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Editorial – July-2018

     Global recognition of Ayurveda brought revolution to this science, but not completely in India. Developed countries like United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom and Canada have earned patents on natural or semi-synthetic plant compounds, source of many of these plants are practiced in Ayurveda as Vincristine and Vinblastine were isolated (from Catharanthus roseus) by scientists of USA and Canada respectively. Impacts of seasonal variations on health, an interesting information in Charaka Samhita is well presented by scientists from USA at molecular level. Recently scientists from University Rovira and Virgili (Spain), have reported based on trial that men who had eaten 60 gram of nut per day, each had on average 16% higher sperm counts. Almond and walnut are well mentioned in Ayurveda as Vajikarana dravya. Clues mentioned in Ayurveda inspired many exceptional researches in different specialties of science. Even in India, greater portion of reproducible researches on Ayurvedic medicines are done by AIIMS, New Delhi.
     Government of India has already invested thousands of crores since Independence to improve the Ayurvedic study, still Ayurveda is looking to researches with reproducibility (at any corner of world, if repeated) under prescribed guidelines. Empathizing the reasons behind substandard performances expose the basic lacunae with regulation of Ayurvedic studies at graduate and postgraduate levels. Curriculum is nicely framed, still the regulation of Ayurvedic courses limits this extraordinary science to become Closed Science where adept personalities of allied sciences are not treated equally and responsibilities of teachings of topics from allied sciences are also left to people with eligibilities of Ayurvedic backgrounds only. Whereas Medical Council of India, has allowed the post-graduates or doctorate from allied sciences as Medical Biochemistry etc. as eligible teachers to be part of Medical Colleges.
     In fact, Ayurveda is a Multidisciplinary Open Science concerned to medicinal aspects of different sciences viz., plant science, mineral science, pharmaceutical science, environmental science etc. So, in depth understanding of Ayurveda needs respected parts to be taught by concerned experts. 

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