National Institutes and Research Councils under the Ministry of Ayush have conducted various studies to document the role of Ayush interventions in Covid-19. 126 studies have been initiated by Research Councils and National Institutes which include 40 interventional studies, 42 prophylactic studies, 22 pre-clinical/experimental studies, 11 observational studies, 01 systematic review, 02 monographs preparation and 08 survey studies. The system-wise research studies includes 26 from Homoeopathy, 66 from Ayurveda, 08 from Unani, 13 from Siddha and 13 from Yoga & Naturopathy. Total 90 studies have been completed and 10 manus have been published.
These research studies are conducted at peripheral institutes of the Research Council, National Institutes and other collaborative centres located in different States/ UTs.
Kabasur Kudineer and AYUSH-64 have been identified for Covid 19 treatment. The research outcomes of the clinical trials have demonstrated effectiveness of AYUSH- 64 in the treatment of asymptomatic & mild cases as standalone and for the management of mild and moderate Covid 19 as an adjunct to standard care. It was observed that AYUSH-64 as adjunct treatment to Standard Care resulted in noticeable improvement in clinical recovery. Further, Kabasur Kudineer, a siddha preparation was also subjected to clinical trials for studying the effectiveness of Covid 19 patients by Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) under Ministry of Ayush and is also found useful in the treatment of mild to moderate Covid 19 infection.
Research studies done for Ayush interventions are for prophylactic, add-on and standalone treatment. However, no data available on the use of these medicines as a substitute to Allopathic, Homoeopathic or vaccines currently being administered against Covid 19.
Government of India widely circulated the advisories to the public on the general measures for prevention of infectious disease particularly in the context of Covid 19. Further, following measures has been taken by Ministry of Ayush for the prevention of Covid 19 pandemic –
- Recommended self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity.
- Released “National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for management of Covid 19. These guidelines have been prepared by the National Task force in consensus from various expert committees.
- Issued the guidelines for the Registered Practitioners of the respective Ayush system. The Director Generals of Research Councils and Directors of National Institutes with their team of experts have prepared these guidelines and the same has been vetted by the Interdisciplinary Ayush Research and Development Taskforce of the Ministry of Ayush. These guidelines are made available in public domain for the benefit of registered Ayush practitioners to help in the management of Covid 19 pandemic uniformly.
- Released the Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha preventive measures for self-care during Covid 19 and Guidelines for Ayush Practitioners for Covid 19 Patients in Home Isolation.
- Issued advisory for Ayush practitioners on ethical practices during Covid 19 pandemic.
- During the second wave of this pandemic, Kabasura Kudineer and AYUSH-64 have been found helpful in asymptomatic, mild and moderate Covid 19 infections as an adjunct to Standard care as per the studies conducted by the scientists of research institution of the country.
- In order to provide maximum benefit of Ayush systems of medicine, a nationwide campaign has been undertaken for distribution of AYUSH-64 and Kabasura Kudineer through the Research Councils and the National Institutes under the Ministry of Ayush across the country.
- Released Home care guidelines for children and Advisory for Ayush Practitioners about prophylactic care in Children during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
Steps taken by the Ministry of Ayush to spread awareness about prevention of coronavirus by treatment through alternative medicine system:
- The Ministry of Ayush issued an advisory on protecting yourself from Covid and staying healthy. In the advisory, in addition to maintaining hygiene like hand washing, use of masks,etc. and simple home remedies were also suggested for people.
- The Ministry of Ayush recommended self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity.
- The Ministry of Ayush and MoHFW have jointly provided training to 33,000 Ayush master trainers. Total 66045 Ayush Personnel had obtained training at igot.in platform on continual basis. The Ministry of Ayush has coordinated with MoHFW for utilisation of Ayush manpower as Covid 19 warriors to manage Covid 19 with identified roles.
- The Ministry of Ayush launched a three-month campaign on “Ayush for Immunity”, through webinar and publishing a campaign bulletin on Ayush for Immunity. More than 50 thousand people participated in the Webinar.
- The Government of India has released “National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for management of Covid-19” prepared by the National Taskforce with consensus from various expert committees.
- The Ministry of Ayush vide D.O letter No.S-16030/13/3030-NAM has also requested the States/UTs Governments to popularise the use of Kabasura Kudineer and AYUSH-64 in the asymptomatic, mild to moderate Covid 19 patients at isolation centres/ Covid 19 Care Centre / Covid 19 Health Centre, Ayush hospitals/ dispensaries and patients in home isolation.
- In order to provide maximum benefit of Ayush systems of medicine, a nationwide campaign for distribution of AYUSH-64 and Kabasura Kudineer through Research Councils and National Institute under the Ministry of Ayush across the country.
- The Ministry of Ayush has released Home care guidelines for children and Advisory for Ayush Practitioners about prophylactic care in Children during the Covid 19 Pandemic.
- To strengthen the community-wide effort to limit the spread of Covid 19, the Ministry of Ayush has also operationalised a dedicated community support helpline i.e. toll-free number 14443, to provide Ayush-based approaches and solutions for the challenges raised by Covid-19.
- The Ministry of Ayush has launched the Ayush Clinical Case Repository (ACCR) portal and the third version of Ayush Sanjivani App. The Ayush Clinical Case Repository (ACCR) portal (https://accr.ayush.gov.in/) will serve as a platform to support both Ayush practitioners and the general public.
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