Ayurvedic practitioner begins distribution of herbal ‘medicines’ among Covid patients in Andhra


Ayurvedic practitioner B. Anandaiah on Sunday began distributing his herbal formulation to Covid-19 patients in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh.

Almost a week after the state government gave its approval for the herbal formulation, Anandaiah and members of his family began distributing the concoction to Krishnapatnam.

People from various regions came to Krishnapatnam to receive the medicine. Long queues of people waiting to get the formulation were observed.

Anandaiah told reporters that initially the drug was distributed among residents of Sarvepalli constituency. He said efforts are being made to ensure that every household in the constituency receives the drug.

He called on residents of other constituencies not to come to Krishnapatnam for the drugs and to wait for the announcement of the distribution in their respective regions.

The distribution of the drug was stopped on May 21 because it had led to massive overcrowding at the Krishnapatnam site.

The state government on May 30 authorized the use of the herbal preparation taking into account the findings of the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences.

The government, however, has upheld its decision on the supposedly life-saving eye drops for those with dangerously low oxygen levels.

While giving permission for the herbal preparation, state health authorities have warned that Covid patients should not stop taking medications prescribed by doctors in the normal course.

The government also said that it had not yet received conclusive evidence of the effectiveness of the eye drops, although it was established that the concoction of ingredients such as honey, pepper, camphor green, nutmeg, black cumin, cinnamon, and medicinal herbs were not harmful, but might not be able to cure the coronavirus infection.

Anandaiah, who claims to be an Ayurvedic practitioner for over 30 years, says the traditional medicines he gives are helpful in treating not only Covid but various other infections as well.

Nellore district officials, however, found that Anandaiah was not a trained practitioner in Ayurvedic medicine and that the formula he recounted was not part of any standard recipe.

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