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Preservatives in Ayrurvedic medicines
Started by: garcot at December 1 2008

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Preservatives in Ayrurvedic medicines By: garcot
December 1 2008
Is Ayurvedic knowledge so poor amongst some of Ayurvedic medicine manufacturers that these medicines need to use man made preservatives like sodium Benzoate, Methyl paraben, ethyl Paraben etc.. as anti-fungal, anti-microbial etc.. to increase the shelf life? who wants shelf life of 3 years and 7 years, when the medicine may not even last 7 weeks taken continuously?

A bit of truth: http://www.terressentials.com/truthaboutparabens.html


The National Organic Program prohibits chemical preservatives in products that are labeled "organic." So what are chemical preservatives such as methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl parabens doing in personal care products labeled "organic?"

There are many delightful organic foods that contain no preservatives. Read the labels on your organic honey, maple syrup, vinegar, olive oil, sugar, raisins, peanut butter and wine. These foods are considered by the FDA to be "self-preserving" and contain no preservatives. This means that, because of certain inherent qualities, these foods are naturally stable and not overly susceptible to contamination from bacteria.

Organic herbal medicinal tinctures made from high quality organic herbs and organic grain alcohol are shelf-stable for around two to three years. True castile soap, liquid or bars, has an excellent shelf-life of up to eighteen months or longer and requires no preservatives. Wouldn´t you prefer body care products that are fresh (like the food you eat) rather than several years old?

A self-preserved 100% organic moisturizing body oil made from organic sunflower oil, organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, organic peppermint oil and organic spearmint oil can have a shelf-life of up to 18 months.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in their report "Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the Environment: Agents of Subtle Change?" reported that the chemical preservatives called parabens—methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl (alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates)—displayed estrogenic activity in several tests. This means that these chemicals mimic your body´s own hormones and can have endocrine-disrupting action when they are rubbed into your body or washed down the drain into your drinking water. These disruptors interfere with your body´s endocrine system: your hypothalamus, your ovaries, your thyroid—virtually every system in your body. The EPA also stated that "continual introduction of these benzoates (parabens) into sewage treatment systems and directly to recreational waters from the skin leads to the question of risk to aquatic organisms." Scientists in Europe found other endocrine-disrupting body care chemicals in the bodies of fish that humans are eating, and in human breast milk.

Dr. Elizabeth Smith has written that "It is a known medical fact that estrogen stimulates breast cancer" and that "anything absorbed through the skin may be as high as 10 times the concentration of an oral dose." (Think about how nicotine and birth control/hormone patches work—the chemicals are absorbed through the skin!) She also reported that, in one study, a paraben was injected under the skin and was found to have an "estrogenic response on uterine tissues." Scientists observing these harmful effects on the uterus remarked that "it is suggested that the safety in use of these chemicals should be reassessed."

Endocrine disruptors are transported into the body, daily, via absorption through the skin and hair follicles when using personal care products. Now that we know that we absorb toxins through our skin, isn´t it important that body care products that claim to be organic should be as pure as the organic foods that we eat?


Considering above scenario with chemical preservatives and the harm it can do, looks like, home made remedies are the better suited with all the natural herbs which we can prepare when we need, use it for a few days and prepare fresh again.

Please share your opinions and experiences of using chemical preservatives in medicines for your ailments. These preservatives can easily wipe the entire bacterial flora in our intestines, as they are anti fungal and anti microbial in nature.


"wisdom in your body is deeper than your deepest philosophy"(Nietszche)

Re:Preservatives in Ayrurvedic medicines By: udaya kumar
December 13 2008
It is not Ayurvedic preparations, perhaps, you are talking about here, it must be commercialised preparations manufactured to cater the needs and palates in the name of Ayurveda where parabins are used. I have not seen the traditional vaidyas of Kerala or the Kottakkal and Coibatore Aryavaidyas using parabins in their preparations. It is not traditional. It is modern use in the name of short sighted inventions. We still do have preparations in jaggery made in proceline chinawares which stay preserved for years in our household without any microbes growing. The method of use is very important. Using of spoons with dampness, using of hands to pick up, not keeping the lid airtight and closed always are few things which
some normally overllook, leading to formations in the preparations. Many of the ingredients are anti-fungal and anti-microbial selectively. Whereas toxins like methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl (alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates) cannot be selective and wipe out the natural good bacteria and flora or fauna or whatever, however benevolent they are. How much caution we can take, it is in pharmaceuticals, it is cosmetics, it is in drinking water where they treat the the tanks and pipes? The question raised is the balance between enough to add as preservative and not more than enough to trigger dermatitis, or other skin disorders. Those who maintain this argument fails to understand the fact that the dermatitis and allergies are caused by the impairment of the endorcrine glands which produces the enzymes /hystamine. It is only when the gland is completely impaired that the skin symptoms erupt. It goes without saying that the glands are being continuously attacked by these substance by the time it gets impaired and shows signs on skin level. One endocrine gland like pituitary going wrong will impair the whole set of other glands including thyroid. The intrincic relationship between thyroid, uterus, ovaries, and breast need not be overstressed. The indiscriminate use of cosmetics is one reason why women do fall victim to many of their ailments related to females is though debatable weigh strongly against the cosmetics containing these chemicals. Thyroid going wrong causes obeisity, low pressure and army of diseases. The complementary factors like ganglion, arthritic nodosities etc responding to Benzoic Acid in Homeopathy very well perhaps could be ascribed to its neutralising the effects of Parabins in their body induced through the indiscriminate use of medicines, food, water, and cosmetics containing Parabin.

I do agree with your observation of day to day preparations, which was and seems well known to those siddhavaidyas and aryavaidyas who stacked the herbs on their porch and used to prepare medicines on demand instantly, which happened to have been a common sight in my child hood whereas is less in vogue right now, with the modern outlook on things, changing the traditional ways inviting a host of maladies and diseased conditions tilting the balance sometimes to the right sometimes to the left but never homeostasis.


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