A bird’s eye perspective on immunomodulation through incinerated gold (Swarna Bhasma) in immunocompromised state of health in HIV
Keywords:Communicable disease, HIV, Swarna, Gold, Ayurveda
Introduction:HIV/AIDS, as the name itself suggests is a condition which manifest in an immunocompromised host who is very susceptible to opportunistic infections. Depletion in CD-4 T-cell count plays an integral part in the development of this immunocompromised state of health.
Materials and Methods: Scientific literature search was done using Pubmed database and Google Scholar. Keywords used were Swarna Bhasma, HIV, AIDS, Ayurved, Ayurveda and Gold. Articles that have been published within the past 10 years were only reviewed.
Results and Discussion: Ayurveda does not believe in the concept of immunoboosters and immunosuppressants. Hence, immunomodulation or increasing Vyadhikshamatwa or Innate immunity in the patients is the primary line of treatment in Ayurveda. Swarna Bhasma or incinerated gold particles as well gold nanoparticles are proven immunomodulators in all age groups, from paediatrics to geriatrics.
Conclusion: Original researches have evidences on the efficacy of gold preparations to increase CD-4 count in paediatric population as well as in animal studies. Hence, this therapeutic property of Gold can be very well explored in immunocompromised hosts of HIV-AIDS. Thus, this paper is an attempt to explore the therapeutic utility of Gold compounds of Ayurveda in immunomodulation in HIV/AIDS patients with impaired immunity.
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