Jul 15, 2012

Ayurveda study wins Excellence in Integrative Medicine Research Award

Coimbotore, India 14.07.2012
The NIH funded study conducted at the Ayurvedic Trust, Coimbatore comparing classical Ayurvedic treatment in rheumatoid arthritis with methotrexate has been selected in the category of Clinical Research for "Excellence in Integrative Medicine Research Awards". It has been adjudged as the best research paper worldwide in Integrative Medicine Research in the last two years. Earlier, Dr. Edzard Ernst, the most vehement critic of Complementary and Alternative Medicine had recommended this study as the blue print for future studies on CAM. It is a rare instance of an Ayurvedic study getting recognition in the field of Integrative Medicine globally.

The European Society for Integrative Medicine (ESIM), with support from Heel, announced this new international research prize in integrative medicine.
The jury, which was made up of a selection of international experts in integrative medicine, rated the papers according to three criteria: innovation, level of relevance and scientific excellence.
The winners of the "Excellence in Integrative Medicine Research Awards" will be officially announced at the 5th annual European Conference on Integrative Medicine (ECIM) to be held in Florence, Italy from September 21 to 22.
The award winning research paper is  
Double-blind, randomized, controlled, pilot study comparing classic ayurvedic medicine, methotrexate, and their combination in rheumatoid arthritis.

Furst DE, Venkatraman MM, McGann M, Manohar PR, Booth-LaForce C, Sarin R, Sekar PG, Raveendran KG, Mahapatra A, Gopinath J, Kumar PR.

J Clin Rheumatol. 2011 Jun;17(4):185-92. PMID: 21617554 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21617554 
Source: http://www.avpayurveda.com/general-news/554-award-for-nih-ayurvedic-trust-study.html
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