Traditional Indian medicine and homeopathy for HIV/AIDS: a review of the literature

Post Date: 
2008-12-22
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Publication: 
AIDS Research and Therapy
Summary: 
Background: Allopathic practitioners in India are outnumbered by practitioners of traditional Indian medicine and homeopathy (TIMH), which is used by up to two-thirds of its population to help meet primary health care needs, particularly in rural areas. India has an estimated 2.5 million HIV infected persons. However, little is known about TIMH use, safety or efficacy in HIV/AIDS management in India, which has one of the largest indigenous medical systems in the world. The purpose of this review was to assess the quality of peer-reviewed, published literature on TIMH for HIV/AIDS care and treatment.
Citation: 
Fritts M, Crawford CC, Quibell, D, Gupta A, Jonas WB, Coulter ID, Andrade, A. Traditional Indian medicine and homeopathy for HIV/AIDS: a review of the literature. AIDS Res Therapy. 2008 Dec, 5:25. PMCID: PMC2637286. doi: 10.1186/1742-6405-5-25.
Collaborators: 
  • Samueli Institute, Alexandria, VA
  • UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA