The Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India. Since its establishment in 1978, the CCRUM as the apex government organization for research in Unani Medicine has been engaged in conducting scientific research on the applied as well as fundamental aspects of Unani system of medicine. Consequently, over the past four decades of its existence, the Council has made significant strides in clinical research, drug standardization, survey and cultivation of medicinal plants, and literary research. Besides, research-oriented health extension services, and information, education and communication (IEC) activities have also been part of the Council’s programmes. Extension of Healthcare services under the scheme of collocation of AYUSH centres in Allopathic Hospital in Delhi, several Unani Medical Centres were established at RML Hospital, DDU Hospital, AIIA and at Safdarjung Hospital. With the efforts of the scientists and technical manpower at its 23 research centres spread across the country, the Council has won appreciation from various quarters for its patents which are 17 in number, innovative research outcomes, and scientific publications.
The Council under its Clinical Research Programme has so far conducted studies on a number of investigational drugs besides validating several pharmacopoeial formulations in different disease conditions at its research centres and in collaboration with other scientific institutions.
- The National Research Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorder (NRIUMSD), Hyderabad is the most celebrated institute of the Council which has earned fame for treatment of vitiligo (Baraṣ) and other chronic and stubborn diseases.
- The CRIUM, Lucknow has attained good repute for research and development of treatment for musculoskeletal disorders.
- The Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine (RRIUM), Chennai is the major research centre known for treatment of infective hepatitis and other chronic liver diseases.
- The RRIUM, Bhadrak has developed safe and effective treatment of filariasis (Dā’ al-Fīl).
- The RRIUM, Srinagar has conducted research on respiratory disorders.
The scientific institutions that collaborate with CCRUM include All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hyderabad, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Interactive Research School for Health Affairs (IRSHA), Bhartiya Vidya Peeth University, Pune, Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow, UDDAN, New Delhi, NMIMS University, Mumbai, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Ajmal Khan Tibbiya College, AMU, Aligarh, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI), University of Delhi, AMITY University, Noida.
In the area of Survey and Cultivation of Medicinal Plants, ethnobotanical surveys have been conducted in different forest areas of 14 states collecting over 1 lakhs specimens of medicinal plants. Database of 9,500 Medicinal Folk claims have also been documented and published in Nineteen(19) volume of Books. Experimental and field scale cultivation of 38 important medicinal plants used in the Unani system of medicine has also been undertaken. Besides Survey units are maintaining 329 Medicinal Plants for its conservation and demonstration purpose in Herbal Gardens.
In the area of Drug Standardization, the Council has developed pharmacopoeial standards for 298 single drugs and 200 compound formulations which have been published in Unani pharmacopoeia of India. Besides, six volumes of National Formulary of Unani Medicine have also been revisited recently for bringing out their revised addition.
Under the Literary Research Programme, translation of over 60 classical books have been translated into Urdu and other languages and puclished. Besides compilation of 10 books, standardisation of unani medical terminologies, developing unani treatment guidelines for common diseases and reprinting of out of print 72 classical books had also been undertaken.
The CCRUM scientists have the credit of publishing hundreds of research papers in various reputed national and international scientific journals. Besides over 1400 research papers have also been presented in different national and international seminars, conferences and workshops.
The Outreach Activity among the masses is benefiting over 5 lakhs patients annually. The Council is actively carrying out a programme on integration of Unani Medicine in National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) in Lakhimpur Kheri (U.P.). The Council has also started MD and PhD programmes in Unani Medicine to create research personnel for the future.
The Council has been working and intends to continue its efforts for opening new possibilities and opportunities to deal with persistent and emerging medical and health problems of our countrymen particularly in the areas of communicable and non-communicable diseases. With the available state of the art infrastructure at its units, the Council is marching ahead to explore the hidden potentials of Unani system of medicine for benefitting the masses around the globe.