With the World Looking Out for Covid-19 Cure, Why Coronil Announcement Can be a Big Blow to Ayurveda
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With the World Looking Out for Covid-19 Cure, Why Coronil Announcement Can be a Big Blow to Ayurveda

To date, the total number of coronavirus disease infections has crossed 12 million marks and caused the death of more than half a million people worldwide. In spite of global efforts, there is no definitive treatment for the disease despite the multiple claims that have created controversy in the past few months. Antiviral therapy, chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine alone, or in combination with Azithromycin, Convalescent Plasma therapy have been tried for treatment of Covid-19 but no trial has been able to show a reduction of the viral load and/or symptoms. Preventing infection is still the best available medicine in view of no standard treatment or vaccine. Looking at the infectivity and severity of Covid-19, Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy), Government of India suggested measures that include the use of homeopathic medicine ‘Arsenic Album 30C’, Ayurveda preparations such as ‘Kadha’ (Ginger, curcumin, cloves, honey, fennel seeds, cumin seeds) and lukewarm water as an immunity booster. Preliminary data from researchers at the University of Oxford have reported a 35% reduction in the death of patients receiving mechanical ventilation. Results which have given us all much-needed reason to celebrate. Multiple vaccine trials are ongoing and are currently our best hope for the management/eradication of the virus. Patanjali, an Ayurvedic drug manufacturer in India launched Coronil, an Ayurvedic drug to treat Covid-19 on June 23. The launch was based on their placebocontrolled clinical trial results on 95 Covid-19 positive patients aged between 15-59 years, out of which 69 percent were cured within three days, and 100 percent within seven days. Wishing to avoid another false start in the search for a cure, the Ministry of AYUSH quickly asked the manufactures to furnish details of the study and banned the advertising or publicizing such claims until the issue could be duly examined.

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