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Indian And Chinese Doctors Join Together To Prove The Efficacy Of Herbal Drugs

Indian and Chinese doctors will collaborate to prove through clinical trials the efficacy of some traditional herbal drugs that have for generations// been known to cure but for which there is no scientific evidence.

"The protocol of the first such collaboration has been approved by the board members and the final draft report is soon to be submitted to the government for seeking funding," said Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, chair of the Indian Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) board of trustees and US-based non-profit organisation INCLEN Inc.

"The project protocol has been signed and we will soon be ready to submit it to authorities for seeking funds," Chaudhury told IANS.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is among the organisations looked at for funding. The first joint clinical research will bring together a number of Indian institutes, including the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh, the ICMR, the INCLEN Trust, and the Centre for Evaluation of Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine.

The Chinese collaboration will be led by Ji-Yao Yang of Shanghai Medical College attached to Zhangshajn Hospital at Fudan University in Shanghai.

While not accepting or rejecting the claims of traditional herbal medicinal cures, a large team of specialists, including V.S Mathur, a professor of pharmacology and advisor to Chaudhury, and PGI Director K.K. Talwar, will make efforts to scientifically test the efficacy and safety of herbal drugs.

Non-insulin dependent Diabetes II and inflammatory bowel diseases are medical problems for which the various herbal drugs are to be tested initially. Later, other herbal drugs for hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and other diseases will be taken up for testing.

One of the herbal drugs to be tested is 'gymnema sylvetra', known as 'gurmara booti', meaning destroyer of diabetes. Raisins from gymnema sylvetra plant, found mostly in the so
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