CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH IN UNANI MEDICINE (CCRUM)

The Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) is an apex autonomous research organization, functioning under the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India for achieving following main objectives:

  • To undertake in-house research and collaborative research projects in Unani System of Medicine;
  • To assist research, and propagate scientific knowledge and experimental tools regarding the causation, mode of spread and prevention of diseases;
  • To initiate, aid, develop and coordinate scientific research in fundamental and applied aspects of Unani System of Medicine and promote and assist research institutions for the study of diseases, their prevention, causation and treatment as per Unani Medicine approaches;
  • To exchange scientific information with other institutions, association and societies interested in the objects similar to that of the Central Council especially in observational studies on diseases.

  • The policies, directions and overall guidance for the activities of the Council are regulated by the Governing Body. Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India is the president of the Governing Body and has general control on the affaris of the Council. The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) headed by a senior scientist of repute, provides direction to the research activities. The SAC helps the Council in formulation, appraisal, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the research projects and identify topics of research for the development of the system. The Institutional Ethics Committees are constituted in the research centres of the Council in accordance with the standard guidelines to look into the ethical issues involved in research studies undertaken by the Council .

    The Council has its headquarters at New Delhi with 23 centres functioning in different parts of the country. The institutional network of the Council includes two Central Research Institutes of Unani Medicine – one each at Hyderabad and Lucknow; eight Regional Research Institutes of Unani Medicine – one each at Chennai, Bhadrak, Patna, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Aligarh and Srinagar; one Literary Research Institute of Unani Medicine at New Delhi; Drug Standardization Research Institute at Ghaziabad; two Regional Research Centres of Unani Medicine – one each at Allahabad and Silchar; six Clinical Research Units (Unani) –one each at Bhopal, Burhanpur, Meerut, Bangalore, Kurnool and Edathala; one Drug Standardization Research Unit at New Delhi; one Chemical Research Unit (Grant-in-aid) at Aligarh; and one Clicinal Research Pilot Project at Imphal, Manipur.

    Besides, the Council has set up two colocation centres in major Allopathic Hospitals in New Delhi for providing free Unani Treatment under one roof. These include a Unani Medical Centre at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and an Unani Speciality Centre at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.

    ACHIEVEMENTS OF CCRUM
    The research programme of the CCRUM mainly comprises of Clinical Research including safety and efficacy studies of Unani drugs, validation of the Fundamentals, Drug Standardization and Quality Control, Survey and Cultivation of Medicinal Plants, and Literary Research Information, Education and Communication (IEC), and Human Resource Development (HRD) are also part of the Council’s activities in addition to extension of health services. Over the years the CCRUM has emerged as global leader for research in Unani System of Medicine.

    Clinical Research:
    The clinical research programme of the Council mainly aims at validating the therapeutic efficacy of Unani medicines and therapies, which have been in use for centuries. The Council in this regard conducts both diseaseand drug-based trials. Under this activity, the Council has achieved some significant leads in the successful treatment of certain diseases e.g. Vitiligo (Baras), Eczema (Nar Farsi), Psoriasis (Da’ al-sadaf), Sinusitis (IItihab-iTajawif-I Anf), Rheumathoid arthritis (Waja’ al- Mafasil), Bronchial asthma (Diq al-Nafas), and Hyperlipidaemia (Kathrat-I Shahm al-Dam) etc. Apart from these areas, the Council has also undertaken clinical studies on other diseases e.g. Malaria, Filariasis, Leishmaniasis, Amoebic and Bacillary dysentery, Helminthiasis, Infantile diarrhoe, infective Hepatitis, Menorrhagia, Leucorrhoea etc. Validation of formulation from National Formulary of Unani Medicine (NFUM) is also being undertaken for reestablishing their efficacy and safety on scientific parameters in different disease for which these have been used for years together.