Standardization of Siddha system
The Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) has started validating scientific formulations and standardization of the Siddha system and medicines with a view to ensure that the native system of medicine reaches every nook and corner of India and the world, Prof. R.S. Ramaswamy, Director General, CCRS has said.
Inaugurating the Dr. Saradha Subramaniam Memorial Pre-Conference Workshop on ‘Techniques in Pre-Clinical Studies’ at the 36th annual conference of Indian Association of Bio-medical Scientists on Thursday, Mr. Ramaswamy said that that the Siddha system had it own preparations and formulations prescribed thousands of years ago which do not require pre-clinical evaluation.
But CCRS has now started validating scientific formulations and standardization clinically and pre-clinically to ensure an international reach.
He said that CCRS was keen to start Clinical Research Units for Siddha in all the states in the country.
At present Siddha system is mostly prevalent in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Sri Lanka and Malaysia and is now spreading to the Northern parts of India.
Mr. Ramaswamy said that CCRS would soon open its clinical research unit in five states including Delhi. We have obtained the approval of the Delhi Government and the research unit will go on stream in a month’s time.
Need for nationalization
Siddha system should be nationalized before going for globalization, he said adding that two Siddha medicine formulations 777 – for Psoriasis and D 5 choornam for Diabetes had received patents after successful clinical trials.
CCRS has started working on establishing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pondicherry University for mutual research activities and establishment of facilities.
He also felt that Union Territory of Puducherry should have a Siddha Medical college and Pondicherry University could accommodate the college. The Regional Research Institute for Siddha in Puducherry could collaborate in this regard. Prof. Anisa Basheer Khan, Vice Chancellor (in charge) and N. Arumugam, Head, Department of Biotechnology participated. The theme for Friday’s discussions is ‘Translational Sciences: Bridging Ancient and Modern Bio-medicine’.
The scientific deliberations would focus on the importance and role of multi-disciplinary research in translational bio-medicine, bio-markers in translational medicines, safety and ethics in translational sciences and translational therapeutics and technologies in bio-medicine.