Few years ago a student from Sri Lanka bought the plant of Katupila at Gujarat Ayurved University (GAU) because of it healing properties in diabetic gangrene. After undergoing two stages of research the university began using the plant extract for treatment of foot ulcers caused during diabetes. Till now, if the foot infection would spread more than five cm then amputation was the only remedy. But the Katupila plant extract have helped to heal wounds that were as much as 15 cm long.
The plant extract has helped over 100 diabetics save their feet when they had no option other than amputation due to diabetic gangrene. In Jamnagar-based GG Hospital, 20 patients who were on conventional medicine for the treatment of diabetes, the Katupila plant showed positive results. After that, the ministry of AYUSH approved a capital of Rs 20 lakh to perform multi-centre clinical trials over the next two years to officially permit the use of paste and oil made from Katupila extract in allopathy.
Interviewed by TOI, Dr. T S Dudhmal, associate professor and in-charge of GAU’s Shalya Tantra department said,” A detailed treatment report of 200 patients of GG Hospital,trust-run Samarpan Hospital and ayurveda hospital will be submitted to the ministry. Once the data and reports are approved, the ministry will allow allopathy practitioners to prescribe this treatment so that more people with this condition can be benefited. Once allopathy stream adopts this drug, it will be available in the market and medical practitioners can prescribe this all over India”