Centre for Traditional Medicine and Research, a Chennai based NGO organized a seminar on the topic 'Admirable ISM drugs and Formulations' on 25th May 2012 at Madras Christian College. Dr. T.Thirunarayanan Secretary of CTMR said about 60 Siddha, Ayurveda physicians, Botanist, Research Scholars participated in the seminar which looked critically at the rationale of Tradional Indian System of Medicine formulations
Dr.K.Manikavasagam, director National Institute of Siddha, delivered the Inaugural address and stressed the need for better understanding on the pharmaceutics of Traditional medicine and this seminar is in that direction. He recalled the collaborations with CTMR in various activities including establishment of Medicinal Plant Garden and Museum in the Institute.
Dr.D.Narasimhan of the Centre for Floristic studies Madras Christian College in his presidential address highlighted how Siddha and Botany are interdependent particularly as most drugs are from plant sources and how ethonobotany has emerged as an important area for development of low cost drugs for many ailments.
The Lead speaker was Vaidya. S.Usman Ali, with over 50 years in the field of ISM pharmacognosy, pharmaceutics and ISM pharmacology who highlighted the significance of certain ingredients in formulations which enhance bioavailability of drugs or prepare the site of action in the system, which greatly reduce the quantam of drug required per dose.
Dr.S.Rajkumar highlighted the Problem of Iron deficiency anemia and explained how different Iron based formulations of Siddha medicine address different associated clinical conditions.
Participants in their feedback mentioned that it was a very informative seminar and wished more patronage for this kind of analytical debates.