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AbstractAyurvedic medicine has been used in India for centuries as a dominant form of treatment and as a preventative measure for a number of chronic diseases. Not until recently have scientific studies identified the potential hypolipidemic, antiplatelet, and anti-tumor properties of various herbs/spices. The phytochemicals in these compounds may suppress the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterols, stimulate the performance of protective enzymes, and enhance immunestimulating properties that reduce an individual's risk of heart disease. As part of my honors senior thesis I conducted a literature review with my cardiovascular physiology professor, Dr. Cohen, which explores the impacts of Ayurveda on the heart. We wanted to investigate the scientific literature for turmeric and ginger specifically, in order to understand the exact physiology behind these spices. Overall, it seems as though Ayurvedic medicine can be health protective for a number of cardiovascular conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, but should be used in conjunction to modern medication. In addition, spices have considerable anti-inflammatory responses which have been shown to improve obesity-related inflammatory responses. After much research and analysis, these findings were presented at the Festival of Books in Tucson, AZ on March 12th as community outreach.
Degree ProgramHonors College