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ID 21781
  Title Research. Hypercholesterolemia and Ayurvedic medicine: A case report [case report]
Journal Top Integr Health Care. 2011 ;2(2):Online access only
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Case Report
Abstract/Notes Background: Over the last two decades there has been an increasing emphasis placed on screening for high cholesterol and adopting interventions to reduce cholesterol levels in order to reduce the risk of heart disease. The high costs and side effects of hypercholesterolemia medications have led many people to search for alternate treatments. Only a few studies have been conducted to evaluate the effect of Ayurvedic herbal medicine formulae on hypercholesterolemia.

Objective: The objective of this article is to describe a case where Ayurvedic herbs appeared to have been helpful in the management of hypercholesterolemia.

Clinical Features: This patient was a 46-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia two years prior to presentation. She had not responded to conventional treatment.

Intervention and Outcome: She was treated for eight months with the Ayurvedic formulae Kaishora Guggulu, Triphala and a custom made herbal tea mix. Her total cholesterol dropped from 270 to 208 mg/dl, her LDL dropped from 191 to 146 mg/dl, and her HDL rose from 57 to 63 mg/dl. There were no side effects reported.

Conclusions: This case demonstrates the use of Ayurvedic herbs in the management of hypercholesterolemia. Further high quality studies with randomized clinical trials should be conducted to better understand the effectiveness of Ayurvedic treatment for hypercholesterolemia.

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