Regional research institute of Unani medicine opened at Silchar

Spread over an area of 3.5 acres, the state of the art RRIUM is built with an investment of ₹48 crores to popularise use of traditional medicine in northeast states

Unani medicine research institute Silchar

Silchar (Assam): The Union minister for ayush and ports Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday inaugurated the state of the art complex of Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine (RRIUM) in Silchar with a view to promoting traditional healthcare system in the north east states.

Built at the cost of ₹48 crore on a sprawling 3.5 acre plot, it is the first such center in the northeast on Unani medicine — a traditional medicinal practice among the Ayush systems. The complex was developed by the National Projects Construction Corporation (NPCC) — a Govt of India enterprise— for the Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), an autonomous organisation under the ministry of ayush.

The institute will be providing a wide range of patient care services along with conducting scientific research on different aspects, fundamental and applied, of Unani medicine, and on diseases, which are more prevalent in the northeast, especially in Assam. The centre is also equipped to screen patients with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cardiac, pulmonary, stroke, cancer and diabetes.

With a special focus on children, the centre will also provide health checkups for school children and provide effective treatment to those found to be in distress. The centre also aims to assess temperament (Mizaj) of patients with different ailments. The state of art complex of RRIUM is equipped with specialised OPD clinics in general, research, Ilaj-bit-Tadbeer (regimenal), specialized Ilaj-bit-Tadbeer therapies, mother & child health (MCH) and geriatrics.

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It will also be conducting school health programme, clinical mobile research programme, health camps & fairs to provide treatment to as many as possible. This modern facility is also equipped with a modern pathology laboratory, bio-chemistry laboratory, radiology unit and quality control laboratory. A herbal garden with medicinal plant as well as potential survey are also planned to be developed in the near future.

The institute will provide treatment for the diseases particularly on gastro-intestinal disorders and respiratory disorders or diseases more prevalent in northeast state, which is an area of strength of Unani medicine like IBS and tndigestion, skin diseases, arthritis, eczema, diabetes, gout, hypertension, sciatica and hemorrhoids.

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The RRCUM was established by the CCRUM at SM Dev Civil Hospital, Silchar, Cachar (Assam) in June 2006 with a view to providing the Unani treatment to the patients visiting the OPD. Since then, the centre is conducting research OPD, RCH OPD and NCD clinic, etc and a large number of patients have been benefitted for different ailments from Unani treatment.

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said, “Ayush system of medicine has reinvigorated its acceptability among people once again after the proven results has benefitted lakhs of people during the pandemic. The effectiveness of Ayush system of medicine in enhancing the quality of life of people is a proven fact that’s why we are working on a medical system, where the best of contemporary medicine can be supplemented with the traditional medicinal practices of Ayush.”

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