For the first time, in a joint project with the Muktangan De–addiction Centre, researchers would try various compositions as described in the traditional form of Indian medicine to control withdrawal symptoms.
Head of the toxicology department Abhijeet Patil told DNA that the department was of the view that the research projects should benefit people. He said that four students of the department had carried out the project at Muktangan De–addiction Centre in the last one year. It would take another year to come to any conclusion, he said.
Soon after coming out of de–addiction centre after 35 days, it is generally observed that the strong withdrawal symptoms force the patient to go back to addiction.
Patil said that keeping the patient away from addiction during this period is a major challenge.
Patil said that ayurveda has described therapies and remedies to correct alcoholism. Madatyay, a separate chapter in ayurved texts, deals with alcoholism.
The patients’ constitutions like vata, kapha and pitta is to be ascertained to follow deaddiction and he is given ayurvedic compositions like Kharjuradimanth which has medicinal ingredients in addition to dates.
He said the department had tried to ascertain whether ayurvedic compositions would help control withdrawal symptoms.
They have reached the stage where these compositions can be given with eatables in the daily routine. Conclusions will be drawn after a year.