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High concentration of heavy metals in Herbal medicines

The science of Ayurveda originated in India more than 5000 years ago and relies heavily on herbal medicine products. In the United States, Ayurvedic remedies have increased in popularity in the recent years. It has been established that 14 of the 70 HMPs contains high levels of potentially dangerous heavy metals. Infact, several of the HMPs could result in lead and arsenic intakes of 1,000 to 10,000 times greater than the regulatory standards.

It has now been made mandatory that all herbal products should be tested for their heavy metal content prior to export. The notification has been issued by the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. All labels would be required to specify the heavy metal content and indicate clearly that 'heavy metals within permissible limits'. The move is expected to ensure better quality control of the herbal products exported from India and is likely to be extended to the Indian drug market as well.

Medindia on Ayurveda: The practical fields of Ayurveda are divided into eight sections or branches. These sections are: internal medicinal, surgery, cranial organo medicine, pediatrics, toxicology, rejuvenating remedy, aprodisiac remedy and spiritual healing. These eight sections are called 'Astanga Ayurveda'
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