Union AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday inaugurated the Center of Excellence (CoE) program in the field of Integrative Medicine at the National Institute of Psychiatry and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru. The primary objective of the project is to conduct clinical trials in neuro-psychiatric disorders to establish the efficacy, safety and proposed mechanism of Integrative Yoga and Ayurvedic (IYAM) therapeutic principles.
According to NIMHANS, the CoE also aims to train and develop clinician-scientists with core competencies in brain-health research from both traditional and modern scientific approaches.
Nimhans said in a statement, “The proposed center will bring together a team of researchers and clinicians from both modern and traditional disciplines to comprehensively evaluate the efficacy, safety and proposed mechanisms of the proposed Four Ideals of Yoga and Ayurvedic (IYAM) therapeutic approach. Neuropsychiatric disorders affecting individuals across the lifespan. These include schizophrenia, mood disorders, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s dementia.
“There is increasing interest among researchers in exploring the healing potential of traditional complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM), such as Ayurveda and yoga (A&Y), in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders,” the report said.
Also, “The pathophysiology of these disorders remains elusive, and they respond only marginally to conventional biomedical treatments. Studies have demonstrated the neuroprotective, plasticity-enhancing, and inflammation-reducing effects of yoga in various neuropsychiatric disorders. However, despite its popularity and use by many, yoga has not been effective in treating these neuropsychiatric disorders. And there are very few systematic studies documenting the success of Ayurveda, especially neuroscientific studies.
“There is a need to look at the biological interpretations of Ayurveda and Yoga through a modern scientific lens and synthesize such interpretations and provide proof of concept. Because the comprehensive and complete explanations and implications of Ayurveda and Yoga are best understood when they are interpreted and followed using modern scientific methods,” the statement added. reported.