BGR-34, an anti-diabetes herbal drug developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been found to have therapeutic efficacy for treating newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes. This has been shown by an independent clinical trials conducted in Varanasi-based Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Union  Minister of Ayush, Shripad Naik said recently in Parliament.

"The CSIR through its labs-- Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) and National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), both Lucknow- based has developed scientifically validated herbal product NBRMAP-DB as anti-diabetic formulation," said the Minister adding that the knowhow for the product has been licensed to  AIMIL Pharma Ltd, Delhi which is manufacturing and marketing it as BGR-34 across the country.

In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, he further said that the trial of the clinical study has been registered in clinical trial registry of India.

In fact, said the Minister, as the diabetic population in the country is close to hitting the alarming number of 69.9 million by 2025, the Central of Research in Ayurveda Sciences (CCRAS),  an autonomous body under the Ministry is  conducting research-oriented Ayurveda based on integrative health care services for the management of Madhumeha or Diabetes Mellitus.

The CCRAS  in collaboration with Directorate General of Health Services under the Union Health Mministry has implemented a programme integrating Ayush (Ayurveda) component with NPCDCS.

(National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases & Stroke ) programme in three districts in Rajasthan, Gujarat and 0Bihar to cater health care services and to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases including diabetes by combining the strength of Ayurveda and Yoga, said Naik.

The ongoing programme is now successfully functional in 52 centres (49 CHCs and 3 district hospitals) of the all the three identified districts, through AYUSH- NPCDCS clinic/lifestyle modification clinics, set up for prevention and management of selected NCDs by ayurvedic intervention, lifestyle modifications and yoga advice, he added.

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