Good hope for Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani medicines

Now there is some good news for the Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy as the Central government has taken some solid initiative to facilitate these treatment ways. Now central government has approved creation of infrastructure for Central Drug Controller for AYUSH drugs. The initiative started by the government would facilitate all those in not only in the country but also abroad. Apart from these the government has shown its interests in development of medicinal plants, herbs and the other oils, gums etc which certainly will facilitate the importance of these healing therapy.

It a latest development, the Expenditure Finance Committee has approved creation of infrastructure for Central Drug Controller for AYUSH drugs. To ensure the quality and standards of Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani (ASU) medicines and effective enforcement of the provisions of the Drugs & Cosmetic Act, the Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani Drugs Consultative Committee (ASUDCC) chaired by Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) recommended creation of separate Central Drug Controller for ASU drugs. It will facilitate the increased acceptability of Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy medicines within the country and abroad.

According to data compiled by Pharmexcil from UN Comtrade (the official agency for such data), the export of India and China in 2010 was US Dollar 790.56 Million and 1329.72 Million respectively out of total global export of US Dollar 7592.08 Million (for 165 countries). These data pertain to export of medicinal plants, herbs and the value added products like extracts including essential oils, gums & resins (excluding finished dosage forms).

Government has taken many important measures for development of medicinal plants sector, which will make its wider acceptability and its growth.

Now the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) under Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been implementing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of "National Mission on Medicinal Plants" since 2008-09 to provide support for establishment of nurseries, cultivation of identified species including those which are in demand for export, setting up of infrastructure for post harvest management / processing and value addition / testing facilities / organic, GAP certification, market promotion etc.

National Horticulture Mission under Ministry of Agriculture has been providing support for organic certification to enhance the horticulture crops including medicinal plants.

Now National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) has developed guidelines for Good Agricultural Practices and Good Field Collection Practices for Indian medicinal plants.

Government has developed a Certificate Standards and Voluntary Certificate Scheme have been launched for cultivated and collected medicinal plants with support of Quality Council of India.

Now National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) has also working for developing agro-techniques of selected important medicinal plants.

(Inputs from P.I.B)

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