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Hakeem Muhammad Khalid Siddiqi
‘Unani can be effective in AIDS’
objective of Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM),
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, set up in 1979
is to promote the all-round research work on different aspects of Unani
system of treatment. This institution has performed various feats during
the past two decades, though there are many people who are very closely
associated with Unani system but who are not fully satisfied with the
performance of this institution. The reason probably is that this
institution has not lived up to the high expectations people entertained
about it. But there is no institution with which hundred percent people
are fully satisfied. Director of CCRUM, Hakeem Muhammad Khalid Siddiqi
spoke to MG on performance of this pristine system:
What do you think about the Council's achievements so far?
The Council has made remarkable progress in its assignments during the
brief period 20 or 21 years. More than seventy publications based on the
results of research works have been brought out.
Which diseases have been subjected to research so far?
Under the clinical research programme, CCRUM is busy carrying out research
work on various diseases which have been given priority by the government
and their results have been encouraging. Among these diseases, positive
results have been found for diseases like leucoderma, rheumatism and some
In addition to these, the Council is giving special importance to what
An ambitious scheme of the Unani Council is the discovery of medicines and
curative herbs etc and their cultivation. For this purpose medicinal
plants are being surveyed and research work in this direction is going on
in Central Research Institute at Hyderabad, regional centres at Chennai,
Srinagar, Lucknow, Patna, Aligarh.
Successful treatments of which diseases have been discovered so far in
Unani system can be successful and effective in cases of all old and
chronic diseases. Unani medicines can play an important role in case of
diseases relating to heart and digestion. Dangerous diseases like AIDS can
also be treated by Unani system of treatment because AIDS results when the
immune system of the body is attacked as a result of weakness of
resistance power of the body. The very basis of Unani treatment is
strengthening of resistance power of the body, thereby enabling it to
fight the diseases.
It is said about Unani system that it is confined to Muslims only. How far
it is true?
About 75 percent of the patients in all our centres are non-Muslims. For
example, the government has set up a clinic of Unani system of treatment
at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in which about 300 patients come every day
and most of whom are those who are referred to by the hospitals. Greater
number of these patients are non-Muslisms. q
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