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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 68-72

The Ayurvedic approach toward COVID - 19 pandemic


Department of Vikriti Vigyan, Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Monika Priya
Department of Vikriti Vigyan, Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/joa.joa_243_20

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Introduction: In the wake of an unprecedented pandemic of Novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), the entire mankind is drenched in deaths and miseries. The inexorable inter-continental spread of this infection has trapped almost 185 countries and has massively afflicted the human health. Despite having strong backup of advanced technology and modern science, the consistent worldwide researches have not been able to yield any clinically proven prophylaxis and therapeutic strategy. This calls for the need to include plural systems of knowledge within the domain of our consideration so as to break the chain at the earliest. Herein, Ayurveda, the oldest indigenous medicine system of India, can be a potent option for its prognostic and therapeutic implications. The present study is an attempt to highlight the potential role of Ayurveda in management of COVID-19. Methods: A sincere study of classical Ayurveda textbooks and their available commentaries along with modern texts, websites and articles has been done to showcase the prognostic and therapeutic implications of Ayurveda. Results: Amidst this crisis of COVID 19 pandemic, Ayurveda needs to be merged in the mainstream health care to benefit the nation from its prognostic, prophylactic and therapeutic implications. Conclusion: Evidence-based insights should be highly encouraged to strengthen the scope of Ayurveda beyond preventive health care and care for lifestyle disorders or non-communicable diseases. It's high time for we Indians to take up the baton with wisdom and show the world the caliber of our rich traditional medicine system.


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