Srinagar: At a time when there are complaints about spurious drugs in the market, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine (RRIUM) at Naseem Bagh here is giving some hope to the patients.
The institute is promoting use of Unani medicines in the Valley with the claim that its medicines are cost effective, efficacious and without any side effects.
The Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), an autonomous body of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH, government of India, started its research activities in J&K way back in 1979.
The council set up Survey of Medicinal Plants Unit (SMPU) and Drug Standardization Research Unit (DSRU) here in 1979. In 1985 it came up with Clinical Research Unit (CRU) and Mobile Clinical Research Unit (MCRU) and in 1995 the council launched Toxicology Unit.
All these units were amalgamated into RRIUM Srinagar.
The RRIUM is a decentralized Institute with staff strength of 52 and annual budget of Rs.2.30 crore.
According to the Research Officer of RRIUM, Dr Arshid Iqbal Bhat the research is going on scientific lines and Unani medicines are being produced to for prevention of diseases in the state.
He said the institute is financing all the research projects and “we share our information with other institutions, associations and societies whose objectives fall in synch with that of the council.”
Assistant Director of the Institute, Nakib ul Islam told Greater Kashmir that the Clinical Research Unit (CRU) of the Institute has a Research OPD, GOPDs, Geriatric OPD, a 50-bedded research IPD, Pathology, Biochemistry Laboratories, X-ray Unit, ECG and Ultrasonography Unit, a Pharmacy and Dispensary to cater to the needs of patients.
“On an average 150 to 200 patients with different ailments visit the OPDs,” he said.
Under its Clinical Research Program the Institute is busy to establish the therapeutic efficacy of Unani drugs in some chronic and common diseases.
“The clinical study on Jardiat (Giardiasis) has been completed and Monograph had already been submitted to the Council,” he said.
Pertinently, Mobile Clinical Research Program (MCRP) of the institute collects information on research cases while providing free medical care to socially and economically weaker sections of the population in rural areas and urban slums near Srinagar.
Besides, the Institute is also in the process of reviving of Leeching Tradition in different diseases.