Fresh Covid-19 guidelines released for Ayurveda, Unani practitioners

Responding to the need for fresh guidelines admit the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Ayush has released revised guidelines for Ayurveda and unani practitioners for COVID-19 patients in home isolation and Ayurveda and unani preventive measure for self-care.

In a media release, the ministry said the main focus of the guidelines is on self-care and home management of COVID 19, as the vast majority of covid affected families in the country are focused to negotiate the pandemic out of the hospitals.

These guidelines for covid 19 patients in home isolation and preventive measure for self-care are based on leads from Ayurveda and unani texts, the outcome of research studies, reports and recommendations of the interdisciplinary committee and which will further strengthen our fight in combactingCOVID-19 in the emerging situation, the ministry said.

Notably, these guidelines and advisories were developed through an extensive consultative process by the empowered committee within the interdisciplinary ayush research and development taskforce setup by the ministry of ayush.

The ministry said that the project monitoring unit for COVID 19 studies, Central Council for Ayurveda Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), All Indian Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) and National Medicine Plant Board (NMPB) worked on formulating the advisories and guidelines.

The present guidelines and self-care measures provide clear guidance of Ayurveda and unani practitioners regarding the treatment of covid 19 patients in different conditions of infections. This brings in uniformity and consistency in the ayush based responses to the pandemic across the country. It also helps state and its governments to plan and incorporate these solutions into the covid 19 management activities being deployed on the ground. Furthermore, these measure and guidelines contribute to the mainstreaming of ayush solution for the management of covid 19 and will be immensely beneficial to the public since these solutions are easily accessible and will be help to alleviate the hard ship brought in by the pandemic,” it said.

“Considering the seasonal changes, patient’s constitution it has been advised that Vasa (Malabar nut), Yashtimadhu (Liquorice root) and Guduchi (Giloy) may be added to the Kwatha as per requirement,” the ministry said.

“The effective evidence-based Ayurveda and Unani formulations/measures such as AYUSH-64, Ashwagandha tablets, etc. have been included for the management of asymptomatic and mild cases of Covid-19 during home isolation,” it said.

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