Heavy metal: Ayurvedic warning


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The NSW Health Care Complaints Commission has issued a public warning about heavy metals in Ayurvedic medicine, after it began investigating a practitioner’s claims about reversing autism

The Commission has issued a statement saying that it is currently investigating Rama Prasad, in relation to his prescribing of the Ayurvedic Medication “Manasamithra Vatika” (Manasamitram Pills) to both children and adults, and about his claims that his treatments can reverse several aspects of autism in children.

The Ayurvedic Medication “Manasmithra Vatika” (Manasamitram Pills) was found to contain elevated levels of lead and other heavy metals.

One case with mildly elevated blood level was notified to the South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit after consuming this product.

Clients residing in NSW who are considered to have been placed at possible risk have now been contacted by NSW Health public health personnel.

The Commission has issued an interim prohibition order in relation to Mr Rama Prasad, who is currently prohibited from providing any health services, either in paid employment or voluntarily, to any member of the public.

This interim prohibition order will remain in force for a period of eight weeks and may be renewed where appropriate in order to protect the health or safety of the public.

The Commission is also issuing a public warning about the risks associated with Ayurvedic Medication. 

It urged people who think they might have consumed the medicine to contact their local Public Health Unit.

“The Commission strongly urges those individuals seeking alternative therapies to be vigilant in their research prior to proceeding with any natural therapy medications or medicines and to discuss any such proposed therapies with their treating registered health practitioner,” it said.

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