About the Institute
Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Metabolic Disorders (RARIMD), Bengaluru was established as Regional Research Centre in 1971. Subsequently, through its different stages of evolution, it was known as Regional Research Institute since 1999, and National Dietetics Research Institute since 2010. The Institute is currently located at Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar, Bengaluru and operates through its different units viz., Clinical Research Unit (since 1982, located 7 km away from Jayanagar), Survey of Medicinal Plants Unit (since 1971) and Drug Standardization Research Unit (since 1972). RARIMD serves as a nodal Institute for monitoring Ministry of AYUSH activities like evaluating eligibility for research funding and monitoring of funded programmes, organization of AROGYA fairs etc. The institute has been recognized as a study centre for Ph.D by the University of Mysore and so far 13 Ph.D and 1 D.Sc doctoral degrees have been awarded and 4 Ph.D scholars are pursuing their studies in this institute. Institute is conducting short term training programmes in basics of medicinal plant botany, pharmacognosy and chemistry. The Institute has a well-established reference library hosting around 2000 books and different scientific journals.
The mandate of the Institute is to further the mandate of Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) Ministry of AYUSH New Delhi, to establish Ayurveda as the effective system of medicine in health care with a strong scientific basis through the following viz., clinical research focusing on metabolic disorders and dietetics, health care services through out–patient department (OPD), special clinics for geriatric health care, medico-ethno botanical survey, outreach activities such as Tribal Health Care Research and Swasthya Raksha Programme.
Providing general health care services through Out–Patient Department (OPD)
Conducting special free clinics for geriatric health care and flu like illness.
Undertaking of Intra Mural Research Projects in clinical, botanical and literary areas.
Revalidation of Ayurvedic classical formulations.
Conducting Medico-ethno Botanical survey, documentation of Flora details, collection of Folklore medicinal practices & fresh raw drugs etc.
Pharmacognosy Research Studies on single drugs and compound formulations for contributing to the Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia of India.
Drug Standardization Research studies on single drugs and compound formulations for contributing to the Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia of India.
Conducting special public health research initiatives like Tribal Health Care Research and Swasthya Rakshan Programme
RARIMD consists of scientists from varied disciplines working with a focused aim of scientific validation of Ayurveda. This multidisciplinary approach has helped the institute to gain international acclaim. Prominent among them is the sanction of acronym RRCBI by intellectual body of Netherlands. It is acting as a pivot in implementation of various National schemes in promotion of the science. The institute has 305 scientific publications in National and International journals, 9 monographs, 8 book reviews and 495 presentations and participations at National and International scientific and general congregations and has been awarded with 3 gold medals, 3 best papers awarded for scientific presentations and two articles in peer reviewed journals have been awarded incentive for best publications in peer reviewed journals.
4.1. Special achievement - Infrastructure development
The Government of Karnataka after having recognized services of RARIMD to the people of Karnataka and Nation granted land of 4.11 acres / guntas in Bengaluru at Survey No 12, Uttarahalli manavarthekaval, Bengaluru South Taluk for development of research institute and hospital. The construction of the administrative building was initiated on 14.01.2015 through Central Public Works Department, Bangalore Central Division 1. The foundation stone of Hospital block was laid on 1st April 2016 in the august presence of Sri. M.Venkaiah Naidu, Honourable Union Minister for Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs, Sri. Sripad Yesso Naik, Honourable Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India, Sri. U. T. Khader, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka, Sri. P. C. Mohan, Member of Parliament, Bangalore Central Constituency, Sri. V.K Sharma Special Director General, CPWD, Dr.B.N.Gangadhar, Director, National Institute of Mental health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Prof. (Vd.) K.S.Dhiman, Director General, Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India, Sri. Arya Srinivas, Corporator, Hemmigepura Constituency, Bangalore.
4.2. Research Achievements
4.2.1. Clinical Section
The clinical section provides medical services on outpatient basis with facilities for basic clinical biochemical and pathological investigations, conducts special clinics and undertakes Intramural Clinical Research Projects (IMCRP) outreach programmes and awareness programmes. Since inception the Clinical Section has catered to 2,77,662 patients (including special clinics viz., geriatric and flu like illness and medical camps). The clinical section is a centre for Pharmacovigilance and screening of patients and drugs for adverse drug events is reported regularly.
18.104.22.168. Intramural Clinical Research Projects (IMCRP) - Completed
Clinical evaluation of herbal formulations in the management of Kuposhana (Malnutrition).
Clinical evaluation of herbo-mineral preparations in the management of ARSHA (Haemorrhoids).
Clinical evaluation of Brahmi Vacha ghanavati in the management of Manodvega (Anxiety neurosis).
Evaluation of Shamana therapy and Shodana Chikitsa in the management of Tamaka Swasa (Bronchial asthma).
Clinical evaluation of herbal and herbomineral formulations in the management of Vyanabala vaishamya (Hypertension).
A Multicentric Open Clinical Trial on Dhatri Louha in Iron Deficiency Anaemia.
Documentation of Reported Episode of Prevention/Treatment of Vector Born/Infectious Disease of Ayurveda and Siddha.
Multicentric Open clinical trial of Rajapravartini vati in Kastarthava (Dysmenorrhea).
Clinical evaluation on the Rasayana effect of Ashwagandhava lehya in apparently healthy elderly persons.
Clinical evaluation of Vyoshadi Guggulu and Haritaki Churna in the management of Obesity (Sthaulya).
Evaluation of Clinical Efficacy and Safety of Brahma Rasayana in Apparently Healthy Elderly persons.
Prospective, randomized, double blind, placebo controlled comparative trial to evaluate quality of life with AYUSH QOL 2C in patients of non Metastatic Breast Cancer as an adjuvant to Chemotherapy.
Clinical Trial to Study the effect of Chyavanaprasha on Aging in Apparently Healthy Elderly Subjects.
Clinical evaluation of Vatari Guggulu, Maharasnadi kwatha and Narayana Taila in the management of Osteoarthritis knee
Clinical Evaluation of Ashwagandha Churna and Pravala Pishti In The Management of Osteopenia / Osteoporosis.
Intramural Clinical Research Projects (IMCRP) - ongoing
Clinical Evaluation of Kanakasava and Trivrita churna in the management of Bronchial Asthma (Tamaka swasa).
Clinical evaluation on the efficacy of Mamajjaka ghanavati in Madhumeha (Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus).
Tribal Health Care research Project.
Swasthya Rakshan Programme in 5 urban colonies.
Intramural Research project – literary- ongoing
Preparation of hard copies and Transcription of Ayurveda/medical palm leaf manuscripts and rare books from Karnataka.
22.214.171.124. Outreach programmes
Under the ongoing Tribal Health Care Research Project (THCRP) in Karnataka, 6018 tribal population has been covered in 27 villages, 2251 tribal patients treated, 383 blood investigations have been conducted and 49 folk claims have been documented.
Under Swasthya Rakshana Programme initiated on 23.01.2016, was implemented in five urban colonies in Bengaluru. Through 37 tours, 593 population have been covered and 1036 patients have been treated.
4.2.2. Drug standardization Research Unit (DSRU)
The DSRU involves in laying down phytochemical and pharmacopoeial standards for single drugs and compound formulations (plant/animal/mineral origin), adopting and evaluating the methods of manufacture in Ayurveda and conduct Physico-chemical studies for identification of quality and purity of the drugs/their substitutes and adulterants, Pharmacognostical studies for correct identification of drugs/ their substitutes and adulterants and Laying down modified methods to be adopted for standardization for inclusion in the API and for CCRAS Monograph work as directed by the CCRAS from time to time. Among the achievements of the unit are, completion of Pharmacognosy studies on 335 single and polyherbal medicinal formulations (Ayurveda: 185 & Siddha: 150), Phytochemical evaluation of 284 single medicinal herbs (Ayurveda:177 & Siddha:107), Powder microscopy and thin layer chromatography studies on 39 medicinal formulations, chemical evaluation of 45 medicinal formulations (Ayurveda: 14 and Siddha: 31 ) of Animal origin and phytochemical analysis of 210 finished products (Ayurveda: 149 and Siddha: 61) :.
External grant from Karnataka Jnana Ayoga (Karnataka Knowledge Commission)
“Translating Traditional community knowledge and health practices to strengthen primary health care and public health – A prospective, cross sectional study with special reference to commonly used medicinal plants” study completed external research grant Rs 3,16,250 by the Karnataka Jnana Ayoga (Karnataka Knowledge Commission), Govt of Karnataka for executing the study
Intramural Research Projects (Botany)
Pharmacognostic and Preliminary Phytochemical Evaluation on selected Antidiabetic Medicinal plants, with reference to its importance in Dietetic Preparations, Nutritional values, with Traditional uses.
Pharmacognostical evaluation of medicinal plants cited in Ayurvedic Formulary of India (AFI) excluding the plants mentioned in the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India (API) is under progress.
Preparation of Botanical portion of Monograph work on 7 Single Drugs.
Short term project entitled “Translating traditional community knowledge and health practices to strengthen primary health care and public health – A prospective, cross sectional study with special reference to commonly used medicinal plants”, allotted and funded (Rs. 3,16,250/) by Karnataka Jnana Aayoga, Government of Karnataka from Sept. to Nov. 2012.
Documentation, analysis & interpretation of pharmacognostical data & other parameters from different published resources”- for 10 plant drugs, under Annual action plan 2014-15 have been completed.
4.3. Survey of Medicinal Plants Unit (SMPU)
The Survey of Medicinal Plants Unit (SMPU) involves in conduct of Ethno-Medico-Botanical Survey in Forest Divisions of Karnataka, Goa, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Nilgiris the unit also subserves collection and supply of crude drug material, food grains and vegetables for research purposes, documentation of folklore information, preparation and maintenance of Herbarium and Museum, Survey of Crude Drugs from Local Markets and Identification and Authentication of Plant materials and Ayurvedic Crude Drugs. The herbarium is internationally recognized Herbarium with an acronym “RRCBI”. Ethno-Medico-Botanical Survey of about of Karnataka (about 24 dist. forest ranges), Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Nilgiris have been completed and following are the details of the medicinal plants repository.
Total number of specimens collected : 31,336
Plant Origin : 31,214
Mineral Origin : 20
Animal Origin : 02
Total number of Families collected : 212
Genera collected : 1061
Species collected : 2619
Total number of plant specimen in the Herbarium : 42,670
Total number of drug samples in the Museum : 765
Plant Origin : 712
Mineral Origin : 20
Animal Origin : 02
4.4. Research projects
Intramural Research project entitled “Compendium of Ayurveda Dietetics with reference to Cereals and Pulses” is under progress.
Documentation, analysis & interpretation of pharmacognostical data & other parameters from different published resources”- for 10 plant drugss, under Annual action plan 2014-15
Dr. Sulochana Bhat
Research Officer (Scientist-3) In-charge
Regional Ayurveda Research Institute for Metabolic Disorders,
Govt. Central Pharmacy Annexe, Ashokapillar, Jayanagar, Bangalore-560011