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adaptogenic action. CIHP is representative of a large number of formulations described as rasayan in ayurveda and several preparations of other oriental systems of medicine. These drugs or food supplements have the potential to act as rejuvenators and vitalizers for the strengthening of healthy humans. A large trial of CIHP, with a view to reducing cold- and hypoxia-induced injuries and diseases in extreme cold and high-altitude areas beyond 5,000 m (16,404 ft), is indicated.


Contributions and support from the following coinvestigators are acknowledged with pleasure: Vimla Asnani, S. K. Bhardwaj, H. M. Divekar, A. K. Gupta, S. K. Grover, R. K. Gautam, Ratan Kumar, M. L. Pahwa, M. R. Panwar, Uma Ramachandran, Om Veer Singh, T. N. Upadhyay, and P. Bandyopadhyay. The author is also deeply indebted to soldiers of the Indian Army (20 jats and 13 grenadiers) and their officers who served as volunteers, to the medical specialists of the Indian Army Hospitals for the clinical investigations, and to Uma Sanduja for secretarial assistance.

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