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AAM. 2020; 9(4): 302-312

The immediate response of the Ayurveda Community to COVID-19 outbreak- A critical review

Praveen Kumar K. S, Nimmy V. S.


Even as COVID-19 has affected more than one crore people worldwide, no proven medicine for its treatment or prevention has been discovered yet. In the search for a cure or a vaccine, the whole world is also looking towards Traditional systems medicine also. Accordingly, varied responses have come forward in the form of different studies and guidelines. China, South Korea and India have issued traditional medicinal guidelines on the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. In this review, different electronic databases were searched in PubMed, Embase, CTRI, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Scopus and Google Scholar using keywords related to COVID-19 and Ayurveda until 26th July 2020. The preliminary studies have helped in profiling COVID-19 as Vātakapha dominant Sannipāta Jvara of Āgantu origin with Pittānubandha. Also, different studies have put forward potential drug candidates for prophylaxis and therapeutic management on the lines of Anti-viral herbs, immune-modulators and Rasayanas. Similar thought process involved in such studies augmented the way for developing systematic guidelines for its management by competent authorities.

Key words: Ayurveda, COVID-19, AYUSH , Complementary and alternative medicine, Herbal drugs

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