Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department has now embarked on the task of validating the treatment methods through documentation and research.
The department has asked Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) to validate these methods that will be documented by AYUSH practitioners in government hospitals and bring it out as research publication.
Shalini Rajneesh, Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), told The Hindu on Tuesday that there is a need for spreading the knowledge and benefits of AYUSH systems of medicine to people. “This is possible only if the drugs and practices are validated through an exhaustive research process based on standard parameters. I have written to the RGUHS Vice-Chancellor to help us out in this,” she said. “AYUSH systems offer a wide range of holistic treatments covering preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and rejuvenatary needs,” she said.
There are 1,419 AYUSH practitioners working in government healthcare facilities, including 42 in district hospitals. “These practitioners apart from Ayurveda college faculty and students will start documenting the treatment methods and outcomes as soon as the RGUHS gives us a standardised format for documentation,” Ms. Rajneesh explained.
The Extra Mural Research Scheme of the Union Ministry of AYUSH is designed to encourage research and development in priority areas based on disease burden. It also aims to utilise the research infrastructure in the country for standardisation and validation of classical drugs.N.A. MagadumPresident, State unit of AYUSH Federation of India