The projects are a result of an MoU signed by both the parties last year to promote interdisciplinary research in Ayurveda and applying engineering science principles to it.
The projects include studying the effect of the six Ayurvedic rasas (tastes) on gastrointestinal secretions, developing herbal formulations that would reduce the harmful effects of reusing cooking oil, developing a biodegradable, herbal wound dressing, study the effects of the ‘Brahmari pranayama’ on the nervous system, analyzing the impacts of bhasmas (ashes) on proteins implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, developing ‘dhoopan-yantra’ – a fumigation device for aiding wound healing and early cancer detection and assessment of breast cancer response to Ayurvedic drugs.
The projects will be carried out for two years. V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, while speaking of the collaborative projects between IIT Delhi and AIIA, said, “The amalgamation of traditional knowledge with technology is expected to benefit the society at large by offering better health care options. Validation of the traditional knowledge systems is the key, in order to make these forms of medicine more widely acceptable worldwide. IIT Delhi researchers will be focussing on the validation aspects by working closely with the AIIA faculty.”
Tanuja Nesari, Director, AIIA, New Delhi, said, “Both the institutions aim to develop a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles of Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment of diseases, to develop innovative diagnostic tools and equipment for various Ayurvedic procedures.”
Ayurveda is a branch of alternative medicine with roots in the Indian subcontinent. It focuses on holistic health, and makes use of several herbs and naturally occurring substances. Over the last few decades, there has been renewed interest in Ayurveda across the world.