196236 Hypercholesterolemia and Ayurvedic management

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:30 PM

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, BAMS (Ayu), MAOM , Research, Southern California University of Health Sciences, Whittier, CA
Jayagopal Parla, BAMS MD (Ayu) , Department of Ayurvedic Medicine, American University of Complementary Medicine, Beverly Hills, CA
Kathryn P. White, PhD , Psychology, American University of Complementary Medicine, Beverly Hills, CA
Hypercholesterolemia affects over 65 million Americans. Total serum cholesterol greater than to 240 mg/dL it is recorded as Hypercholesterolemia. It is a grim metabolic disorder that increases the risk for Cardiovascular disease and Stroke. Studies significantly show that reduction in the cholesterol levels considerably diminish the possibility of coronary heart disease. In US, Cardiovascular disease and the stroke are the first and third leading causes of death respectively.

Multiple factors such as hereditary predisposition, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol and certain systemic diseases increase the risk of Hypercholesterolemia. Irrespective of the cause, safe and effective means of lowering the hypercholesterolemia is very vital in preventing the leading causes of fatality.

Ayurvedic medicine is the traditional system of medicine from India provides both prevention and treatment for various illnesses. Pathogenesis of Hypercholesterolemia in Ayurveda is due to abnormal metabolic transformation of diet consumed. The byproducts of anomalous metabolic process congest or obstruct the flow in pathways resulting in lack of circulation. Management includes simple but effective diet and lifestyle modifications, Herbs and spices for everyday use to lower the cholesterol.

The following case series illustrates a protocol that involves diet and lifestyle regulation along with herbs and spices that are implemented according to Ayurveda. The study records serum cholesterol levels at baseline and three months after being on it. Results show significant reduction in serum cholesterol levels, demonstrating the safe and effectiveness of Ayurvedic approach to Hypercholesterolemia lowering the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

Learning Objectives:
Primary objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of Ayurvedic treatment in management of Hypercholesterolemia

Keywords: Alternative Medicine/Therapies, Cholesterol

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Since this is my research and I have designed this study with Dr Parla Jayagopal and Dr Sampathachar. Hence I am qualified to present this information
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.