New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Two days after PM Modi’s call for ‘vocal for local’, AYUSH Minister Shripad Y Naik on Thursday said that the government is working on four ayurvedic medicine formulations for the treatment of COVID-19. He also said that trials of these formulations are likely to begin within a week.  

Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Y Naik, in a tweet, said, "The @moayush & the @CSIR_IND are working together on validating four Ayush formulations against #COVID19Pandemic and the trials will start within one week. These formulations will be tried as an add-on therapy and standard care for COVID-19 patients."

While the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is one of the world’s largest publicly funded scientific and industrial research organisations, the Ministry of AYUSH, which stands for ayurveda, yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathy, cultures with India’s traditional form of medicine.

Shripad Naik also said that he is hopeful and sure the the traditional medicine system of our country will find a way to treat this deadly pathogen. “I am sure and quite hopefull that, our traditional medicinal system will show the way to overcome this Pandemics”, he said in another tweet.

Earlier, reports emerged that the AYUSH Ministry’s R&D Task Force has designed clinical research criteria for prophylactic studies and add-on interventions in coronavirus positive cases and consultations from experts from across the country to study four different interventions, Ashwagandha, Yashtimadhu (Mulethi), Guduchi +Pippali (Giloy) and a poly herbal formulation.

However, nor Ayurveda, neither allopathic medicines have found any concrete solution for the treatment of coronavirus. Even though the plasma therapy has been helping in treating the COVID-19 patients in recovery, the government has said that it has not been proven to be totally effective.

Meanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration has given its nod to Gilead's antiviral drug remdesivir in May for emergency use on COVID-19 patients.

Posted By: Talib Khan