the Western World

Ayurvedic science though ancient, could not be more relevant to today’s medical challenges and needs. In fact along with Buddhism it is the fastest growing belief system in the West. In ancient India, Buddhism enriched the Ayurvedic system and took it to the masses. Ayurveda is 
becoming so popular because it complements western medicine and Ayurveda understands how and why we become ill. It can offer effective treatment for many conditions for which conventional medicine has not found cure.

About 20 years back, W.H.O. adopted Traditional Medicine programmed in conjunction with the goal of health for all with the adoption of primary health care approach. W.H.O. has an open mind on Traditional Medicine. However, it endorses only that therapy which has solid scientific evidence with no toxicity. In view of this Ayurveda is duly recognized by W.H.O.


Being holistic and disease eradicative with principles of individualized treatment, contusive to socio-economic conditions of India and with availability of abundance of formulations for any particular disease, use of food items as medicine and lifestyle rules, Ayurveda enjoys a better place in respect of prevention and cure of the disease is concerned in comparison to western medical system.

Ayurveda has a wide scope as far as, the Prevention of disease; Promotion of Health and its Preservation are concerned. Lifestyle rules mentioned in Ayurvedic texts if applied rigorously give definite results. Lifestyle related diseases, drug abuse, degenerative diseases, autoimmune diseases and certain metabolic and allergic disorders are well manageable with Ayurvedic techniques and medicaments.

The Central Council of Indian Medicine is a body corporate established under the provisions of IMCC Act, 1970 to maintain Central Register of Practitioners of Indian Medicines and for dealing with matters connected therewith. The Council is responsible for maintaining the minimum standards of education.

This Council as per the provisions in the Act. Introduced the following courses through Regulations.

1. Ayurveda Degree Course = Ayurvedacharya (BAMS)
2. Ayurveda Post Graduate Degree Course = Ayurved Vachaspati (MD Ayurved) 
3. Ayurved Varidhi = Ph.D Ayurveda

access OF Ayurvedic Medicines
Ayurveda Medicines are being sold in two ways, by practicing Ayurveda doctors and through retail counters. Again retail counters are of two types- purely Ayurvedic & secondly along with allopathic medicines. Classical Ayurvedic medicines as mentioned in original texts of Ayurveda are usually available in former type of counters whereas patent 

and proprietary medicines are mainly available in allopathic chemist shops. Both types of chemists by and large are available in almost all small and big towns/ cities where from required Ayurveda medicines can be accessed.

a competent Ayurveda practitioner
Any Ayurveda doctor having such degree/ qualifications as mentioned in 2nd, 3rd and 4th schedules of Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 is a recognized medical practitioner. BAMS and MD (Ayurveda) degrees of new pattern and equivalent qualifications of the time before the enactment of Central Act are recognized qualifications for the purpose of registration and practice of Ayurvedic Medicine.

AyurvedIC Medicine INTAKE with modern medicines
If not indicated otherwise by the attending physician, Ayurveda Medicines can generally be taken along with allopathic medicines. Moreover, Ayurveda Medicines are used as adjuvant to allopathic medicines in most of chronic and degenerative diseases. As such there is no harm to consume simple herbal formulations of Ayurveda even without the prescription of the doctor but mineral based medicines must be used after due consultation and advice of the doctor.


Government of India in 1970 established PLIM as an organization to monitor the quality of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha drugs. This is an apex laboratory helping to lay down the standards of Ayurvedic medicines. It is the approved laboratory under the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940. This laboratory is situated in the CGO Complex at Ghaziabad (U.P.).

regulation for manufacturing Ayurvedic Medicines
Yes, there exists such a regulation by which commercial manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines are regulated. Manufacturers have to take prior license from the State Drug Controlling Authority for running an Ayurvedic Pharmacy. Formulations whether classical or patent proprietary has to be got cleared from the competent authority before starting commercial manufacturing.

good manufacturing pracitices (GMP) in ayurvedic pharmacie
Earlier there was no provision /regulatory binding for ensuring good manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines. Imposition of GMP through an amendment in the current licensing procedures has been implemented w.e.f. 23-6-2000. This will not only pose stringent guidelines for having standard hygienic conditions in the pharmacy, but will also help in improving the quality of medicinal products.  

Research Expertise In Ayurveda
Research in Ayurveda with clearly defined objectives and well-designed protocols was the need of hour- if Ayurveda has to respond to emerging challenges of the global health care scenario. Realizing this need a number of organization were pressed into various aspects of these research needs. 

A deliberate effort to carry out integrated and coordinated research on medicinal plants selected after careful discussion and consultation with reputed Ayurvedic & Unani physicians was made for the first time in India by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 1964 through the Composite Drug Research Scheme (CDRS). In 1970, this scheme was transferred to the newly constituted Central Council For Research In Indian Medicine & Homeopathy (CCRIMH). Recently, two autonomous bodies, the Council For Research In Ayurveda And Siddha and Central Council For Research In Unani have been constituted after winding up the CCRIMH.        

have taken up interdisciplinary research in Ayurveda on a large scale, among both curricular and co-curricular programs.

Research efforts in Ayurveda have increased manifold during the last couple of decades. However, most of these efforts have revolved around the intention of discovering new drugs from plants like Codeine (Papaver somniferum), Atropine (Hyoscyamus niger), Hyoscyamine (Hyoscyamus muticus), Digoxin            (Digitalis purpurea), Hyoscine (Datura metel), Pilocarpine (Pilocarpus jaborandi) and Quinidine (Cinchona spp.) etc.

[These information sources are primary and secondary data from CCRAS, CCIM, ICMR, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-India and various research and pharmaceuticals organizations]

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