New Delhi: 81 research institutes/centres are functioning under the five (05) Central Research Councils of the Ministry of AYUSH, namely Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) and Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH).
Research Councils have undertaken large number of Projects on various diseases. Major projects are mostly multicentric covering more than one state. The major ones along with formulations are Psoriasis (777 Oil); Anti-malarial (AYUSH 64); Anti-epileptic (AYUSH-56); Paediatric care (AYUSH Bala Rakshak Leham); Iron deficiency Anaemia (Annabedhi Chenduram); Vitiligo (Bars); Eczema(Nar-e-farsi/Daus Sadaf/ Psoriasis); Infective Hepatitis (IItehab-e-ksabid); Osteoarthritis (Waja-ul-Mafasil) and Bronchial Asthma (UNIM352). Studies in respect of above projects have been completed. The results have also shown that Homoeopathy has a positive role to decrease viral load in HIV +ve patients, increase CD4 Count and improve the quality of life.
A preliminary study conducted by CCRUM in collaboration with Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi on Pulmonary Tuberculosis (Diq-e-Revi) have shown significant effects of Unani drugs as immunomodulator leading to better and early resolution of lesions. Moreover, for research in Tuberculosis, CCRUM has signed an MOU with ICMR for collaborative project. Collaborative studies on influenza like illness (ILI) and H1N1, conducted by CCRH, during pandemic of H1N1 in 2009 resulted in identification of specific homoeopathic medicines. A multicentric randomized placebo controlled trial with individualized homoeopathic treatment in ILI has also been conducted.
The Central Research Councils decide on the setting up of new Research Centers/ Institutes from time to time based on research priority, availability of human and material resources, willingness of the State Government to provide support in the form of land etc. Upgradation of existing research institutes/centres is an ongoing process. Steps have been taken to upgrade the laboratories of the Research institutes/ centres.
The details are as below:
(i) Hakim Ajmal Khan Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine by amalgamating existing centre of the Council namely Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, Drug Standardization Research Unit and Literary Research Institute of Unani Medicine (LRIUM), New Delhi; at the campus of Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College, Karol Bagh, New Delhi.
(ii) Clinical Research Unit of Homoeopathy, Sambalpur (Odisha) and Gorakhpur (UP).
(iii) Setting up of Central Research Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy at Jajjhar (Haryana) and Nagmangla (Karnatka).
(iv) The State Governments of West Bengal and Odisha have offered land for establishing Central Research Institutes of Yoga and Naturopathy.
(v) The Central Council for Unani Medicine is developing Regional Research Centre of Unani Medicine, Silchar, Assam. Construction work has already started.
This information was given by the Minister of State, AYUSH(IC), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.