Research and Development in Ayurveda -An overview
Quest for healthy and long life is perhaps as old as human existence and efforts are unremitting to address the challenges and triumph over the bottlenecks across this journey. Ayurveda –the science of life, evolved as a comprehensive system of healthcare systematically through scientific experimentations of high order backed by sound and reproducible evidence base and stood the test of the time. Natural products of botanical, Animal or mineral sources from India have initiated the scientific expedition of Drugs since antiquity .Even now more than fifty percent of existing drugs can be traced to natural products used globally. Still, more interesting leads are emerging for drug discovery from Ayurvedic drugs. Several strategies and roadmaps are being drawn to carry forward merits of this science so as to meet the current day heath needs and mainstream its core strengths alongside through research & development (R&D) in this country and across the globe. Some of the Ayurvedic plants, which have led to global use and pharmacology research viz. Aloe vera in Burns management ; Curcuma longa as Anti-inflammatory, Anti- diabetic & Cancer preventive agent etc. The evidence base of Ayurveda established since ancient times calls for further substantiation and such research will require integration of Ayurveda and bio medicine . Research methodology entails the approach of ‘system validation’ and protocols evolved through a strong frontier with modern science, all together without losing core foundations of its basic tenets and fundamental thoughts.