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Basic & Translational Research

Basic and Translational Research at AVPRF


AVPRF involves in basic and translational research in the field of Ayurveda. Basic research involves Literary Research and Preclinical Research. Clinical research includes observational studies and clinical trials.

One of the priority areas for research at AVPRF is to facilitate informed decision making and evidence based practice in the field of Ayurveda. AVPRF has already launched the RUDRA clinical documentation program to generate reports on outcomes of clinical practice in the field of Ayurveda. The DHARA database makes available published research papers on Ayurveda for online search. AVPRF is currently working on major upgrades to the RUDRA software and DHARA database.


Studies on Interactions between Ayurvedic and Allopathic Medicines

Patients who come to Ayurvedic physicians for treatment are invariablly on Allopathic medications and more than often start on a regimen that combines Allopathic and Ayurvedic medications. Very little is known about the interactions between these medications, while reports are coming in from world over about dangerous outcomes of combining herbs and drugs. AVPRF is now engaged in systematic studies to explore the outcomes of interactions between Allopathic and Ayurvedic medications that are commonly used together by patients seeking Ayurvedic care. The research includes observational studies, animal studies and clinical trials as well as retrospective analysis of medical records.



Preventive Interventions in Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome denotes a group of risk factors that make people susceptible to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. People with metabolic syndrome can benefit from early detection and Ayurvedic intervention to prevent the manifestation of these diseases. AVPRF is developing a holistic intervention package for metabolic syndrome consisting of stress management, exercise, diet regulation and medications. This is being taken up as a major public health intervention initiative.


Further Studies on Ayurvedic Interventions in Rheumatoid Arthritis

AVPRF is now taking steps to conduct further studies on safety and efficacy of whole system Ayurvedic interventions in rheumatoid arthritis based on the foundational work done through the award winning pilot study funded by National Institutes of Health, USA. As the next step in this direction, a consistency of diagnosis study is being conducted to compare the methods of diagnosis and treatment approaches amongst various Ayurvedic physicians.



Sustainable Use of Medicinal Plants

AVPRF has taken up research activities to develop sustainable harvesting methods for use of medicinal plants. This includes exploring the use of alternate species and alternate parts of plants for therapeutic purposes. The specific focus is on the possibility of using bark, leaves, wood and stem of plants instead of roots especially in situations where harvesting of roots is not feasible and sustainable.


Ayurveda and Modern Science

AVPRF is nurturing the interactions between modern scientists and Ayurvedic physicians to find mutually beneficial ways to further the interest of Ayurveda and modern science for public benefit. An exclusive conference on Ayurveda and Modern Biology was organised in 2009 to lay the foundation for activities in this area.

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