Dr. Nidhin Chandran currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Swasthavritta, Amrita School of Ayurveda, Amritapuri. He pursued his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery in 2009 from Sree Narayana Institute of Ayurvedic Studies & Research, Kollam and M. D. (Swasthavritta) from Amrita School of Ayurveda, Vallikavu, Kollam in 2017. He has presented three papers in International Seminar & one poster in International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications. He also worked as Medical Officer for 3 years at Sree Narayana Ayurveda Medical College, Puthur, Kollam from 2011-2014. He worked in Ramakrishna Ayurvedic Medical College Hospital & Research Center, Yelahanka, Bangalore as Assistant Professor in the Department of Swasthavritta for 5 months. He has joined Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham on April 4, 2018.

Qualification: MD(ayu), BAMS


Publication Type: Journal Article

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Sreelekshmi M., Vimala, K. S., Dr. Raiby P. Paul, and Chandran, N., “Drug Adulteration: A threat to efficacy of Ayurveda medicine”, Journal of Medicinal Plants Studies , vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 1-6, 2017.[Abstract]

Even though Ayurveda has gained popularity among the medicinal systems there is a hindrance to its further development. One of the burning problems is the practice of adulteration which creates doubts and disbelief in the curative capability of traditional systems.In the present work methods & reasons for adulteration are described. The efficacies of Ayurvedic Products are critically dependent on an uninterrupted availability of herbs. The unethical practice of adulteration by the drug manufacturers would not only reduce the efficacy of the drugs but also affect the trust of the people in the traditional healthcare systems. Adulteration may be evaluated by different methods like morphological or organoleptic tests, microscopic evaluation, chemical evaluation, physical evaluation, chromatography, spectrophotometry etc. The solution lies in ensuring the availability of crude drugs. Studies on adulteration practices will have to be taken up along with identification of the scares drugs. Conservation measures of their natural habitat & ex-situ medicinal plant cultivation may have to be taken up in large scale.

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Sreelekshmi M., Vimala, K. S., Dr. Raiby P. Paul, and Chandran, N., “Controvery in Medicinal Plants: A Review”, International Ayurvedic Medical Journal (IAMJ), vol. 5, no. 7, 2017.[Abstract]

Controversy is a state of prolonged public dispute or debate, usually concerning a matter of conflicting opinion or point of view. Controversial plants or Sandigdhadrayas is a term used for medicinal plants having controversial botanicals as sources; appear in the Ancient Indian Literature. There are several reasons for the existence of controversy in Medicinal Plants. It has become an important task to generate parameters of identification among different plant sources having similar name. Since herbal products are prepared using plants known for specific activity, the controversial source sometimes lead to inefficacious preparation. The problem of controversial drugs requires tackling from several angles such as literary, pharmacognostical, pharmacological & clinical apart from collecting relevant data from field study. Now it is up to the younger generation to carry on this work further utilising all the available scientific methodology & techniques to arrive at a rational conclusion about identity of controversial drugs. It is not a question of which is the correct botanical source of a drug but which is more potent in curing a disease. Genuine research work should be carried out by all means for solving this controversy.

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