a truly Indian medicinal system, has been neglected
in the country of its origin. Today, Indian modern
medicine doctors have very little idea about Ayurveda,
and the system is not even introduced in the MBBS
course. Overall, Ayurveda in India has not changed
with the requirements of modern times, and very little
research if any has been encouraged by the Government.
with School of Health Sciences, Pune University, a
modern medicine-Ayurveda interface was set up by Dr
A Chopra in 1989 to explore the Ayurvedic system for
better therapy of ‘difficult to treat diseases’.
Arthritis was accepted as the model for study. Dr
Chopra set up protocols to validate
antiarthritic ayurvedic medicines as per modern
norms. And the first well designed drug trial for
a potential Ayurvedic medicine in patients with RA
was begun in 1994. Several have followed with CRD
being the co-ordinating center. CRD has contributed
on various aspects of Ayurvedic drug development in
treatment of RA and OA. A well recognized and validated
outcome of this clinical research has been the launch
of Artrex; an Ayurvedic derived antiarthritic medicine
now manufactured and marketed by Dabur India.