As the never-seen-before outbreak of new novel Coronavirus (nCoV) spreads rapidly, the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) on January 29th, 2020 issued a health advisory and recommended that homoeopathic, ayurveda and unani medicines could be effective in the prevention of the infections.
The advisory was issued following a meeting of the scientific advisory board of the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy under the Ministry of AYUSH to discuss ways and means for the prevention of the nCoV infection based on the Indian traditional medicine practices ayurveda, homoeopathy and unani.
The Ministry suggested homoeopathic medicine Arsenicum album 30 could be taken in empty stomach daily for three days as a prophylactic medicine against the infection. It may be mentioned that the novel coronavirus strain has no known cure or preventive vaccine yet, according to health experts around the world. Further, there is no evidence that the prescribed diet or medicines work.
“Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available. Drink Shadang Paniya (Musta, Parpat, Usheer, Chandan,Udeechya and Nagar) processed water (10 gm powder boiled in 1-liter water, until it reduces to half). Store it in a bottle and drink it when thirsty,” the health advisory stated.
The health advisory further suggests general hygienic measures for prevention of air-borne infections such as avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
The ministry further advised covering face while coughing or sneezing and preferably using an N95 mask while travelling or working in public places to avoid droplet transmissions.
The deadly coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in China taking the death toll to 132 and the confirmed infection cases to nearly 6,000.
According to a list compiled by the University of Southampton in the UK, India is among the top 30 countries at “high-risk” from the spread of coronavirus. The study is based on the number of air travellers predicted to arrive in the countries from the worst affected cities in China.
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