Homoeopathy By AYUSH
The Honourable Supreme Court upheld the advisory of Ministry of AYUSH in its judgement dated on 15.12.2020 and authorized use of homoeopathy medicine as an add-on to standard care for treating COVID-19. This was explained by ShriKirenRijiju, Minister of State (IC) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Additional Charge of Minister of State (IC) for the Ministry of AYUSH to the LokSabha.
This came as a reply to a question asked by Shri E.T. Mohammed Basheer, M.P. The Minister added that while Homoeopathy treatment shall not be given in standalone mode for treating COVID-19. The Ministry of AYUSH through an advisory issued in March 2020 and the ‘Guidelines for AYUSH practitioners for COVID-19’ permitted AYUSH interventions including homoeopathy as an add-on to standard care.
He also notified the House that the Ministry of AYUSH has taken various steps with the support of AYUSH systems of Medicine such as Homeopathy for COVID-19 related treatment, and mentioned the Ministry’s advisory issued on 29.01.2020 on “how to protect oneself from COVID and how to stay healthy” (that received immense attention and was embraced by large sections of the population).
The Minister also notified the important letter dated 06.03.2020 issued by the Ministry all Chief Secretaries of States/ Union territories notifying particular suggestions on enhancement of general immunity of people and about potential AYUSH interventions. The self-care guidelines issued by the Ministry on 31.03.2020 for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with reference to respiratory health (which also got broad acceptance) was also cited by him.
The reply mentioned by the AYUSH Minister also offered more information of public interest regarding management of Guidelines for Registered Practitioners of respective system of AYUSH (including Homoeopathy) that is available in public domain for the advantage of registered AYUSH practitioners including Homoeopathy to support in the management of COVID 19 pandemic. Further, AYUSH Ministry via different research organizations and National Institutes under Ministry of AYUSH has organized about 105 interdisciplinary clinical studies (including 20 studies of Homoeopathy) at 136 centres across the country. Clinical research studies are organized on AYUSH interventions as prophylactic interventions in high risk population, targeting approximate Five lakhs population and as an add-on to standard care to COVID-19 management.