New Delhi: Studies on influenza like the H1N1 during swine flu pandemic in 2009 has resulted in identification of specific homoeopathic medicines, Lok Sabha was informed Friday.
Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said this in a written reply, in response to a question in Parliament.
"Collaborative studies on influenza like illness (ILI) and H1N1, conducted by Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) during pandemic of H1N1 in 2009 resulted in identification of specific homoeopathic medicines.
"A multi-centric randomised placebo controlled trial with individualised homoeopathic treatment in ILI has also been conducted," Naik said.
He said a preliminary study conducted by Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) in collaboration with Jamia Hamdard in New Delhi on Pulmonary Tuberculosis (Diq-e-Revi) have shown significant effects of Unani drugs as immunomodulator leading to better and early resolution of lesions.
Immunomodulators weaken or modulate the activity of the immune system while a lesions is a region in an organ or tissue which has suffered damage through injury.
Naik also said Homoeopathy has a positive role to decrease viral load in HIV-positive patients, increase CD4 count and improve the quality of life.
He said that various research councils have undertaken large number of projects on various diseases and majority of these projects are mostly multi-centric covering more than one state.
"Studies in respect of above projects have been completed. The results have also shown that Homoeopathy has a positive role to decrease viral load in HIV-positive patients, increase CD4 count and improve the quality of life," Naik said.
The major projects were psoriasis, anti-malarial, anti-epileptic, paediatric care, iron deficiency anaemia, vitiligo, eczema, infective hepatitis, osteoarthritis and bronchial asthma.
The minister said that 81 research institutes and centres are functioning under the five Central Research Councils of the Ministry of AYUSH.
They are Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) and Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH).
Naik said that the central research councils decide on the setting up of new research centres and institutes from time to time, based on research priority, availability of human and material resources and willingness of the state government to provide support in the form of land.