People living with HIV/AIDS often choose traditional or complementary and alternative medicine to complement or replace conventional treatment. The presence of multi-drug or even multiclass resistance in HIV also warrants the need to explore additional means to combat HIV and provide further justifications for the need of alternative and complementary medicines in the treatment of HIV/ AIDS.
Most of the traditional system of medicine in India includes some form of ‘medicinal plant’herb, or natural plant products It is therefore not surprising that the activity of these traditional medicines against HIV can be scientifically analysed to deduce the role of natural plant products in their anti-HIV activities. A number of medicinal plants have been reported to have anti-HIV properties (1). Over the past two decades, substantial progress has been made in research on the natural products possessing anti-HIV activity. A variety of secondary metabolites obtained from natural origin showed moderate to good anti-HIV activity (2).Beside traditional and herbal medicine, Siddha medicine is also a one among the great heritage of India. According to Siddha medical science, the Universe originally consisted of atom which contributed to the five basic elements, viz., earth, water, fire, air and sky which correspond to the five senses of the human body and they were the fundamentals of all the corporeal things in the world.
The uniqueness of Siddha medicine is providing permanent cure of certain chronic diseases. which are considered as a non curable. In addition to herb and animal products, Siddha system also uses metal and mineral products such as Parpam, Chendooram, Chunnam etc. Mercury and gold based Siddha drugs play a vital role in the management of chronic diseases in Siddha system. Siddha formulations are a mixture of organic-inorganics and provide synergistic action with less toxicity.
LAA is a herbomineral drug that is under patent process ( trade screte).This drug have anti-HIV property, synergistic effect and less toxic effect. In this present investigation authors have tried to determine the efficacy study of a new Herbomineral drug LAA ( trade scrate) in HIV infected patients.