Press Statements

Indo-US Symposium on Unani, Ayurveda, Siddha

Indo-US Symposium on Methodology of Research in Indian Systems of Medicine

Bangalore, 7 December 2010: A two-day Indo-US Symposium on Methodology of Research in Indian Systems of Medicine will be inaugurated here at the Atria Hotel tomorrow (8 December) by Mr. S. Gandhiselvan, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Mr. S.A. Ramadas, Minister for Medical Education, Government of Karnataka and Mr. B. Sriramulu, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka will also grace the occasion.

The symposium will mainly focus on research methodology adopted for validation of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU) systems and their products for market authorization in the global market. It will also take stock of the current status of research in these systems and discuss strategies for developing these systems and their products in tune with the global demand. The symposium will also provide a platform to the Indian herbal and the ASU industry and the other Research & Development institutions to showcase their strengths and approaches in clinical research and manufacture of ASU products.

The symposium will have eminent national and international scientists as speakers from reputed academies and R & D institutions. The participants will include scholars of Indian Systems of Medicine, and experts from the US FDA, NCNPR, University of Mississippi, National Institute of Health (NIH), American Botanical Council, US Pharmacopoeia and National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

The symposium is being organized under the aegis of Indo-US joint Centre for Research in Indian Systems of Medicine (CRISM) by Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) – an autonomous organization of the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).  The Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), (CSIR), Jammu Tawi and National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR), University of Mississippi, USA are collaborating in the event.

The CRISM was set up by the Department of AYUSH at the NCNPR, University of Mississippi, USA through a memorandum of understanding signed between Department of AYUSH and the University of Mississippi in August 2008 for co-operation in the field of development of Ayurveda-Siddha-Unani herbal and botanical products of global standards. This Centre is functioning with the primary mission of facilitating internationally important joint research for the scientific validation of Indian Systems of Medicine including Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha and for creating greater awareness about these systems and their products in the US and other countries.

[Released by Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India]
Recd from Dr Amina Ather, Director, Indian Foundation for Rediscovering Traditional Knowledge, Bangalore