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Ayurveda & Herbal Ayush

The Ministry of AYUSH was formed on 9th November 2014 to ensure the optimal development and propagation of AYUSH systems of health care. Earlier it was known as the Department of Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy (ISM&H) which was created in March 1995 and renamed as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November 2003, with focused attention for development of Education and Research in Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.

  • To upgrade the educational standards of Indian Systems of Medicines and Homoeopathy colleges in the country.
  • To strengthen existing research institutions and to ensure a time-bound research programme on identified diseases for which these systems have an effective treatment.
  • To draw up schemes for promotion, cultivation and regeneration of medicinal plants used in these systems.
  • To evolve Pharmacopoeial standards for Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy drugs.

Research and Development

There are four Research Councils which continue to initiate and guide, develop and coordinate scientific research in different aspects of respective systems, both fundamental and allied. These Councils are the apex bodies for research in the concerned systems of medicine and are fully financed by the Government of India. Their research activities have been reviewed to ensure that Councils undertake meaningful research under fixed parameters within specified period and disseminate research findings for the benefit of educationists, researchers, physicians, manufacturers and common man.

Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS)

The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic sciences (CCRAS), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India is the apex body for undertaking, coordinating, formulating, developing and promoting research in Ayurveda on scientific lines. The activities are carried out through its 30 Institutes/Centers/Units located at different states across the country and also in collaboration with reputed academic and research organizations. The emphasis is on finding effective and low cost remedies for various diseases through systematic research. The research activities of the Council include Medicinal Plant Research (Medico-ethno botanical Survey, Pharmacognosy and Tissue Culture), Drug Standardization, Pharmacological Research, Clinical Research, Literary Research & Documentation and Tribal Health Care Research Programme.

Council has taken up the Swasthya Rakshan Programme to give benefits to public of urban colonies or rural areas to be implemented from August, 2015 in 19 States through 21 peripheral institutes. Ayurgenomics has been initiated at Hqrs. level since 7th August, 2014. Besides this, NPCDCS programme has been undertaken and expected to be initiated by September, 2015.
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Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM)

The Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine was established by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India as an autonomous organisation in the year 1979, to initiate, aid, develop and to co-ordinate scientific research in Unani System of Medicine. The Council is engaged in the multifaceted research activities in the field of Unani medicine. The Council’s research programme comprises clinical research, drug standardization, survey and cultivation of medicinal plants and literary research. These research activities are being carried out through a network of 22 Institutes/Units functioning in different parts of the country. These include two Central Research Institutes of Unani Medicine - one each at Hyderabad and Lucknow, eight Regional Research Institutes of Unani Medicine - one each at Chennai, Bhadrak, Patna, Aligarh, Mumbai, Srinagar, Kolkata and New Delhi, six Clinical Research Units - one each at Allahabad, Bangalore, Karimganj, Meerut, Bhopal and Burhanpur, four Drug Standardization Research Units - one each at New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Lucknow, a Chemical Research Unit at Aligarh, a Literary Research Institute at New Delhi. During the reporting period new clinical studies were initiated in different diseases. Besides, ongoing trials also continued at different centers. In the drug standardization research programme development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for compound formulations continued. Development of agro techniques for domestication and cultivation of Unani medicinal plants was also continued.
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Central Council for Research in Siddha

Central Council for Research in Siddha was established as per the cabinet approval by bi-furcating the erstwhile Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha to promote focused research in Siddha system of Medicine. The council has been registered under the Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act, 1975, on 27th July, 2010 in Chennai. As approved by the cabinet, the CCRS Head quarters is located in Chennai. Temporarily it is functioning in the premises of Siddha Central Research Institute, Chennai. The research activities are carried out through its institutes / units in Chennai, Puducherry, Palayamkottai, Thiruvananthapuram and Medicinal plants garden, Mettur, Tamilnadu. The council is continuing its activities in the areas of Medicinal Plants Research (Medico-ethno Botanical Survey, Cultivation, Pharmacognosy), Drug Standardization, Pharmacological Research, Fundamental Research, Clinical Research and Literary Research.
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Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH)

The Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy is fully funded by Government of India and engaged in research in Homoeopathy in the country. The Council functions through a network of 40 Institutes and Units located in different parts of the country.

These Institutes and Units are engaged in research in various aspects of Homoeopathy such as (i) Clinical Research, (ii) Drug Proving Research, (iii) Clinical Verification Research, (iv) Drug Standardization, and (v) Survey, Collection and Cultivation of Medicinal Plants. The Council has identified the following areas for conducting Evidence-based research in Homoeopathy:

  • Fundamental and Basic Research on mechanism of action of Homoeopathic Medicines
  • Clinical trials on predefined protocols
  • Double blind randomized controlled studies (In vitro)
  • Collaborative studies with Centers of Excellence in Allied Sciences. The construction of building of Central Research Institute of Homoeopathy NOIDA started on 29.8.2005 by H.S.C.C. The Institute/Units functioning at New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Bhopal will be merged to function as Central Research Institute (H) at Noida.
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Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN)

Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) is a society registered under the Societies Registration Act as an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH. The basic objective of the Council is to conduct Scientific Research in the field of Yoga and Naturopathy. However, in the absence of any other Statutory Body to look after the Education & Training in these systems, the objectives were later amended to include Education,Training and Propagational aspects of these disciplines. At present, the Council is finding NGOs for the following activities :

Clinical Research

  • Treament-Cum-Propagation Center
  • Patient Care Center (10/5 Bedded)
  • Literary Research / Translation / Publication Work
  • Seminar/ Workshop/ Conferences.
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