CCRAS inks MoU with Ayush University, Dabur for advanced research in traditional medicine

The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has signed two MoUs with Shri Krishna Ayush University, Kurukshetra and Dabur, a leading Ayurvedic company, to ensure aligning of traditional medicine research with global standards and priorities. 

This was done during the one-day National Consultative Meet on "Research Priority Settings in Traditional Medicine" held at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi, on Monday. The event was held in collaboration with the WHO-SEARO (World Health Organisation – South East Asia Region office) office and WHO-GTMC (World Health Organisation – Global Traditional Medicine Centre). 

The MoUs aim to identify and prioritize key research areas across various traditional medicine systems such as Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Homeopathy.

“We wanted to chart a research roadmap for the next decade and lay the groundwork for a decade-long research strategy in traditional medicine and align efforts with WHO guidelines. These two MoU’s with  Dabur and Sri Krishna Ayush University is a healthy start in this direction,” said Prof. (Vaidya) Rabinarayan Acharya, Director General of CCRAS. 

“The objective is to address critical areas of need within traditional medicine, including medicinal plant research, quality, safety, and efficacy studies, pre-clinical validations, rational use of traditional medicines, clinical trial monitoring, medical anthropology, and the digitalization of ancient medical literature,” said Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of Ayush. 

Around 150 stakeholders representing the Ministry of Ayush, NITI Aayog, Heads of Research Councils and others took part in the meeting. Setting the research priorities is a critical endeavour considering the increase in demand and the global accessibility and acceptability of traditional medicine systems.

Dr. G.P. Prasad, Assistant Director (In-charge) of the recently designated WHO Collaborating Center, National Institute of Indian Medical Heritage (NIIMH) said that prioritization will foster the preservation and documentation of traditional knowledge, and thus protect the cultural heritage and biodiversity associated with medicinal plants and indigenous healing practices.

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