On Tuesday, the government released the official protocol, use of Ayurveda and Yoga, for Covid-19 prevention and treatment of patients who are asymptomatic or show fewer symptoms.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Ministry of AYUSH has been promoting Ayurveda, claiming its medicines as an immunity booster.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted that the “upgradation of protocols” has been done in sync with the Indian Council of Medical Research and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
The protocol promotes the use of ashwagandha, guduchi, pippali, Ayush 64 tablets in different doses, and yoga to prevent COVID, treat mild symptoms and for post-COVID self-care.
Moreover, the ministry clarified that general and dietary measures should be followed in addition to the above medicines. Measures promoted are sipping kadha, medicated oils to be applied on the nasal passage, and steam inhalation with ajwain or eucalyptus oil.
Taking adequate sleep of 6 to 8 hours along with doing moderate physical exercises is also recommended apart from following physical distancing, respiratory and hand hygiene, and wearing masks.
The document advises making use of ayurvedic herbs like guduchi ghana vati, ashwagandha, and Chyawanprash for a month or for 15 days, to avoid the complicated COVID-19 symptoms.
Among asymptomatic patients, the ministry advised guduchi ghana vati, guduchi along with pippali and Ayush 64 tablets for 15 days or as the physician advised to prevent disease progression to symptomatic and severe form, and to also improve recovery rate.
For mild COVID patients with fever, headache, tiredness, cough and other symptoms but no breathlessness, the same combination of guduchi, pippali and Ayush 64 tablets is recommended.
For prevention and after recovery from COVID, the ministry promotes yoga. The yoga will improve cardiac and respiratory efficiency, reduce stress and anxiety and boost immunity.
The protocol suggests the Yoga for 45-minutes to prevent COVID. The postures included are both standing and sitting with prone and supine lying asana and breathing exercise called pranayama.
The ministry’s protocol also suggested the time length of performing each asana and exercise.
For post-COVID care, a 30-minute yoga routine is suggested with the objective of improving pulmonary function and lung capacity apart from reducing stress, anxiety and clearance of airways in the respiratory tract.