National Consultative Meet on Traditional Medicine Research Priorities

National Consultative Meet on Traditional Medicine Research Priorities


The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), part of the Ministry of Ayush, hosted a significant National Consultative Meet on “Research Priority Settings in Traditional Medicine” in partnership with WHO-SEARO and WHO-GTMC.


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Key highlights:

  1. Objectives: The meet aims to identify and prioritize key research areas in Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani, and Homeopathy, following WHO’s guidelines on traditional medicine.
  2. Participants:
    • The event will feature policymakers, academic institutions, researchers, patients, and industry stakeholders from the traditional medicine sector.
    • Key officials from the Ministry of Ayush, NITI Aayog, Ayush research councils, National Commissions, Ayush universities, and other relevant bodies will be involved.
  3. Research Areas:
  • The meet will cover research on medicinal plants, quality, safety, and efficacy of traditional medicines.
  • Discussions will include pre-clinical validations, clinical trial monitoring, rational use of traditional medicines, and the digitalization of ancient medical texts and medical anthropology.


  • The meet aims to create a strategic research roadmap for the next decade, ensuring effective resource utilization and addressing crucial research gaps in traditional medicine.
  • This initiative supports the global acceptance and integration of traditional medicine practices, positioning India as a leader in traditional medicine research aligned with international standards.
  • This consultative meet is a pivotal step towards enhancing the global standing of India’s traditional medicine practices through rigorous research and strategic collaboration.

Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS):

  • The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) is an autonomous body under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India.
  • It serves as the apex organization for research in Ayurvedic sciences, focusing on integrating ancient wisdom with modern technology to develop scientific evidence for Ayurvedic principles and drug therapies.
  • CCRAS aims to bring Ayurveda to the public through innovative diagnostic, preventive, promotive, and treatment methods, ensuring the sustained availability of quality natural resources.
  • It also collaborates with relevant organizations to incorporate these innovations into public health systems.