Ayurveda is the ancient knowledge and wisdom heritage of India for humanity, it has crossed all cultures and countries serving the humanity. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized Ayurveda as Health Care Medical Science. The world wide community is practicing Ayurveda in this or that forms like Ayurveda as such, Health Supplements, Herbal extracts, Massage, Shirodhara=Fore head Oil dripping Procedure- Panchakarma=Bio-Cleansing practices, Botanicals, Phyto-medicine, Traditional medicine, CAM and many more, all these are the part and parcels of Mother Ayurveda. In many countries the Ayurvedic Wellness Clinics, Academic Institutes, Ayurveda Herbal Products manufacturing and Panchakarma Clinics are functioning. The important aspect is Official recognition of Ayurveda by respective countries governments; the Ayurveda is officially recognized some countries like Hungary, Oman, Mauritius, Myanmar and few more. In many developing and developed countries the initiatives of official recognition of Ayurveda is in process.
There are many issues related to the official recognition of Ayurveda mainly like documentation particularly the clinical trials, quality, Safety and efficacy of drugs, Standard Operating Procedures-Manufacturing and Panchakarma therapy related.
The Central Council for Research in Ayurveda and Siddha (CCRAS) and Ayurveda Pharmacopeia Committee (APC) has published the quality parameters of many single and classical compound formulations and many more are in process. Apart from Classical drugs the APC has identified many exotic plants as extra pharmacopoeal drugs which are in uses since many decades as medicine and food; the quality parameters are also decided of such drugs. The issue of recognition of different herbal extracts was debated and the quality parameters of some herbal extracts are also published and many more are in pipe line. The Ayurveda materia medica is varied and vast consisting of not only herbal products but the animal, marine, mineral and metals are also the integral part and parcel. In this view the APC has developed the quality parameters of some metal, precious stones and marine products. Now the Ayurveda Pharmacopoeia Committee is up graded as Ayurveda Pharmacopoeia Commission (APC) and CCRAS is now Central Council for Research in Ayurveda Sciences (CCRAS).
Being a statuary body the APC work is important for official recognition of Ayurveda drugs by other countries. In view of vast treasure of Ayurveda drugs more rigorous efforts are expected from the respective government institutes by involving many more related laboratories, pharmaceutical industries and institutes.
The Quality Standardization of herbal products is not an easy task as the natural variations are common due to environmental factors like soil and water chemistry, seasonal variations etc. In many cases the Global and National quality standards are not available in such cases the in house standards developed by the respective pharmaceutical laboratories are accepted in practices.