Studies on 51 Unani Pharmacopoeia formulations on 27 diseases are in progress. Validation study of 25 Unani formulations have been completed in 15 diseases. Unani was a part of Central Council for Research in Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy (CCRIMH) established by the Government in the year 1969. Separately, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) was established in 1979 to increase volume of research in Unani System of Medicine.
Infrastructure development and research facilities have been upgraded at Central Institute of Unani Medicine, Lucknow, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine (RRIUM), Bhadrak and Patna. Construction of additional blocks and Animal house at Central Institute of Unani medicine, Hyderabad and additional floor at RRIUM, Chennai taken up. Laboratories at CRIUM, Hyderabad; RRIUM, Srinagar and Chennai were upgraded with latest equipments.
Council is doing Multi-centric randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in diseases of national health priorities such as; Diabetes mellitus type- II, Essential hypertension, Infective hepatitis and Vitiligo. Eight intramural research projects were started. Council has signed MoU with ICMR for collaborative research. Studies on pulmonary tuberculosis with National Institute of Research on Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai and on cervical erosion with Institute for Cytology and Preventive Oncology (ICPO), Noida are in progress.
The Council has been able to developed safe and effective Unani treatments for diseases such as; Vitiligo, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Bronchial asthma, Sinusitis, Duodenal ulcer, Malaria, Filariasis etc.
Patents for eight drugs have been awarded to the Council. Validation of the efficacy of two Unani regimenal therapies viz., Cupping and Leaching were also initiated.