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IMA questions Centre’s Ayush Covid protocol

The Indian Medical Association, the umbrella body of allopathy practitioners, today questioned the government’s recently issued Ayush protocol for Covid care asking how many union ministers had used it for treatment so far.

In a strong poser to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, IMA chief Rajan Sharma asked, “What is stopping the Central Government from handing over Covid care and treatment to the Ayush Ministry if there is evidence that alternative medicine system helps in disease management.”

Sharma asked the minister to come clean on the Indian Medical Association’s posers. “If he doesn’t come clean, he is inflicting a fraud on the nation and gullible patients by calling placebos as drugs,” he said, three days after the Ayush protocol was issued.

The Centre’s ayurveda and yoga protocol for Covid, issued by Vardhan himself, has recommended ashwagandha, guduchi ghana vati, chyawanaprasha, among other drugs, for disease prevention in high-risk groups and for primary contacts of Covid-19 patients.

It has proposed guduchi ghana vati and a combination of guduchi and pippali or Ayush 64 drug for asymptomatic positive patients to prevent disease progression to symptomatic and progression from mild to moderate or severe disease.The protocol says guduchi-pippali mix and Ayush 64 tablets can be given to mild Covid patients.

The Central government, however, clarified that the Ayush protocol was not a replacement of the national clinical management protocol for Covid-19 and was only in addition to the same, and it should not be used by patients to claim a false sense of security.