AYUSH Minister Kiren Rijiju on July 5, 2021, launched Ayurveda dataset on the Clinical Trials Registry- India (CTRI) Portal.
- The portal is a significant step towards enabling worldwide visibility for Ayurveda-based clinical trials.
- Ayurveda Dataset of CTRI has been developed jointly by The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) under the AYUSH Ministry.
- On the occasion, four more portals namely AMAR, SAHI, e-MEDHA and RMIS was also launched, all of them have been developed by Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS).
- Rijiju also released four publications related to the Traditional Indian Medicine System of India and lauded the collaborative efforts of the ICMR and the Archaeological Survey of India for these initiatives
- AYUSH seeks to play a big role in the National Digital Health Mission to provide health security to Indian people.
About Clinical Trial Registry-India (CTRI):
- CTRI is the primary register of Clinical Trials under the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) by World Health Organisation (WHO).
- The creation of Ayurveda dataset in CTRI facilitates will make use of Ayurveda terminologies to record clinical study meta data on the basis of Ayurveda interventions.
- To date, clinical trials in Ayurveda were dependent on terminology borrowed from modern medicine.
- With this portal and joint efforts of ICMR and CCRAS, Ayurvedic terminology has become part of CTRI.
- This is a great step towards worldwide visibility for Ayurveda-based Clinical Trials.
Features of CTRI Portal:
- The key feature of this digital platform is the provision of a selection of the Ayurveda Health conditions from the drop-down of 3 thousand 8 hundred 66 Ayurveda morbidity codes.
- These codes have been incorporated from the NAMASTE portal (developed by AYUSH Ministry).
- On the NAMASTE portal, morbidity statistics pertaining to Ayurveda have been classified as per International Classification of Diseases standards.
- Thus information & results of Ayurveda Clinical Trials will be available in Ayurvedic vocabulary in the clinical trials registry of India.
Key points and significance of AMAR, SAHI, e-MEDHA and RMIS:
AMAR (Ayush Manuscripts Advanced Repository) Portal:
- This Portal is of immense value and it has digitized information on rare and hard-to-find Manuscripts and catalogs of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa in libraries or in individual collections across India or in other parts of the world.
SHAI (Showcase of Ayurveda Historical Imprints) Portals:
- These portal showcases inscriptions, Archeo-botanical Information, Sculptures, Philological sources and advanced Archeo Genetic studies.
- This portal will be of tremendous use in the understanding of the Indian Knowledge system with a focus on indigenous health care practices.
E-Medha (electronic Medical Heritage Accession) Portal:
- Online public access catalog for more than 12000 Indian medical heritage books through NIC’s e-granthalaya platform.
CCRAS-Research Management Information System:
- A collaborative effort of ICMR and CCRAS, this portal will be a one-stop solution for Research and Development in Ayurveda-based studies.
- Free of cost research guidance by experienced Scientists, Clinicians of Ayurveda can be availed through this portal.
- Research tools, reference material are also in place in this portal.
About the publications released by the Ministry of Ayush:
- Proceedings of International Workshop on” Preservation and Promotion of SOWA-RIGPA in Asia
- Compendium of Important Cereals mentioned in Ayurveda-Series-1, volume-1
- Ayurveda Sangraha: An important classical textbook of Ayurveda which is mentioned in the Schedule 1 of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. Up till now, this book was available in Bengali language. Now it has been transliterated to Devanagari Script.
- PathapathyaVinishcaya- An important book of Ayurveda and has details of diet and lifestyle.