An Indo-USA convention of two days on “Methodology of Research in Indian Systems of Medicine” was inaugurated on Wednesday. It was intended to mainly focus on the globalization and validation of Ayurvedic medicines, Unani and Siddha in the market. The evaluation of these medicines was stressed upon so as to increase its reliability in the global market. A platform to increase the popularity of these medicines was also another intention. The convention was organized by the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Centre for Research in Indian Systems of Medicine (CRISM) and Department of Ayurveda, Yoga& Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.
Prof Ikhlas A. Khan, the director of the FDA programme at the University of Mississippi and Centre for Research in Indian Systems of Medicines (CRISM) stated that it was very important to employ efficient strategies to introduce traditional medicines in the global market and that it required the backing of the Government as well. He also mentioned that the CRISM scientists were in the process of developing medicines keeping in mind the international standards and also intended to introduce them in developed nations such as the USA. “Traditional healing has been used for over 1000 years in our country in itself is a testimony of their efficacy and safety. But since there is no documentation of those experiments and methodologies available, there is a need to develop sound scientific methodology of research in these systems, aiming at finding empirical evidence to validate various concepts and strengths,” said Shakir Jamil, director-general, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM).