Ayush is also a common Hindu given name, derived from Sanskrit, meaning “life”. It is the name given to the official Indian ministry of the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, abbreviated as AYUSH.
It is a governmental body in India purposed with developing, education and research in ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine), yoga, naturopathy, unani, siddha, and homoeopathy, Sowa-rigpa (Traditional Tibetan medicine), and other Indigenous Medicine applications.
It has been announced that the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has developed the anti-diabetic drug AYUSH-82 and AYUSH-SG for Rheumetoid Arthritis.
The Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) has developed 9 drugs out of which 2 are of vegetable origin, 5 are from different strains of Dengue virus and two are of chemical origin.
The Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) has developed D-5 choornam for the management of Type II Diabetes. In addition Ministry of AYUSH through its Research Councils has undertaken R&D for development of new AYUSH drugs with details as follows:
- Ayush-QOL RC for improvement of quality of life in cancer patients
- Ayush- Manas for Mental retardation in Children
- C-1 oil for wound healing
- Ayush-Rasayan – A&B for Geriatric Health,
- Ayush – D for Diabetes,
- Ayush – A for Asthma,
- Ayush – PJ – 7 for Dengue
The Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) has conducted multi – centric clinical trials on four new Unani formulations on Vitiligo, Diabetes Mellitus type – II, Essential Hypertension and Infective Hepatitis. Experimental safety of these drugs has already been established.
The development of new drugs is a standard procedure which involves standardization of raw drug followed by Drug proving, Clinical Verification and Clinical Trial. This is done in the concerned institutes of the Ministry following the prevalent guidelines, through Intra – Mural and collaborative research modes. The whole process as detailed above takes 7 to 8 years or even more, in the normal course.
This information was announced by the Minister of State for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.