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Government of India
Ministry of Defence
10-December-2012 15:37 IST
Research in Herbal Medicine

Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS) and Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), both laboratories of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are engaged in R&D on herbs that grow in harsh climatic and high altitude environments for development of herbal based formulation for troops located in high altitude and cold desert environments. These laboratories have developed some adjuvant, Aloe Vera cream for combating frostbite, performance enhancers under extreme environments, herbal based countermeasures against exposure to radiation, formulation against mosquitoes under North Eastern environments and Lucoskin for treatment of Lucoderma.

A sum of approximately Rs.5 Crore has been spent on the research during the last three years.

These laboratories are primarily focused on military physiology and radiation biology which includes human performance enhancement under different environments and also enhancement of health of military personnel through radiation science approach. These R&D endeavors also include research on herbal medicines and Yoga for improving health and performance of soldiers in extreme environments as these formulations are safer. These laboratories are also engaged in development of customized Yoga packages for Armed Forces.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri AK Antony in a written reply to ShriKuldeepBishnoiin Lok Sabha today.