Patriotic as I am, I concede albeit grudgingly, Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) has scored a few brownie points over mine (read that as Indian Indigenous med)
My years in the west, the Chinese Po Chai Pills became my oft resorted fix to combat the ill effects of Styrofoam food. Not that I relied any less on Pudin Hara,….sadly it was not available on the American shelves as compared to its Chinese counterpart.
In comparison, our Ayurveda after languishing in a state of inertia for decades has perhaps just about gathered momentum over the last few years.
Rewinding the clock is never an option. And so as against examining what we did wrong in allowing Indigenous lie idle, it bears progressive posits to examine what we did not do right. Illustrative it is to highlight noteworthy practices and strategies of TCM and use it to and benchmark mine.
TCM enjoys vantage mainstream position in
TCM consumption account for 30-50 % of the total Chinese medical consumption
Guangzhou Xiangxue Pharmaceuticals (Xiangxue) recently became the first amongst many Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) companies to establish a base in the
As early bas 2001, Chinese granted 3300 patents to TCM based formulations.
Aspirin (originally derived from the willow tree which itself was used for pain relief), and the anti-malarial artemisinin are formulations derived from traditional Chinese medicinal herbs.
More recently Chinese scientists have commenced the Herbalome project aimed at modernizing TCM and according it increased legitimacy.
Chinese scientists are preparing to begin a 15-year project to screen the constituents of traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs).
‘The ‘Herbalome Project’ will use high throughput screening, toxicity tests and clinical trials to identify active ingredients and contaminants in known TCMs — of which there are as many as 400,000 combinations of 10,000 herbs and animal extracts.
The researchers hope the project will modernize the field, lead to better quality control and improve the reported downsides of TCM: uneven efficacy and quality, and harsh side effects. It could also identify potential drugs for Western medicine.’
The Indian agenda for its Indigenous is likely a get a heavy duty fillip by implementing a similar initiative. Lacks of mainstream acceptance and established scientific credibility have been cited as key factors for the snails pace development of Indian medicinal systems..
A combination of factors have worked for TCM…..Thrust on R&D , adopting best industry practises, rapid modernization of infrastructure and aggressive marketing forays have all contributed to the brand building and presence of TCM.
However I will not throw the baby out with the bath water.
The National Commission of India has chartered an impressive mission this year to implement capacity building initiatives for Indian Indigenous Medicine. Proposal to set up an All India Institute for Ayurveda and Siddha and are in the anvil.We are there and we could well benefit from emulating models that have worked well.Progressing as we are, mine could challenge the neighbours’ roost!
The field is wide open, its catch up time for Indian med and it is anyone’s game yet!