|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 253-254
Workshop on research methodology for Ayurveda, April 2 and 3, 2016
Department of Kayachikitsa, Government Ayurvedic College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Web Publication||10-Aug-2016|
Government Ayurvedic College, Nagpur, Maharashtra
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Nakanekar A. Workshop on research methodology for Ayurveda, April 2 and 3, 2016. Ancient Sci Life 2016;35:253-4
A unique intellectual feast on research methodology in Ayurveda with a focus on the traditional Vaidya scientists and the modern scientists was organized on 2nd and 3rd April at Vanamati, Nagpur. The workshop was Organized by, 'Upavan' Society and co-organized by ME2WE foundation, Society for ethnopharmacology, Nagpur Chapter. The event was supported by World Ayurveda foundation of Vijnana Bharati and recognized it as its Flagship program for the 7th world Ayurveda congress, 2016 to be held at Calcutta.
It was observed that India is one of the 17 biodiversities of the globe, covers about 7% of world's biodiversity and is a
repository of more than 6,000 medicinal plants. Though, India has an ancient heritage of herbal therapy sciences
Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani along with a number of folk healing systems, it lags behind in world market because of difficulties in validating the same. As per the World Health Organization 80% of the world population relies on herbs for primary health care and in today's world, people are looking with great hope towards Ayurveda, herbals and plant based medicines because they are safe and effective. Though, Ayurveda has traditionally given the world many medicines, it is imperative to have this system validated by modern scientific evidences. To export the Ayurvedic medicines the people of developing countries need proper research approach, proper documentation and authentication of its claims to get major share in market which is projected to be 5 trillion USD by 2050.
The workshop gave opportunity to the Ayurvedic vaidyas, students and traditional healers to collaborate with the modern scientists. This was specially so with the students and researchers of natural products in Pharmaceutical sciences. The workshop was attended by intellectually motivated and interested individuals who enriched the interaction with their questions. It was guided by eminent personalities from Ayurvedic and pharmacy field. Dr. Girish Tillu from Pune University spoke on the subject of 'An idea on research Question' and 'Publication of research paper', Dr. Supriya Bhalerao from IRSHA Pune on 'Developing methodology,' Dr. Shweta Telang from the Dept of AYUSH, Nashik on 'Quality parameters for Herbo-mineral formulations and avenues ahead', Dr. Prakash Itankar on 'Inter-disciplinary research approach', Dr. Amit Nakanekar on 'Research and day to day practice', Shri. P.M. Ballal, Inspector at FDA, on 'Expectations of FDA from Ayurved Drug industry, legal perspectives [Figure 1].'
The Inaugural function was graced by Dr. Mukund Baheti, eminent physician, Dr. Ghanashyam Kodwani from Gov. Ayurved College, Dr. Shriram Jyotishi from World Ayurved Foundation. The valedictory function was chaired by Dr. Kabra, Dr. A. Ittadwar, Principal, Gurunanak college of Pharmacy, Dr. A.N. Saoji, Dr. A. A. Saoji, Dr. N. J. Duragkar, and Dr. D. M. Saraf.
About 80 delegates attended workshop and they included research students of MD (Ayu.) and M. Pharmacy, Vaidyas of Go-Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, Deolapar led by Vaidya Nandini Bhojraj, Vaidyas from Gadchiroli and almost forty faculty members of Ayurved and pharmacy. The deliberations and the interactive sessions were vibrant. It was finally decided to identify and club together the strengths of the traditional vaidyas and the modern scientific community in doing collaborative research and validation. The final session of one to one interaction of participants with experts was coordinated by Dr Amit Nakanekar.
It was the opinion of the participants that they will work together to bring out the best of ancient Indian health practices by participating in the validation support using modern scientific practices. By doing this, it was felt that India can become a Vishva guru in health sciences.
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