Research by Isha Malaviya
Presented & edited by Sumit Krishna Yadav
Last week, Baba Ramdev announced Coronil and Swasari Vati as a “cures” for COVID-19. However, just a few days later, Patanjali Ayurved Ltd. stated that it never claimed that its new drug could cure the dreaded virus. While the world battles on to find a solution to end the pandemic, misinformation like this continue to spread like wildfire. It brings to light the larger question of alternative medicine and its potential/role in the coming months. Alternative medicines like Ayurveda and homeopathy still command a significant amount of respect at home and abroad. However, their effectiveness is under scrutiny, owing to the doubtful legitimacy of clinical trials and, as a result, its data and conclusions. Does Ayurveda have the potential to find a cure for COVID-19 or similar viruses? This is yet to be determined. However, if it is to achieve this goal, what is the correct way to go about things to make it more reliable? What healthcare standards should be practised?