New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Surging ahead with an impressive growth in sales of its products, the Indian Medicines Pharmaceutical Corporation Limited (IMPCL), the public sector manufacturing unit of the Ministry of AYUSH, has recorded a turnover of Rs 164.33 crore for the financial year 2020-21.
IMPCL registered an all-time high profit at about Rs 12 crore for FY 2020-21, the government said in a statement, adding that it recorded a turnover of Rs 164.33 crore for in the last fiscal as compared to the revenue of Rs 97 crore recorded in the previous financial year.
The ministry termed the growth as a reflection of the fast-growing adoption of AYUSH products and services by the public in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the statement, the World Health Organization (WHO) had recently recommended 18 Ayurvedic products of IMPCl for WHO-GMP/COPP certification subject to certain observations.
"to companies after conducting an inspection. This certification is an endorsement of the quality of IMPCL's products. It will help IMPCL commence export operation of quality medicines at a global level."
The 'World Health Organization, Good Manufacturing Practices/Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product (WHO-GMP/CoPP)' certification is given to companies after conducting an inspection. This certification is an endorsement of the quality of IMPCL's products that will help it to commence export operations of quality medicines at a global level.
Every government institution doing business with IMPCL has praised the company for providing steady support to various health programmes and ensuring an unbroken supply of products during the Covid-19 pandemic, the ministry said.
Presently, the IMPCL is manufacturing 656 classical Ayurvedic, 332 Unani and 71 proprietary Ayurvedic medicines for various diseases, it said.
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice on a plea by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), demanding withdrawal of a Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) notification that authorises postgraduate Ayurveda practitioners to be trained to perform general surgical procedures.
The IMA said this notification would result in creating havoc in the established system of medical care and treatment being provided to the citizens of the country.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian after a brief hearing in the matter sought response from the Centre.
The plea challenged the legality and validity of the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations 2016 as amended by the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Amendment Regulations 2020.
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"The CCIM has no power or jurisdiction to prescribe these Modern Surgical Procedures to be performed by the persons holding Post Graduate Ayurveda Degrees under the 1970 Act, which is confined to the system of Indian Medicine", said the plea.
The IMA contended that the 2020 Amendment notified on November 19, 2020, amending the 2016 Regulations, has rendered the 2016 Regulations ultra vires, illegal, manifestly arbitrary and unreasonable.
"The impugned Regulations seek to illegally permit and legalise usurpation of the Modern Medicine system for the practitioners of Indian Medicine in a completely impermissible manner, which if allowed to be enforced, would result in creating a havoc in the established system of medical care and treatment being provided to the citizens of the country", said the IMA's plea filed through advocate Amarjeet Singh.
Senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing IMA, argued that the regulation will create havoc if Indian medicine practitioners are allowed to do surgeries without training.
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Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, said the government will file its response in the matter. The top court said it will hear the matter after four weeks and asked the parties to file their replies.
The IMA has argued that uninformed and hapless patients would be at the mercy of persons who do not have the knowledge, experience or training in performing complicated modern surgical procedures.
"The impugned Regulations present an extremely dangerous and critical situation where now, the attempt has been made by the CCIM to permit persons possessing qualifications under the Indian system of medicine to perform complicated modern surgical procedures which have a direct bearing on the health and right to life of millions of hapless patients," submitted the plea.
The IMA has argued that the CCIM has sought to permit practitioners of the Indian system of medicine to perform complicated modern surgical procedures, which is impermissible in law, beyond the powers and its jurisdiction. (Agency)
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A latest research by Jamia Hamdard University here suggests that certain ayurvedic formulations can reduce pathologic damage of the kidneys. The study claims that the herbal medicines can help rejuvenate cells of an ailing kidney by cutting down reactive oxygen species (ROS) which is associated with pathological damage of the vital organ.
The research underlines that the specific formulation can prove effective in bringing down the quantity of ROS, which starts elevating in the kidney cells after the disturbances in level of potassium and sodium enzyme occur in the body.
The conclusion was reached following administration of punarnava (an ayurvedic plant)-based NEERI KFT formulation, that comprises lotus leaves, patharchur and other major herbs to the subjects of chronic kidney disease, according to a study.
As per the doctors, bringing ROS under control is very important in the treatment of the kidney as these are major factors in damaging the renal cells.
The research, though conducted over quite a few number of subjects, showed a decline in the level of ROS in the controlled arm which was administered the NEETI KFT treatment.
During trials, only nine subjects were given different treatment for eight days. However, the researchers said that the number was enough to ascertain the primary endpoint of the trial.
"We found that the group which was administered NEERI KFT had a controlled level of antioxidant enzyme. This shows that anti-oxidant elements in the formulation not only function against ROS but also bring down its level," they stated.
The study also claimed that the ayurvedic formulation was found to help in detoxifying kidney cells apart from reducing high levels of uric acid and electrolytes.
Acknowledging the outcome of the study, K.N. Dwivedi, professor at Banaras Hindu University, said that he advises the therapy to his patients. "We get many patients who have claimed that ayurvedic formulation Neeri KFT proved to be beneficial in curing kidney disease."
Expressing similar views, Bheema Bhatt, Medical Director of Ayurvedic Medicine at Medanta, Gurugram, said that in a large number of kidney patients having high creatinine and urea levels, Neeri KFT has been found to be balancing the level.
"I have prescribed the treatment to my patients and have received positive output so far," he added.
Sanchit Sharma, Executive Director of an ayurvedic drug firm said that the formulation was found helpful in delaying the need of dialysis as well. "It reduces the progression rate of degeneration and improves reparative capacity of renal cells nephron," he added. (Agency)
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the fourth Global Ayurveda Festival through virtual mode.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister noted the growing global interest in Ayurveda and appreciated the efforts of all those working on Ayurveda across the world. He said “Ayurveda could rightly be described as a holistic human science. From the plants to your plate, from matters of physical strength to mental well-being, the impact and influence of Ayurveda and traditional medicine is immense.”
In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister said that the demand for ayurvedic products is steadily rising. “The current situation presents a right time for Ayurveda and traditional medicines to become even more popular globally. There is growing interest towards them. The world is seeing how modern and traditional medicines both are important to further wellness. People are realising the benefits of Ayurveda and its role in boosting immunity,” said the Prime Minister.
Talking about the potential for wellness tourism in India, he said that at the core of wellness tourism is the principle of - treat illness, further wellness. Therefore, the strongest pillar of the wellness tourism is Ayurveda and traditional medicine. He called upon the audience to tap into the timeless culture of India to de-stress and healing.“Whether you want to treat your body, or a retreat for your mind, come to India”, The Prime Minister invited.
The Prime Minister called for taking advantage of Ayurveda’s popularity and opportunities arising out of combining traditional with the modern. Citing situations like youngsters using a wide range of Ayurveda products and a growing consciousness to integrate Ayurveda with evidence-based medical sciences, Shri Modi called upon the academicians to deepen research on Ayurveda and traditional forms of medicine. He urged vibrant start-up community to specially look at Ayurveda products. He also appreciated the youth for presenting our traditional forms of healing in a language that is globally understood.
On behalf of the Government, the Prime Minister assured full support to the world of Ayurveda. He informed that the National AYUSH Mission has been started to promote AYUSH medical systems through cost effective AYUSH services. It is also working to strengthen educational systems and facilitating the enforcement of quality control of Ayurveda, Siddha Unani & Homoeopathy drugs and ensuring sustainable availability of raw-materials. He informed that the Government is undertaking various quality control measures as well. “Our policy regarding Ayurveda and other Indian systems of medicine is already aligned with the Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 of World Health Organisation. The WHO has also announced the setting up of the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India”, The Prime Minister said.
Noting that students from various countries are coming to India to study about Ayurveda and traditional medicines, The Prime Minister commented that this is the ideal time to think about worldwide wellness. He suggested that perhaps a global Summit could be organised on this theme.
The Prime Minister emphasized the need to promote food items relating to Ayurveda and food items that further good health. He mentioned the United Nations declaring 2023 to be the International Year of Millets. The Prime Minister called to spread awareness on the benefits of millets.
The Prime Minister gave a call to keep building on our achievements in Ayurveda. “Let Ayurveda be a drawing force, which brings the world to our land. May it also create prosperity for our youth” he concluded.
Text of PM's address at Global Ayurveda Festival
Greetings to everyone.
My colleagues in the Ministry, Kiren Rijiju ji, Muralitharan ji, Global Ayurveda Festival Secretary General Dr. Gangadharan ji, FICCI President Uday Shankar ji, Dr. Sangeeta Reddy ji.
I am glad to be speaking at the fourth Global Ayurveda Festival. It is wonderful to note that many experts are going to be sharing their views and experiences. The number of countries being represented is above 25. These are great signs. It shows a growing interest towards Ayurveda and traditional forms of medicine. From this forum I would like to appreciate the efforts of all those working on Ayurveda across the world. Their passion and persistence will benefit the entire humanity.
Ayurveda is closely linked to the respect Indian culture gives to Nature and the environment. Our texts have described Ayurveda brilliantly when it was said: हिता-हितम् सुखम् दुखम्, आयुः तस्य हिता-हितम्। मानम् च तच्च यत्र उक्तम्, आयुर्वेद स उच्यते॥ Ayurveda takes care of many aspects. It ensures good health and a long life. Ayurveda could rightly be described as a holistic human science. From the plants to your plate, From matters of physical strength to mental well-being, The impact and influence of Ayurveda and traditional medicine is immense.
It is said: 'स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्य रक्षणं, आतुरस्य विकार प्रशमनं'। It means: Apart from curing existing ailments, Ayurveda also protects the overall health of the body. No wonder, that more than Rog, Ayurveda talks about Nirog. Back in the day, if someone went to a Vaidya, he or she not only got a medicine but also a few Mantras like: भोजन करें आराम से, सब चिंता को मार। चबा-चबा कर खाइए, वैद्य न आवे द्वार॥ It means: Enjoy your food, without any tension. Relish every bite of the food, chew it patiently… this way you will never have to call a Vaidyaraj home again.
In June 2020, I came across an article in the Financial Times. The headline was - Coronavirus gives 'health halo' products a boost. The piece referred to turmeric, ginger and other such spices whose demand is steadily rising in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The current situation presents a right time for Ayurveda and traditional medicines to become even more popular globally. There is growing interest towards them. The world is seeing how modern and traditional medicines both are important to further wellness. People are realizing the benefits of Ayurveda and its role in boosting immunity. People are making Kaadha, Basil, black pepper integral parts of their lives.
There are many flavours of tourism today. But, what India specially offers you is Wellness Tourism, I repeat again Wellness Tourism. At the core of wellness tourism is the principle of - treat illness, further wellness. And, when I talk about Wellness Tourism, its strongest pillar is Ayurveda and traditional medicine. Imagine yourself getting a detox in lush green surroundings in the beautiful state of Kerala. Imagine yourself performing Yoga by a gushing river, by the mountain winds in Uttarakhand. Imagine yourself in the middle of the lush green forests of the Northeast. If your life's deadlines and timelines are stressing you out, it is time to tap into the timeless culture of India. Whether you want to treat your body, or a retreat for your mind, come to India.
Thanks to Ayurveda's popularity a strong opportunity awaits us. We must not lose that opportunity. There have been many gains by combining the traditional with the modern. Youngsters are using a wide range of Ayurveda products. There is a growing consciousness to integrate Ayurveda with evidence based medical sciences. Likewise, other things getting popular are: Ayurveda supplements. Personal care products centred around Ayurveda. The Packaging of products has been greatly enhanced. I would call upon our academicians to deepen research on Ayurveda and traditional forms of medicine. I would urge our vibrant start-up community to specially look at Ayurveda products. One thing for which I want to specially appreciate the youth is that they have taken the lead to present our traditional forms of healing in a language that is globally understood. No wonder I strongly feel that the ethos of our land and the enterprise spirit of our youth can do wonders.
On behalf of the Government I assure full support to the world of Ayurveda. India has set up the National Ayush Mission. The National AYUSH Mission has been started to promote AYUSH medical systems through cost effective AYUSH services. It is also working to strengthen educational systems. It is also facilitating the enforcement of quality control of Ayurveda, Siddha Unani & Homoeopathy drugs and ensuring sustainable availability of raw materials. The Government is undertaking various quality control measures as well. Our policy regarding Ayurveda and other Indian systems of medicine is already aligned with the Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 of World Health Organisation. The WHO has also announced the setting up of the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India. We welcome this step. You would be happy to know that already, students from various countries are coming to India to study about Ayurveda and traditional medicines. This is the ideal time to think about world wide wellness. Perhaps a global Summit could be organised on this theme. We should also think about Ayurveda and Aahar in the times to come. Food items relating to Ayurveda and food items that further good health. Many of you would be aware that a few days ago the United Nations declared 2023 to be the International Year of Millets. Let us spread awareness on the benefits of millets.
Let me conclude with a quotation of Mahatma Gandhi. I quote: I think highly of Ayurveda. It is one of the ancient sciences of India, which ensures the health of the millions in her thousands of villages. I advise every citizen to live life in accordance with the principles of Ayurveda. The Pharmacy, the dispensary and the Vaidyaraj, all have my blessings that they may be enabled to render the best possible service to Ayurveda. Unquote. Mahatma Gandhi said this more than a hundred years ago. But his sentiment is relatable even now. Let us keep building on our achievements in Ayurveda. Let Ayurveda be a driving force, which brings the world to our land. May it also create prosperity for our youth. I wish this conference all success. My best wishes to all participants.
Thank you very much.
Ministry of AYUSH has formed an Inter-disciplinary AYUSH R&D Task Force chaired by Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan and having representation from scientists including Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Biotechnology(DBT), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and AYUSH Institutions.
The Interdisciplinary AYUSH Research and Development Task Force has formulated and designed clinical research protocols for prophylactic studies and add-on interventions in COVID-19 positive cases through thorough review and consultative process of experts of high repute from different organizations across the country for studying four different interventions viz.
Ashwagandha, Yashtimadhu, Guduchi + Pippali and a poly herbal formulation (AYUSH-64).The task force have taken up the proposals received from screening committees of Councils and proactively explored possibilities based on available leads.
Ministry of AYUSH has constituted core group of experts under the Chairmanship of Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan to identify and propose formulations on COVID-19 which are in line with Classical Ayurveda principles and have substantial leads on COVID-19 viz. one for prophylaxis as immunomodulatory, another for management of COVID-19 with antiviral properties and one product for post COVID-19 care.
Ministry of AYUSH has launched interdisciplinary studies involving AYUSH interventions for COVID-19 based on recommendations of Task force. Under various research organizations and National Institutes under Ministry of AYUSH, 112 research studies at 141 centres in the country are being conducted on AYUSH interventions as prophylactic interventions.
AYUSH Sanjivani mobile app developed by Ministry of AYUSH and has documented the impact assessment of effectiveness, acceptance and usage of AYUSH advisories & measures in the prevention of COVID-19 through Mobile app base population study in around 1.5 crores respondents. 85.1% of the respondents reported use of AYUSH measures for prevention of COVID-19, among which 89.8% respondents agreed to have benefitted from the practice of AYUSH advisory.
The Ministry of AYUSH has released “National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for management of COVID-19” prepared by National Task force which in consensus from expert committees from All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), Delhi, Institute of Post Graduate Training and Research in Ayurved (IPGTRA), Jamnagar, and National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur , Central Council for Research in Ayurveda (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) and other national research organizations as per the Report & Recommendations of the Interdisciplinary Committee.
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.
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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)