Monday, 21 July 2014

Drug made from Indian spices to fight hypertension

A recently done study has found out that commonly used Indian spices in soups, curries and rasam, when used in a specific proportion with white lotus petals, can bring down blood pressure.

The study mentioned that Siddha drug 'venthamarai chooranam,' a mixture of cardamom, ginger, cumin seeds, long pepper (thippili), dill (sada kuppi), licorice (adimadhuram) and white lotus petal could bring down blood pressure in rats during laboratory experiments.

The initial results of the drug were found effective on rats and it made healthy changes in the genes, tissues and blood vessels. The herbal medicine will now be put to further animal and human test, before being given to humans. 

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