Ayurveda and Clinical Research
Ashwini Mathur aptly states that “reported lack of efficacy of Ayurvedic treatments in clinical trials is often not due to inefficacy of the treatments itself, but arises from inadequacies of trial design. Ayurvedic interventions should exclusively use its multi-component, individualised and inherently holistic approach and that general guideline for rigorously reporting such clinical trials should be developed”
There are several methodologies to conduct good clinical trials.
- The CONSORT (CONsolidated Standards of Reporting) has released guidelines on reporting of trials using herbal products.
- The SPIRIT initiative defines Standard Protocol Items for Randomised trials.
- In epidemiology, the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement similarly aims to strengthen reporting of observational studies, while the Meta-analysis Of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) group has prepared checklists for meta-analysis of observational studies.
- Transparent Reporting of Evaluations with Non- randomised Designs (TREND) statements concern methods of research design to eliminate biases in non-randomised studies.
Ayurveda would certainly benefit from similar guidelines. Ayurveda needs to take a giant leap forward to position itself alongside the modern medicine to be truly integrative. The benefits of Ayurveda is only being realised at the minuscule level worldwide. Proper presentation of Ayurveda to the world is the need of the hour.
IVAC is constantly striving to improve the standards of care and delivery of Ayurveda to the humanity at large through research and development.
IVAC’s Initiatives so far:
- Developed a world-class therapists training program. Our therapies have a consistent rating of 98% “EXCELLENT”, several years in a row.Developed designs for equipment: Massage tables, Steam units. Designs for Interiors, Panchakarma units and Vaastu based constructions.
- Obtained ISO 9001-2008 Certification.
- Our latest initiative is “GO GREEN”. This would create an organisation, which would live up to the true Vedic heritage, non-polluting, nature-friendly, nurturing the nature and being nurtured.
- Thousands of studies have been done showing the clinical efficacy of Ayurveda. The Rishis did not have laboratories to do such experiments, but through their profound intuition and level of sensitivity, they understood plants and diseases at it are fundamental level. Thus modern science is just validating what the sages of yore had already proven through their deep knowing of reality.