Having grown up around the Indian culture and having had the privilege of studying the ancient language of Sanskrit, I have known and understood Ayurveda to be a traditional, herb based, non chemical, healing remedies derived from mother nature. The words that come to mind when I think Ayurveda are: tradition, wisdom, natural, safe.
So when I recently started work with people who are struggling with drug addiction and recurrent mention came up of this ‘Ayurvedic medicine’ Indian men are taking and which they have got dependent on, to the point of requiring assistance from specialist that provides assistance with heroin addiction, it caught me by surprise and intrigue.
Until a few weeks ago I had not heard or read anything about it. And suddenly I am seeing a whole lot of young migrant Indian men who are addicted to the drug. So much so that they are not able to function. They have given up their studies, work and their families are falling apart so what’s going on here?
This ‘Ayurvedic medicine’ is called Kamini. It’s available online and also under the counter at a few Indian food and grocery stores and is marketed as an aphrodisiac.
The label information reads as such:
“Kamini vidrawan ras is one of the safest ayurvedic medicine with potent herbs and minerals, constituting a herbo-mineral ayurvedic drug having aphrodisiac effects on human health. It is available in the form of Tablets and also known as Kamini Tablets. It has excitement stimulating effects and properties, that is how Kamini vidrawan ras is helpful in improving sexual vigour, cures erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. “(www.kaminividrawanras.com)
The catch is that when people start talking this ‘safe Ayurvedic medicine’ they report development of dependence quite quickly and it is similar to the pattern seen in heroin dependence.
And this is how easy it is to buy it:
I just hopped to the website whilst writing this and it took me less than a minute to get to this:
Subtotal (1 item): $52.75