
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Ayurveda
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 06:30
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2015 06:30
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/142418

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