Coronavirus: AYUSH Ministry’s dangerous prescription

When a passenger with symptoms suggestive of novel coronavirus infection is found at an airport, should he/she be quarantined and tested/treated in a hospital or allowed to go home and receive supportive management with Unani medicines? At a time when the number of novel coronavirus cases has touched 7,711 and deaths at 170 in mainland … Continue reading Coronavirus: AYUSH Ministry’s dangerous prescription

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AYUSH’s dangerous prescription: Unani medicines for ‘symptomatic management of coronavirus infection’

The AYUSH Ministry appears to be encouraging people to self-medicate. It has sent out a press release listing out specific Unani medicines that would be “useful in symptomatic management of coronavirus infection”. Ironically, the release does not even mention the symptoms that people infected with coronavirus exhibit. Nearly four weeks after China first reported to … Continue reading AYUSH’s dangerous prescription: Unani medicines for ‘symptomatic management of coronavirus infection’

Scientists studying AYUSH drugs must involve domain expert, advisory says

An April 2 advisory issued by the AYUSH Ministry makes it mandatory for any non-AYUSH scientists undertaking research on AYUSH drugs or treatment to involve an AYUSH expert. The provocation for the advisory is publication of papers on AYUSH drugs and treatments by non-AYUSH scientists with unfounded statements and conclusions damaging the credibility and sanctity … Continue reading Scientists studying AYUSH drugs must involve domain expert, advisory says