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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 334-339

Ayurvedic medicine and anaesthesia

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, Dr. L. H. Hiranandani Hospital, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Sameer L Pradhan
Dr. L H Hiranandani Hospital, Hill Side Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens Powai, Mumbai - 400 076, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.84832

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The use of herbal medicines has increased dramatically over the past few years. The United States alone noted a 380% increase in the consumption of these products. Although the common practice of taking over-the-counter herbal soups, herbal teas and other such prepacked preparations was not associated with adverse events at large, still, some herbs are known to cause problems, especially when large doses are taken. The American Society of Anaesthesiologist (ASA) has taken a conservative stance and recommended that it is prudent to stop these products at least 2-3 weeks prior to anaesthesia and surgery. This advice may be difficult to implement as most preoperative evaluations occur only a few days prior to surgery. Some of the Ayurvedic preparations have shown to improve the patient outcome when taken during the perioperative period. Hence, the conservative stance by ASA may not always benefit the patient. More scientific studies are needed to have more targeted recommendations. This article puts forward the facts that need to be addressed by researchers in the future.

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