The Institute of Pharmacy organized a field visit to Central Ayurvedic Research Institute on 9 November 2023 with the objective of enriching students’ understanding of traditional medicine, specifically Ayurveda, and exposing them to the intersection of ancient healing practices with modern pharmaceutical sciences. The visit aimed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge gained in classrooms and the practical application of pharmaceutical principles in the context of traditional medicine.

Students were given a comprehensive tour of the institute’s state-of-the-art laboratories. Researchers explained ongoing projects, methodologies, and the integration of modern scientific techniques with traditional Ayurvedic principles.

The institute boasts an extensive herbal garden featuring a diverse array of medicinal plants. Experts guided participants through the garden, highlighting the significance of each plant in Ayurvedic medicine. This practical exposure underscored the importance of plant-based remedies in traditional healing practices.

The visit also featured live demonstrations of the preparation of Ayurvedic formulations. Experts explained the selection of herbs, extraction techniques, and the rationale behind combining specific ingredients, providing valuable insights into the therapeutic aspects of Ayurvedic medicines. A live demonstration of Ayurvedic therapies was a unique aspect of the visit. Participants observed traditional healing practices such as Panchakarma therapies and the therapeutic benefits of each was explained to them.

Engaging sessions were also conducted where participants had the opportunity to interact with senior researchers, raised questions and discussed various aspects of Ayurvedic research. This exchange of ideas facilitated a deeper understanding of the challenges and breakthroughs in the field.

The field visit to the Central Ayurveda Research Institute proved to be an insightful and enriching experience for all participants. It not only deepened our understanding of Ayurvedic medicines and research but also highlighted the institute’s commitment to preserving and advancing traditional knowledge in contemporary times. The event successfully achieved its objectives by bridging the gap between theory and practical application in the field of Ayurveda.