An international conference was held at Karachi University in connection with the establishment of the Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS).

It emphasised the need for exploring the potential of herbal medicines in Pakistan to treat various diseases including covid-19.

Some of these medicines, they pointed out, had already proven their efficacy and were in use in several countries for decades.

The research facility was inaugurated at a ceremony held earlier in the day.

‘The clinical trials currently in progress at the Panjwani Centre to test the efficacy of Chinese traditional medicines on Pakistani population have shown very encouraging results. One of these medicines, a kind of herbal tea, was widely and effectively used during the Covid-19 outbreak in China,’ said Prof Raza Shah, co-director of the newly opened research facility.

Another clinical trial on Chinese medicine used for a pelvic inflammatory disease would start next week, he added.

These trials, he pointed out, would also help assess efficacy of the allopathic/conventional medicines being used for certain diseases in Pakistan.

`What we are seeing is that allopathic/conventional medicines in use for decades have lost their effectiveness due to growing microbe resistance against antibiotics. These antibiotics also have side effects. Hence, it’s extremely important to explore the potential of herbal medicines,’ he said.

 

The Pak-China research collaboration, he said, included the establishment of an institute for ‘Unani medicine’ in China.

During the online programme, the Chinese researchers shed light on the traditional medicines being used to treat diseases including the coronavirus.

At the inaugural ceremony, the speakers highlighted that Pak-China relationship was making headway in education and research.

‘Pakistan should take a lesson from China, which has made great progress in all sectors of socio-economic development. The close relations between the two countries on the fronts of science and technology, higher education, and information technology are encouraging’ noted Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, chairman of Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology.

 

Dr Rahman described the new PakChina research facility at ICCBS as a great initiative and said it would open new avenues for research in the field of traditional medicines.

ICCBS was also praised by Sindh Health Minister, Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho who said the establishment of the Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine would play a vital role in promotion of the traditional medicines in both countries.

Acting KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid M. Iraqi welcomed the national and international participants and briefed them about the Covid-19 related research carried out at ICCBS during the ongoing pandemic.

ICCBS director Prof Dr M. Iqbal Choudhary said the prime objective of this event was to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Pakistan and this is translating into institutional collaboration.

He also spoke about ICCBS research endeavours and said several clinical trials on various Chinese medicines were in progress at the centre and has been awarded the status of Centre for Excellence Category-2 by Unesco.

Speakers included Deputy Chief of Mission Chinese Embassy in Pakistan Chunxue Pang and Mayor Li Chungiu, Huaihua, Hunan Province, China, and Hamdard Foundation president Sadia Rashid.

From : pk.mashable.com

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