and NCISM release "SMART2.0" to bring ayurvedic research into the
January 3, the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCISM) and
the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) launched the "SMART
2.0" program. By encouraging cooperation between research
organizations and academic institutions, it seeks to advance evidence-based
clinical research on important Ayurvedic treatments.
for Mainstreaming Ayurvedic Research among Teaching Professionals" is what
"SMART" enlarges to.
colleges, hospitals, and universities are encouraged to exhibit interest in
working together to do thorough research that prove the effectiveness and
safety of Ayurvedic formulations aimed at important healthcare issues. This
initiative is being carried out by the CCRAS and NCISM.Focus Areas
studies focus on malnutrition, lifestyle illnesses, women's health, and
Nutrition in Childhood: Wasting and lactation problems
Menstrual problems: unusual uterine hemorrhage; • Nutrition: malnourishment,
Lifestyle Disorders: osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus
will oversee the initiative and contribute scientific expertise throughout the
Need to Bring Ayurvedic Research Mainstream
to mainstream treatment, Ayurveda has much more promise, but its inclusion into
public healthcare programs is limited by evidence gaps.
using multidisciplinary techniques integrating government bodies and
academicians, the SMART initiatives promote the generation of concrete
validation on Ayurvedic medicines.
examples of success under the previous SMART 1.0 round on ten disease areas
show the efficacy of the collaborative approach.
India launches large campaigns to promote Ayush systems, increasing the amount
of clinical research in which practitioners participate can help to dispel
misconceptions and facilitate the responsible adoption of these systems.
expand this scholarly outreach across regions, the CCRAS
has solicited interest from all Ayurvedic teaching institutions across the
the SMART 2.0 initiative indicates increased attempts to actively combine
science and tradition in order to place Ayurveda in India's medical mainstream
on an equal basis of evidence.