The Unani system of medicine aims at treating the person as a whole and not as a group of individual parts. The mind, body and spirit are the objects of treatment in this system. It is projected as an art of healing and as a scientific practice of medicine COO. The system is based on theories and philosophies that are most relevant to the human biological system – its nature (habiat) and tem¬perament (mizaj).
The Unani system of healing is said to have originated in Greece and later developed by the Arabs into an elaborate and scientific framework based on the teachings of the Father of Medicine – Hippocrates in 460 B.C.
The following are the main institutions that are in¬strumental in development of the system through constant research:
Central Council for Research in Indian Medicine 8c Homoeopathy (CCRIMH):Is responsible to lay down and maintain uniform standards of education and regulate the professional practice in the field of alternative systems of medicine and healing. CCRIMH focuses on the clinical and research standardisation of the drugs, literary research and survey and cultivation of medicinal plants.Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM): An autonomous organisation under the MinistrY of Health and Family Welfare, enables research into fundamental and applied aspects of Unani. There are 32 units of the CCRUM functioning in different parts of the country.
National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM):
In-stituted at Bangalore in collaboration with the State of Karnataka. The main objectives of the Institute are as follows:
• To promote growth and development of Unani medicine in the country;
• To enrich the education in the field of Unani;
• To undertake research in different branches of the system and to provide and assist in providing services and facilities for research, evaluation, training, consul¬tancy and guidance with respect w Unani medicine;To provide economical and efficient medical relief to the needy;
To impart training for compounders, pharmacists, nurses, technicians and other paramedical staff in the specialities of the Unani system of medicine.