Ayurveda By Ayush
The Ministry of Ayush has set up an Interdisciplinary Ayush R&D Task Force chaired by Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan. The Task Force comprises representation from scientists including the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and Ayush Institutions.
The Interdisciplinary Ayush Research and Development Task Force has designed and formulated clinical research protocols for prophylactic studies and add-on interventions in COVID-19 positive cases. The study is to be done through thorough review as well as the consultative process of experts of high repute from varied organizations all over the country to study four different interventions viz. Yashtimadhu, Guduchi + Pippali, Ashwagandha, and a polyherbal formulation (Ayush-64). The task force accepted the proposals that have been received from screening committees of Councils and proactively discovered possibilities on the basis of available leads.
The Ministry of Ayush has formulated a core group of experts under the Chairmanship of Prof. Bhushan Patwardhan in order to propose and identify formulations on COVID-19 that are in line with Classical Ayurveda principles. It also has substantial leads on COVID-19 viz. one for management of COVID-19 with antiviral properties, another for prophylaxis as immunomodulatory, and one product for post-COVID-19 care.
The Ministry of Ayush has projected interdisciplinary studies including Ayush interventions for COVID-19 as recommended by the Taskforce. Under varied National Institutes and research organizations under the Ministry of Ayush, 112 research studies at 141 centres in the country are being carried out by Ayush interventions as prophylactic interventions.
Ayush Sanjivani mobile app, developed by the Ministry of Ayush, has prepared documentation on the impact assessment of usage, effectiveness, and acceptance of Ayush measures and advisories in the prevention of COVID-19 through Mobile app base population study in around 1.5 crores respondents. 85.1% of the respondents reported the use of Ayush measures for prevention of COVID-19, among which 89.8% of respondents agreed to benefit from the practice of Ayush advisory.
The Ministry of Ayush has released “National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for management of COVID-19” designed by the National Taskforce that in consensus from expert committees from All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), Delhi, Institute of Post Graduate Training and Research in Ayurved (IPGTRA), Jamnagar, and National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA), Jaipur, Central Council for Research in Ayurveda (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) and other national research organizations as per the Report & Recommendations of the Interdisciplinary Committee.