New Delhi, May 20 : AYUSH Ministry has approved to launch clinical research studies on the possibility of using Ayurvedic medicines as preventive or add-on to standard care to Covid19. This is a joint initiative of the Ministries of AYUSH, Health, Science & Technology through the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with technical support from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
They are going to work together to test four Ayurvedic formulations (Rasayanas) — Ashwagandha, Yashtimadhu, Guduchi, Peepli and Ayush 64 for the purpose, a joint statement said. “Indeed, this is a welcome move by the AYUSH Ministry to try a hand with Ayurvedic Rasayanas, which have the potential to come up with a probable preventive cure in some form or the other," Chairman at Maharishi Ayurveda Anand Shrivastava said. He went on to explain that the Rasayana products have the characteristics to increase or decrease some aspect of the bodily processes system to create balance.
It can work in a multidirectional manner to help the bodily processes in regaining balance and maintaining it. "The Rasayana has a vital impact on the immune system, which is the key to preventing much in terms of any illness. And it has been reported in COVID-19 cases that the stronger the immunity, the safer you are — the weaker the immunity, the more vulnerable you are”, Mr Shrivastava said in the statement. Adding further he said, “In case of covid-19 infection Ayurvedic Rasayana can be helpful in all the three stages.
In stage one it can very effectively prevent a person from getting infected by strengthening the immune system. In the stage two if someone has got infected, the only way he can come out of infection is due to his immunity and that is apparent from the available data, which shows despite the fact that there is no treatment for covid-19 infection, more than 83 per cent of closed cases, people get cured of infection. It is because of their own defence mechanism.
It is quite logical that if the defence mechanism of an individual is strengthened with any effective Ayurvedic Rasayana he will come out of the infection faster and with much less damages as compared to just on his own. Third stage is post covid-19 infection when a person comes out of infection he comes out with some severe morbid conditions that can be improved with the help of some specific Ayurvedic Rasayana/medicines, because if ignored this could cause lifelong problems." “The Ayurvedic Rasayanas, in the form of single herbs except Ayush-64, which have recently got the nod for the trial by the Govt. have almost all the characteristics to bring holistic health, strengthening immunity but our rich Ayurvedic heritage have a long list of Rasayanas having multiple herbs working in synergy to create much greater effect. The key to safeguard us from any infection is our own immunity or defence mechanism therefore it has to be strengthened as much as possible.