Ministry of AYUSH invites scientists researchers clinicians to undertake research on COVID-19 in homeopathy and AYUSH Systems

Ministry AYUSH notifies that scientists, researchers, clinicians of any of recognized systems of medicine can undertake research on COVID19 through Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy systems

MINISTRY OF AYUSH  NOTIFICATION  New Delhi, the 21st April, 2020.
F. No. L.11011/8/2020/AS

1. In the wake of COVID-19 caused by SARS CoV 2, there has been surge in proposals received by Ministry of AYUSH for claiming possible treatment of COVID19. At present, there is no approved treatment for COVID 19 infection. Indian Traditional Medicines have wide potential for usage in such conditions owing to their longstanding use in the community, huge number of ancient references and large number of publications in scientific journals on their phyto-chemical constituents, mode of action, clinical efficacy etc. 

At the same time, it is also essential to have scientific evidence on use of any Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha or Homeopathy formulation on prevention/ management of COVID 19. Therefore, it is felt necessary to make serious efforts for development of drugs based on any of AYUSH systems recognized under Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

2. There are no specific regulatory provisions in the Drugs & Cosmetics Rules 1945, for conduct of clinical trials of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy drugs. At the same time it is also necessary that the clinical data generated is scientifically valid and credible. In this context the Ministry has undertaken consultation with DCGI, CDSCO as well as other research experts. 

3. In the above background and based on the consultation of CDSCO, the Ministry of AYUSH with the approval of Minister of State Independent Charge for AYUSH notifies that scientists, researchers, clinicians of any of recognized systems of medicine under IMCC Act, 1970, HCC Act 1973 and NMC Act 2019 (formerly IMC Act 1956) can undertake research on COVID19 through Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy systems including prophylactic measures, intervention during the quarantine, asymptomatic and symptomatic cases of COVID -19, public health research, survey, lab based research etc. to generate evidence. 

4. While undertaking research, it is mandatory for the organizations to comply with the following conditions: 

  • (i)  The proposals should be approved by their scientific advisory bodies and Institutional Ethics Committees.
  • (ii)  If it is clinical trial, the project should be registered with CTRI.
  • (iii)  The sample size should be based on statistical justification.
  • (iv)  The Clinical research should be conducted as per AYUSH guidelines for Clinical Research or ICMR guidelines.
  • (v)  Compliance with relevant regulations for Bio-medical and Health Research.
  • (vi)  Compliance to Good Clinical Practice Guidelines.
  • (vii)  Compliance to National Ethical Guidelines for Bio-medical and Health Research on Human Participation published by ICMR.
  • (viii)  Compliance with any other relevant regulations in force.
  • (ix)  AYUSH registered practitioner/expert should be part of the study team at each site.

5. It would be mandatory to the institution/organization to appraise the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India about the research developments as per research timeline and the outcome.  

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5 Comments

  1. APPLIED SUFFICIENT CASES OF COVID-19 WITH EVIDENCE BASED CLINICAL RESEARCH IS HIGHLY SOLICITED.

  2. I fully agree with dr Abhay Chheda
    The COVId 19 may be there for maximum of few months, By the time the disease is not there how are you going to research. This proposal is not conducting reserch many other common diaseses. Here we want find solutions for a pandemic using either GE or other means. This only can done when the disease is prevalent,When we can collect symptons etc. If AYUSH is sincere please entrust a team of efficient homeopathy professional and ask them to study the disease as early as possible and collect as much data as possible from all sources not only from but also from Abroad. The work that is being done by Dr Banergy is as typical method of approach .Just for the sake of a reserch to fool all concerened that AYUSH has taken action is a waste of pubic mone,

  3. Homoeopathy has been existing since more than 200 years. Homoeopathy is legally practiced system of medicine in India. Homoeopathy is 2nd largest used therapeutic system after Allopathy. Homoeopathic treatment doesnt depends on identifying individual Microorganism and is based on personality as a whole. Therefore treatment here can be started immediately without having to depend on identification of pinpoint microorganism. We have ready stock of Homoeopathic medicines and A Law of Cure to select which ones to give. We don’t have to manufacture or research out any new drug. With this step we can substantially improve the cure rate and substantially reduce the number of deaths. What we are talking is very simple & straight. We are ready to add curative benefits to Covid19 patients admitted in various Hospitals.

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