The central Ayush department has proposed to conduct clinical trials on pregnant women suffering from anaemia to test the new ayurvedic herbal drugs.
As part of this, the Central Council for Research in Ayrvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has decided to conduct clinical trials on 9,000 pregnant women and is expected to study the efficacy of ayurvedic drugs in pregnant women for management of anaemia and other complications.
According to Dr. S. Srikanth, deputy director general of CCRAS, as part of the clinical trials, about 9,000 pregnant women who are suffering from lack of blood and suffering from anaemia would be taken as subjects for the Ayush research project. The main objective behind this clinical trial is to study the efficacy of various new Ayush drugs developed in the recent past, which are meant to treat constipation, edema, and nausea, back ache and manage anaemia in pregnant women. As part of the clinical trial study, the CCRAS researchers are also expected to propose a suitable diet and changes in life style.
“The main objective behind this clinical trial is to find out the efficacy of some of the herbal drugs developed by the Ayush department. As many pregnant women in India are suffering with most common disease of anaemia and have the problem of low milk yield after delivery, we have decided to study the new herbal drugs, which we expect would help a great deal in not just curing anaemia, but also resolve various issues and problems associated with pregnancy,” said the CCRAS deputy director.
The clinical trial project is expected to be conducted for two years across 30 primary health centres in Maharashtra.
Usually, during deliveries most of the pregnant women give birth to low weight babies. In view of this, the researchers have decided to test efficacy of various ayurvedic medicines, which would be administered to the pregnant women during clinical trials, which would prove to be effective in increasing the weights of the new born babies. It is expected that during the clinical trials the subject pregnant women would be given as many as 6 different ayurvedic medicines to study the efficacy of the medicines in improving the condition of pregnant women.
The CCRAS authorities selected the pregnant women in the age group of 18-40 years. Already the consent from ministry of Ayush has been given for the proposed clinical trial and accordingly necessary project staff including doctors, senior research fellows and pharmacists have already been deployed for taking up the clinical trials for the new Ayush drugs in pregnant women.