ICMR-Ayush Ministry Collaboration on Integrated Medicine

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the AYUSH ministry have joined forces to advance research in the field of integrated medicine. Integrated medicine refers to the combination of alternative medicine systems, such as ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha, and homeopathy, with orthodox systems to develop comprehensive treatment plans. This collaboration, formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aims to merge traditional knowledge with modern research, boost the identity of ayurveda, and strengthen research capacity.

Promoting High-Impact Scientific Research

The primary focus of the agreement between ICMR and the AYUSH ministry is to promote high-impact scientific research in identified areas of national importance in healthcare. By combining the expertise of both organizations, this collaboration aims to generate valuable insights and evidence in the field of integrated medicine. The goal is to support the development of effective and evidence-based treatment approaches for various health conditions.

Joint Clinical Trials and Wider Acceptance

One significant potential outcome of the collaboration is the conduction of joint clinical trials. The agreement envisages exploring promising therapies from the AYUSH system and conducting rigorous clinical trials to generate evidence for their wider acceptance. These trials will contribute to the validation and credibility of traditional medicine practices, fostering greater acceptance among healthcare professionals and the general public.

Role of the Joint Working Group

To ensure effective collaboration and progress, a joint working group will be established between the AYUSH ministry and ICMR. This group will hold quarterly meetings to explore further areas of collaboration and work on deliverables. By facilitating regular communication and coordination, the joint working group will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of research initiatives in the field of integrated medicine.

Formulating Joint Research Projects and Programs

Under the MoU, both ICMR and the AYUSH ministry will formulate and implement joint research projects and programs. This collaborative approach will enable the pooling of resources, expertise, and research capabilities to address key healthcare challenges. By leveraging the strengths of each organization, the joint research projects will contribute to the development of innovative and evidence-based solutions for better patient outcomes.

Knowledge Sharing through Conferences and Workshops

In line with their collaborative efforts, ICMR and the AYUSH ministry will organize conferences, workshops, and seminars focused on integrated healthcare. These events will provide a platform for researchers, experts, and stakeholders to share knowledge, insights, and best practices. By fostering collaboration and information exchange, these initiatives will drive progress in the field of integrated medicine.




1 Comment

  1. Dr.Cajetan Coelho

    May 12, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    Health is wealth. Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha, and homeopathy have a lot to contribute in raising the fitness levels of the citizens of the world.


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