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Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai March 31 , 2017
The proposed National Research Institute for Ayurveda (NRIA), a project being planned by the government of Kerala, should be designed in such a way that it should facilitate for studies and researches in integrative therapies, opined Dr Ram Mohan, ayurvedic expert and member from Kerala to the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM).

Pointing out the failure to scientifically authenticate the efficacy of Indian traditional medicines to western world due to lack of technical expertise, he said scientific evaluation of herbal and natural drugs is necessary in the modern world. For this, the research institute, that is going to be set up in Kerala, can solve the burning issue of clinical trials of all alternative medicines.

He said the government is planning to build the research institute in an area of around 300 acres and it will have an ayurvedic hospital and museum attached to it.
“The institute is being planned with a vision to promote multi-disciplinary and multi- dimensional research with a vision to integrate Ayurveda practices and products in the preventive, promotional and curative levels of health services. It will facilitate research and studies in cooperation with institutions of global standards in the field of basic science, developing medicines, treatment and prevention of diseases. There will also be a knowledge centre, museum, separate facility for Kerala-style treatment and a state-of the-art herbal garden”, he added.

Referring to the advantages of a national level research institute, Dr Ram said herbal medicines like turmeric, asafoetida, fenugreek, bitter gourd, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, etc are used as medicines in ayurvedic preparations and also they are part of our diet. But through research they can be incorporated into medicines in the name of neutraceuticals to effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. These are now being used widely in other countries.

Several areas of ayurvedic treatments need researches and studies. The process of ‘panchasudhdhi’ (Five fold cleansing therapy) helps in improving health and in reducing the biological age. This is now popular by the name ‘wellness therapy’. Though many studies have been made on this, more research is needed on a wider perspective.

He said China was able to show the world by proving the effectiveness of their treatment procedures through scientific researches and studies. According to statistics, almost 75% of the people in the US and in Canada use many Chinese treatments like acupuncture.

The design of the Ayurveda research centre in Kerala will be made by experts from institutions of national repute like Central Council of Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), New Delhi, Benares Hindu University, Gujarat Ayurveda University, Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Research Institute, Tropical Botanical Research Institute, S D M Research Institute, Bengaluru and S R M University in Chennai.

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