Padma 28 is a complicated mixture of herbs developed in the late 19th century. It is also called Gabyr-Nirynga and Badmaev 28. Both Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine heavily influenced the two physicians who developed Padma 28.
Over 20 different herbs, as well as calcium, are found in Padma 28. It is usually taken orally. The mixture appears to mildly decrease immune system activity and produce some antioxidant effects.
People have claimed Padma 28 to be an effective treatment for MS as well as asthma, heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease. Padma 28 is associated with a decreased death rate and longer survival time in mice with EAE, an animal model of MS. In Poland, a study conducted in the early 1990s found that 44% of people with MS who received treatment with Padma 28 saw clinical improvement in their disease. These results are very promising. However, many details of this study’s design are not available, thus making it hard to determine its validity.
The Polish study involved one hundred people and reported no side effects associated with Padma 28. Other detailed information about the toxicity and long-term safety of this mixture are not available. The limited research that has been conducted on Padma 28 suggests it may be beneficial for treating MS, but these studies are far from conclusive.
References and Additional Reading
Bowling AC. Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis. New York: Demos Medical Publishing, 2007.
Bowling AC, Stewart TS. Dietary Supplements and Multiple Sclerosis: A Health Professional’s Guide. New York: Demos Medical Publishing, 2004.