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Head of the Department : Dr. K. Parthasarathy...View More

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Room No. 309, Third Floor, Main building, Siddha Central Research Institute (CCRS), Chennai


Vision and Mission

  • Research & Development of Minerals and animal origin drugs through adequate scientific rationale.
  • Development of Siddha Pharmacopoeia of Metal and Mineral origin drugs including herbo-minerals and animal origin drugs.
  • To develop “Drug Master File (DMF), by incorporating scientific data of raw materials, intermediates and finished dosage forms through “Integrated Standardization”.
  • To provide analytical support and consultancy services to internal/external research community.
  • To develop “Key Distinguishing Characters (KDCs) of raw drugs used in ASU system.

Animal and Mineral origin Drug Research Laboratory (AMDRL) is a unique, separate division functioning in the premises of Siddha Central Research Institute, Chennai from 24th May 2018 to develop Siddha Pharmacopoeia. So far, there are no Pharmacopoeial monographs available for the Mineral & Animal origin drugs in Siddha system of medicines. This division houses sophisticated analytical facilities such Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (Triple Quadrupole LC-MS), Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), UV-Visible Spectroscopy including solid-state Diffusion Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS) and Closed-Vessel microwave digestor was procured under CCRS-IMR scheme at an approximate cost of Rs. 2.00 crores. The aforesaid facility was inaugurated and felicitated by Honourable Padmashri, Shri. Vaidhya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi and by Honourable Shri. P.N. Ranjit Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi on 9th February 2018

This facility is dedicated to develop research activities pertaining to metals, minerals and animal-origin drugs. There are many challenges in using the accurate raw materials as identification and utility of authenticated raw material is still a huge task. As heavy metal usage is a major concern in the western world, regulatory authorities throw light on limits on usage of mercury, arsenic etc., But as Siddha system of medicine use these as raw materials for many chronic ailments and cancer, it is the need of the hour to give clear solution for the rationale behind its usage.

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Inauguration of LC-MS facility by Honourable Padmashri. Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi.

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Inauguration of ICP-OES facility by Honourable P.N. Ranjit Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, New Delhi.


Work Force

  • Dr. K. Parthasarathy, Research Officer (Chemistry) & Head
  • Dr. K. Aswin, Research Assistant (Chemistry)
  • Mr. Samba Naik, Lab Attendant


Project Staff

  • Dr. S.M. Vahitha Bi, Research Associate (Siddha)
  • Mr. V. Mohandosh, Junior Research Fellow (Chemistry)
  • Miss. P. Lavanya, Junior Research Fellow (Chemistry)


Research Projects acquired through Intra-Mural Research (IMR) & Extra-Mural Research (EMR) schemes.

  • “Elucidating the Chemistry of Copper based higher order Nano formulations, comprehending Heterogeneous reaction systems”, to the cost of Rs. 81.18 lakhs/- [Funding agency: Ministry of AYUSH] [Duration: 3 yrs. status: On going].
  • “Study of Siddha Geopharmaceuticals: Process validation and Structural Characterization” to the cost of Rs.47.39 lakhs /-. [Funding agency: Ministry of AYUSH] [Duration: 2 yrs. status: To be Kicked off]
  • Untargeted approach to the geochemical characterization of Hypothecated Muppu. (Marine sediments collected from Bay of Bengal at Rameswaram and white powdery salts collected from Kovanur and Siddha malli) of cost Rs. 51.53 lakhs [Funding agency: Ministry of AYUSH] [Duration: 2 yrs. 6 months; status: completed]
  • Execution of Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR) – Southern Plateau, a Central Sector Scheme of National Medicinal Plant Board, Ministry of Ayush, New Delhi at the cost of Rs. 5.00 crores in collaboration with NIS, Chennai and RRIUM, Chennai. [Funding agency: Ministry of AYUSH] [Duration: 5 years; status: On-going] [As Co-Investigator]
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Chembu (copper) in ‘Chembu containing Plants’ – A Scientific validation of Siddha claim of cost Rs. 69.95 lakhs [Funding agency: Ministry of AYUSH], [Duration: 3 years; status: completed]
  • Metabolomic profiling and Identification of Principal Components from herbals used in Siddha System for Cognitive disorders by using LC-MS/MS and multivariate statistical analysis of cost Rs. 1.56 crores. [Funding agency: Ministry of AYUSH] [Duration: 3 years; status: On-going]
  • To develop monograph on standard operational procedures (SOPs) of manufacturing process and quality standards of ASU & H Formulations (including stability studies) of cost Rs. 23.00 lakhs. [Pharmacopeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homeopathy (PCIM & H), Ministry of AYUSH] [[Duration: 1 year; status: On-going]


Establishment of Regional Raw Drug Repository (Southern Plateau)

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[Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Puducherry & Andaman Nicobar Islands]

Five Year Central Sector Scheme project

funded by National Medicinal Plants Board, New Delhi

@ the cost of Rs. 5.00 Crores

Regional Raw Drug Repository (RRDR)