Traditional medicines being developed for prevention of vector borne diseases

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On Friday the central administration conveyed that traditional medicines are being developed for deterrence and management of vector borne diseases. Pre-clinical studies for AYUSH PJ7 — a new medicine for dengue — have been concluded, Minister of State for Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Shripad Yasso Naik conveyed in a written answer to the Lok Sabha.

The minister has also conveyed that, four study councils set up by the Centre are concerned in examine activities, inter-alia counting development and formulation of new drugs. These research councils are the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) and Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH).

 Shripad Yasso Naik has also further conveyed that, CCRAS has presently developed AYUSH PJ7 for dengue and AYUSH SL for filarisis. Pre-clinical studies for both the new drugs have been finished. The CCRAS has prepared Ayush 64, a poly herbal, anti-malarial drug, he conveyed and added that it has made deliberations to conduct clinical studies with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to counter diseases like dengue.

The minister has also further conveyed that, CCRUM has made observational studies on the efficacy of some Unani drugs in the vector borne diseases, like malaria, filarisis and Kala Azar which has established important therapeutic effects in subsiding different signs and symptoms in these conditions. He has also further conveyed adding that, clinical management studies on dengue, Japanese encephalitis and acute lymphadenitis due to filariasis have already been demeanor by CCRH.