Updated: June 15, 2020 2:28:41 pm
As researchers across the globe race to develop a vaccine to tackle the pandemic, Acharya Balkrishna, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Patanjali Ayurveda Limited, claimed that his company developed an Ayurveda medicine that has cured Covid-19 patients within a span of five to 14 days.
According to a report in news agency ANI, Balkrishna on Saturday said that a trial was conducted on hundreds of Covid-19 patients and that the medicine has yielded “100% favourable results”. However, there has been no statement regarding the claim by the Health Ministry or ICMR so far.
“We appointed a team of scientists after the Covid-19 outbreak. First, the simulation was done and compounds were identified which can fight the virus and stop its spread in the body. Then, we conducted a clinical case study on hundreds of positive patients and we have got 100 per cent favourable results,” Balkrishna said in Haridwar, according to ANI.
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“We can say that the cure for COVID is possible through Ayurveda,” he claimed, adding that the company is now conducting controlled clinical trials and will release evidence in less than a week.
More than 100 potential Covid-19 vaccines are in various stages of development around the world. Among front runners currently in human trials are the Covid-19 vaccines being developed by AstraZeneca, Pfizer, BioNtech, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna, Sanofi and China’s CanSino Biologics.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government has approved the use of homeopathy medicine Arsenic Album 30 for the general population as a prophylactic against Covid-19 and as an immunity booster. A task force set up by state government has also come up with a list of Unani and Ayurvedic medicines like Agastya Haritaki, Ayush 64 and even sesame oil, as measures against Covid-19.
With nearly 3.21 lakh cases, India is the fourth worst-hit COVID nation. Globally, over 7.7 million people have been infected.
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