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Medicinal plants from Siddha system of medicine useful for treating respiratory diseases

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Author(s): Arjun Ram | Duraisamy Arul Joseph | Selvakumar Balachandar | Vijay Pal Singh

Journal: International Journal of Pharmaceuticals Analysis
ISSN 0975-3079

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 20;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: Siddha system of medicine | medicinal plants | Asthma | Bronchitis | Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease | Siddhars | traditional systems | emphysema

ABSTRACT
Siddha system of medicine (SSM) is one of the oldest traditional systems of medicine, which hasbeen originated from India and is practiced mostly in the southern part of this country for treating variousdiseases including even chronic conditions. However, it is relatively veiled to the scientific community ascompared to other traditional systems such as Ayurveda (a popular Indian medicine), TCM (traditionalChinese medicine) and Kampo (traditional Japanese medicine). Respiratory diseases such as asthma andchronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are a serious health problem, which are increasing rapidlyworldwide. The current therapy has its own shortcomings and notable adverse effects. There is an intenseneed to search some safer alternative therapy for treating these epidemic diseases. The objectives of thisarticle is, first, to increase the awareness about SSM to the scientific community, thus inviting more scientificstudies on this system, and secondly, to list certain medicinal plants of this system which are commonlyused for treating respiratory diseases. To explore the possibility for obtaining potential drugs from theseplants, certain future perspectives have also been discussed.
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