The National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH has initiated a special drive to identify the patentable projects which were / are sponsored under the ‘Research and Development Component’ of Central Sector Scheme (CSS) on “Conservation, Development and Sustainable Management of Medicinal Plants”. NMPB generally sponsors various R&D programs under CSS to both government as well as private organizations across the country.
Under these sponsored / financially supported research projects, NMPB so far identified three unique projects which are novel in nature and patentable. They are: (1.) Bio-production of secondary metabolites from Aegle marmelos which is commonly known as Bel (R&D/TN-04/2006-07); (2.) In vitro production of secondary metabolites from tree species of Dashmoola (10 roots used in Ayurveda) through hairy root cultures (R&D/TN-0112013-14-NMPB); and (3.) Development of anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents from Dioscoria floribunda (R&D/UP-04/2015-16). While the first two projects belong to the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB), Coimbatore, the third project was carried out by Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Lucknow. The CIMAP filed patent is titled as “A synergistic polyherbal formulation exhibiting potential cancer activity.”
The CEO-NMPB reiterated that this is just the humble beginning for NMPB’s team and will file more patents in the coming times. The Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH congratulated the NMPB team for filing three patent applications in collaboration with the partner organizations. (Source - PIB)
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday said it will not allow the sale of Coronil, an "anti-Covid" medicine manufactured by Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurveda.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi government has pointed out that the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has questioned the trials of Coronil while the World Health Organisation (WHO) has refuted Patanajali Ayurveda's claims.
Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that the doubts have been raised on the 'clinical trials' of Coronil and also regarding false claims on its efficacy for Covid-19 treatment.
"Launching such a drug hurriedly and being endorsed by two senior Central ministers is highly deplorable. Sale of Coronil without proper certification from competent health organisations like WHO, IMA and others will not be permitted in Maharashtra," the minister said.
In June 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Patanjali Ayurveda had launched what it claimed to be India's first Ayurvedic medicines 'Coronil' and 'Swasari' to treat coronavirus.
The company followed it up with the launch of Coronil and a scientific research paper in the presence of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on February 19.
More than a month after he was hospitalized with serious injuries following a road accident in Karnataka, Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik on Wednesday was discharged from a top government hospital.
Speaking to reporters, Dr. Shivanand Bandodkar, dean of the Goa Medical College, the state's apex health facility, said that Naik's wounds had healed well and he may be in a position to attend the budget session of Parliament, which is scheduled to reconvene after the ongoing break, in March.
"He has healed well. His thigh bone fracture is also healing. He needs rest, which he can take at home," Bandodkar told reporters at the time of the Union Minister's discharge.
"We will conduct an x-ray sitting again and after examining his condition, we will consider permitting him (to attend Parliament). Considering his health, he may be able to attend it, but we will be able to say only after examination of his x-ray then," the top medical official said.
Naik was traveling by car along with his wife and an aide in the north Kannada district as part of a private visit when his car overturned near Yallapura on January 12. His wife and an aide died from injuries received during the accident.
Speaking to reporters while escorting Naik out of the hospital, the Union Minister's son Siddesh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for their assistance.
"Everyone has helped us a lot. I want to thank the Prime Minister and Defence Minister, other Union Ministers and party officials, Chief Minister and Health Minister and all party workers, because of whose support and blessings we were able to overcome this phase," Siddhesh Naik said.
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The 4th edition of the Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF 2021), to be held on the virtual platform from March 12 to 19 has evinced response far above expectations, superseding its previous episodes. The event will have “more than 10,000 participants from sixty nations converging on Ayurveda, the Global Ayurveda Festival 2021 will be a milestone in the academic, research, industrial and commercial sectors”, says V. Muraleedharan, Organizing Committee Chair of the Global Ayurveda Festival and Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs. Of the 2000 scientific papers received for presentations, the organizing committee –due to time and technical constraints - had to restrict live presentations to 650, picking another 500 in posters with equal prominence.
Internationally acclaimed researches on Ayurveda, like Dr. Daniel E. Fost (Professor of Medicine, University of California) Dr Christian Kessler (Charity University, Germany) Robert Schneider (Maharshi International University, USA), Dr Antonella Delifev MD (University of Milan); Dr. Valdis Pirax (University of Latvia) Philip Moss (University of Vienna), Ph.D. Dr Morton Bode (University of Amsterdam); Susan Shaw (New Zealand Vocal University); And foreign experts such as Large Louis Bera (Argentina) will be sharing their research experiments with the audience, with special emphasis in the post-COVID scenario.
The approach and initiatives of the Government of India will be deliberated by key researches and policy makers of the nation that include: Dr. B. Dr. M. Headhey (Former President, Indian National Academy of Sciences); Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha (Central AYUSH Secretary), Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan (Vice Chairman- UGC); Manoj Nesari ,Dr. DC Catoch (Advisors to the Ministry of AYUSH), Dr. KS Dhiman (Director, CCRAS, New Delhi), Jayant Deo Pujari (President, CCIM ); Dr. Anoop B Thakur (Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Ayurveda University); Dr. Sanjeev Sharma (Director, NIA, Jaipur); Dr. Anoop Srivastava (Director, Rastriya Ayurveda Vidhyapith, Delhi), Dr. Tanuja Manoj Nesari (Director, AIIA, Delhi); Dr. J L N Shastri (CEO, NMPB, Delhi), Dr. MRV Namboothiri (Formerly DAME, Kerala), Ranjith Puranik (Mumbai), Dr. Mohammad Majeed (Sami Labs), Anand Chaudhary (Banaras University) and Abhimanyu Kumar (former Director, AIIA, New Delhi) will also present research papers at the festival. 'GAF 2021 will undoubtedly be the largest virtual conference on Ayurveda', says Dr. G.G. Gangadharan, Secretary General, CISSA. ‘The 8 days Ayurveda Fest will debate on the research potential and business opportunities and scope for exports of Ayurveda products and services for 12 hours each day,’ he said.
The Global Ayurveda Meet is organized in collaboration with more than 30 organizations in the country from the Central and State Private Sectors and 14 organizations from abroad, including Led by the Center for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), the Ayurveda Medical Association of India (AMAI), the Ayurveda Hospital Management Association, the Ayurveda Drugs Manufacturers Association, and the Kisma-Self Financing Management Association, and The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) is the industry partner of the festival.
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The Ministry of AYUSH and the World Health Organization's South East Asian Regional Office (WHO-SEARO) signed a Letter of Exchange on Monday for the deputation of an AYUSH expert to WHO's regional traditional medicine programme in New Delhi.
Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH and Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region, signed the agreement.
The initiative has been taken to support the WHO-SEARO implementing the regional traditional medicine action plan, with particular emphasis on the safe and effective use of traditional medicine service including Ayurveda and other Indian traditional systems of medicine and its appropriate integration into national health care systems.
Efforts will also be made to strengthen capacities of SEAR countries in the area of traditional medicine, said ministry officials in a statement.
This partnership will be part of joint efforts of Ministry of AYUSH and WHO in helping countries in the South-East Asia Region to develop policies and to implement action plans to strengthen the role of traditional medicine.
At the ceremony to mark the start of this partnership, WHO South East Asia Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said, "The close collaboration of WHO and the Government of India goes back many decades, to the Basic Agreement both parties concluded on July 16, 1952, to fulfil mutual responsibilities in a spirit of friendly cooperation. Today's agreement will formally extend this cooperation into the area of traditional medicine, which is a valuable tool in our shared quest to achieve universal health coverage."
Secretary Kotecha said that AYUSH has already had various interactions with WHO in the field of Ayurveda, Yoga and other Indian traditional systems of medicine and these Indian systems are getting more popular and being accepted as medicinal systems in South-East Asian countries, Africa, Europe, Latin America and others.
As a major outcome of this partnership, Ministry of AYUSH and WHO would be working to identify various challenges faced by the member states of SEAR (region) in regulating, integrating and further promoting traditional systems of medicine in the respective countries.
Ministry of AYUSH and WHO will assist member states to develop appropriate policy, regulation framework, exchange of information, activities performed for integration of traditional medicine in public health and dissemination of information to the community, said the AYUSH secretary.
The Ministry of AYUSH and the WHO SEAR office also agreed to launch a public health research project on COVID-19. The project is jointly supported by WHO-SEARO and the Ministry of AYUSH. (Agency)
Read in Hindi ► पारंपरिक चिकित्सा के क्षेत्र में सहयोग के लिए आयुष मंत्रालय और डब्ल्यूएचओ के बीच समझौते पर हस्ताक्षर
Central Government is implementing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) through States/UTs for development and promotion of AYUSH systems of medicine including Ayurvedic system. The Mission inter-alia makes following provisions for promotion of AYUSH systems including Ayurvedic system.
Co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centers (PHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and Districts Hospitals (DHs).
Up gradation of exclusive State Government AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries.
III. Setting up of upto 50 bedded integrated AYUSH Hospital.
IV. Upgradation of State Government Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Educational Institutions.
Setting up of new State Government AYUSH Educational Institutions in the States where it is not available in Government Sector.
VI. Strengthening of State Government/State Government Co-operatives/Public Sector Undertakings for manufacturing of quality medicines in AYUSH Systems.
Strengthening of State Drug Testing Laboratories for ASU &H Drugs for stringent quality control.
Support for cultivation of Medicinal Plant including processing and post-harvest management to ensure supply of quality raw material for AYUSH medicine and other products.
Further, Central Government has approved 12,500 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres to be operationalized by Ministry of AYUSH through State/UT Governments under Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) in a phased manner by the year 2023-24.It is envisaged to upgrade AYUSH Dispensaries and Sub-Health Centres identified by State/UT Governments as AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres for providing AYUSH based preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative care.
In addition, Ministry of AYUSH has also taken various initiatives under the Information Education and Communication (IEC) Scheme for propagation and promotion of AYUSH systems for treatment of common ailments through media and other publicity activities like organizing Arogya fairs, conferences, seminars on AYUSH System. Further, Ministry is also supporting different activities under NAM like AYUSH gram, Public Health outreach activities, information education and communication (IEC) activities, organization of Yoga, conducting peripheral OPD and Medical camps, behavioral change communication, training of village health workers towards identification and use of local medicinal herbs.
As Public Health is a State subject, opening of AYUSH dispensaries come under the purview of respective State/UT Governments. There is no provision under Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) for opening new AYUSH dispensaries in every district and block across the country.
The Minister of State (The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), Sh. Kiren Rijiju (Additional Charge) stated this in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha here today. (Source - PIB)
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