The ambitious project of Jammu's Government Medical College in collaboration with Ayurveda Research and Medical Institute Centre (ARMIC), to combat HIV/AIDS will see the dawn within two-three months, sources said.
Almost a year ago, the heads of the institutions met on December 4 to discuss the project which is based on the miraculous properties of herbs known to mankind since ancient times.
The project is aimed at bringing a ray of hope to those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
The project got the formal approval from Director Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Sidha (CCRAS).
Dr Subash Singh, then research officer in-charge of ARIMC and Dr Vijay Gupta, the then principal of GMC, Jammu, showed their eagerness about the project.
However, Dr Singh could not be contacted as he has been transferred to Patiala (Punjab) as director. In his absence, Dr Krishna Kumari officer-in-charge of ARIMC, shed light on this project.
Talking to HT, Dr Krishna Kumari claimed that Ayurveda identified HIV/AIDS as Ojahkshaya (loss of immunity) centuries ago and has described the malady in ancient literatures under the said term.
"We had been working on this with some basic herbs which showed amazing outcome in many cases but formal approval from the nodal body has encouraged our initiatives," Dr Kumari said.
She also mentioned that a Kolkata-based pharmaceutical company has been entrusted with studying the various herbs and components with which the patients were treated, giving positive outcome.
"Though it will take time to reach the conclusion, we hope a miracle drug comes out of all the initiatives," she said.
The officer in-charge of ARIMC opined that allopathic drugs were very expensive but Ayurveda treatment cost only one-third of the total expenses in other modes of treatment.
"If Ayurveda and Allopathy collectively could reach a point of conclusion, this would be a great achievement," Dr Kumari observed.