It is perfectly acceptable to buy what are known as standardized ayurvedic herbs at a health food store or herb shop. In fact, these herbal preparations are gaining popularity so rapidly that there’s a good chance you’ll even be able to find many of them at your local drugstore.
Standardized means that the herbal products have been processed a bit to guarantee a known minimum level of one or more of the major active ingredients. These products are the best quality you can purchase. Standardization largely compensates for the natural variability you find in bulk herbs — the kind available in bins or jars and measured out according to weight — and it takes the uncertainty out of herbal preparations. You know exactly how much of the ingredients you’re getting.
Unfortunately, standardization makes herbs more expensive than the bulk herb would be. Even so, these “expensive” standardized herbal extracts are still only about a tenth as costly, on average, as the pharmaceuticals that treat the same conditions, so you’re still way ahead when you take the standardization green route.
Standardized extracts do vary somewhat, because the longer these herbal medicines are stored, the less potent they become. But then pharmaceuticals are not perfect either.
You can usually find standardized herbal extracts quite easily wherever herbal products are sold. If you don’t see them, ask them. If an herbal product is standardized, it will say so on the label.
James A. Duke, Ph.D., “The Green Pharmacy,” n.d., (accessed 09 Feb 2010)
The Indian Ayurveda natural remedies provide a diverse number of herbal cures for a wide selection of diseases and health disorders, and even has a history of surgical intervention for a number of health problems.